At first glance, Revitol Stretch Mark Cream seems to be everything you’ve been hoping for and more – with rave reviews from celebrities and regular folk alike. It sets up a reputation for itself. But does it really live up to its name?
In this article, we’ll give you a 100% honest review to try and establish whether or not it’s effective in treating and preventing stretch marks.
What are Stretch Marks and Who is Affected?
Stretch marks are scars that occur when the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) becomes ruptured. They affect both men and women alike, and the most common causes are:
They can be treated, to an extent, though it is preferable that you work to prevent them (e.g. apply products before the marks appear).
Revitol – What is It?
Revitol is a popular brand that markets different types of skincare products. They offer both a Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention Cream and a Revitol Scar Removal Cream, but in this review, we will be focusing on the Prevention Cream.
They are hailed as a ‘game-changer’ in the treatment of stretch marks and make truly impressive claims that their products will boost your skin’s collagen production, soften the feel and significantly fade (or altogether prevent) stretch marks.
Revitol Cream: so… What’s in It?
One of the aspects that many clients seem to appreciate with Revitol is the fact that their cream is made out of 100% natural ingredients – because who wants to put damaging chemicals on their skin?
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a potent, natural antioxidant that can be found in all sorts of foods, such as avocados, nuts, seeds etc. It is commonly known as a popular and effective stretch mark cure and prevention technique because it is said to boost the production of elastin and collagen in the epidermis.
Vitamin E is said to be great for stretch marks because it boosts cell regeneration in the affected areas and also helps damaged cells heal and grow, which naturally makes the stretch marks fade, in time.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any scientific study to prove the connection between vitamin E and stretch mark prevention. Still, it has been used as a cheap scar remedy by thousands of people who swear by it, which makes it one of our favorite all-natural ingredients in the fight against stretch marks.
- Aloe Vera Extract
Aloe Vera is highly anti-inflammatory and has a great soothing effect on the skin, which makes it a very popular treatment for various skin issues, including stretch marks.
Aloe Vera Extract, derived from Aloe Vera leaves, is also deeply hydrating, and this is precisely what stretch-marked skin needs to heal. By nurturing the damaged skin, you’re allowing the skin cells to repair and grow.
Topical application of Aloe Vera extract does not immediately change your skin’s appearance, so don’t expect an overnight miracle, but in time and with regular use, it has been known to make scars fade and even make them disappear.
DL-Panthenol is a white plant-based powder that is derived from rice. It is a type of alcohol that turns into pro-vitamin B5 upon contact with the skin, due to oxidization. It reduces redness, soothes and hydrates the skin, which makes it another big favorite in the treatment of stretch marks.
DL-Panthenol aides the regeneration of the skin cells, thus reducing the appearance of existing stretch marks, and boosts the skin’s elastin and collagen production, thus preventing stretch marks from appearing. Remember, the more hydrated your skin is, the fewer stretch marks you’ll get.
- Squalene Oil
Squalene (which is spelled ‘squalane’ for the natural form and ‘squalene’ for the hydrogen-enhanced version that exists in most commercial products) is a substance that our bodies produce naturally. However, the more we age, the slower it is produced, which is why we need a boost. (I recommend to check out the article by Allure about the difference between squalane and squalene in skin care)
Aside from our own bodies, squalane oil can be found in natural sources such as olives, wheat germ and rice bran and for years, was derived from the livers of deep-sea sharks.
Nowadays, most cosmetic products opt for the cruelty-free version of obtaining it from olives and other such sources.
Squalene oil is excellent for stretch marks for a variety of reasons. First, it can penetrate the skin and work on repairing the cellular membrane (don’t worry, it doesn’t clog your pores or anything).
It’s also really good because it helps your skin retain moisture, which is essential for damaged, stretch-marked skin.
Squalene also improves your blood circulation, which in turn means your body produces more collagen, which means firmer, bouncier skin (vital for repairing stretch marks).
Yet another great thing is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing red, painful or itchy stretch marks.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract also makes some pretty impressive claims – many have applauded it as a ‘miracle’ stretch mark cure for its disinfectant abilities which treat both the outside of your skin and potential underlying problems when applied topically.
It’s also said to boost collagen and even remove the bits that have been damaged, thus effectively ‘filling in’ your scars and making the stretch marks less and less visible.
So, without a doubt, Revitol has some truly impressive ingredients to its’ name – but is that enough to make it the effective stretch mark treatment it claims to be?
Revitol – What Do People Say?
We think it’s important to listen to as many opinions as possible – both good and bad – to give you an honest review. So, without further ado, here’s what we found:
- As pointed out earlier, a major pro argument for Revitol is that the cream is made from 100% all-organic ingredients and, as we just saw, they are all outstanding in the treatment of stretch marks;
- Revitol is quite a popular brand in the US, and so the cream comes from a seemingly reputable company;
- According to some customer reviews, it was effective in both preventing and fading stretch marks, although more seemed impressed by how it stopped stretch marks and fewer customers claimed it faded them;
- Boosts collagen production;
- Is easy to use on skin and absorbs well (and fast), which is usually a problem in other stretch mark treatments;
- Leaves skin feeling thoroughly hydrated.
And now, the Cons:
- Several customers have complained about the relatively small bottle (4 oz/120 ml), noting that it can be quite expensive, especially since it’s recommended to use it at least once a day;
- Some have also indicated an unpleasant smell, but I think this may vary from person to person, as some said it smells great;
- It’s difficult to find online, other than buying from the Revitol website itself (it doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon, for example).
- Has about as many bad reviews as it has good ones, unfortunately. One thing that makes me wary is the fact that even the ‘good’ reviews only give it 4 stars, which is a bit unusual for a product you were thrilled with;
- One customer stated that it works on red stretch marks but doesn’t work on white stretch marks, as advertised, so that’s a sort of pro for people with red marks, but also a con because of the false advertisement;
- Plenty of people say it didn’t improve or prevent stretch marks at all.
So, it seems we have about as many Pro arguments as we have Cons, which makes it a really tough decision.
Having done extensive research on the subject, I would say that it seems to be effective in preventing stretch marks, but not really in treating old stretch marks, so perhaps if you’re looking to fade existing marks, you should try something else.
What I don’t like about this product is that there are a lot of pushy reviews out there that try to get you to buy it, which makes me suspicious, because genuinely effective products don’t need to do that.
On the other hand, what I do like about this product is the ingredient list. As I said, it means a lot to know what you’re applying on your skin (especially when pregnant) and to find a good, chemical-free product goes a long way, in my book.
So, personally, I think you could definitely give it a try. However, I also think it might be a good idea trying some of the ingredients by themselves, for example, Aloe Vera or Vitamin E oil, as they might be just as effective on their own.
Revitol cream does have the benefit of easy absorption and combining multiple ‘yummy’ ingredients, though.
So, in case you do decide to give Revitol Stretch Mark Cream a try, you might be interested in the ten most frequently asked questions:
Question #1: How much should I apply?
You should use just enough to cover the area. How much depends on the area you’re treating. We suggest lathering the stretch-marked skin, as well as the area around it, for existing marks. And for prevention, the more you cover, the better – use it on your tummy, breasts and sides liberally.
The cream is light and easy to spread and absorb, so you shouldn’t worry about getting your clothes dirty.
Question #2: How often should I apply it?
Apply the cream at least twice a day to see results. Some reviews claim to have used it even thrice daily, so if you feel the need to use more often, go for it. We would like to remind you, however, that with every product, you need to allow your skin time to absorb it and to breathe, so don’t overdo it.
Question #3: Speaking of results, when will I start seeing them?
While this varies from person to person, Revitol claims that you should begin seeing a difference after 2-6 weeks, if using to treat old stretch marks. For prevention, if you’re lucky, you won’t see any marks at all!
Question #4: Are results permanent?
Yes, they are. From all the reviews I’ve read, not a single one complained about reappearing stretch marks.
Question #5: When should I start using it?
If you’re using it while pregnant, begin applying as early as possible – it can’t hurt and it might go a long way. It is important to hydrate from early on, to avoid unpleasant surprises when your belly begins to grow.
Question #6: When should I apply it?
Ideally, apply Revitol after a hot shower, as the steam opens up the pores and helps your skin absorb the cream more thoroughly. We recommend using it in the morning, as well as in the evening, before going to bed.
Question #7: Is Revitol safe for use while pregnant?
Yes, Revitol is completely safe for use, both while pregnant and while nursing.
Question #8: Are there any unpleasant side effects of Revitol use?
No, there don’t seem to be. While there is, of course, the possibility you might be allergic to one of the ingredients and thus suffer an allergic reaction, it’s really up to you to make sure that’s not the case. Other than that, this remote possibility, there have been no noted side effects.
Question #9: Does it work on men?
Yes, it does work on men, just as well as on women. In fact, many on the glowing reviews, both on the Revitol website, as well as on Amazon are from male customers treating stretch marks on the belly and thighs.
Question #10: Can I get my money back?
Unfortunately, no. They only offer a 90-day money-back guarantee if you return the product unopened, but you can’t know if it works or not without opening and using it, so they’re basically forcing you to take a chance here.
Where to buy Revitol Stretch Mark Cream?
We mentioned earlier that it’s not available in retail stores. Aside from the official Revitol website, there doesn’t seem to be any other viable vendor out there, and we wouldn’t recommend going through some suspicious third party anyway, as they might try to scam you.
Now, there are two Revitol websites, revitol.us and revitol.com. Since pretty much everyone out there is recommending the .com one, we encourage you to purchase through them, as well, since they are the official website and ships internationally.
In the USA, they ship with USPS, and you should get the product within 7-14 days.
Internationally, they ship with FedEx, and you should get the product within 10-21 days.
On the Revitol.com website, you have multiple options:
- The 1 Bottle Trial – this is a monthly offer that ensures you receive a new bottle every 30 days, charged to your account. Can be cancelled at any time;
- The Buy 2, Get One Free Offer – which is pretty self-explanatory and might be a better option, as several customers have complained that just the one bottle wasn’t enough for a whole month;
- The Buy 3, Get Three Free Offer – which honestly seems to be the best deal, but it does require quite an investment and commitment to it. Great if you’ve already tried Revitol, might not be the best choice if you’re just giving it a trial run.
In Conclusion, Should You Try Revitol Stretch Mark Cream or Not?
You can try it if you feel confident about the many good reviews. There’s a good chance it will help prevent stretch marks.
But you could also opt for a cheaper and perhaps more reliable alternative. My advice for you would be to make up your own mind and not just go on my (or anyone else’s) word. It is your body, so you are responsible for what you use on it.
I honestly hope this review has helped you decide whether Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention Cream is the right option for you.