Weleda Stretch Mark Oil Review – Tell Those Tiger Stripes a Firm No!

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An interesting product has come to my attention: the Weleda Oil for stretch marks, so as usual, in this article, I’ll be looking at what it can do for you. Personally, I find that oils are a great moisturizing alternative to creams, so immediately, I was curious to see if Weleda had come up with a worthwhile product.

How Is the Weleda Oil Supposed To Work Against Stretch Marks?

The market for stretch marks moisturizing oils is a little bit small, and it shouldn’t be since oils tend to be long-lasting, deeply moisturizing, and more efficient. The idea behind the Weleda Oil is that by massaging the affected skin, you do two things:

  • You expose the damaged, dehydrated skin to all sorts of healthy ingredients designed to encourage the production of new, healthy skin cells and thus improve appearance.
  • You stimulate the blood flow in that area, which automatically wakens the skin and makes it produce new skin layers that replace the damaged ones, and “fade” the stretch marks.

In theory, it’s a great idea, and with the right product, you’re more than likely to see a positive difference in your skin’s appearance. Which brings us to the main question… does Weleda Oil hold up under closer inspection?

What Goes into It?

A first step toward figuring out a skincare product’s efficacy is to take a closer look at its ingredient list. This allows us to see what beneficial ingredients the manufacturer used and also alerts us to any potential red flags to look out for.

At first glance, I have to say I love the ingredient list for Weleda Oil. As you’ll see below, it’s derived from all sorts of great natural oils, so that’s always a big plus, in my book.

1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil is a very popular skincare ingredient, chiefly because of its moisturizing properties. It also doesn’t clog the pores and may help regulate sebum production (since it’s quite similar in composition). It’s also said to stimulate collagen production (thus making the skin more elastic) and has even been linked to accelerated wound healing.

2. Arnica Extract

Arnica has been a popular remedy for bruises, rashes, and the like for a very long time. It works because it stimulates the blood flow in the affected area, thus encouraging the skin to regenerate and heal itself. It’s also said to reduce swelling and pain, which may give it a soothing effect when used on fresh, red stretch marks.

3. Sweet Almond Oil

Like Jojoba before it, Sweet Almond is known for its great emollient benefits and is often used to improve complexion. What’s even more interesting for me is that it’s been linked to reduced scarring, and since stretch marks are essentially scars, this may be great news for you in the long run! While it’s also been linked to stretch marks, more evidence is needed to support those claims, but still, Sweet Almond Oil is looking pretty great.

4. Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat germ oil is one of those natural ingredients that everyone seems to agree is great but comes up a little thin in actual evidence. Still, a few studies showcase its soothing properties (it’s often used to treat skin conditions like eczema, acne, and, why not, itchy new stretch marks).

Of course, the list doesn’t stop there, but I’m going to stop there with the ingredient listing for the sake of keeping this review brief, though feel free to look up the other ingredients, if you feel so inclined.

Suffice to say that the Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil doesn’t contain any harmful or dangerous chemicals, which I love. Even better, it contains ingredients that, as we’ve seen, are supported by science and might actually improve the appearance of the skin. So it definitely passes the ingredient test.

What’s the Dish On It?

No review would be complete without me going through the product reviews, both the good and the bad, to see what it has done for people out there. In the lines below, you can check out my findings.

The good:

  • Doesn’t feel overly greasy on the skin;
  • Absorbs rather fast;
  • Very powerful firming effect;
  • Noticeable reduction in swelling;
  • Hydrating;
  • Stretch marks lightened up “quite a bit” after using this;
  • Easy to use even while pregnant (so no strong smells and so on).

The bad:

  • May rub off on clothes and leave them soiled/with a slight smell;
  • Soothes itchy skin;
  • Interestingly enough, a lot of people were bothered by the smell;
  • Quite pricey.

The large majority of reviews I found praised the Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil, and most of the negative ones had to do either with the smell or with it not preventing stretch marks.

Let’s clear one thing up – no product will prevent stretch marks completely. So while this is marketed as a stretch mark prevention oil, bear in mind that it won’t work miracles.

What Weleda Oil sets out to do is simply hydrate the skin and boost collagen and elastin production, which will allow your body to better adapt to extreme weight changes (and thus reduce the severity of potential stretch marks). That being said, stretch marks are dictated by genetics and aren’t truly influenced by what you put on.

If you’re genetically programmed to get them, you’ll get them, but what you use to hydrate the skin will make all the difference. So choose wisely.

How Does Weleda Oil Compare with The Infamous Bio Oil?

Bio Oil is one of the most famous hydrating massage oils recommended during pregnancy to combat stretch marks. So I wanted to see how the two products compare.

One difference I noticed right off the bat is that Bio Oil has a lot more ingredients overall, such as Calendula, Vitamin A, Chamomile, that may all be beneficial for the skin. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than Weleda, and comes with its own fan club of satisfied customers.

That being said, Weleda doesn’t contain mineral oil, while Bio Oil does. Mineral Oil is not recommended during pregnancy, as it can interfere with nutrient absorption, and in rare cases, may even lead to infant bleeding.

If I had to choose, I’d say go for the Bio Oil if you want to save a few bucks (in spite of the above, it’s quite a safe and bio product overall), but go for Weleda if you want to go for a healthier alternative.

The Weleda Q&A – All you need to know about usage

In this next bit, I take some of the most commonly asked questions about Weleda Oil and do my best to answer them cleverly and easily.

  • How often should I use Weleda Body Oil?

Ideally, use the massage oil once or twice a day, however you feel comfortable. It may be a good idea to take a hot shower first, to cleanse the skin and open up the pores!

  • How should I use the Weleda Oil?

Make sure you don’t pour too much at once. A little goes a long way with most massage oils, so use your hands to spread a tiny droplet and massage it into the skin in slow, circular motions. Do this for a few minutes to stimulate the blood flow and give your skin a chance to absorb the stuff. Once you’re done massaging, leave it a few more minutes before putting on clothes, to avoid them getting stained.

  • Is using Weleda Oil for stretch marks during pregnancy safe?

Yes, since Weleda Oil doesn’t contain any dangerous or harmful ingredients, it’s deemed completely safe to use while pregnant.

  • Where should I buy the oil?

The oil is available both on Amazon and on the original website.

  • How soon should I see results?

You could begin seeing an improvement after 2-3 weeks of use, but I recommend using Weleda for at least a couple of months to reap the full benefits.

Final Words – Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! I was positively impressed by the Weleda Oil for stretch marks, and I would heartily recommend performing regular massages with it. Ideally, you could use it in tandem with a special stretch mark cream, such as TriLastin or Skinception, both of which have a great track record!