OK, so yes it does have ‘stretch marks’ written on it, which makes me uneasy. You cannot knit the epidermis together with a cream – c’est tout. But moisturising your bump is never a bad thing, and knowing something is formulated with your unborn baby in mind is always a comfort.
The Spoiled Mama – a US bestseller that has just landed on our shores – only uses organic botanical ingredients, without parabens, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and petroleum. This belly butter £31 is a nice one for those with really dry skin. It’s more substantial than some pregnancy lotions but not as slippery as the oils, but as with all ‘butters’ does leave a light coating after you’ve massaged it in – definitely one to apply at bedtime. An hour after I’ve rubbed it into my belly, I can still feel a slight residue. But the overall result is a good one – smooth, supple skin. Shea butter, rosehip oil and kukui nut are rich in vitamin E and fatty acids to boost skin’s resilience and strength. What I like about this butter is the scent – a citrusy burst of sea buckthorne with sweet cocoa butter. Kind of like a chocolate orange. So if you’ve got dry skin or are in challenging climate conditions – extremely hot, extremely cold, controlled by central heating or air conditioning – this will soothe and even prevent the itchy bump syndrome.