Since becoming mothers, Tia and Tamera have also ventured into becoming entrepreneurs by creating their own company, Need Brands. Need Brands creates and markets products geared towards new moms. Their first product was, Milky!, a herbal tea for breastfeeding moms and their lactating issues. The popular twins have now launched another product for new moms and quite possibly for all women an issue with stretch marks. Stretchy! is touted as being “the only plant-based stretch mark treatment made with a big enough concentration of active ingredients to deliver real results. It’s dermatologist recommended, vegan and never tested on animals. And the best part is that it actually works! It’s made with natural oils like argan and tamanu to moisturize and stimulate collagen production in your skin, as well as nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, aloe vera and vitamin E to help fight against free radicals”. The product currently sells for $17.99, which isn’t “that” expensive considering other products that claim to remove stretch marks can cost over $50.
Nowadays, every celebrity has a product that claims to do something. Not that there isn’t anything wrong with it, but these products most put their name behind can easily be made in your own kitchen. I used to fall prey to the new “it” product when it came to natural hair and skin creams until I realized how much I’m actually shelling out to other people and their businesses. So I did what any money saver would do, I did my research and started to make my own creams and oils.
Stretch marks were an issue, up until a few years ago. But they just weren’t a pregnancy issue. I remember having stretch marks as a kid, during a 3 inch growth spurt, and my grandmother would break pieces of aloe plant and oil me up. It wasn’t a fast fix, but it definitely worked. Her use of aloe is what made me come up with my own concoction, that I still use even when there’s not a stretch mark in sight.
Below is my own cheap recipe, with products you can buy from just about any store. Instead of shelling out money for the new “it” product, do your research and visit a site like Bulk Apothecary , and have fun with experimenting with different oils. But remember, not everything “natural” is good for you. You may discover an allergy or two, just like I did when I experimented with shea butter, avocado, argan and almond oils.
1/2 cup virgin olive oil.
1/4 cup aloe vera gel.
1/4 extra virgin coconut oil
liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E.
liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A.
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. After that pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the fridge. Apply the oil externally all over the places where the stretch marks commonly appear ( abdomen, hips, thighs and breasts ). Apply daily.