Stretch Marks – Can They Be Prevented During Pregnancy? + GIVEAWAY

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Lauren Parisier and Kelli Kenny, founders of the award winning expectant mom skin care line, basq, weigh in on the battle of stretch marks during pregnancy. They’ve even donated some of these amazing products for this week’s Baby Powell Giveaway!

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Stretch Marks - Can they be prevented? Learn more at

When it comes to stretch marks, everyone wants to use a product that truly works. The truth is, when you become pregnant your skin may or may not mark- but, prevention is key! The good news is specific products can prevent stretch marks, bad news- once you’ve got them they don’t go away you can only make them smaller.

What you do in the early months is critical – building skin strength early on is your best bet for a mark free pregnancy. Collagen and Elastin are the fibers that keep your skin strong and stretchy. You need products that go beyond moistuirzation to fuel the build of collagen and elastin so it can stretch more and hopefully avoid breaking (which is what gives you the marks). Remember, while stretch mark prevention isn’t instantly gratifying because you can’t see what would have been – it’s better than the alternative. There are a few easy steps to dramatically improving your skin’s strength and stretch-ability during those early glowing months:

Step 1: Exfoliate

Exfoliation preps skin for better product absorption and it kick-starts your skin’s natural repair process, key for stretch mark prevention. But when it comes to exfoliating, not all polishes are created equal. Stay away from salt scrubs– they are drying which equals more damage. Many everyday scrubs have clary sage, rosemary and caffeine – these should be avoided in pregnancy. Loofahs and shower mitts can deliver exfoliation that is too hard, causing micro tears which harm skin instead of helping. We created basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish for pregnancy-safe exfoliation. The natural sugars gently smooth while rich oils and butters nourish. Focus on mark zones for best results: chest, belly, thighs and hips.

Step 2: Stretch Mark Ingredients Proven to Work

It is important to look for ingredients clinically proven to work. For real stretch mark care you need your products to work deep down where damage happens — surface moisturizing isn’t enough. Feed your skin ingredients that it can break down and use to build collagen and elastin, which support strength. At basq, we spent a long time working on a butter that could blend the oils your skin wants and needs with ingredients proven to work. The core stretch mark ingredients in the award winning, basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter are Algesium C and Darutoside. Both have been proven in clinical testing to prevent and repair marks. Plus it contains omega rich Borage and Grapeseed oils and a rich Shea Butter base – it’s all you could want and need in a stretch mark butter.

Step 3: The All Over Stretch

Marks mostly happen on the chest, belly, hips and inner thighs but don’t forget the rest of your body. For head to toe care, we recommend oils that are rich in Linoleic Acid needed to build Collagen and Elastin. Remember, not all oils are created equal. We blend the highest grade Omega Rich oils to absorb completely so there is no greasy feel or worry about clothing. A little bit goes a long way, oils are the smart choice when you’re looking for less to do more. The basq Resilient Body Oil has been an editor and celebrity favorite (Heidi Klum is a fan!), but if you remain an avid butter user, our Ilipe Body Butter is the product for you.

Now, time for Baby Powell’s Weekly Giveaway!

Baby Powell's Weekly Giveaway - Learn more at

For this week’s #BabyPowell Giveaway, Lauren and Kelli are giving away my favorite Basq products ($100 value!):

  • Basq Resilient Oil, and
  • Basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish, and
  • Basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter

How to Enter:

1. Follow me and share my giveaway posts from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
2. Go virtual shopping on‘s website and tell us about one of their products that most interested you by commenting below.
3. Share any blog from my site via your social media channels (recipes, crafts, mommy stuff! You pick!). Be sure to tag @RealHeidiPowell or my Facebook Page in all shares and posts. Use hashtags #BabyPowell and #basq so we can find them.  The more you share, the more chances to win!

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Thanks for participating!


  1. Emma - March 21, 2017

    Ive used dermalmd stretch mark serum for stretch marks during my pregnancy with twins. Didnt get stretch marks until 8 Months pregnant. Will continue to use.

  2. Sally Husk - October 3, 2013

    Was I the winner?

  3. Bekah Pradenas - October 1, 2013

    I would love to try the advanced stretch mark butter!! Got stretch marks with my first child so some help would be fantastic!

  4. Felicia Replogle - October 1, 2013

    Would love to try lllipe body butter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Brittany Jones - October 1, 2013

    I really want to try the Illipe Body Butter. I just had a c-section 3 months ago and am fighting with saggy skin in my lower stomach area. It’s harder to go straight into a workout after a c-section.

  6. Jessica Montoya - October 1, 2013

    I have two beautiful boys that took a toll on my belly. But they worth it 🙂

  7. melissa conway - October 1, 2013

    I have 2 girls both pregnant both due in February and they would love this as a baby shower gift.

  8. Allison Bredenkamp - October 1, 2013

    Shared on Facebook, would love the Basq fragrance free Illipe Body Butter

  9. Gabby - October 1, 2013

    I have a 15 month old, and have stretch marks that have faded, but would love to get rid of them completely! would love to try this product!

  10. Cyndi - October 1, 2013

    I really like the citrus sugar body polish from BASQ but right now the energy boost line sounds lovely too. How do I get my energy up while I am pregnant and in the first trimester? I am just tired all the time and have a hard time getting motivated because I don’t feel awesome.

  11. sayra - October 1, 2013

    i would love to try the Resilient Body Oil!!! my belly is groing i am in my month of pregnancy

  12. Kristi J - October 1, 2013

    I would love to try the Illipe Body butter. Helps to tone and firm skin and I need that!! Shared..hopefully correctly shared @realHeidiPowell

  13. Leslie Fleming - September 30, 2013

    I would love to try the Illip body butter! I am currently pregnant with our second child and I would love to have a safe moisturizer for my prego belly, one that will also help with stretch marks would be amazing! Shared your blogs on facebook 🙂

  14. Lexi - September 30, 2013

    Has anyone used these products and found them to be effective? Anybody tried Bella B Honey Butter? That is what was recommended to me, but I might try these products as well.

  15. Melody Moayyed - September 30, 2013

    I am not pregnant but Im over weight and I do have a lot of stretch marks! Looking for something to help please!!!!

  16. felica allen - September 30, 2013

    what an amazing product! i am so excited to try this!

    the resilient body oil seems like the perfect moisturizer and stretch mark preventer.

    good luck with baby girl!

  17. Melissa South - September 30, 2013

    I’m interested in the advanced stretch mark butter. I would like to repair some of the stretch marks from my first pregnancy and prevent them during this one.

  18. mary biggs - September 30, 2013

    I’m almost done with my 5th pregnancy, of all big babies! I guess I don’t have the genetics because my stomachs covered in stretch marks!! Would love to win this and try to get my skin back!!

  19. Vicky - September 30, 2013

    The body oil looks amazing. Shared @RealHeidiPowell

  20. Andrea - September 30, 2013

    Love the steps to prevention here (although preventing my stretch marks are a little too late!) Sure would feel great to use some of these products though 🙂

    thanks Basq and Heidi!

  21. Erica Tanner - September 30, 2013

    I am just curious, how often do you apply these? Morning and night?

  22. Sally Husk - September 29, 2013

    Heidi, I lost 155lbs 4 years ago and now I have all of this loose skin so the product I am interested in that I found on their site is the Illipe Body Butter. It helps tighten up that skin and tone you so I’m definitely interested in that as well as anything to help with my stretch marks and helping my skin be young and beautiful looking! I also, shared on all 4 social media sites and I just hope I did it right! Thank you. 🙂

  23. Debbie Wallace - September 29, 2013

    I hate stretch marks, mine are dark

  24. Crystal - September 29, 2013

    I would love to try the Resilient oil, my whole stomach is covered in stretch marks from my first pregnancy and any help to make them less noticable would be wonderful!

  25. Trish O'Brien - September 29, 2013

    Would love to try the Citrus Sugar Body Polish with the cold weather coming, so does dry skin!

  26. Tonya Adams - September 29, 2013

    Great giveaway and great product!! I’ve had two kids (and have used every stretch mark cream known to man), I got a few stretch marks. However, we are wanting to try for a third soon and I really don’t want to get anymore! Would love to try this. Love your site, recipes, exercise tips, all of it! Such an inspiration to so many women! THANK YOU!!!

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