Pregnancy comes with a plethora of bodily changes. A huge belly, swollen ankles, sore hips, stretch marks. And dry skin. Dry, itchy, tight belly skin. I’ve never been one to have issues with dry skin normally, but during pregnancy when my belly starts to grow and my pants get tighter and my skin gets drier, it’s… uncomfortable. The only solution is to slather my stomach with lotion. Lots and lots of lotion.
So when I got the opportunity to try out Curel’s new Pregnancy & Motherhood lotion, I was intrigued! I’m almost 6 months pregnant and woo-boy is my belly expanding quickly. Also: ITCHY.
A short description from the Curel website:
CurĂ©lÂ® Life’s StagesÂ® nurturing comfortÂ® Moisture Cream was developed with OB/GYNs to address dry skin issues during pregnancy. This fast-absorbing cream helps your skin withstand the changes of pregnancy by increasing elasticity over 100%, helping to smooth the appearance of stretch marks. It also relieves dry, tight skin, making it soft and comfortable, including postpartum skin. It’s even safe to use on your baby.
Sounds like exactly what a tired, pregnant belly needs! It also claims to be paraben and petrolatum free, mineral-oil free, non-greasy, and hypoallergenic- all things that may be of concern for any mommy-to-be.
So! I got down to business and opened the tube. It has a very light, pleasant scent, which is a huge bonus when you’re pregnant- sensitive noses & stinky bath products can be a dangerous combination! But no issues there at all. The lotion itself is thick and creamy. Not so thick that it’s difficult to rub into your skin, but not water-feeling either.
The real surprise I had with this lotion is that I applied it in the morning after my shower, and when I got changed for bed that evening, my belly still felt… lotioned, if that makes sense. And not in a greasy, sticky way, either. My skin felt soft and smooth and not at all itchy. Usually when I use any kind of moisturizer- even the ones that claim to last for 24 hours- I feel like I need to reapply after a few hours. But not so with this one.
I call that a win.
SPEAKING OF WIN! I received an extra tube of lotion to share with my readers. You just have to leave a comment here, telling me your favorite thing about being pregnant (or, if you’ve never been pregnant yourself, a funny pregnancy story from someone you know!). You can also Tweet about the giveaway- just leave a second comment with a link to your post on Twitter. The contest will be open until June 15, 2010 and I’ll choose a random winner that day.
Disclosure: I was given the Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood lotion for the purposes of this review and giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own, and no additional compensation was received.
WINNER: OurLittleAshley, commenter #7 below!