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I'm Hannah and I've been writing for The Health Base for three years now. When not doing so, I'm kept busy running my beauty salon and keeping my three young kids out of trouble! Sometimes both at the same time! Shoot me any queries that you might have - let's talk!.

Celebrity Teeth Whitening – Who has the Real Hollywood Smile?

Hi, gang! Hannah here from theHealthBase. Today I’m going to talk about a beauty topic that has exploded in recent years – this topic being celebrity's efforts at actively boosting the appearance of their smiles.

We really shouldn’t be surprised by the popularity of this new trend. After all, we live in the Instagram era of fame.

This ultimately means that people are increasingly conscious about their physical appearance. 

Why? Because, for some of these celebrities, their physical appearance wholly determines their celebrity status!

A perfect of example of this is the Kardashians.

So, therefore, it makes a tonne of sense that such celebs would take the necessary steps in order to make their smiles as perfect as possible. This can come in the form of bleaching; straightening; closing gaps; removing stains and tartar; and even gum work.

But which Hollywood celebs am I talking about? Below I’ve outlined the most notable ones!


1 – Kylie Jenner & Kim Kardashian

As I alluded to in my introduction, the Jenner and Kardashian women are prime example of the Instagram celebrity type. They have successfully created careers centered on how good they look.

It’s reported that Kylie and Kim rake in a cool $1 million per advertisement that they post on their social media platforms. This is massive money and quite staggering if you think about it.

So, taking this into account, it makes perfect sense that two sisters would be keenly aware of ensuring their smiles were dazzling 24/7 – something which is its fair to say they’ve nailed!

It’s also no surprise to see that Kylie actively promotes the brand that she uses to whiten her teeth. Make no mistake that she gets compensated very well for her promotional efforts!

Kylie and Kim

2 – James Arthur

When James Arthur exploded onto the music scene during his X Factor performances, there was no doubting his incredible vocal talent. However, his teeth were very much in huge contrast. I love James’ music, but his teeth were truly awful back in the day.

Now, for an everyday person, solving dental issues is not top of your to-do list. This is perfectly understandable. However, when you’re a singer, and you know that millions of people are going to being seeing close ups of your mouth while you perform, well you’re priorities can change rather swiftly!!

This was the case with James Arthur who decided to go down the route of getting braces. This option is reserved for dental work that requires a serious amount of realignment and, as such, it’s a slow method at best; sometimes even taking years.

However, as can be seen in Mr. Arthur’s case, the results were well worth the time!

James Arthur teeth before and after

3 – Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star seems to be a man of multiple talents. He’s known for being an entrepreneur; a makeup artist; a singer; a song-writer; a internet personality; and the owner of a cosmetic brand. A busy man indeed!

Due to his work in makeup and cosmetics, it makes sense that Jeffree Star would know all about the power and importance of a smile. In fact, all of Star's teeth are crowned!

If you are fan and follower of his multi-platformed social media presence then you'll be well aware of the work that he has had done on his mouth. If your interested in hearing from the man himself and his dental issues, then hop over to YouTube - there are several videos there where he discusses the matter.

4 – Conor McGregor Whitening

When you think of MMA fighters and UFC champions, straight teeth and beaming smiles don’t often enter into the equation. Gum shields and missing teeth are more likely, let’s be honest!

However, when you are worth nine figures like Conor McGregor is, it makes sense to take some time and care when it comes to your teeth! This is exactly what the self-titled Champ Champ has done.

He has been active in recent times promoting a brand on his social media platforms, and he’s not alone; Floyd Mayweather – McGregor’s conqueror of their historic boxing bout in 2017 – also has had work done on his teeth. Check out the video below where Conor promotes his favorite brand in true McGregor-esque fashion!

5 – Ben Affleck

Why has Ben Affleck completely transformed his smile over the years?? Because he’s Batman, that’s why!! Or, at least, he was up until recently!

But seriously, Ben became a household name with stellar performances in films such as Good Will Hunting. However, it was widely believed that his smile didn’t match his massive acting talent.

So, he did what so many have done in Hollywood – he took some of his hard earned cash and set about creating a smile that befitted his global fame. It may seem superficial and contrite, but actors with bad teeth can certainly see their careers and job opportunities affected in a negative fashion - Hollywood may be glamorous and oh so attractive, but it's also an ruthless business.

Big Ben's dental venture reportedly took the form of crowns; veneers; and other brightening methods. Allegedly, this set him back a staggering $20,000!! That’s a lot of cash! Then again, the elder Affleck’s subsequent film (Armageddon, 1998) grossed in excess of $36 million at the box office. It’s all relative I guess!!

6 – Mylie Cyrus Veneers

As Miley Cyrus matured and moved away from her childhood Hannah Montana persona, it was quite evident that she had taken the time to straighten her teeth. It also appeared that she had work done on her gums.

While Miley has never addressed this issue to our knowledge, it seems to be the common consensus that she used such treatments such as veneers in order to gain the smile of her dreams.

Veneers are a commonly used technique that can have brilliant effects on improving the shade of your teeth.

I personally congratulate on her efforts as I think her smile now looks great!

Hannah Montana

Two other former female child stars who made the transition into mainstream Hollywood are Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez. These two actresses have also had work done on their teeth.

7 – Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman teeth

Morgan Freeman is (in my opinion) rightfully considered as one of the greatest actors of his generation. His top hits include The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby.

In addition, he also possesses the smoothest voice that’s ever been heard! It’s so smooth that it was chosen to represent God’s voice in Bruce Almighty 🙂

However, as he aged, his teeth were notably deteriorating - this is something that we will have to contend with.

To fix things, Freeman went ahead and had some cleaning and bleaching done as well as fixing a gap that was present in the front area of his dental makeup. Job well done, I think!


Are There Any Celebrities with Bad Teeth?

1 – J. Cole’s Teeth

J. Cole is one of the hottest rappers on the planet, having sold millions of albums worldwide. Now, when you think of rap stars, you don’t necessarily think that they’d be worried about such things as straight teeth or beaming smiles. Well, in Mr. Cole’s case you’d be exactly correct in such an assumption!!

For better or worse, J. Cole’s teeth are often discussed in online forums or by celeb news channels. This is mainly because his teeth aren’t what you’d expect from a global superstar.

Many people speculate that J. Cole has deliberately left his teeth unfixed so as to remain as genuine and authentic has possible. This is something that is obviously very important for a rapper’s image, even more important than how their smile looks it appears!

Conversely, it’s reported that a another global rap star has indeed had work done on his teeth. It’s quite noticeable that 50 Cent has had gaps in his teeth closed as well as the overall shade brightened.

Does this make Fiddy less “real” than J. Cole? I have no idea so I’ll let you decide! 😊

2 – Channing Tatum

This may seem like a strange entry but the evidence is there for everyone to see! I say strange, because Channing Tatum is seen as being a global sex symbol – there aren’t many women (or men) who would disagree with this.

Nonetheless, Channing’s teeth are very much at odds with his overall sky high sex appeal. While they have a good tone, his teeth are of varying sizes and even chipped in certain areas. This is something that you would not expect from a mega movie star and certified Hollywood hunk!

Also, it’s widely known that Tatum is a chain smoker, something that is pretty awful when it comes to attempting to a have a great smile. Though in saying this, I do respect the fact that Channing is quite blatantly refusing to conform to the Hollywood norm of having a perfect smile. 

3 – Rihanna

Much like Channing Tatum, Rihanna’s name might cause some raised eyebrows by appearing on this list. This is of course because she also seen as being one of the most attractive people on the planet!

While no-one is arguing with the above statement, there have been questions in the past over the Umbrella star with some sources even suggesting that she was suffering from rotten teeth.

This would be quite amazing if true given hers status in the world. She’s obviously keenly aware of her status as a global superstar and sex symbol. Also, it is not as if she’s short of the money that it would cost to fix any dental issues.


Don't forget to check out some of our related content which can be found in the post grid located below! 🙂

Until next time, stay safe & healthy,

Hannah

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How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Pregnancy stetch marks

Unfortunately, the appearance of stretch marks during or after pregnancy is an all too common occurrence. These pesky lines appear on the stomach around this time because of the great change that occurs in a woman’s body. That’s the problem. The question is, as the title of this article prompts, how to prevent skin tears during pregnancy?

In case you’ve already been through your pregnancy and are wondering how to deal with existing stretch marks, I will cover this issue as well. Stretch lines are very common, despite your best preventative efforts. But, thankfully, they are also very much treatable.

Therefore, if you too have experienced lines on your stomach, then this article should be of great help. Let’s get stuck in shall we. 😊



Why Do Stretch Marks Occur During Pregnancy?

Before I delve into the best methods of preventing and treating pregnancy related skin tears, allow me to first explain the problem and why it occurs.

I’ll do this only briefly, but for a more thorough explanation of this topic then please check out our Comprehensive Stretch Mark Guide on the subject.

The quick version – marks/lines occur when the body undergoes great change. This most notably happens when a body gains a considerable amount of weight in a relatively short period of time which overexerts our production of collagen. The textbook examples of this are pregnancy, weight gain, or muscle gain.

Stretch marks during pregnancy

When this gain occurs, the skin stretches to accommodate the new mass. If this happens at a faster than normal rate, then it might cause the skin to tear on an underlying level. This tear will then become evident when the body returns to a more normal size. These tears will be darker in color than the surrounding skin.

Stretch marks are very common in relation to pregnancy because of the quite extreme change that occurs within the body over just a few months. While, obviously, being pregnant is a beautiful and completely natural thing, sometimes the body struggles to adapt to the rapid change that takes place – thus, tears and accompanying lines will occur.


Where Can Stretch Marks Appear After Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is without doubt the most challenging and testing change that a human body can undergo. A woman’s body experiences considerable change during the nine or so months when she is carrying her child. As a result, there a several areas where lines may appear.

The most common of these areas are the abdominal area; the upper thighs; and the breasts. In particular, the tummy and the breasts of a woman expand to a considerable size during this period. Because of this rapid change, tears are a real possibility and therefore so are stretch lines.

Before I launch into the best method of prevention, please take a look at the below info graph which supplies some common-sense steps that could greatly diminish the chances of stretch marks appearing. 

Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks



The Best Method of Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks

While the above mentioned steps will go a long way to minimizing the occurrence of tears, the risk is still quite high when it comes to lines appearing. So then, how do we further prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?

Well, the answer is quite simple – we turn to a product that has been specifically created to fight the appearance of this skin ailment. Because of the regularity in which stretch lines occur, it was no surprise that companies and brands would put on their scientific hats and construct creams that could deal with this issue.

And this is exactly what they’ve achieved. Nowadays, there are multiple brands that deliver high quality creams that have been created for two sole purposes – to either prevent skin tears occurring, or to treat and minimize any existing tears.


How Do These Creams Work?

These creams work to penetrate your skin until they reach the areas where tears often occur. When here, these creams supply your skin with the needed nutrients and support that is badly required during the period of being pregnant.

This overall greatly reduces the chances of your skin tearing and pregnancy stretch lines occurring. With regards to the individual brands and packages available today, we at the Health Base were particularly fond of the TrilAstin’s Mommy Bundle – this bundle is great because it supplies a mixture of a Preventative Cream, a Stretch Mark Cream, and a Hydrothermal Heating Serum.

These three elements work in conjunction with one another to boost your skin’s capabilities of dealing with potential or existing tears. Take a look at the info graph below to see exactly how each should be used.

How to use


All in all, we found this package to be super effect in dealing with any pregnancy stretch mark issues – whether it be your attempts to stop tears occurring, or trying to remove skin lines that are already present.

For a more thorough look at the TrilAstin product range, or in fact any of related content, please take a look below at the grid for the relevant links. In particular, I highly recommend taking a peek at our Stretch Mark Treatment & Prevention Guide.

 

Until next time, stay healthy & happy,

Hannah

P.S. It would be remiss of me to not mention skin lightening - this is an area that can also help with stretch lines. While we at the Health Base would recommend a top cream like TrilAstin, skin lighteners can also be an effective option. Find out more about this in our Skin Brightening Guide.


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Muscle Growth Stretch Marks – Prevention and Treatment

Muscle Gain Stretch Marks

Who Can Get Stretch Marks?

A huge amount of people believe that stretch lines are an ailment that only occur because of huge weight gain – whether this be because of an unhealthy gain in fat, or else an unfortunate side effect of the more healthier gaining of weight that occurs with pregnancy.

Some people actually even also believe that such tears in the skin are something that only females can suffer from. They believe this because they associate this skin ailment with pregnancy. Now, it is true that stretch lines are a common side effect of being pregnant. This then obviously has the knock on effect of resulting in women being more susceptible to this ailment  than their male counterparts.

Lack of collagen results in skin tears

However, to believe any of the above is factually incorrect. Men too are susceptible to gaining skin marks. Also, this skin issue is not just limited to gains associated with the gains of becoming obese or pregnant. It is very possible, and quite common, to have stretch marks appear on your body because you gain large amounts of muscle over a short period of time.

But why does this happen? Gaining muscle mass is a healthy body change isn’t it? I’ll look at these questions next!


Why Do Stretch Lines Appear?

Well, firstly, let me explain how they occur. For a broader article on this topic, please look at my Complete Guide on this issue - Stretch Marks: Prevention and Treatment. For now, let me give you the short and sweet version.

Stretch marks occur when our bodies undergo great change in a short period of time in terms of weight or size. This great change causes our skin to expand at a rate that is too quick for our collagen production to keep up. Collagen is a protein in our skin that is responsible for keeping that skin strong and flexible. So, when this protein fails to adapt to a sudden growth in the skin, tears can appear.

These tears occur deep within our skin – this is why we don’t feel them happening. Then, when our skin returns to a more normal version of itself, we will see that anomalies have appeared in the form of dark lines on our skin. This is why stretch marks will only be evident when the weight has been lost in terms of pregnancy or obesity. But they can also appear when the swelling in our muscles dissipate after training.

This last mentioned occurrence is why we’re here discussing this issue so let’s get to it!


So, Why Do Tears Occur After Hard Training?

As alluded to at the end of the previous section, tears in our skin can appear on a person’s body after a heavy duty weight session. This is because the body has undergone severe stress and change in a very short period of time.

When a person does a serious weight session, the result is that our muscles expand well beyond their normal size. This is why people look absolutely jacked immediately after a training session! 

Bodybuilding

The problem is that this rapid growth can sometimes cause our collagen mechanism to become strained. Lines in our skin can then be the result. They will appear when the muscles return to a more normal size as your skin does the same.


Who is Affected by Such Tears?

Again, there is a common misconception when it comes to this topic. Many believe that it is just bodybuilders who are open to stretch marks appearing because of the intensity and regularity in which they train. This is half true – this issue is indeed a common occurrence and everyday threat for bodybuilders.

The muscles and skin of a bodybuilder undergoes dramatic change when he or she is training. This is especially true for those bodybuilders who are constantly training in the buildup to competitions. So, therefore, it is correct to say that bodybuilders are quite susceptible to this skin ailment.

However, and this is something that isn’t generally known, anybody who is doing heavy training can have a stretch line appear on their body. True, it’s not as common as with bodybuilders because the training isn’t as extreme, but yet it’s still possible for the average gym goer to gain such marks.


Where Will They Occur?

Such areas that are constantly under threat from stretch marks for bodybuilders or any weight lifters are the biceps, shoulders, and thighs. These are the areas that undergo the greatest muscle expansion which then leads to a rapid stretching of the skin.

Though, in saying this, these tears can occur in pretty much any area that experiences a quick muscle expansion. It’s rare for them to occur on places like the back, chest, or abdomen because these muscle areas are either quite large or else have plenty of skin in which to adapt to the temporary muscle swelling.

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Ways to Avoid Training Related Stretch Lines

It’s important to note that the very nature of bodybuilding, or any muscle growing endeavor, goes against common logic regarding stretch lines. The goal of lifting weight is to grow your muscle mass in a short period of time – this is the aim of the game. However, as explained, increasing muscle mass in a quick fashion is a sure fire way to gain skin tears along with your muscle!

Don’t lose all hope just yet, though. 😉 This article would be pretty useless if I didn’t mention some methods that could help you prevent this issue from occurring after your training! Below are some tried and tested methods that will help you with your prevention efforts.


Method 1: Maintain a Nutritious & Varied Diet

This is something that goes hand in hand with bodybuilding or indeed any type of training regime. Food is fuel and if you are not putting the right fuel into your body then you won’t see the results that you were aiming for.

However, when it comes to prevention, there are a few specific foods and nutrients that are needed in order to keep your skin healthy and supple. As explained before, keeping your skin strong and flexible is key to keeping stretch marks at bay.

But which foods are the ones that supply this strength and elasticity? In particular, foods or supplements that are rich in Vitamin C and D; zinc; and anti-oxidants are a brilliant way of giving your skin those badly needed nutrients. These will boost your skin’s overall health and ability to accommodate any muscle growth.

Healthy Diet

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In addition, staying hydrated is absolutely vital to maintaining healthy skin. The majority of people do not drink enough water on a daily basis; it’s actually quite a tricky thing to maintain a healthy water intake! It takes a conscious effort but it’s one that is definitely worth it.


Method 2: Aim for Gradual Muscle Growth

This method can be quite difficult to adhere to. I’ve mentioned how bodybuilding and weight training is very counterproductive when it comes to trying to avoid skin tears – the aims of both inevitably clash, with the result being that the former usually results in the latter appearing.

The best way of trying to grow your muscle mass in a controlled, gradual manner rather than an explosive one is to adopt a steady, progressive workout program. It’s far better to have a weight program that will result in long term results rather than super hard in the beginning and not lasting the test of time. This secondary approach also can result in skin tears.

Training at a steady and clever pace will importantly allow your skin to adapt more naturally to the changes that are occurring because of the weight training. The key to such a program is to incorporate plenty of rest in it. This will allow your body to grow and to hopefully avoid any skin lines cropping up.


Method 3: Moisturise Regularly

Forget about prevention, moisturizing on a daily basis is something everybody should being do regardless! A top quality moisturizer is a must have in a health and beauty regime. Such a product supplies our skin with those badly needed nutrients as well ensuring that we stay hydrated.

I like to think of a moisturizer as something that works with a healthy diet. The diet supplies everything that we need on the inside of our bodies, while the moisturizer makes sure we’re kept healthy on the outside.

In terms of stretch marks, ingredients like Vitamin A and E; shea butter; and cocoa butter are often found in top quality moisturizers. These particular ingredients are brilliant for helping the skin stay supple and strong.

For an example of a top class moisturizing agent, take a look at Zenmed’s version. It’s listed as Product No. 7 in the table of contents.

What if Lines Have Already Formed?

If it’s the case that stretch lines are already present on your body, then the preventive methods outlined above obviously aren’t as helpful. Though, in saying this, they are still good ideas to follow in order to avoid future issues.

However, if you have lines, then there are options that you can take to minimize them to the point which they are pretty much invisible. Below are what I believe are the best steps that you can take to achieve this.

Skin Tears

1: Quality Stretch Mark Cream

(Our Top Choice)

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This is probably the most effective way of dealing with existing stretch lines. Such creams have been specifically designed to treat such an ailment by nullifying the damage caused by your skin tearing. This will greatly reduce the appearance of the line.


A key note to remember is that you treat this issue as a soon as you can. This will greatly increase the effect that the cream has. Though, in saying this, the top creams on the market today are quite capable of minimizing marks that have been present for years.


The top creams, and the application of one, help to promote recovery in your skin by supplying it with oxygen and vital nutrients. While the damage of skin tears can never truly be healed, a quality cream can do wonders in aiding your skin to recover to a sufficient level.


During our research into this topic, myself and the Health Base Team tried and tested quite a few of the leading brands. Personally, the one that stood out for me was the cream created by TrilAstin. You can read about this product in my TrilAstin-SH Review if you’re interested. This particular brand have a package that is specifically designed to target muscle related skin tears. 

2: Light Therapy Treatment

This one is a bit of a hit and miss in that there isn’t a whole ton of medical research or customer testimonials to back it up. The principle behind this treatment is that certain wavelengths of light have been proven to aid in the healing of skin wounds.


This type of light is infrared in design as this type penetrates deeply into the skin. This means that the deeper levels of skin can be warmed which will then encourage the natural healing process of the body. In theory, this should then promote the production of collagen and elastin which are key in maintaining skin strength and flexibility.

3: Home Microdermabrasion Kit

Microdermabrasion is a technique that has come on leaps and bounds in the health and beauty industry. It is one of the most modern and effective ways of treating a variety of skin issues – for a full in-depth look at microderm treatment feel free to view our comprehensive guide on microabrasion or else our article that outlines the Top 5 Benefits of Microdermabrasion - both these links can be found at the bottom of this page.


Microderm treatment can effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks by manipulating the skin that has been affected. This can result in the offended area becoming softer and more even in skin tone to the surrounding skin.


It must be pointed out that it’s best to use a microdermabrasion kit in conjunction with something like a top level cream. The microderm machine works to soften the area where the tear has occured which then allows for better levels of penetration for the cream.


Click the following if you’d like to read our short review of the best microdermabrasion kit on the market today.


Concluding Thoughts

I hope this article has eased your worries in regards to stretch lines. These tears are in no way threatening to our health, proven by countless people having them and not being all that bothered about it!

However, there is an aesthetic element to tears in skin and it’s no shame if you want to avoid, or get rid of, them. This can be achieved by following the methods and steps that I’ve outlined in this article. If you have any queries or bits of advice, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 🙂

Until next time, stay healthy & happy,

Hannah

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TrilAstin-SH Review – The Answer to Stretch Marks?

TrilAstin Product Range

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Stretch Marks - What Are They?

For a full breakdown of what exactly stretch marks are and why they occur, please take a look at my on this matter please check out the following link - thehealthbase.com/best-stretch-mark-treatments/

In this guide, I look in-depth at the causes of these skin tears– including the three main reasons they occur and how to prevent these occurrences.

For now, I’ll quickly explain what these skin lines are and then I’ll proceed with my review of the products.

Tears in our skin occur when a portion of the body grows and expands too quickly for our collagen to keep up.

Skin lacking in collagen leads to tears

Collagen serves to regulate our skin’s strength and elasticity, so when it gets caught out tiny little tears can occur within our skin. These tears then result in stretch lines. They come in the form of dark lines that run across our skin’s surface.

When we gain considerable weight in a short period of time, and then lose that weight, this is when these tears happen. This can come about because of pregnancy; bodybuilding; or increases in body weight because of dietary or medical issues.

A top quality cream or treatment kit is then used to minimize the aesthetic appearance of these tears. While this skin affliction can never fully be healed and removed from our bodies, they can be minimized to the extent that they become invisible. This is what the TrilAstin product range excels in achieving.


Be Proactive, Don’t Be Reactive

As with any medical or physical issue, the importance of taking preventative steps cannot be stated enough. What I mean by this is the following; there’s no use in being reactive to medical issues – i.e. dealing with them when they occur and not before.

It’s key that we are proactive in our lives instead of being reactive. This means that we consciously decide to live health lives WHILE we are healthy, and not to decide to go healthy when our actual health starts to suffer.

With regards to the issue we're discussing, the following  list of lifestyle choices can greatly increase your chances of avoiding as well as treating skin problems. They are logical and pretty obvious steps…see how many you can tick off! 🙂

Key healthy lifestyle choices

However, despite our best efforts, issues can still occur when it comes to our skin's health. Even if you follow all the above guidelines, the taxing effect of pregnancy; muscle gain; or weight gain/loss can still cause tears to occur. This is when a quality cream then becomes your best friend! Therefore, with no further ado, I present...


The Brand

As we do with all our reviews, we take special care to investigate the actual brand behind the product that has caught our eye. We do this for a very simple and logical reason – we refuse to promote or give time to unethical or untrustworthy brands, no matter how good their products are. Just no. 🙁

Therefore, when we began to become impressed by TrilAstin’s range of stretch line treatments, we paused and took a step back. We forgot the products for a short time. Instead, we focused on the brand itself. The products had impressed us…but could the brand do the same?

Logo

When reviewing a brand, we look at two things – the ethos and message that the brand promotes, and the customer feedback that will either support this ethos and message, or else find it lacking. In terms of their ethos, this company openly admits on their website that beauty is not just skin deep, but that aesthetic appearance is indeed important to all of us.

This is true – there are far more important facets to a human being than simply how they look. But, despite this, looking good is still something that we all seek. There is no shame in this, it’s perfectly natural. This brand seem to understand this which is good as they do not then go out of their way to appeal to peoples’ vanity and insecurities in their marketing.

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         True beauty emanates from within. We all share a common desire to feel good about ourselves, to know ourselves, to like ourselves, to project that in our daily lives and to inspire it in others. Looking beautiful is only a part of that journey; feeling beautiful is the true prize. We craft all of our skincare solutions to produce positive, visible change that transform your skin and reveal your true inner beauty. We demand results from our products because results matter—results change lives.”

~ the TrilAstin Ethos


So, the ethos and message sounds good. It sounds positive and of a healthy origin. But does the customer feedback and testimonials backup this health conscious ethos? Well, as far as our research has ascertained, the answer to this a resounding yes.

From product testimonials, to customer service issues, to packaging and shipping queries, this brand has an overwhelmingly positive score with its customer base. Since its inclusion in the health and beauty niche in 2003, TrilAstin has repeatedly proven its credentials and quality in terms of its products. It’s safe to say that myself and the Health Base Team are quite satisfied with this particular brand! 🙂


Essentially…What Does it Do?

Firstly, it’s important to note that the TrilAstin-SH product range is an improvement on their previous product range. In the next section I’ll talk more about why this new range of creams is superior to what came before.

When it comes to stretch mark creams, the aim of the game is, as you can imagine, quite self-explanatory – to remove as much of the damage as possible so that your skin tone and complexion reverts back to its normal shade.

For this, a quality cream is needed that will penetrate your skin with ease.

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Here the cream will supply the damaged area with nutritional benefits as well as promoting your body’s ability to recover and heal. This, essentially, is all that there is to it!

A key element of this process is that the treatment provides support for your skin in the production of collagen and elastin. Elastin is a protein that is key in the production of collagen, and collagen is the key weapon that battles against any skin afflictions like skin tears.

Ultimately, this product range delivers exactly what you’d want in such a treatment. Below, I’ll explain just how they do this.


Why is This a Superior Product Range?

The main reason that TrilAstin-SH has taken a massive positive step forward in its effectiveness is because they have refined their proprietary technologies – thus supplying a better product range.

This company are renowned for their effective technologies that are key in creating the formulas that make up their products. The main technology that they use is known as the SSDS™ - or the Sequenced Diffusion Delivery System to give it its rather long and laborious name!! 😉

The SSDS™ is essential in creating a protective skin patch which helps the skin quickly absorb the agents of the creams over an extended period of time – this thus provides a specially designed sequenced release of ingredients to the skin. This technology also aids in rehydrating the skin. 

Learn from your mistake

In addition to this, the LipoTrisome™ is a proprietary complex of three compounds that are super effective fat-burning agents. This complex works to boost the body’s natural ability to metabolize fat. This is key to stretch line recovery as it results in cellulite being replaced by firm, elastic tissue.

In terms of application and aesthetics – the products produced by this brand are non-greasy and very easy to apply. They are also unscented which means that they become invisible within seconds of being applied. These products also do not stain clothes which is always something that is greatly appreciated in a health and beauty product.


Key ingredients

A formula is only as good as the ingredients that created it. These ingredients and the volumes that are used are just as important as the technology or the brand reputation. Below are some of the key ingredients that TrilAstin incorporates into their SH product line and why they are so beneficial.

  • Zea May Kernel Extract: proven to aid in healing of wounds - stimulates production of fibronectin; key in tissue repair
  • BeauPlex™: powerful multivitamin complex - include Vitamin C, B3, B5, & B6
  • Hydromanil H.GL™: a three dimensional glycol-matrix delivery system - provides a sequential release of moisturizing molecules
  •  D-Stria™: boosts skin firmness; elasticity; suppleness; and reduces color of stretch marks 
  • Vitamin E: takes the form of fat-soluble compound which possesses distinctive antioxidant properties - helps to protect cell membranes & also works to prevent damage from free radicals
  • BVOSC™: stable and potent form of Vitamin C ester - super-effective anti-oxidant - increases fibroblast activity in the skin 
  • Active Soy Protein: renowned for its nutritional value - contains 8 amino acids - promotes cellular growth and moisture retention
  • Collagen: structural protein - essential for the skin to maintain its framework - provides strength & elasticity to the skin
  • Chlorella Vulgaris Extract: contains 8 amino acids - promotes the formation of structural proteins - aids in creation of collagen   
  • Elastin: a protein that allows skin to stretch - body stops producing it after puberty therefore needed from another source



The Packages & Discount Deals


Packages

Package One – The Stretch Mark Prevention Starter Pack

Contains:  Preventative Cream &  Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum

As I mentioned before, taking preventative steps is a key thing to keep in mind when it comes to stretch lines and dealing with them. TrilAstin understands this and this why they have created preventative products as well as products that deal with the emergence of skin lines.

The aim of this starter pack is to prepare your body for possible skin tears. It can work to even avoid them in some cases.

The Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum works to warm your skin and prep it for the Preventative Cream – by warming your skin; it makes the application and effectiveness of the cream all the better.

The Maternity Preventative Cream then helps your skin to keep its strength and elasticity as it undergoes the change of gaining and losing weight. Overall, this super effective combo boosts your skin’s health.

Important Note: It must be added that stretch marks are very common after a pregnancy or after a serious weight loss. I add this to ensure that you don’t think this prevention package will automatically mean that you’ll never get tears in your skin. While this can happen, it’s more likely that the any tears will instead be greatly reduced because of this package’s efforts. This is why it is well worth your time to look at the “Mommy Bundle” and the “Bodybuilder’s Dream” packages as they also incorporate the TrilAstin-SH Cream which will work to combat tears.

Package Type

Contains

Three Month Supply

- Preventative Cream x 3

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 2

One Month Supply

- Preventative Cream x 1

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 1

 

Two Month Supply

- Preventative Cream x 2

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 1


Application: Twice a day to the areas where you feel you are susceptible to stretch lines. For more on this, have a look at our guide on the top rated Stretch Mark Treatments.

Verdict: Suitable for women who are expecting a child or for people who are planning to lose a lot of weight over a relatively short period of time. Effective at avoiding tears from occurring or limiting their emergence.

With regards to package type, naturally the price goes with size but so does the overall value. For example, the three month supply is far better value than the one month version, but, of course, it's a fair bit more expensive as well. It really comes down to how much of the cream and serum you think you might use. With a product such as this, I always think it's better to have some left over rather than to run out of either the cream or serum!


Package Two – The Stretch Mark Starter Pack

Contains: Maximum Strength SH Cream & Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum.

This starter pack is essentially what this brand are all about – supplying a one-two punch to skin lines that will leave them floored! (I robbed this analogy from their site – openly admit to this! :))

The Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum preps the skin by heating it and supplying the damaged area with a vitamin infused blast.

Once your skin is ready, the SR Max Strength Cream is then applied so it can do its magic. The sustained-release technology works to deliver active ingredients to the damaged skin as well as boosting the skin’s ability to repair itself. Dynamite!!


Package Type

Cost

Contains

One Month Supply

$69

(Normally $98)

- SR Maximum Strength Cream x 1

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 1

 

Two Month Supply

$119.99

(Normally $87)

- SR Maximum Strength x 2

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 1

Three Month Supply

$189.99

(Normally $140)

- SR Maximum Strength Cream x 3

- Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serum x 2


Application: Apply once or twice daily, depending on size and severity of the issue.

Verdict: Suitable for all old and new stretch marks, as well as for all skin types. Super effective at greatly diminishing these lines within a month of use.

Again, as with the Preventative kits, the bigger the supply then the better the value but also the more it will cost. It really depends on your own preference.


Package ThreeThe Mommy Bundle

(Specifically designed for, but not limited to, maternity related skin tears)

Contains: Three Prevention Creams, two Hydro-Thermal Accelerator Serums, & one SR Max Strength Cream.

In a nutshell, this is the perfect cream package for any woman who is expecting to experience a pregnancy in the near future. It contains three elements that will work to both prevent stretch lines from appearing; limit their appearance; and then diminish them entirely.

The Preventative Cream is designed to be used for during pregnancy, in conjunction with the Accelerator Serum. While the SR Max Strength Cream will also team up with the Accelerator Serum to help combat skin lines that appear after pregnancy

Prevent and treatment for mothers

Application: The preventive cream twice daily; the SR Cream once to twice daily depending on severity and size of the stretch marks.

Verdict: Suitable for all skin types and all sorts of skin lines. Covers absolutely all angles and areas of the body. Even though it is advertised for Mothers and pregnancy, it is also a very effective package for anyone who feels that they might be susceptible to this skin issue.



Package Four The Bodybuilder’s Dream Package

(Specifically designed for Bodybuilders or anyone putting on muscle size)

Contains: One Prevention Cream, three SR Max Strength Creams, & one Hydro-thermal Accelerator Serum.

This is much the same as the “Mommy Bundle” package – it features the same products yet the emphasis is more on treating the stretch lines rather than preventing them.

This can been in the addition of the three TrilAstin-SR Creams and only one of the Prevention Creams.

Cost: $249 (Discounted price – usually $311.97).

Application: Same as the above package.

Skin Tear Treatment kit

Verdict: This package is more suited to those people who know that they will be experiencing tears in their skin – i.e.  bodybuilders who are going to be putting on serious muscle in a short period of time.

In terms of cost effectiveness, it would actually cost the exact same to buy these products individually. You would save on shipping and it’s always far more convenient to purchase all of these in one go rather than separately.


Bundle Offers


Offer No. 15 for the Price of 3  (The Health Base’s Pick)


Contains: Four SR Max Strength Creams & one Hydro-thermal Accelerator Serum.

Cost: $196 (Discounted price- usually $255)

Verdict: This offer gives you three of the TrilAstin-SR Creams with an additional Cream and one Accelerator Serum for free.

This deal is quite good in terms of saving money as buying these products individually would cost you $255.

The Health Base recommendation

So, therefore, you can save $59 and also an extra amount from only having one shipment. I personally think that this is the best offer for people who have existing stretch marks.

Offer No. 27 for the Price of 4

Contains: Six SR Creams & one HT Hydro-thermal Accelerator Serum.

Cost: $317.96.

Verdict: A bigger version of the 5 for 3 bundle offer. In terms of cost, you’d save $55.04 by purchasing this offer over buying individually.

There is a lot of Cream in this bundle, arguably too much for one person. It’s great value if you find someone to split it with, or perhaps if you are a professional bodybuilder. Other than that, I’d recommend going for the 5 for 3 bundle.


Customer Testimonials - Written & Video

All testimonials are taken from this brand's official site or from YouTube

 I developed stretch marks when I got pregnant and then I lost about almost 100 pounds in a year so I had really dark purple deep lines that I could not get rid of with any product! I thought about laser surgery but was quoted at $600 per treatment. I did more research and I came across this product which received great reviews so I decided to give it a try. It has been 3 weeks and I love it so far! I can totally tell a difference with my lines; they have definitely lightened. I can’t wait to keep watching them disappear!”

~ Kristina

 This cream wasn’t in my budget but I figured if it didn’t work I’ll send it back since it’s money back guaranteed. I only used it on my breasts where I had stretch marks from sudden weight loss. I’m extremely satisfied with my purchase and I highly recommend it. Just use it twice a day with the accelerator cream and I’m confident you will see major results in 3-4 weeks.”

~ Anna

~ Anna

 I started using this product after the birth of my son. I developed stretch lines all over my stomach. After my son was born, they were still there and they were very dark and visible. A few months after my son was born was when I discovered TrilAstin-SR. I started really noticing a difference after a month of using this product. My dark and visible marks became just faint white marks on my skin. I continue to faithfully use this product because everything I had used prior did not work for me. I am extremely pleased with this product.”

~ Alba


The Guarantee

This is a super incentive that comes with TrilAstin and their product range. They offer a whopping 90 money back guarantee with all their products and packages.

This is a very impressive and noteworthy guarantee when compared to other such offers in the health and beauty industry.

In the majority of cases, you’ll see an improvement in your stretch marks by using the products mentioned above within 3-4 weeks, so that’s 21-28 days. Because the warranty is 90 full days, this gives you plenty of time to try out the creams and serums and to judge their effectiveness.

90 Day Guarantee

However, it must be noted that this guarantee comes with certain stipulations that you need to be familiar with. I doubt very much that you’ll want to return any of this brand's products, but if you do, then take special care to read the following:

  • The 90 Day Guarantee only applies for first time customers
  • Returning products must be postmarked no later than 90 days after the purchase date
  • Most customers utilize two bottles to see results with recommended application. Because of this, our guarantee applies to only 3 bottles in your order. However, you may return unopened tubes to receive a full refund of your purchase amount
  • If your order was damaged during delivery, we must be contacted within 48 hours of delivery date
  • The full purchase price - LESS SHIPPING - will be returned to your method of payment within 48 hours of processing
  • Please note that we cannot refund more than three tubes of product per customer under this guarantee*
  • Please include a note with your order number and reason for return

*This is further reason I believe to buy the 5 for the Price of 3 bundle offer. The TrilAstin guarantee only covers three bottles of your first order. So, therefore, if you buy a single bottle then you won’t be able to get a refund. Just as if you buy twenty, then you’ll only be able to get a refund on three of the twenty. Not much good.

However, as I said, if you buy the 5 for 3, and there’s an issue, then you can get a full refund. And since you’ve only actually paid for three (two are free), then you won’t have lost anything. I believe this is the shrewdest way to go about purchasing your first treatment package.


Common FAQs

What results can I expect to see?

Answer: Existing stretch marks will be reduced in appearance within 3-4 weeks. Future lines can be diminished and even prevented by using the appropriate cream.      

Are these products effective on all skin types, ages, and colors?

Answer: Absolutely. The products have been rigorously tested on all differing skin types.

Are there any side effects from any of the creams or serums?

Answer: The FDA approved all TrilAstin products, a main reason why these products are available in 130 countries worldwide since 2005. Also, the formula used is both hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.     

Do these products work on scars – either surgical or general ones?

Answer: In most cases the answer is yes. The SR Cream can help to normalize scar tissues and return the damaged area to the normal complexion of the surrounding skin.                       

How long will an average tube/bottle last?

Answer: Each tube/bottle is 5.5ounces in terms of volume and should last you for approximately 4 – 6 weeks. Again, this will differ depending on such factors like the size of the stretch lines; the severity of the tear involved; the depth of the damage; and the area in which the lines are present.

Do this Brand test on animals?

Answer: Absolutely not. This is a query that (rightfully so) is becoming more and more important and prevalent in the minds of consumers.

Is the TrilAstin website a safe one in which to order from?

Answer: Yes, extremely safe. This brand has a strict policy of never sharing, selling, or providing information to any third parties. All transactions that take place on their site are 100% secure and conducted through secure SSL pages. For more information, have a look at their Privacy Policy page.


My Final Word & Verdict

For New Stretch Marks

If you use the Hydro-thermal Accelerator Serum in conjunction with the SR Max Strength Cream, then you will see a noticeable difference in your stretch lines within 3-4 weeks. After this, these line will become increasingly less visible over time.

As mentioned before, the key with this skin issue to try and be proactive rather than reactive. If you can get ahead of possible skin problems, then great, that's the best course of action. However, sometimes that isn't possible. Therefore...


For Old Stretch Marks

Old tears will take longer to dissipate as they have been present on your body for an extended period. In our judgment, old marks won’t begin to disappear until after a few months of the same as treatment as outlined above. However, they will indeed fade just as well as new ones.

Again, it’s worth noting that factors such as age; area; length; depth; and severity will dictate how long it takes for a skin line to become less visible.


Best Place to Buy

We recommend that you either go straight to the source when you are thinking about trying one of these products, or else use a trusted wholesaler such as Amazon. 

Also, as seen in this review, this brand offers discounted prices every now and again; these discounts won’t be available from every vendor and are usually just located on their official site which can be reached via the link below. 



Final Word

Overall, the TrilAstin product range is super effective at what it was intended to do. The Prevention Cream works wonders to prepare your skin for potential tears, while the Hydro-thermal Accelerator Serum ensures that the skin is at its most receivable for the SR Cream.

In terms of cost-effectiveness, I’ve said that the 5 for the price of 3 bundle offer is the best option by far I think. This gives you a good amount of Cream and Serum for a very good price. It also means that you can fully avail of the 90 day guarantee if anything amiss happens.

That brings an end to my review. I hope that you found it insightful and, as always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or other members of the Health Base team via our Contact Page or through the contact form supplied at the end of this page. Also, if you’ve time, take a look at the related content that is available at the bottom as well.


Until next time, stay healthy & happy,

Hannah

thehealthbase


SkinBright Review – Skin Lightening at its Best?

Skin brightener

A Quick Introduction

Hello, guys, Hannah here. Today I’m going to be reviewing the skin lightening cream created by SkinBright. This will be a carry on from my Health Base Comprehensive Guide in which I covered all the major lightening creams on the market today.

We at the Health Base enjoy doing these types of reviews as it gives us the opportunity to point people in the right direction. As we tackle our chosen health and beauty topics, we work our way through the possible treatments and products until inevitably we are left with what we think are the best ones.

It would be kind of pointless, not to mention counterproductive and immoral, if we were to then hoard this knowledge for ourselves! We’re all about sharing here at theHealthBase so this is why ensure that we add in some reviews every now and again. 🙂

So, with that said, I’ll now get stuck into my review of this particular cream we've seen amazing results with. Enjoy!

(P.S. Click here if you're looking for SkinBright's Official Website.)


What Does this Cream Deliver?

Well, in a nutshell, this product delivers exactly what you’d want from a skin lightening cream - a powerful yet subtle method of brightening the overall tone of your skin. This cream was created through after years of constant research and testing which resulted in an end product that is not only super effective, but also completely natural in its ingredients. 

The formulated mixture of Alpha-Arbutin and Kojic Acid in particular are proven methods to lighten the color of a person's skin which is something that more and more people are preferring in the modern world

Lighten skin

In addition, this cream can help with a whole host of health issues and is not just suitable for people who are looking to brighten their overall complexion. Below are some ailments that this product can help with:

  • Melasma

  • Age Spots​​​​

  • Accumulative Effects

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Sun Spots

  • Aging


This double impact is what makes this product such a popular choice among both men and women: 1) It can work brighten a person's overall skin tone. 2) It can treat a wide variety of skin issues..


What Size Package to Go For?

This is a very pertinent question when it comes to deciding which skin whitening cream package to buy. It’s even more relevant with the brand I'm looking at today as they offer several different packages that contain different numbers of bottles. Below, I’ve done a quick breakdown of the four packages on offer.

Package

*Amount of Bottles 

**Length of Use

One

6

6 - 9 months

Two

4

4 - 6 months

Three

2

2 - 3 months

Four

1

1 - 1.5 months

*All bottles have a volume of 50ml/1.7ounces

**Depending on area of body the cream is being used on


As with most products, the bigger the package is in terms of bottles, then the lower the price is on average per single bottle.

This is a common selling tactic used by brands all over the world – it’s also one that can be very beneficial if you choose the right package.

My personal recommendation is to go for either Package One or Two - this way you'll get 4 - 6 or 6 - 9 month's worth of cream. This is important for a very logical reason.

Cost Effect

With skin lighteners, it will take 90 days or so for you to really being to see results - this means that buying a package that supplies cream that'll only last a month or two (as is the case with Packages 3 & 4) might very well leave you short.

The end result with buying these lesser packages could very well be that you'll end up running our of cream just when you're starting to see a hint of the results that you're after! Not ideal.

Also, not only will Package One & Two mean that you will have plenty of cream, it also works out far cheaper per bottle. Win, win. 🙂

It's also worth pointing out that SkinBright themselves claim that Package One is by far their best seller. In my eyes this proves that people have weighed up the cost effectiveness of this package and this is why it's flying off the digital shelves.


The Key Ingredients

As with any health and beauty product, the end result is only as good as the ingredients incorporated into the formula. If the ingredients are not good, or if the measurements are off, then the resulting formula and product will pay the price.

One of the great things about the SkinBright brand is that they insist on using only natural and organic ingredient sources in their products. This is the way the health and beauty industry is going in the modern world as more and more people are becoming health conscious. The quicker the better, I say! 🙂

Below is a list of some of the top ingredients in this lightening cream and the benefits that they deliver.

  • Alpha Arbutin: extracted from the Bearbery Plant - works prevent the formation of  melanin & is a powerful lightener
  • Kojic Acid: by-product of malting rice process - super effective pigmentation inhibitor 
  • Vitamin A Palmitate: turns into Retinol when absorbed into body - aids in resurfacing & rejuvenating of skin - significantly improves complexion
  • Lemon Extract: strong exfoliant - helps body shed cells
  • Passionflower Extract: decrease appearance of dark circles & discolorations
  • Aloe Vera: a​​​​ids exfoliant ingredients minimize skin irritation & boost smoothness
  • Allantoin: also boosts smoothness of your complexion - increase skin cell proliferation & healing of damaged areas   
  • Ascorbic Acid: purest form of Vitamin C - super strong antioxidant ingredient - protects skin from free radicals
  • Squalene: 100% natural moisturizer - super permeable & non-greasy 
  • Hydrogenated Polydecene: boosts hydration & possesses anti-aging properties
  • Lemongrass Extract: versatile skin care ingredient - rich in anti-microbial & anti-bacterial properties - one of nature's best astringents; minimizes pores; limits secretion of sebum/oil; & boosts skin's firmness 
  • Jojoba Oil: exceptionally good moisturizing agent - studies have proven that this ingredient prevents infections
  • Sunflower Oil: works to help your complexion retain its moisture
  • Hemp Oil: anti-inflammatory agent that works with exfoliant ingredients - soothes skin & minimizes irritation 
  • Malachite Extract: extra strong detoxifying agent & super antioxidant agent


Other ingredients include paraben-free Water, Cosmedia SP, Silica, Calcarea Carbonica, Graphites, Veegum Ultra, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Capric Triglycerides, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone / Cyclopentasiloxane, Optiphen Plus, Potassium Sorbate.

As you can see, this product is loaded with natural goodness and nutritional value. More importantly, this cream is jam packed with ingredients and agents that are specifically chosen because of their ability to lighten complexion tone in various ways. Exactly the kind of stuff that we need in our cream in order to brighten our complexions and/or get rid of those pesky skin problems! 🙂


Three Added Benefits

Strong Anti-Aging Capabilities

A further advantage that this product delivers is that its formula makes it a great weapon in the fight against Father Time. Our skin is always aging, there's very little that we can do about this fact. However, a proactive step that we can take is to use the best ingredients and agents that will ensure our skin remains healthy and young for as long as possible.

Two of the most powerful anti-aging agents that nature can provide are Allantoin and Vitamin A Palmitate...both of which are incorporated into the SkinBright formula! These two marvelous compounds work to strengthen and tone our skin, something that is vital in preventing wrinkles and lines appearing. 

Air Dispenser Technology

When it comes to products of this nature, a key element is the packaging in which they come in. If the packaging is poor, then the product may very well spoil and quickly become rather useless. One of the most dangerous risks of this occurring lies in oxidation.

Oxidation is where too much air gets into the product's container which can cause the ingredients within to degrade at a rapid rate. Not good!!

SkinBright have foreseen this issue and prevented it by placing their skin brightening cream in large 50 ml dispensers. These nifty dispensers use the latest and greatest technology to protect the formula within. What's more, every order also comes with a helpful reusable light shielding pouch that works to keep your cream safe from the harmful rays of the sun - something that is also a key degradation factor.

Money Back Guarantee

A key element to every purchase is what, if any, type of warranty the manufacturer adds to their product. If there is none, then it's probably best that you move on!!

SkinBright offer a super 60 Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee. This basically means that you can try out this product for two months risk free.

If, after 5 or 6 weeks, you do not think that this brand is the one for you, then you can easily contact this brand's customer service department and they'll swiftly set about sorting you out with a refund. 

Money Back Guarantee

This ultimately makes trying this product 100% Risk Free, which is not something that can be said about some of the other leading brands in this niche.

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Testimonials

These following reviews have been taken from this brand's official site so you know that they are legit.

 My name is Morufat. I'm from Queens, New York. SkinBright has been so good to my skin. I've been using their cream for 4 weeks now to get rid of my discoloration after pregnancy. My results have been so wonderful. My skin is flawless and radiant. My friends have seen my results, especially my mother, who has just ordered a set herself. This cream has made me more comfortable with my skin. Thanks!"

~ Morufat

     Queens, NY

 Hello, My name is Lauren from Miami, Florida, and I've been using this cream now for 3 months. Prior to using it I had splotches on my arms and on my legs, from sun exposure. I did try a couple products to try to get them to go away and none of them did work until I did try this brand. I used this cream...after the first month I saw the spots on my arms starting to blend away and after the third month now I can't see them at all. I feel more confident now. I remember looking back at pictures and actually seeing the spots in pictures and now they're all gone, so I thank you so much SkinBright and recommend it to anyone!"

~ Lauren

     Miami, FL

 Hello, my name is Elisa and I'm from San Marcos, California. I think SkinBright is amazing. I have been using their cream for one month now for the dark scars on my arms and legs and the results have been amazing. The dark scars have been dramatically lightened. My family members have definitely noticed how the ugly scars have improved and they are always asking me what I did to improve my skin and I'm always telling them how this brand's cream is great and I feel really happy how others notice how my skin has changed and I'm definitely more confident now. Thank you for this great product!"

~ Elisa

     Marcos, CA

 

 “I’ve always had problems with freckles, especially when I’ve been out in the sun. I started using this product about 3 months ago, with a strong sunscreen, and it’s been amazing how much they’ve been reduced. My mom noticed right away when I got back from college. She said I had a lot less freckles than the last time I came home to visit. I would recommend SkinBright to anyone with annoying freckles that they want to get rid of. Thanks!”

~ Jim

     Bakersfield, CA

 

 “Hi, My name is Lawrence. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had been using SkinBright because it doesn’t contain any hydroquinone and has all natural and safe ingredients. After using this brand, my acne scars which I had before have all faded away, revealing a healthy glowing complexion. I have gotten compliments from all my friends. That made me feel very good and has skyrocketed my confidence level. So, it really, really works!”

~ Lawrence

     Silver Spring, MD

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Top 10 FAQs

FAQs
Question 1 – Does this brand do product testing on Animals?

Answer – This brand that has never treated on animals. It would go completely against the ethos of the company. They have a strict policy of creating cruelty-free products.

I personally would never buy, nor would I review, a product that has been tested on animals. It’s barbaric, inhumane, and completely unnecessary in these modern times.

Question 2 – How should I store a bottle of this cream?

Answer – This brand's products are packaged and delivered to customers in airless dispensers. This is because it is essential that the ingredients that make up the cream are not exposed to any undue sun or air.

Due to this special packaging, this results in your skin whitening cream having a far longer shelf life. Other than this, it’s key that you store the cream in a cold, dry area. If you are not going to use it within a year, then store the product in a fridge in order to best persevere it

Question 3 – Is there anything that I should use in conjunction with this skin lightening cream?

Answer – As with any health and beauty product, it’s key that you also use a quality moisturizer. This is to ensure that your body is supplied with the necessary nutrients and also stays hydrated. One such quality moisturizer is the one created by Zenmed – look for the Zenmed's Moisturizing Lotion (Product 7 in the Table of Contents).

In addition to this, it’s a good idea to also apply some sunscreen during the times that you’ve applied your skin whitening cream. This is simply advisable so that excessive sun does not diminish the effect of this cream while it is working its magic.

Question 4 – Can makeup up be used in conjunction with this cream?

Answer – this question can be answered with one word…YES! The only step that you have to take is to allow the cream to be absorbed into your skin before you apply your makeup. I find that giving the cream ten minutes is plenty.

Question 5 – Is it safe to order from this brand's website?

Answer – I have provided links to the official site throughout this review because of one simple reason – 9/10 times it best to buy from the source. Cut out the middle man and go directly to the origin. The only time you should not do this is if you are using a world renowned wholesaler like Amazon or the like.

The guys and gals at SkinBright use an online ordering system that is secured by the latest SSL technology. This means that any information that you enter is 100% secure. It also means that if you have any issues, or want to return something, you can directly contact this brand instead of an intermediary.

Question 6 – How do I contact the Customer Service department?

Answer – In the event that you have an issue with one of your products, then it’s quite easy to contact themt in order to solve it. Either visit their site – SkinBright.com – where you’ll see the contact section. Simply then fill in the contact form with whatever query that’s on your mind.

As always, we put this brand's customer service team to the test by contacting them a few times in sporadic fashion with a variety of queries and complaints. All the messages that we sent go a reply within 3 working days – usually within 1-2 working day. The replies were also courteous and helpful. Therefore, we were more than happy with this!

Question 7 – Does this cream have any negative side effects?

Answer – During our research and testing, we thoroughly put the this skin lightening cream through its paces just so we could feel confident in answering this particular question. We personally found that there weren’t any issues.

However, we did notice that this brand does have a disclaimer on their site saying that there might be a small chance of someone having an allergic reaction to their products. This is something that is quite common with health and beauty brands. The reason is simple – everyone’s complexion is different and these types of products consist of quite a few varying degree of ingredient. In saying this, because this brand only use natural and organic ingredients in their cream, the likelihood of anyone having an adverse reaction is hardly even worth worrying about.

To be 100% safe, you could always patch test this product before applying it in full. Simply choose a small area of your body and apply it to see if anything happens. We didn’t come across any such reactions during our research and testing, though we did appreciate it being mentioned on the official site.

Question 8 – Can this cream be used by anyone of any age?

Answer – Yes, this cream can be used safely by both sexes. It is suitable and effective for all complexion types.. In terms of age, this brand recommends that you refrain from using their products if you are under 13 years of age.

This is a pretty standard restriction when it comes to health and beauty products. In the case of skin lightening creams, it’s not a major issue as children under the age of 13 very rarely find themselves with this affliction.

Question 9 – How long will a single bottle last for?

Answer – A standard bottle comes in at 50mls in terms of volume – 1.7 ounces in other words. This volume should last a person between one and one and a half months if used in the correct manner. Obviously, if used incorrectly like loading it onto your body then it’ll last considerably less time! Try and remember, more is not always better! 😉



The Best Place to Buy & My Final Word

Before I wrap up my review of this cream supplied by SkinBright, I’ll quickly mention where the best place to buy this product can be found. When buying online, we at the Health Base always recommend two options – the first is that you buy from a trusted wholesaler. Amazon would be a perfect example of such a place. They have an unquestionable brand reputation and will always put the customer ahead of the manufacturer.

The second is that you buy directly from the brand’s website, cutting out any middle men in the process. This guarantees that you are dealing directly with the brand in which you are buying from. This is probably the best method of online shopping, as long as the brand is a good, trustworthy one.

This second method is the one that we recommend if you decide to go with this particular cream. This brand is a super one, with a top notch reputation and customer service record. What’s more, this brand offer deals and coupons on their website that significantly reduce the cost of their products – such things cannot be found anywhere else.

Well, that’s my review done! I hope that you found it helpful and informative. Feel free to fire any questions or wonderings my way and also check out the related content that I’ve added to the bottom of this page. In particular, our guide on skin lighting is very relevant - thehealthbase.com/skin-lightening-creams-that-work/. Thanks! 🙂


Until next time, stay healthy & happy,

Hannah

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Stretch Mark Treatments that Actually Work

Treating stretch marks


BRAND:

SkinBright

TrilAstin-SR


Skinbright brightening cream
TrilAstin-SH

Type of Treatment:

Skin brightening

Stretch Mark Repair

Suitable Skin Type:

All

All

Key Ingredients:

- Alpha-Arbutin

- Kojic Acid

- Vitamin E

- Pamlmitate

- Allantoin

 - Zea Mays Kernal Extract

- BeauPlex VH

- Hydromanil H.GL

- D-Stria

- BVOSCTM

- Chlorella Vulgaris Extract

Add-Ons

Exfoliating DermCloth

Hydro-Thermal Accerator -(availbale w/ 3 bottle & 4 bottle packs)


Differing Packages:

Single, 2, 3, & 4 Bottle Packs

Single, 3, & 4 Bottle Packs

Also available are creams specifically designed for Maternity & Bodybuilding issues

Money Back Guarantee:

60 Days Full Refund

90 Days Full Refund

Price Range:

$49 - $196

$34 -  $319

Package Volume Range:

50ml - 300ml

18ml - 900ml

Shipping:

Free - 4-7 Working Days

Free - 4-5 Working Days

Bodypart Suitability:

External use - not suitable for private parts

External use - not suitable for private parts

Age Suitability:

13+ 

13+ 

VISIT WEBSITE:

A Quick Word

Hi guys, Hannah here. 🙂 Today I’ll be discussing everything and anything that has to do with stretch marks. For example, I’ll be touching upon what exactly these skin tears are; what are the mains reasons for their emergence; some common myths concerning them; and course, the best methods in terms of both preventing and minimizing their appearance. I will also mention the top methods of treatment that my and the Health Base team’s research and testing have unearthed.

When the Health Base team sat down quite some time ago to draw up a list of areas and topics that we wanted to focus on, I was immediately drawn to this particular area.

Why this particular area? Well, for two reasons: 1) I know it is a very common affliction for both men and women, and 2) because I have the honor of having stretch lines myself! Yes, heavy sarcasm. 😉

So, therefore, I, more than anyone, was super keen to delve into this area. I wanted to hunt down the answers to the key questions regarding this topic. Due to the fact that I’ve had this issue for many years now, I know quite a bit about them and how to treat them.

However, with the combined existing knowledge of the Health Base’s team and community, as well as the extensive research and testing that we performed, I now feel ultra-informed on this subject – to the point where I want to share what I’ve learnt.

I hope that this guide supplies the answer to any questions that you may have regarding these tears in our skin. If there’s anything that you think that I haven’t touched upon, or if you have any general queries or comments, then please get in touch via the area supplied at the bottom of this page or through our Contact Page. Let’s begin. 

(P.S. Through this guide you will see me use the following terms - stretch marks; tears; stretch lines; skin marks et cetera et cetera. They all mean the same thing in the context of this guide! I've chosen to do this simply because that brands and specialists often use these words/terms when discussing stretch lines so it's good for you to get used to them. I hope that prevents any confusion. 🙂 )

What Exactly Are They?

Well, for one thing, they’re very unseemly! They’re a particular physical ailment that occurs within the surface of our skin. Unfortunately, these marks are also quite a visible occurrence – thus the reason why we put so much time and effort into figuring out how to get rid them!!

In technical terms, this ailment occurs when miniscule tears or openings along the skin’s surface. These tears are caused when portions of your body grow at a rapid rate – too rapid for your natural collagen production to effectively maintain the balance in the skin. Collagen is a protein whose role is to maintain strength and elasticity.

Problems with collagen deficiency

When the collagen fails to do this, then stretch lines occur. But why don’t we feel this tearing? Surely it would hurt! Well, the reason why we didn’t feel anything is because these tears happen at the middle layer – the dermis. So, it’s not the outer, visible layer where we get cuts and scrapes – these we can definitely feel!!

In terms of appearance, these tears look like long thin lines that run across our bodies. They often start off as red or purples lines, and then settle down into a silvery-white color. You see, when the tear occurs in the dermis, this allows the deep layer of skin to be exposed. This area will be a different color to your outer layer and thus will stand out.

Ok, so that’s a pretty good description of what this affliction and how it occurs. Next, I’ll discuss why exactly they appear on our bodies. There are several reasons, all of which have a similar origin.


What are the Causes - The Three Culprits

As I’ve explained, these skin tears form when our bodies undergo extreme growth in a certain area.

These marks are often associated with getting older, which is kind of true. Yes, we are more susceptible to getting scars as we age because 1) our bodies undergo greater change, and 2) the functions and systems of our bodies slow in efficiency as we age. 

However, it’s not as simple as that. Young people in the prime of their health can get stretch lines as well. Simply put, there is a good chance they might appear on any particular body if that body undergoes a great, rapid change. 

Below, I’ve compiled three of the most common changes that can cause our bodies to be afflicted by these tears. There are other examples, like puberty, but the three outlined below are by far the most common.

Stretch Marks


Pregnancy

It’s safe to say that the period of pregnancy is a very challenging and trying period for a woman’s body and skin. The abdomen area undergoes extreme change as the skin is stretched with then expanding belly. A considerable change also occurs in a female’s breasts during this time.

Pregnancy is probably the single most considerable change that a human body can go through in a lifetime. The changes that occur from day one till the day the baby is born are quite remarkable. Therefore, it is quite common that, after giving birth, a woman will be left with stretch lines on her belly, breasts, upper things, or perhaps on all three areas.

If the above sounds like you, then make sure you check out our article which explains how to prevent pregnancy related tears.

Prevent Pregnancy Skin Tears



Weight Loss/Gain

This is similar to pregnancy except obviously not as extreme or as rapid. If your body was to expand considerably over a short period of time, then the skin would expand in order to compensate for this new bulk. This can cause great strain and thus can lead to tears.

This tearing occurs if the expansion is too great for our skin to cope with. The thing is, you won’t notice these new skin tears until you actually lose the weight that you’ve gained. Gaining weight will cause tears, but only by losing the weight will the marks become visible. 

I know what you’re thinking…so, if I put on a whole lot of weight then surely it’s better to just keep eating rather than be left with tears in your skin!! Well, come on, that’s not a great plan or mindset to have! Stretch lines are always more preferable than being obese. Also, as I’ll explain in a short time, these tears can be treated. So, put down that pizza slice, there’s no good excuse for not exercising and being healthy, my friend. 😉

Speaking of being healthy, it’s worth noting the type of diet that can lead to rapid weight gain and probably issues with your skin as well. Diets that are high in calories, or low in them, will cause weight gain or loss. Especially if these calories are negative ones like junk food and the like.

In terms of where obesity related tears might occur, they can be most commonly found on a person’s hips, thighs, breasts, stomach, and even arms. All in all, this is just another completely logical reason for keeping your body in good shape!! As if another reason was needed, right. 🙂

Prevent Stretch Marks


Body Building

A common perception is that only women can get such tears. Why?

Because skin lines are most commonly associated with pregnancy and the aftermath of this physical exertion.

However, as I’ve shown with weight gain, men are very much prone to getting these visible lines as well.

Bodybuilding

A type of person who often suffers from this affliction is the guy/gal who likes to body build. Bodybuilders undergo amazing levels of physical stress, strain, and overall change. That’s right, just as unhealthy weight gain can cause tearing in our skin, rapid growth or loss in muscle mass can also leave people with the same end result.

This is even more worrying for bodybuilders as aesthetics are a major part of any bodybuilder’s psyche – especially if he or she regularly competes in competitions. Though, in saying this, elite bodybuilders are keenly aware of the threat posed by stretch lines. The vast majority of them understand how to minimize the dangers and chance.

It’s worth also noting that it’s not just bodybuilders who can suffer from muscle expanding related skin lines. Any gym goer is at risk. Especially newbies who launch themselves into a new training regime that there body has never experienced before. Whenever a person lifts heavy weights for a prolonged period, the muscles that are used expand and change the shape our bodies.

This is why people often looked pumped when they have finished training heavy weights. This muscle expansion can very well cause tears to occur. The areas of the body that you would most likely see these kinds of lines are on the arms, thighs, or buttocks. These are the areas that are most prone to rapid growth in terms of muscle. Your chest and back are already pretty big muscle groups with lots of room for expansion. And most people’s abdomens have extra skin which aid in muscle related stretching.

For more on this particular topic take a look at my article on Stretch Marks From Muscle Gain - Prevention & Treatment. 

Prevent Skin Tears from weight lifting


Five Common Myths

The majority of things in this world have some sort of mythology attached to them. The can take the form of factually based opinions, half-truths, or straight up falsehoods. Skin lines are no different!

The tricky part is trying to separate the reality from the mythology. It can be very easy to get suckered into believing something that is simply not true. This lie can then shape the way you view a certain thing.

As I researched this topic, I came across five myths that seemed to be constantly circulating this topic. Below I have outlined the five and given the reality concerning them. 


1

Ignore it – No-One Cares About Them


This is a bit of a tricky one. I absolutely agree that it’s not a major problem if you have skin lines. They are incredibly common and are in no way dangerous to your health. So I completely agree with those people who decide to just ignore them and get on with it.


However, there is another side to this thinking. People like to look good. They like to look their best – there is no shame in this. Therefore, tears on your skin can take an emotional toll on some people. This toll can become a real problem during bikini season or if you’re attending a social function. Surely you owe it to yourself to do something rather than just ignore the problem?


Also, if it really was best to just ignore the stretch marks, then why would dermatologists and companies all over world would be working so hard to find preventative methods and treatments?


The Truth: In my opinion, if you are comfortable having these lines then more power to you. But, I don’t believe most people are – I think some people are either too lazy to find a cure or have given up. Don’t be one of these people! This particular affliction is indeed treatable as I’ll soon show.

2

They Cannot be Treated


This one kind of ties back into the mentality of just accepting the presence of your skin lines and ignoring them. I think this is a mistake. It’s true that these tears cannot be completely erased, but they can indeed be minimized to as good as being invisible.


The trick is to be proactive and positive, both before you get the skin tears and then, more importantly, if you do actually get any. This kind of attitude will dramatically decrease the risk.


What do I mean by being proactive and positive? Well, simply to live a healthy and balanced life! And, if skin lines do appear, understanding what they are and what’s the best way of dealing with them. Treating these tears at the early stages is vital in terms of prevention. I’ll discuss this more in a bit.


The Truth: If you have negative and nihilist mindset then I doubt you’ve read this far! Everything, and I mean everything, that life can throw at us can be made better by being proactive and positive. Dealing with tears is no different.

3

Only Overweight People are Affected


Well I’ve already blown this myth out of the water when I discussed the common reasons people develop tears. To sum up, they have nothing do with sex, and rather occur when we lose or gain considerable weight in a short period of time – i.e. like during pregnancy; bodybuilding; or dramatic shifts in our weight due to dietary or health factors.


Also, as I’ve noted, these tears will not appear if you pile on the pounds. They will only appear when you shift this excess weight and your body mass returns to a more natural state.


This myth is also false as it indicates that we can only get skin lines via unhealthy factors. Pregnancy is the most natural occurrence known to mankind and yet can result in these lines. Also, piling on the muscle isn’t exactly a negative thing once it’s done safely – this too can lead to tears occurring.


The Truth: this issue is indeed a result of people becoming obese and then shedding this excess weight. But this only explains one reason why they might appear – there are others.

4

Only Women Get Them


Yes, well, this is utter nonsense! Both women and men have skin…both women and men can undergo great change in regards to their weight and size…so how does it make sense that only women could suffer from stretch lines?! It doesn’t!!


Though, in saying this, it has been proven that women do get them more often than their male counterparts – one study showing that only one in four men will get any sort of mark. Why is this, you wonder?

Men and Women


Very simply because men (as far as I know ;)) can’t get pregnant! Other than that time Arnie Schwarzenegger gave it a go in a film with Danny DeVito!! Such a strange movie.


The Truth: both men and women are susceptible to gaining these tears throughout their lives. Tears are a direct result of skin expanding at a quicker than normal rate – something that both men and women can experience whether it be from dietary issues; health issues; or growth in muscle density. Women do have another element that might cause lines – this being pregnancy.

5

Losing Weight Will Remove Tears


This one is my personal favorite as it is wrong in so many ways! First of all, you can’t get stretch marks without first of all gaining an abnormal amount of weight. This growth in size is what causes the skin to tear and the marks to form.


Secondly, the marks won’t actually be visible while you have the weight gained. This is because the skin has not settled back down and the marks will not be evident. In other words, when you have the weight on, your skin will still be stretched. This will effectively hide the problem.


Thirdly, and finally, lines will only appear when you lose the weight that you’ve gained...which is the exact opposite to what this myth indicates! This happens because your skin settles back down into its normal shape when the excess weight is shifted. The tears will then be visible in the form of lines that are differing in coloring to the surrounding area.


The Truth: Losing weight will ensure your lines appear! I’ll quickly add that this is in NO WAY an acceptable reason to keep the weight on!! The other health concerns that can come with being overweight far outweigh (pun intended) the benign condition that is the focus of this guide. Also, to nail this point home, remember that tears can be treated relatively easily – problems that are associated with being obese are not only expensive and difficult to treat, they can also be life threatening. 🙁

Permanent Removal?

This is a tricky one to answer with a simple yes or no. Some can be removed from the naked eye, even though under the surface the tear will still be present. Other marks can only be diminished. It really comes down to the severity of the tear.

The best way to understand this is to view stretch lines as you would any other scar. We all have them – whether it be cuts from our childhood on our elbows and knees; nicks from a razor on our faces or necks; or more serious scars that came about from surgery. There isn’t a person on this planet that life hasn’t left its mark on!

It isn’t the end of the world though. The majority of scars are either too insignificant to notice or, even if they are noticeable, are ignored by people. These skin lines can actually be pretty cool things if you have a great story to go with it! Or, if not, invent a great story. 😉

Question mark

It’s fair to say though that the vast majority of people would choose to remove their scars and tears if given the option. It must be said that the possibility of full removal really does come down to the severity of the tear that took place.

In saying this, the high percentage of skin tears can be diminished to the point where they are not visible or barely visible to the naked eye. Later on I will look at some of the best methods for achieving this. If you’d rather know now then feel free to skip ahead, or follow this link where I review a quality product for minimizing any tears: TrilAstin treatment cream.


How to Prevent and Treat Stretch Marks

Prevention


In terms of prevention, a lot of things that you can do are quite logical and take nothing more than engaging some common sense. Below is a list of changes and habits that work superbly to nullify the possible emergence of tears:

  • Ensuring that you remain properly hydrated throughout the day
  • Avoiding excess sugar & junk food in your diet
  • Controlling your weight & keeping it at a healthy number
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    Doing your best to cut out the empty & useless calories
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    Having a nutritionally sound & diverse diet
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    Consuming the RDA of Zinc, Vitamin C & D
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    Exercising regularly
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    Overall having a logical & commonsensical outlook on life! 


If you do the above then several things will happen: 1) You won’t pile on the pounds all of a sudden 2) Your body will be working at an optimal level 3) Your skin will be super strong and have an abundance of elasticity.


These three things will significantly improve your chances of never seeing lines appear on your body. It’s important to note that I’m not saying you should live and train like a professional athlete! The above outlined criteria can be maintained by a healthy human, it doesn’t take a superhuman one. Simply take a minute to think logically about things – this will ensure that you make the right decision more often than not.


Treatment


Now we get to the interesting part – how to actually treat stretch marks. As with every medical issue, there are a whole host of different methods and techniques a person can utilize. Some are effective; some are ineffective; some are great but completely infeasible; and some are neither great nor feasible!


Below, I have created a list of the most noteworthy treatments. I have also specifically highlighted the best one – a method that has been verified and proven to work by the Health Base team. If you’d rather just read about this method then feel free to skip ahead – it’s Method Five on the following list.

Method One – Fractionated Laser Resurfacing

This FDA approved treatment incorporates the usage of fractionated laser technology to restore damaged skin to its original state. It works to return your color and tone to its normal complexion and tone while eliminating unwanted blemishes such as acne, brown spots, surgical scars, spots, and fine lines.

When it comes to stretch lines, fractionated laser treatment has the advantage of aiding in the production of collagen in the targeted area. It also is very precise in its administration which removes any danger of the surrounding area getting damaged.

However, this method is also very expensive and the studies done concerning this treatment are quite few in number and a little hard to actually interpret.

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Overall, it seems that a 30-70% improvement is an achievable goal when it comes to fractionated laser treatment, but this level of success could take anywhere between 3 – 10 treatments.

A single fractionated laser treatment can cost anywhere between $900 - $1,400 so you can see how this venture might turn out to be a very, very expensive one.

VERDICT: Extremely expensive and does not have enough medical proof or consumer testimonials to be fully convincing.


Method Two – Bleaching Cream

Bleaching creams are essentially skin lightening products. They are also known as whiteners, brighteners, or fading creams. The way they work is quite straightforward – the cream works to reduce the melanin (a pigment in your skin) in the applied area. This, in theory, will then help to make the skin tear or scar blend in with the surrounding area.

Technically, the term bleaching is inaccurate as these creams do not actually bleach the skin but instead effect the production of melanin which then inhibits the change in color. The main ingredient used in pretty much all bleaching creams is hydroquinone – usually it comes in a 2% concentration dosage.

Ponder

Hydroquinone, also known as benzene-1, 4-diol, or quinol, is an aromatic organic compound that has many uses when it comes to being incorporated in bleaching creams. Primarily, it is used as a reducing agent due to the fact that it is soluble to water with helps provide the desired consistency of a cream of this kind.

This chemical compound is also used in bleaching creams because it possesses the ability to lighten dark areas that can occur when skin is damaged. This ingredient helps the cream to block the natural process of discoloring these damaged areas.

In terms of cost, a quality bleaching cream will set you back between $35-$70. This is pretty good value, especially when compared to the laser cost! 

VERDICT: This is certainly a cheaper option than Method One. For some examples of top quality skin lightening creams, please refer to our guide - thehealthbase.com/skin-lightening-creams-that-work/.


Method Three – Thermage Treatment

Thermage is a treatment that people use for tightening and lifting sagging skin. It is a popular alternative for those who do not want to undergo surgery. In terms of how it works, Thermage employs radio frequency energy to expose to the deep dermis to a uniformed heating element.

By gently heating this layer of dermis, the production of collagen is stimulated which can have a profound effect on the skin. With regards to using Thermage, the evidence and cost of using this technique is unfortunately very similar to the fractionated laser technique.

The cost of Thermage session can range anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000, with more than one session being required to see effective results. This is a mad amount money if you ask me for just treating skin lines!

The reason for this is because Thermage is not really designed for something as benign has stretch marks, and rather was designed to fight the aging process by removing eye bags; heavy wrinkling; deep creases; et cetera. The fact that it is an alternative to elective surgery tells you just how heavy duty this treatment is.

VERDICT: Really not suitable for this skin issue – both in cost and what it was designed for.


Method Four – Bio-Oil

Ok, so I understand if at this point you’re starting to despair!! So far I’ve given you three methods to battle this skin issue that is at the center of this guide – two that were hopelessly expensive, and one that could potentially be harmful! I know, not great up to this point. Time for a bit of positivity so. 🙂

Bio-Oil is my second best choice when it comes to treating tears. If you suffer from this ailment, then it’s a safe bet that you’ve heard of bio-oil at some point. It’s a quite popular treatment for this issue. Simply do a quick google search for either “stretch mark” or “Bio-Oil” and you’ll be flooded with a mountain of different links and informative pieces.

Bio-Oil is a proven method for dealing with many facial and skin ailments:

Effective at treating:

  • Acne Scars

  • Blemishess

  • Stretch Marks

  • Blackheads

  • Shaving Nicks

  • Daily Scratches

  • Dry Skin

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    Aging Skin
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    And Many More


A massive benefit of Bio-Oil is its consistency – because it’s oil-based, it goes on very smoothly and penetrates into your skin in a super effective manner. At first, in the early days, this product used to be greasy in its application which is not a desirable trait. Later, PurCellin Oil was added to the formula which effectively removed this issue.

In terms of cost, bio-oil is very affordable. A good quality bottle will cost you between $10-$30, depending on the brand and the volume. This is obviously much better value than the methods named so far.

Alas, there is a problem though with Bio-Oil that I do need to mention. It is an effective product, but only for certain types of stretch lines. Our research and testing led us to believe that Bio-Oil doesn’t really have much impact on lines that have been present on a body for years.

While it is effective in healing and fading new tears, anything that’s over a year or two old then the Bio-Oil will have little to no effect on. In addition, due to its oily consistency, if overused Bio-Oil can result in pores becoming clogged. This can then lead to breakouts.

Furthermore, Bio-Oil can also prove problematic for people who are prone to allergic reactions. So, if you have sensitive skin, it’s probably best to try another option or else use the Bio-Oil sparingly.

VERCIT: Needs to be used with care as can cause adverse reactions. A good product for newly emerged lines, but not particularly effective on older ones.


Method Five – The Winner: Stretch Mark Cream

We’ve finally arrived at what I believe to be the best option when it comes to treating stretch marks. Finally. 🙂 The first thing I’d say about such Creams is that, unlike the other methods, this treatment has been specifically designed to treat this issue – thus the name.

In my eyes, this gives this product a clear advantage over the competition. In terms of its use, this Cream works to eliminate marks by targeting the top layer of your skin (the epidermal). It works to provide you with the nutrients and support needed to effectively diminish any scarring.

The result is that the upper layer of your skin becomes thicker and less translucent in composition – this markedly reduces the appearance and formation of lines. What’s even better, a top quality Cream is effective both on new and old scars.

Winner

Below are some of the key ingredients that are required to make a great Cream. I’ve also outlined what exactly these ingredients do.

Zea Mays Kernal Extract

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Proven to aid in the healing of wounds. Studies have proven that this extract stimulates the production of fibronectin – this is a key component in the cellular process of tissue repair

Multi-Vitamins


Includes E, B3, B5, and B6. All of these are essential and provide a variety of benefits to the healing and regeneration process that a quality  Cream should deliver

Vitamin C Ester


A very potent form of Vitamin C. A super-effective anti-oxidant which has been proven to increase fibroblast activity in the skin. Also works to create new collagen which is paramount

Chlorella Vulgaris Extract

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This ingredient consists of 8 essential amino acids that are highly nutritional. It helps to promote the creation of structural proteins which aid in the natural production of collagen as well as detoxifying the body and ridding it of harmful agents.

Also has the title of being the ingredient with the highest concentration of chlorophyll and RNA/DNA

Elastin


A key ingredient. Elastin is a structural protein that works to allow our skin to stretch. The problem is that our bodies stop producing this protein a little bit after puberty. Elastin in our bodies then gradually disappears over time, thus making us more susceptible to tears. By providing the body with more elastic, this helps the body combat and cure these lines

Collagen


By now you’ve probably realized that collagen is a major player when it comes to healthy skin. It is a key structural protein, much like elastin. It is vital for maintaining the framework of our skin as well as encouraging new cell growth. As with elastin, collagen production does slow down over the years and this is why an added boost of it can be invaluable to our skin


Active Soy Protein

Soy is renowned for having a high nutritional value. This ingredient is also loaded with amino acids that help to strengthen the structural proteins in our skin and bodies. It also has the added benefit of adding smoothness and aiding in the retention of moisture – too key weapons in the battle against tears

VERDICT: In my humble opinion, these Creams are the way to go when it comes to this ailment. They are cost effective – usually between $50-$70 – and have been proven to work on all sorts of stretch marks. In regards to application, the top brands produce creams that go on super smooth and leave no visible footprints on your skin. Simply rub them in twice daily and let the formulated cream do its magic.

Due to the fact that we believe that Creams are the best available option for dealing with this issue, we put considerable time and effort into narrowing down the different options that were available. And there were quite a few of them!

After researching and testing the leading brands, we finally settled on a Cream supplied by the good people at TrilAstin. This Cream is the Health Base’s top pick. If you’d like to know more about this product, then click the following links for our complete review of the TrilAstin-SH Cream. Below is a quick Summary Table of this product as well as the top skin brightening cream that our research unearthed.


Summary Table 

BRAND:

SkinBright

TrilAstin-SR


Skinbright brightening cream
TrilAstin-SH

Type of Treatment:

Skin brightening

Stretch Mark Repair

Suitable Skin Type:

All

All

Key Ingredients:

- Alpha-Arbutin

- Kojic Acid

- Vitamin E

- Pamlmitate

- Allantoin

 - Zea Mays Kernal Extract

- BeauPlex VH

- Hydromanil H.GL

- D-Stria

- BVOSCTM

- Chlorella Vulgaris Extract

Add-Ons

Exfoliating DermCloth

Hydro-Thermal Accerator -(availbale w/ 3 bottle & 4 bottle packs)


Differing Packages:

Single, 2, 3, & 4 Bottle Packs

Single, 3, & 4 Bottle Packs

Also available are creams specifically designed for Maternity & Bodybuilding issues

Money Back Guarantee:

60 Days Full Refund

90 Days Full Refund

Price Range:

$49 - $196

$34 -  $319

Package Volume Range:

50ml - 300ml

18ml - 900ml

Shipping:

Free - 4-7 Working Days

Free - 4-5 Working Days

Bodypart Suitability:

External use - not suitable for private parts

External use - not suitable for private parts

Age Suitability:

13+ 

13+ 

VISIT WEBSITE:

Important Note

As I’ve said earlier in this guide, a key element of dealing with stretch marks is to treat them as soon as humanly possible. Treating them with the above outlined method will always result in an improvement, no matter the stage. However, to get the maximum benefit, then it’s advised to begin the treatment ASAP.

I say this for people who are in the process of gaining/losing large amounts of weight – whether this is due to pregnancy; weight lifting; or dietary/medical changes. Your skin lines won’t have appeared yet, so it can be very tempting to risk it and hope that none appear. I genuinely do believe that this is a mistake!

Why take the risk and then have to wait a week or so for shipping before you can start treating your marks? Surely it’s better to get the treatment in advance, thus giving you the chance to start easing those tears from your body as soon as they appear. Once more, common sense prevails. 🙂


Skin Lightening Options

As I've alluded to throughout this guide, some people do use skin lighteners in order to tackle existing stretch marks. While we at the Health Base really do recommend a top grade skin tear cream rather than a lightener, we have made sure to incorporate skin brightening into our guide because we're conscious that this is a viable option for this particular ailment.

For more on this topic, please take a look at our ​complete​ skin lightening guide.


My Final Word

Well that’s my guide on this issue done! I sincerely hope that you found it helpful and insightful…I’ll even take slightly entertaining. 🙂

As always, do not hesitate in getting in touch with us if you have any issues or questions that were not covered in this guide. We at the Health Base are always looking to expand and improve our own knowledge and expertise. Every bit of feedback that we receive helps us to do just that so feel free to get in touch. We’ll get back to you in no time at all!

I’ve added a few additional links to the bottom of this page regarding related content that we’ve created. And, of course, you can browse our full knowledge base from the Home Page or on the tabs at the top of this page.


Until next time, stay healthy & happy,

Hannah

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