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How does Secret Saviours work?
How does Secret Saviours work?
Three amazing products, a Stretch Mark Prevention Band, Day Gel and Night Cream combine to become the world’s first scientifically proven 3-step stretch mark prevention system.
The first step is the application of The Day Gel, made from a luxurious blend of ethically sourced, scientifically proven ingredients. This soothing Gel has been formulated to keep the unique pads on the Band in place.
The next step is to pull on the Stretch Mark Band, tacky pads facing inwards, which has been designed to provide bump support throughout the day. It’s special pads are arranged in a unique way to hold your skin in place and even out stresses across the tummy, making it harder for stretch marks to form.
The band fits snugly over and under your bump and the pads should leave a light impression on your skin – that means it’s working!
Step three is the removal of The Stretch Mark Prevention Band before bed and the application of The Night Cream to ensure your skin remains well moisturised, soft, smooth and supple.
How are these products different from existing Stretch Mark Prevention Bands, gels and creams?
Creams and gels alone do not prevent stretch marks. You can read more about this in the independent Cochrane Report.
When should I start using the Stretch Mark Prevention kit?
For best results, we recommend wearing the Anti Stretch Mark Band from weeks 12-14 of pregnancy onwards, or when your bump starts to show. Although the band will gently expand with your growing bump, you’re likely to need two sizes during your pregnancy.
To more accurately determine your size, it's best to measure your bump (put the tape around your back and take the measurement from the largest point of your bump - usually the belly button).
The product stretches very well and many women find that they need just one size band for their whole pregnancy. However if your Band starts to feel tight you will need to purchase the next size up.
We estimate a band will last for 3 months if worn every day and washed approximately 80 times.
If you would like to send your measurement to us, we can advise you on sizing.
Can I just use the Day Gel/Night Cream and not the Stretch Mark Prevention Band? Or the Stretch Mark Prevention Band without the Day Gel/ Night Cream?
No. For your best chance of avoiding stretch marks, you must use all three products together as directed, as they each have a role to play in the prevention.
The Stretch Mark Prevention Band, Day Gel and Night Cream are available to purchase separately, but this should only be an option if you run out of gel or cream, or if you require an extra band/bands.
Can I use the band on it’s own or with an alternative gel or cream?
We don’t recommend you buy a Stretch Mark Prevention Band without the Secret Saviours Day Gel and Night Cream. The Day Gel has been specifically designed to moisturise yet remain tacky, ensuring the pads on The Band grip the skin and stay in place. Other gels or oils could degrade the special pads, making the Band less effective. And The Secret Saviours Night Cream has been specifically formulated to restore the balance of your pregnant body. It’s been blended with Centella Asiatica, vitamin E and B5 to nourish and soothe your skin once The Band has been removed at the end of the day.
How do I choose the correct size?
The best way to measure your bump is to put a tape measure around your waist and take the reading where your tummy button is.
How do I know if I need to go up a size?
You’ll know when you need a larger size as your Stretch Mark Prevention Band will begin to feel a bit too tight and uncomfortable.
I have itchy skin on my bump – what do I do?
Itching skin is common in pregnancy. If you find you are itchy, first remove the Stretch Mark Prevention Band for 10-15 minutes and re-apply The Day Gel two or three times further throughout the day. This should help soothe your skin. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.
Do I wear the Stretch Mark Prevention Band at night?
No, you can take The Band off at night, in bed. Gravity will, in effect, take the stresses off the skin over your pregnancy bump. The only product you need to use at night is our Night Cream.
Can I use the Stretch Mark Prevention Band after my baby is born – and for how long?
Yes. Women who’ve continued to wear the band for two to four weeks after delivery, until their bump has gone down, found it very supportive. Depending when you start wearing it you will probably need 2 sizes throughout your pregnancy.
I used Secret Saviours and I still got stretch marks
During the clinical trial of the 3-Step Secret Saviours system, the incidence of stretch marks occurring during pregnancy dropped from 70% down to just 30%.
Unfortunately, there will still be some instances where the mechanical support of the patented pads, cannot wholly prevent stretch marks occurring in a small percentage of women, and we are sorry that this has happened to you - this is unlikely to be a comfort, but using the product will almost certainly have reduced the number and severity of those stretch marks.
The Stretch Mark Prevention Band’s quite tight – will it harm my baby?
We can reassure you that the band will not harm the baby. The level of compression is minimal to the inside of the abdomen as the baby 'swims' in amniotic fluid - water (in effect) is not at all compressible, so baby will have just as much 'room' to move around, with or without a band present. The Stretch Mark Prevention Band should fit snugly over your bump and the special pads should leave an impression on your skin - this means it’s working!
Are the creams safe to use in pregnancy ?
Our product has been created and designed by Medical Experts (a vascular surgeon and a skin tissue engineer) in conjunction with UCLH (University College London Hospital) and all ingredients are safe for use in pregnancy. Our product has been clinically trialled (and proven), is dermatologically tested and is also hypo allergenic.
We do have to have some chemicals in our product otherwise The Day Gel and The Night Cream would have no shelf life, but they are in extremely small doses and neither the Day Gel or Night cream are absorbed into the blood stream.
Is it safe to use Phenoxyethanol in pregnancy?
Our product has been created and designed by Medical Experts and all our ingredients are safe for use in pregnancy. Phenoxyethanol is used in a very low concentration (less than 0.5%) - to preserve our product - without it The Day Gel and The Night Cream would have no shelf life. Neither are absorbed into the blood stream and therefore pose no risk to you or your baby.
We are aware that the FDA in 2008 did issue a warning regarding Phenoxyethanol, but it was specifically related to a Nipple Cream because it can be harmful to nursing infants. This is because infants were being exposed to this product as a food, because they were putting their mouth on their mother’s breast and potentially injesting the product. There is no mention in the FDA warning about any danger to the mother by rubbing the nipple cream on their skin.
The European Union and Japan both approve its use up to that 1% level and our formulas fall well below the recommendation.
Can I wear the Stretch Mark Prevention Band after a Caesarean section?
Yes, you can, as this will support the relaxing abdominal wall. If you wear the Stretch Mark Prevention Band directly over the scar, it might be slightly uncomfortable, but our Day Gel and Night Cream contain ingredients proven to help with wound healing.
I have an existing scar from a previous Caesarean section – can I use the Day Gel and Night Cream on it?
Yes, both our Day Gel and Night Cream are perfectly safe for you to use on C-section scars as they contain soothing ingredients which are proven to help heal wounds.
Can I use the Stretch Mark Prevention Band during exercise?
You certainly can! It’s similar to using a supportive sports bra. It’ll also help reduce strain on your lower back and post-exercise fatigue may be more tolerable.
Can I swim in the Stretch Mark Prevention Band?
There’s no need to wear The Band while swimming as water supports your bump. After swimming (and similarly, after a shower or bath taken during the day), remember to re-apply the Day Gel before putting your Stretch Mark Prevention Band back on again.
If I’m already beginning to get stretch marks, is it too late for me to start using Secret Saviours?
It’s never too late to start using the products and preventing the stretch marks from escalating, even if you’re in your last few weeks of pregnancy. Secret Saviours may stop them from forming further.
Will Secret Saviours get rid of existing stretch marks?
Nothing completely gets rid of stretch marks once they’ve formed, apart from cosmetic surgery. Prevention in the first place using Secret Saviours is far preferrable. However, using our Day Gel and Night Cream may well help reduce the appearance of existing ones.
If I got stretch marks with my previous pregnancy/pregnancies, will Secret Saviours be able to prevent them when I am pregnant again?
Yes, there is every chance that new and additional stretch marks can be prevented using the products and if you do get some new ones, they are very likely to be significantly reduced in both number and overall appearance.
How do I wash the Stretch Mark Prevention Band and how often?
Your Stretch Mark Prevention Band can be machine washed up to 40º. Air dry naturally, but avoid a direct heat source and do not tumble dry or dry clean as this may damage the pads. You can wash the band as often as necessary.
Where are the products made?
The Stretch Mark Prevention Band is made in the EU from ethically sourced yarns. It is then hand finished with the pads applied in the UK. As each piece is hand finished, every band may look slightly different. This is perfectly normal and won’t affect how it works.
The Day Gel and Night Cream are made in the UK. Both are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and use only ethically sourced ingredients. They are also paraben free.