Has anyone tried the LOC Method as a part of their skin care routine? I know under normal circumstances this is a bit much, but I'm currently six month pregnant and my stomach is getting noticeably bigger now. All of that skin stretching going on (in such a short period of time) has me worried about stretch marks. Plus, I'm prone to stretch marks; I've had them on my lower back, legs, and arms since my growth spurt as a kid. Despite being prone to getting them, I still want to do what I can to limit (but preferably avoid) stretch marks in the last few months of this pregnancy. I know that there is no definitive proof that an updated skin care routine will prevent stretch marks, but that's not going to keep me from giving it a try. I've modified my typical "apply a moisturizer and keep it moving" skin care routine in the hopes that it means that I won't get stretch marks. Let me know what you think.
What is the LOC Method? The L.O.C. Method is used in the hair community as a method for ensuring that the hair is properly moisturized between wash days, especially in the winter months when the hair can get very dry and brittle. It maximizes moisture retention to make certain that the hair strands are properly conditioned, elastic and protected from the elements. It is a three step process that involves a Leave-in conditioner (or Liquid), an Oil and a Cream (LOC). The leave-in is typically water-based and applied to the hair first. Then the Oil is applied to create a layer of protection, which prevents the water from evaporating off of the surface of the hair. The last step is to apply a heavy butter or Cream, preferably one that is heavy and does not contain water as an ingredient.
Have I used it? I've never attempted to use it on my own hair, because it seemed to be a too much product for me. But now that I've been researching ways to keep my skin moisturized and elastic, it seems like a great method for accomplishing this goal.
How I want to test it out? Up to this point, I've been using Water as my Liquid, Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Bath Body & Message Oil as my Oil and Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter as my cream. The Belly Butter does contain water, which it's not supposed to according to the required steps for the method, but it does contain glycerin, which is a humectant that draws in moisture from the surrounding air. I felt that would a good thing for keeping my skin moisturized through out the day. Another things is that I'm starting to run low on the Argan/Shea Oil and while this product is known for its ability to soften and moisturize the skin I'm thinking that elasticity would be a better benefit to have at this point. So, I will be replacing it with Avocado Oil, which is great for improving the skin's elasticity -- a perk that seems better suited for the task of supporting my expanding waist line in these last few months. So, what do you think?
Has anyone tried this method on their skin or expanding stomach? Has it worked for you? What did you use/do? What was your experience?
Update August 7, 2014: I've been keeping up with the LOC method on my stomach every morning since writing this post. I even switched over to Avocado Oil once my Argan Oil started to run low. And every things was looking so amazingly great -- not a stretch mark in sight. Then around 37 weeks pregnant (end of July) my stomach was feeling really itchy. At that point I increased my moisturizing to twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). But last night while I was moisturizing I saw the beginning stages of what looks like stretch marks on the lower left side of my belly button. I'm not sure how pronounced they will end up being because I can barely see them right now. But today I sit here at 38 weeks, 3 days pregnant, I have stretch marks and I still have a week or two left of growth. So who know where things will fall in the end. But I will continue to use the LOC method to the bitter end because I'm sure without it, I would have seen the stretch marks weeks ago. (For reference I was 26 weeks pregnant when this post was originally published).
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