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Baby oil doesn't absorb well, it is usually mineral oil. A vegetable oil like almond oil or apricot kernel oil or cocoa butter or shea butter or coconut oil or sesame oil will absorb better. Also a good heavy duty lotion is Eucerin cream, the kind that comes in the tub. Good luck, I hate dry skin and my whole family is prone to it we use a lot of apricot kernel oil and Eucerin, normal lotions do nothing for serious dry skin!
I got this amazing spray oil from a pure romance party... I usually use EVOO as a moisturizer, but my best friend had been using this oil stuff and said it was absolutely amazing as a moisturizer and supposedly it helps with fading/preventing stretch marks. I've been using it and I love it! It's called Save My Skin and it is awesome!
I would actually go for more of a lotion than a straight oil. In my experience, even the richest oils/butters only hold in what moisture is already in your body. The lotion ADDS moisture and holds that in. My body in general has been super dry, so I made a lotion the other day that has cocoa butter and emu oil. Sounds gross, I know, but emu oil is amazing and the lotion has helped a lot. I'd say you find a nice thick lotion to use and slather it on at least a couple times a day and drink a lot of water (which you should be doing anyway!).
Lisa, mom to Alie and Christian
I put cocoa butter stretch mark cream on everyday because I used it with my last pregnancy and I got no stretch marks whatsoever! The only place I got a few were my hips and I didn't put it there, so now I am. It keeps my belly nice and soft.
I also want to say that coconut oil is awesome!!! I keep some in a little jar and I use it as a makeup remover and it works wonders. My skin is really sensitive and it soothes it. Also, I have even been rubbing it into my whole fact because it gets so cry during the winter. I will have to start putting it on my belly.