If like me, the words ‘stretch marks’ send shivers down your spine, then you’ve probably wondered if there’s a way to get rid of them. Nearly every woman alive, whether they are young or old, has likely worried about forming stretch marks at some point in their life. If and when pregnancy becomes part of your life, there’s no avoiding the fact that your skin will stretch and expand in order to accommodate the miracle of life. This can and does result in stretch marks. For the lucky ones this might be barely noticeable, for others it can lead to your skin looking like a zebra’s fur coat. So, when bio-oil made an appearance, it’s not surprising that it took the world by storm. Not only does bio oil promise to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, uneven skin and even rejuvenate skin, it’s also got a growing legion of fans that claim it works. In this bio-oil review, we’ll try to get to the bottom of this craze and determine once and for all if this product actually works.
If you take a look at the back of a bio-oil bottle you’ll find a ton of ingredients listed, some of which might be familiar and some of which might be completely new to you. In terms of skin repair and care, we’re largely interested in the following:
- Rosemary oil has been used for a long time for reducing inflamed areas of skin and for assisting in the repair of small wounds. This means it’s ideally suited for repairing and reducing the appearance of scars.
- Chamomile oil has claimed benefits related to evening out skin tones and pigmentation.
- Lavender oil is known for its antioxidant properties, which works to reduce the damage that everyday life can throw at your skin.
- Calendula oil is a great moisturizer and is therefore especially good at treating dry skin.
- Vitamin A and Vitamin E are antioxidants which work to repair damaged cells.
Packaging of Bio Oil
Like most other available skincare products, the Bio-Oil bottle comes in a fairly plain but functional white cardboard box, this box also houses the instruction manual. The instruction manual contains several easy to understand illustrations which make using the product a breeze, it’s a nice touch which saves the consumer from reading a bunch of text.
The bottle itself is a fairly non-descript slightly opaque bottle with a screw on cap. The bottle's opening is covered by a white cap with a small hole which will restrict the flow of oil, this addition is ideal for me, given that I’ve got a gift for spilling expensive perfumes and oils within seconds of opening. Looking at the bottle, the oil has a slight orange tint, thankfully when poured out the oil looks for all intents and purposes, completely transparent. So, you don’t need to worry about dying yourself or your clothes orange. The smaller 60ml version is ideal for travelling, it’ll fit into most handbags easily, and it’s well under the TSA liquids allowance. Given that the packaging is pretty sturdy and as long as the cap is screwed on, there’s unlikely to be any worries about leaking in your bag.
Bio Oil Benefits and Uses
Before we deep dive into the effectiveness of Bio-Oil, we need to make it clear that the company that manufacturers Bio-Oil does not make any claims that it can completely remove scars or make stretch marks disappear entirely. Its goal is simply to reduce the appearance of such marks. With that now out of the way, let’s proceed with the rest of the review and see what this product has to offer:
Bio-Oil For Scars
Never apply Bio-Oil to an open wound, it will not prevent scarring, this needs to be stressed. Applying Bio-Oil to an open wound is just asking for an infection, one which will make the scarring worse when the wound finally heals. If you have an already healed scar, then this is a perfect candidate for Bio-Oil, but remember, it won’t completely remove scars, it’ll just lessen the appearance.
To test the effectiveness of Bio-Oil at reducing the appearance of scars I’ve enlisted the assistance of our office assistant Julie. Julie has a scar on her back from a minor surgery performed a couple of years ago, can Bio-Oil reduce the appearance of this scar with consistent use? The answer is, yes. As you can see in the picture below, the scar has lightened and now more closely matches the tone of the surrounding skin. The scar is still visible, but I would hope with continued use it would become even more indistinguishable from the surrounding skin. For full disclosure, this was with one month of continued use and to the best of our ability, we’ve used the same lighting conditions and camera.
Bio-Oil For Pregnancy Stretch Marks
For many women around the world, stretch marks are part in parcel of being pregnant, but can they be prevented and reduced with the use of Bio-Oil? Many women around the world swear by this treatment, so it must do something right? My mother in law advised me throughout my pregnancy to use Bio-Oil, I just nodded, smiled and filed it under old wives tails. Roll on 9 months and my abdomen looked like it’s gone through several rounds with Wolverine. Keen to restore my skin to its former flawless beauty (ahem), I took the decision to try Bio-Oil for myself. Surprisingly, it worked… sort off. It didn’t restore my stomach to that of a 21-year-old, but it did improve things. I still look like I’ve had a child, which is fine, but at least I don’t look like Freddie Kruger's practice dummy. My biggest regret is that I didn’t pay more attention to my mother in law and started using Bio-Oil at the start of my pregnancy. It was this that prompted me to write this article.
Bio-Oil For Uneven Skin Tone
This was a difficult scenario to test. As far as I know, variations in skin tone can be caused by a huge variety of factors, for example, the sun, location on the body, exposure to chaffing, dirt? So, how do we test? I thought screw it, I’ll rub it everywhere and see what happens. Surprisingly, the bags under my eyes looked less pronounces, but that could also be a side effect of my wee one starting to sleep through the night. I welcome anyone else’s feedback on this one, if you’ve tried Bio-Oil to even out skin tones, please let me know, good or bad.
Bio-Oil For Aging Skin
Seeing as I’m already a vision of youthful invigoration, I palmed this one off to my Mum. According to the blurb, Bio-Oil restores ageing skin to its former glory by improving the collagen and elastin content in your skin. So, what did my Mum think? She loves it and continues to use it today. Did it make her look younger? Seeing as my Mum will be reading this, of course, it did, but not that she needed it. In all seriousness, she likes it and tells me it’s working, which is what really matters.
Bio-Oil For Dry Skin
I’m already aware that many of the essential oils contained within Bio-Oil are excellent for moisturizing the skin, so you would expect Bio-Oil to be a good moisturizer, and it is. I would happily keep using it for its moisturizing ability alone. It’s definitely a thumb’s up from me.
- Sturdy bottle that can be easily transported without fear of leakage.
- The oil is easily absorbed and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
- It has a very light aroma which is by no means overpowering. After a minute you’ll barely notice its presence.
- Most importantly, it seems to deliver on what it promises.
- A little bit goes a long way, which means a bottle literally lasts for ages.
- The cost per bottle is a little bit expensive.
- It might not be the best choice for people that already have oily skin.
- Availability in the shops can sometimes be limited.
Bio Oil Review
Bio-Oil came into my life not long after I had given birth. I was tired, stressed and overwhelmed by the new responsibility in my life. I barely had time to eat properly, let alone adhere to a beauty routine. My opinion of my body was at an all-time low, I had stretch marks, I looked exhausted and my pregnancy weight seemed to be stubbornly sticking around. Needless to say, my self-esteem was very low.
Something needed to change! Thankfully my husband was a massive help and did more than his fair share of baby duty. I set aside a couple of nights a week to attend trampoline fitness classes and did what I could to eat well, sleep well and try to enjoy my new life. But what could I do about stretch marks? I did some research, tried various home remedies and creams and was just about to give up when my mother in law again reminded me about Bio-Oil. At this point, I was ready to give anything a go.
Simply put, Bio-Oil is brilliant. I’m not a fan of greasy skin care products, I was very much pleasantly surprised when I found out that it was not greasy at all, and would be absorbed into my skin in a matter of seconds. The oil is so light that it barely feels like I’ve applied anything at all, which really is a testament to how spot on the formulation is.
I had feared using an oil-based product would end up blocking my pores and causing a breakout of spots, but thankfully, this did not happen. If anything, my skin actually felt much cleaner and fresh. My stretch marks have faded significantly over 3 months of consistent usage. My skin is healthy, hydrated and feels better than it has in years.
Bio-Oil is seriously worth every single penny. I don’t think I’ll ever stop using it.
How To Use Bio Oil in 4 Easy Steps
- Rub a few drops of Bio-Oil between your fingers.
- Using your fingertips massage the oil into the affected area.
- Massage in a circular motion to ensure even coverage.
- Repeat this twice daily to for at least three months to see effects.
Do I Recommend Bio-Oil?
Yes, two thumbs up. Treat your skin to something extraordinary.
Bio-Oil has a legion of followers and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great product that actually works. But don’t take my word for it, grab yourself a bottle and see for yourself.