My thoughts on Bio Oil & why I am such a fan

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Bio Oil has been one of those iconic products that I’m sure most of us have grown up with – not necessarily using, but one that has been in your mothers bathroom cabinet and one that you have always heard good things about.
For those of us who haven’t been pregnant, I don’t think we will truly appreciate the wonders of Bio Oil until then. I work with a few ladies who are pregnant and they rave about the stuff! It literally can get you through pregnancies (yes, more than one) stretch-mark-free if you are religiously about your application.

Incorporate it in your beauty routine for glowing skin:
See one of all-time favourite bloggers, Sara from Harper& Harley, share her beauty tips on how she incorporates Bio Oil into her beauty routine for glowing, beautiful skin - I love this look! (link)

So what have I been using Bio-Oil for?
I luckily don’t have any scarring or stretch-marks (noticeable one’s at least), however, I wanted to start incorporating Bio Oil into my body care routine as I have seen the results first-hand, and it really is amazing. If ever I do have a surgical scar to cover (c-section/breasts/mole removal - God forbid) I would definitely use this, you can literally reduce the visibility of your scar drastically.

I can’t say I am the biggest ‘oil’ fan, I actually can’t stand oils and the way they feel on my skin. My main reason being that I feel it is damaging my linen and my clothes and I just feel dirty – personal preference, sorry. 

Anyway, this is kind of shooting myself in the foot because there are so many insanely good body oils out there. To get around this little obstacle I have started mixing a few drops of Bio Oil into my usual moisturiser. I am pretty sure it’s not as effective as me applying pure Bio Oil, but I am not trying to fix anything particular but rather improve my skin tone. I guess if I had a scar/scarring to fix I would definitely apply it directly and get over my anti-oil attitude.

I put a generous dose into my bath on Tuesday eve and have been seriously amazed at my skins hydration levels and texture since. This is definitely going to be the way forward for me - love it! Just remember to avoid drying yourself too vigorously with a towels afterwards as you will remove too much of the oil. 

What is it, exactly?
Bio Oil is a pretty ‘thin’ oil, for lack of a better word, so it does mix well into other products. A little goes a long way! Scent wise it is a pretty neutral scent and very un-invasive which is nice as it mixes in well with any scented product and doesn’t clash with your perfume. 

It is a seriously budget-friendly way of reducing scar redness, improving skin hydration levels, preventing stretch-marks and reducing current stretch mark visibility. I can’t recommend it enough.

Do yourself a favour if you start using it for a specific concern: track the progress with pics, you won’t believe the changes you will see. 

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8 comments:

  1. I love this stuff. After yoga I have a warm shower and then slather this all over my body and throw on some comfy clothes I don't mind getting oil on. The results the next day are amazing! Definitely a budget winner and yay for being proudly South African!

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    1. Hi Bianca, that's probably the answer - think I should but loose fitting darker PJ's as, you right, the results are incredibly!

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  2. I love my Bio-oil!! 2 Pregnancies and not a stretch mark in sight Added to my bath and body cream keeps my skin super hydrated and soft during winter. Can't live without it :-)

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  3. I guess this product is amazing but you have to know a few things about bio oil ingredients. The main ingredient is Paraffinum Liquidum. Found in many cosmetic products including, baby oil which is actually 100% Mineral Oil.
    Mineral oil is a petrochemical, a derivative of crude oil. It has large molecules which are unable to penetrate the surface of the skin, therefore it acts a non-absorbent oily film, said to 'lock in moisture'. But is this such a great thing? Initially, the skin will feel smooth, as you might expect. However, this layer of mineral oil smothers your skin like cling film, preventing it from breathing naturally. Which in turn enables sweat and bacteria to become trapped beneath the layer of oil. This can exacerbate eczema and psoriasis problems and potentially create a false dependency in the long term.

    If you want to feed and maintain your skin, without the use of mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) or potentially hazardous synthetic ingredients. Try botanical oils including Argan, Rosehip, Hemp and Grapeseed oils blended with fragrant natural and organic essential plant extracts will nourish and maintain healthy skin.

    I hope this info helps to educate nice brillant girls.

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    1. This is very helpful info - thanks so much. I will be buying an Argan Oil to try this week so will be interesting to compare. Thanks!

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  4. I have never read such an ambiguous review about a product. Do you like it? Dont you like it? You repeated yourself too many times, overselling a product you dont believe in. There is only 1 way to say it reduces visibilty to scars yet you attempted to say it 3/4 times.... when approaching the topic "what is it, actually?" You should have gone more into depth as the previous anonymous reply did... answering it fictiously and literally ie. It is a "thin" oil, is what each buyer can observe and assume for themselves.

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  5. I'm a big fan too and have been using it for years. Instead of also applying it straight to my skin I throw a couple of drops into my body lotion, shake up the bottle and it works perfectly. It leave my skin hydrated and I don't have to worry about staining my clothes that way.

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