Here’s the thing, ladies: stretch marks are completely normal. No matter how you get your stretch marks, they tell a story about you, and that in itself is reason enough to embrace them. Yet, a lot of us tend to worry about developing stretch marks at some point in our lives because we’re only human. Once pregnancy rolls around, there is no escaping the inevitable – your skin will pull and stretch to accommodate the miracle of life and leave behind marks in its wake. So, its no wonder that when Bio-Oil came around, it took the skincare world by storm. With its breakthrough ingredient PurCellin oil, Bio-Oil promises to reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, and dehydrated skin. Tall promises, if you ask me. But it appears that this product actually works.
Read on to find out more.
Bio-Oil Review | Is It Really Effective?
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Now, let’s look at all the good things contained in Bio-Oil:
- Rosemary oil has been found to reduce inflammation and facilitate the healing of micro wounds. This means it’s great for minimizing scars!
- Chamomile oil is excellent for evening out your skin tone and other pigmentation issues.
- Lavender oil works as an antioxidant and is known to reduce skin damage.
- Calendula oil is the main moisturizing agent in Bio-Oil and is great for dry skin.
- Vitamin A and Vitamin E work wonders as antioxidants.
Much like any other skin care product, a bottle of Bio-Oil comes in a white cardboard box that also houses the instruction manual. I particularly loved this manual because it has diagrams that show you exactly how to apply this oil. The bottle itself is a pretty basic transparent bottle with a white screw-on cap. The opening of the bottle is covered with another white cap that has a small hole in its center – perfect for a klutz like me who would probably topple all the oil out within 0.25 seconds of opening the bottle. Whoa, also a strange thing about this product is that though it has an orange tint when in the bottle, it is completely transparent when you pour it out. Which is great because that way you won’t stain your clothes. Lastly, if you get the small 60 ml bottle, you can travel with it in your handbag without any worries because it Is under the TSA liquids allowance limit and also the packaging is pretty sturdy and leak-proof.
All You Need To Know About Bio-Oil
I think it is important to preface the benefits of Bio-Oil by mentioning that the company itself does not claim that it can entirely remove or make any scars or stretch marks vanish altogether. It merely reduces their appearance.
How To Use Bio Oil?
- Rub a couple of drops of Bio-Oil between your fingers.
- Massage the Bio-Oil into the affected area. Make sure you massage in a circular motion.
- Do this twice daily for at least three months to see effective results.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at all the wholesome goodness this product has to offer:
(i) Bio-Oil For Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Pregnant women around the world swear by the effect of Bio-Oil on their stretch marks, and so does my sister. She started using Bio-Oil immediately after her delivery and has found that her stretch marks have faded considerably. Her only regret is that she did not begin using Bio-Oil during her pregnancy because then her stretch marks would have been even lighter now.