Tuesday, 6 March 2012

review: bio oil

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I recently agreed to trial Bio Oil. By this time of the year, having just made it through yet another summer under the brutal Australian sun, my skin is in need of all the help it can get. Pale skin and extreme UV just aren’t friends, no matter how much sunscreen, shade and covering up I bring to the party!

The product
Bio Oil tells us it is specialist skincare for scars, stretchmarks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin; it contains vitamins A and E, and essential oils including Lavender and Chamomile; it is non-greasy, hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types.

This is good for me – I keep my skincare as simple as possible and while I enjoy fancy products in fancy packaging that smell, well, beautiful and fancy from time to time, I really like to use the straightforward workhorses. And they don’t have to be fancy.

Bio Oil, however, does smell nice. I did not react badly to it, whereas I have reacted badly to other oils, such as grape seed oil, which is reported to work wonders on skin. I used the Bio Oil liberally on my face, neck, shoulders and arms – after the past few months of daily UV onslaught, I wanted to help them recover.

Did it work? What did I think?
There are two parts to this. The first bit is what I think everyone really wants to know: does it remove all signs of scars and stretchmarks? My answer is I don’t know. I don’t have any fresh battle scars to go to work on, and the instructions say to use the oil twice a day for a minimum of three months. As I was using it over a fairly large area I ran out before the three months was up. And, well, I’m not a scientist; I can’t measure accurately any changes in the war wounds of life with any sort of reliable control for comparison! So no, I don’t know, I can’t help you with this bit.

But what CAN I tell you? I am happy – thrilled, really – to tell you that my face and arms are looking really good – well, I mean at least the skin is! Two things for me in summer: I stopped wearing foundation as it was too hot for it, and it just melted off. Instead I used a little powder, so I wanted my skin to be as good as possible underneath it. It was really good, as far as my temperamental skin goes! Smooth and glowing. The second thing is my poor arms copped a lot of UV over the past two months, and no matter how good I tried to be with sunscreen – and I am pretty fanatical about it – I still got a little burnt a few times. And even when not actually burnt, my arms still got way too much exposure. So I have, for possibly the first time in my life, a suntan on my arms. And patchy, stripy tanned and white shoulders, too. I think the Bio Oil has been wonderful, and has soothed, and smoothed, my parched skin.

Overall verdict – would I buy this product?
One big resounding yes! The skin on my arms has never felt better! I think it's an affordable, effective product for everyday use.

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Mabel said...

Great review! I need something like this as I am stark white as well :)

Mabel Time

Bri said...

I think I'll have to try this!

Emma said...

I love this stuff and can confirm that it works wonders on scars and stretch marks. Last year I had to have a mole removed on my back which left me with a nasty Frankenstien like scar which was red angry and raised. After using bio oil on it for a few months it is now flat and barely noticeable! x

dustjacket said...

I've tried it and it's great!

Esz said...

I think I just lost my comment! How annoying.

Anyways - I said, I think I shall try this stuff.

And - that I too gave up foundation. I use Revlon Colorstay powder off Glossi - cheap! And Aesop for skincare because it's just so good.

Cherry said...

I've used bio oil for years on my tattoos to help them heal smoothly since my skin doesnt take tattoos very well and also it's gives older ink a nice refreshed glow without looking shinny. I'm currently using it on my four month pregnant belly, hopefully it will prevent stretch marks fingers crossed!!!

Temperamental Broad said...

I use this twice a day on my face. I'm 34 and started to get fine lines and crows feet. This stuff has drastically reduced the lines around my eyes and on my forehead. I'm a huge fan!!

Maja said...

I have tried this oil and I love it so much. I have quite a bit of scaring at my chin after years of breaking out and acne. And this works so well on my skin that I can now (I've used it for one and a half months) go without foundation (and I hate foundation) so Yay! and it's cheap too. I didn't react to it either which I usually do with facial creams.

Lynn said...

Another fair-skinned, freckled person here. I always love reading reviews of skin products.


SoapyMermaid said...

this product looks great :)

Wild Tea Party said...

Definitely works on scars! I had staph last year that left me with nasty scars on my legs. I've been using this and they've faded dramatically.

Re stretchmarks... it really only works as a preventative or to fade fresh ones right down. The silvery ones it doesn't have a huge effect on.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

It's lovely to see the empty bottle - a jolly well-used product indeed! I've always wondered about whether to try it and I'm definitely going to give it a go now:)). Your skin is beautiful and luminous!! Sigh ... I've copped the sun too since losing my beloved vintage frilly brolly several weeks ago. Now I realise what a good job it was doing keeping the sun off my face and arms.

Natalie Mulford said...

I LOVE bio oil. When I was around 15, I was bitten by a dog which left a jagged scar down my nose, when it happened my Mum was saying "Oh, you may need cosmetic surgery". Buh! I ended up being recommended bio oil and it really helped. While I don't think the scarring would have ended up too bad, these days it's pretty much unnoticeable.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. I'll have to try it. On a different topic, but one related to your outfit. I love OTK (over-the-knee) socks, but I'm constantly pulling them up. Do you have this problem too? Are we supposed to use garters with them?? :)

Thanks for a reply.

sweet harvest moon said...

I bought it some time ago but have not used it yet, must try it soon!

Antonia Glavic said...

I'm a big fan of pure rosehip oil myself.I use it as a daily moisturizer & my skin is LOVING it!

Nessbow said...

I tried Bio Oil on my face a few years ago, and I was really unimpressed. My skin tends to be on the oily side, and I am prone to breakouts. My skin was a mess of pimples the whole time I was using Bio Oil. The blemishes cleared up only when I stopped using it altogether.

On the other hand, I have a few scars on my arms and hands, and I have found it to be useful for softening the appearance of these.

I'm glad it worked for you though.

J. said...

Very interesting, I think I might want to try this!

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