I am sure, if you live anywhere in this planet you have definitely heard of Bio-oil, maybe used it? maybe thought of using it? We usually relate Bio-oil to pregnant women or mommies, but I am going to talk not just that, but how well it works for everyone. So let’s talk everything about Bio-oil and why it is a favorite skin care essential for some beautiful celebrities like Victoria Beckam, Kate Middleton, Priyanka Chopra and Shilpa Shetty. Ah! All my favorite people!
What manufacturer has to say about Bio-oil
Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‑Oil has won 284 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 20 countries since its global launch in 2002.
The Bio‑Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. This ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.
Ingredients in Bio-oil
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Orange: CI 26100 (Red 17)
Price of a 125ml bottle is AED 75
What I think about Bio-oil
Bio-oil comes in a bottle form and the oil comes out as drops. It is very easy to control the amount as it comes drop by drop. And trust me you need just two drops for your face and neck. I love the color of the oil, peach-ish orange. I also love the smell of it. I can’t make out what the smell is, reminds me of some spice? But the ingredient list mentions a lot of ingredients responsible or the smell. I know some people hate the smell of bio-oil (personal preferences huh?)
The consistency o Bio-oil is so light. The reason for the light consistency is supposed to be PurCellin Oil. Out of curiosity I googled to find out what the so called “break through ingredient” really is. What Google found out is that “PurCellin oil is a substance that comes from the preen gland oil of ducks.” My first reaction was “Yuckkk!” which then changed to “What? Seriously?!”.Then again I went through the ingredient list to find out more , but surprisingly, this oil has not been mentioned in the ingredient list. Now I have decided to move on so lets talk about other things about our star of the day- the Bio-oil!
Once you take the oil in your hands, it is completely transparent. Method to use is very simple, take two drops of the bio-oil and massage it into your skin, just two drops, not more. Once you apply the oil on your skin, you see that it is non-greasy and absorbs into your skin really fast. Even if you have oily skin, you can use bio-oil without much of a thought. Well, you know right, it is just a myth that oil skinned beauties cannot use oil in their skincare routine, a false one! Speaking about bio-oil it is so light and perfect for all types of skin.
Using Bio-oil leaves leaves my skin moisturized and has definitely improved the texture of my skin. I started using Bio-oil when I was pregnant,on my tummy area, mainly to prevent stretch marks. Well let me tell you one thing, it is always a better idea to start preventive measures for stretch marks than later treating it. Bio-oil has definitely helped me and I have very little not-so-visible stretch marks due to pregnancy. At this point let me also tell you that I have had stretch marks due to all the weight loss and weight gain I had during my adolescence. If you ask me if Bio-oil had helped me with getting rid of that, I would say not really. I haven’t expected it to because it is not easy to treat stretch marks which are older. Even the medical prescriptions does not show much results, so don’t expect Bio-oil to do some miracles. But it can definitely help to reduce the amount of strtch marks you get when you use it at pregnancy, and also show some really good results in reducing the appearance of the newly formed ones.
After using Bio-oil on my tummy area, I realized it is so moisturizing and then started using it on my body and later on my face. I have used it during the intense summers and extreme winters in the UAE and loved the results. Bio-oil claims to do a lot of work. It claims to be a specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. I can’t really comment about all, but yes it has helped me with stretch marks, dehydrated skin. It has not done much to my uneven skin tone, and I don’t have much wrinkles or anything so cannot comment about aged skin. BUt I really think it can help to some extent because the ingredient list of Bio-oil is amazing. It has some excellent ingredients. I believe, via the powers of Vitamin E, Bi-oil can reduce the number of damaged cells from UV radiation and help to reduce free radicals that attack healthy cells, which would otherwise lead to premature aging and skin damage.
Apart from using Bio-oil for my body, I have used it as a cuticle oil and it works. I also use it on my feet to treat cracked heels, it does not treat cracked heels overnight, but yes by using for a few days it helps. I have heard that some people use it on their hair, but I have not!
My final word
Bio-oil leaves my skin plump and glowing. It has helped me with dehydrated skin and also stretch marks to some extent. It also helps to treat cracked heels. I love products that can multitask, for a low price it is a steal! But I do not agree with the claim of being a miracle product,it does help, but no miracles.