What even is Bio Oil, anyway?
Bio Oil is frequently touted as a cure-all for all of our skin issues, from wrinkles to stretch marks. Since its launch in 2002 it has won 223 skincare awards and is the No.1 selling product to help minimise the appearance of scars and stretch marks in 18 countries worldwide.
Still, the (seemingly orange?) bottle confuses many of us. Does it really work? Bio Oil for face...is it safe? What are the Bio Oil benefits? Don't worry, we've answered all your questions...
Bio Oil Uses
Bio Oil is particularly famed for its ability to tackle scars, stretch marks, dry skin, uneven skin tone and other skin imperfections. According to the official Bio Oil website, the product is suitable for all skin types and ‘promotes healthy, radiant skin’. You can also use it as an intensive body moisturiser, as the product is easily absorbed by the skin.
Does Bio Oil Work?
There seems to be many benefits of Bio Oil. Plenty of clinical trials have been carried out by independent bodies on Bio Oil - there are studies on its efficacy against acne scars, dry skin and stretch marks, all of which note a marked improvement.
What Are The Ingredients In Bio Oil?
Bio Oil is an oil derived from calendula, lavender, rosemary and chamomile oil. It has a lighter texture than most oils, thanks to the patented formulation, which give it a 'dry' feel. The formula also contains a ‘breakthrough’ ingredient called PurCellin Oil, which is a replica of the oil that ducks produce to keep their feathers waterproof.
How Do You Use Bio Oil?
So, how to use Bio Oil and how to apply Bio Oil is the key question. You get the best results if you massage it into the affected area in circular motions until it has been completely absorbed, and do this twice a day.
Does Bio Oil Work On Scars?
Yes, a lot of people have noticed that scars on their body have faded after continuously using Bio Oil. It also helps with pigmentation marks and blemishes, and can improve the appearance of excessive sun exposure.
Does Bio Oil Work On Stretch Marks?
Plenty of medical professionals, including Dr Anita Sturnham, do recommend it for use on stretch marks, and it's won countless awards. There's also plenty of anecdotal evidence on forums and blogs supporting the product's claims.
Is Bio Oil Safe To Use During Pregnancy?
It has been said that Bio Oil does contain a few ingredients that may be ‘potentially harmful’ during pregnancy. According to the Bio Oil website, however, the product has been used safely and effectively by pregnant women for years, working to ‘maximise the skins elasticity, thereby reducing the possibility of stretch marks forming’.
Is Bio Oil Good For Your Face And For Acne Scars?
Can you put Bio Oil on your face? Well, yes. If having acne isn't bad enough, people often have to deal with the scars that are left behind. If you're bothered by acne scars you can definitely experiment with Bio Oil to reduce their appearance, as there are Bio Oil benefits for face scars and discolouration.
It's important to know how to use Bio Oil on face concerns. We'd recommend using it on the specific scarred area, rather than all over your face, especially if you're still suffering from acne. As it's an oil, it could overload and clog your pores with continued use. A tiny dab with a cotton bud doused in Bio Oil onto the exact scar will suffice. It's OK to use Bio Oil on face overnight.
Bio Oil On Face With Combination Skin?
Is Bio Oil good for the face if you have oily and dry skin? We suggest that if you suffer with combination skin you should not be over-generous with the use of Bio Oil on your face. Instead, be clever with where you apply it, massaging it only on the dryest areas of skin and avoiding the more oily areas like the T-zone and the U-zone.
Bio Oil For Anti-Aging?
As for anti-aging, Bio Oil doesn't contain any peptides, hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants or other really active wrinkle-fighting ingredients, so you may not find it gives you the results you want.
How Long Does Bio Oil Take To Work?
It is recommended that Bio Oil is applied twice a day for 3 months in order to see results, but the amount of time can vary from person to person. It also works best on newer scars as they fade more easily.
Bio Oil As Moisturiser
The most notable benefit of Bio Oil is its ability to hydrate the dryest areas of skin, so works really well as a moisturiser. Go on, lather up. But consistency is key.
Bio Oil In The Bath
Like any bath oils, Bio Oil will soften your skin if you bathe in it, so of course be generous and pour loads in your bath. Baby soft skin here we come!
Bio Oil Benefits For Hair
Oils will generally make your hair greasy, but if you use is sparingly and on the ends of your hair or on flyaways it'll give your hairdo a silky finish. You can also use it overnight on the roots to soothe any flaky skin on the scalp, but make sure you wash it out thoroughly in the morning.
Can I Use Bio Oil On My Lips?
Yes! Bio Oil will soothe, nourish and hydrate your skin, and protect them from cold and harsh weather - perfect for the winter seasons.
Bio Oil For Nails
Using Bio Oil on your hands a nails is a good way to treat dry, cracked skin and soften cuticles. After you've finished filing or painting your nails, massage some Bio Oil into your cuticles for a nourishing finish.
What Is The Price Of Bio Oil?
You can buy Bio Oil in Boots for £11.99 per 100ml.
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