This story was updated in February 2019.
If you stopped scrolling, saw the cover image, read the headline and actually made an effort to click on this article, I am sure you have heard about the wonder that is Bio Oil. But, every time you came across the product, something always stopped you from buying it. By the end of this article, all that is going to change. Whether it is scars or stretch marks you want to get rid of, Bio Oil can help you with that and more. So much more! The benefits of Bio Oil not only take care of your physically visible problem areas but also extend beyond scars and stretch marks to make your overall skin better and hair (yes, hair!) healthier.
Here is everything you need to know about Bio Oil. Fair warning: what you are about to witness is not a work of fiction but pure reality.
This cult favourite needs no introduction. Ideal for perfecting your skin, whether it is diminishing marks, inducing a glow or reducing and preventing stretch marks. Speaking of which, Bio Oil claims to be the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product. It is a specialist or as we like to say, an all-rounder skincare product that helps improve the appearance of skin that is cursed with scars, blemishes, marks and uneven skin tone. Bio Oil is one product, many solutions.
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 makes it light and non-greasy, ensuring that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed. We like how Bio Oil is super transparent with all its ingredients. It has some 28 of them. Here’s the complete list of all Bio Oil ingredients:
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)
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Unless you are allergic to any of the above-mentioned ingredients, you are in good hands with Bio Oil. According to the regulations laid down by the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Cosmetic Products, the daily exposure of each ingredient used is assessed and deemed safe for use, even for pregnant women. All ingredients are tested prior to production. In fact, a sample from each batch manufacture is further lab tested and then retained and monitored over a 5-year-period.
Bio Oil looks into not just what’s inside the bottle but also what’s outside. Its packaging is completely recyclable. No harmful emissions or hazardous waste is emitted in air, land or water in its production. So go ahead with the magical oil because once you start using it, there is no reason to turn back.
If you have never used Bio Oil before, now is a good time to start! And here are some benefits and uses of Bio Oil, that will convince you to buy a pack right now:
Bio Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars but if you expect the product to completely remove them from the face of the earth, that’s not going to happen. Scars result from an overproduction of collagen at the wound site. They go through numerous changes as they mature but are, essentially, permanent in nature. However, when used properly, it can help lighten the scars. Make sure that you apply it once the wound has healed and there is no broken skin or an open wound.
Can you use Bio Oil on your face? Well, of course, you can. If you live in a severely dry climate or if naturally dry or dehydrated skin is your biggest enemy. In fact, daily bathing can further the damage due to the astringent effects of soap and water. Bio Oil supplements skin’s natural oil layer and restores its barrier function to retain moisture. And not just face, you can use it all over your body. Cracked, white skin no more!
Bio Oil helps even out uneven skin tone with regular use. Uneven skin tone can occur due to a number of factors such as excessive exposure to the sun, use of poor quality skin lightening products, pregnancy-related hormonal fluctuations, too high consumption of oral contraceptives or menopause. With Bio Oil, patchy, pigmented skin doesn’t stand a chance.
Wrinkled skin is the biggest and earliest sign of ageing. Did you know wrinkles are caused by weakening of collagen and elastin present in the skin? What Bio Oil does it, it helps plasticise the skin making it softer, smoother and more supple than ever. Other than skin tone, it also helps improve the texture and appearance of fine lines. Ditch them expensive anti-ageing creams that do nothing but fool you with fragrance.
To understand how Bio Oil works for stretch marks, you first need to understand how stretch marks occur. When your body expands faster than the outermost covering skin, the skin tears forming a scar as it heals. It is these scars that are visible on the surface as stretch marks. That is why stretch marks are common among pregnant women, bodybuilders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and people who experience rapid weight gain. Basically, if your body is prone to a sudden change, stretch marks will be there. Where you get them depends on the muscle or area that is getting stretched.
Sadly, much like scars, stretch marks too are permanent in nature and cannot be completely removed. But Bio Oil is the tried and tested product that can help with their appearance.
A dry scalp can be just as annoying as dry skin. Massaging your head well with Bio Oil can help you deal with dryness and, to some extent, prevent hair fall due to dry scalp promoting hair growth. Not just that, it can also help you tame flyaways and control split ends. Remember, as long as your hair is healthy, problems like hair fall and split ends don’t stand a chance of troubling you with bad hair days.
7. It also works like a dream to prevent itchiness and burning after tattoo removal.
8. Recently got your ear or nose pierced? Bio Oil can help treat flaking and prevent any infection that may occur afterwards.
9. Applying Bio Oil to an over-treated pimple can soften and heal the spot painlessly. No more pimple popping, ladies, okay?
10. You can massage some of it to dry and cracked heels as well. It will soothe and smooth your feet with regular use.
11. Had a long day at work? Soothe tired eyes by gently massaging Bio Oil under your eyes. It will also help fade dark circles.
12. Before going for a swim, apply Bio Oil on your strands to prevent discolouration from all the chlorine.
The application of Bio Oil is simple. It should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected area twice daily and for a minimum of 3 months to see the best results. Use your fingertips for better penetration into the skin.
During pregnancy, it should be applied from the start of the second trimester to areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs.
P.S. The brand claims that results will vary from person to person despite a consistent usage.
If you want to know what else this power beauty product can do for you (yes, there is more), then read on to find out all the different ways in which you can use Bio Oil:
Because it is hypoallergenic and non-acnegenic, it is suitable for almost any skin type. It helps to replenish skin’s natural oils that have been stripped away due to changes in the environment, using the wrong soap or following an unhealthy diet pattern. Just after you step out of the shower, apply a bit of it on your face and body to deeply nourish and moisturise dry, dehydrated skin. Best part? It will soak into your skin easily without making it feel greasy. Bring back the smooth suppleness effortlessly!
Psst… dry elbows won’t be dry ever again.
Who even thought that Bio Oil could be used as a primer? Well, it certainly can! Just before you apply your foundation, make sure you massage your face with a drop of this magic oil. Wait till it dries up and then apply your makeup. Especially for dry skin and uneven skin tones, this treatment is the best, hands down. It will make for a smoother makeup application and help it stay in place for longer. While you are at it, you can also try mixing it with your bronzer for a sexy sheen.
You heard it right. It can be used as a makeup remover too! Dip a ball of cotton into some bio-oil and, in a circular motion, gently wipe your makeup off. You can then wash your face with room temperature water and pat dry. Micellar oil who?
If you ever run out of Vaseline or lip balm, we want you to know that Bio Oil is a fantastic substitute. It deeply moisturizes lips and makes them smooth and healthy. Apply it on your lips once or twice a day for a month for baby soft lips or whenever you feel like your pout needs some TLC. Perfect for the cold, harsh winters.
For a super soft and easy shaving experience, apply a coin-sized amount of Bio Oil first. It will save you from getting any razor cuts and ingrown hair. Make sure to apply some lotion after you are done shaving for ultra smooth skin.
It does not have a sunscreen factor but if you are suffering from a nasty sunburn, redness or rash, Bio Oil can do that too. Apply a bit of this oil to the area to sooth the burn and heal it in no time. Its natural botanicals will help your skin get it is healthy, natural glow back. You’re welcome!
Tired of dealing with flyaways? Don’t stress, Bio Oil has got you covered! Apply a bit of it to the ends of your hair to help them look healthier and shinier. It can help tame the arrogant frizz and make your super hair easy to manage. In our opinion, it is the best hair serum.
Since Bio Oil is rich in Vitamin E, massaging your cuticles post a manicure session, even after freshly painted nails, can maximise the effect. Even after clipping your nails you can apply it for healthy and strong nails. If you suffer from brittle nails, you will definitely want to try this!
You don’t have to spend separately on bath oils and essential oils to enjoy that luxury spa feeling at home. Just like any bath oil, pour Bio Oil in your bath and don’t be afraid to be generous with the quantity. Pour loads of it and make way for baby soft skin.
According to a DIY recipe shared on Quora, mixing Bio Oil and salt in a 1:1 ratio can be used as an excellent scrub for face and body. After using it on your face, you can wash it off with a mild face wash to get rid of any oil residue.
Just like the generosity the product shows with its uses, the price is also quite easy on the pocket for the multitude of benefits it offers. It is available in three different sizes and prices:
Buy Bio Oil (60 ml) for Rs 395 here.
Buy Bio Oil (125 ml) for Rs 645 here.
Buy Bio Oil (200 ml) for Rs 900 here.
Above mentioned prices are in MRP. You can check websites like Amazon, Flipkart or any supermarket or pharmacy for a discounted price.
Like everything else, there are pros and cons to Bio Oil as well. Some people who have tried Bio Oil have reported noticing some side effects proving that the product is not for everyone. But that applies to you only if you have certain allergies.
It is best to do a small patch test before going ahead with its recommended use to check for any side effects or allergic reactions. Rest assured, Bio Oil is a fail-safe product with a lot to offer.
Now, are you convinced or shall I go on some more?
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