Product Type: Bio Oil body care
Newest Review: ... kept jumping out at me. I resisted buying it for a long time but when I saw it on special offer in Boots I bought it. To me it was... more
Better than most think
Bio Oil 200ml
Member Name: kiss_me_now9
Bio Oil 200ml
Advantages: Works well on scars and smells lovely
Disadvantages: Initially expensive, takes time to see results, may not work as well for everyone.
I've been using bio-oil since 2008 after I saw a recommendation on the internet for it. Bio oil can be used for a variety of things, such as uneven skin tone, dry skin, scars, stretch marks and ageing skin. I've only really used it for scars and stretch marks though. It can also be added to bath water to give your skin a lovely soft feeling once you get out.
On first impressions, yes, this is expensive. It's currently retailing for around £8.50 for a small 60ml bottle. However, I've had my 60ml bottle since 2008 and I'm still only a quarter of way through it, if not a fifth of the way through. It really does go on and on and on! The larger bottles are more expensive but if you use this more regularly then it's worth getting a bigger one I think as it works out cheaper (as with most things). The packaging is very clinical in peach and white and to be honest it looks like it fell out of the 80s. But nobody is going to buy it just because it looks pretty in their cabinet, right? The oil inside the bottle is a light peachy pink and smells divine with hints of lavender and rosemary. It is a really nice scent which probably comes from the core ingredients of the oil - Calendula, Rosemary, Lavender and Chamomile oil. There's also some oil based chemicals in there but nothing too alarming that I can see. I'm going to keep saying this but price wise, it's definitely something that falls into the 'expensive outlay, cheap over time' category.
Application wise you do not need a lot of the oil, for small scars I tend to just run my finger over the top of the dispenser cap and use the excess from there. For bigger areas I'll hold the bottle upside on the place I want the oil to go. I often forget to use it regularly but when I remember I'll try and use it morning and night and/or after I've just showered. The website recommends using it twice a day for a minimum of 3 months in order to see maximum improvement but I use mine less than that and still see a marked change in the colour and appearance of my scars. I'm totally fine with that, as the results I've got from minimal use are still better than if I was to just leave my scars! In fact, I got a few scars just before christmas that I didn't bother attempting to treat until a week or so ago. They've remained red and raised all over the holiday period and into the start of February. As I've started to use bio oil on them, they're fading rapidly and will probably be gone completely from sight before the middle of March. If I'm using it in a bath, I'll pop a few drops in and mix it around with the water. As it is an oil it won't mix in totally but it does eventually disappear (that may be onto your skin though). You really don't need a lot of it! When applied the smell becomes even nicer and the smell of a bath with some bio oil in is really alluring.
Bio oil is not a wonder cure - if you've got keloid (raised, white) scars or even scars where the skin hasn't healed properly then nothing will erase them. You may also find that the scars remain in the sense of you can still see their outline on your skin, but their colour will be the same as your skin tone. If you buy this and think that your skin is going to turn from scarred and marked to unblemished overnight then you're going to be really disappointed! On stretch marks, I haven't really seen a massive amount of change (probably because of the infrequency of how often I use it) but on scars I can see the difference with in days. If you need some more convincing, there are numerous studies that have been conducted on the effectiveness of bio oil in various situations; just remember to take them with a pinch of salt as they are mostly led by the manufacturers. The manufacturers website points out numerous times that results are down to the individual, so don't be too disheartened if it doesn't work immediately.
Summary: Absolute life saver.