Product Type: Silkia body care
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Silkia Re-Gen Oil
Member Name: hayley_dl
Silkia Re-Gen Oil
Advantages: nice smell, works well as a moisturiser, goes some way to reducing visibility of scarring
Disadvantages: scent doesn't last, caused spots on my face
I originally bought Re-Gen Oil a long time ago when Bio Oil was advertising all over the TV. I chose it quite simply because Bio Oil was what I really wanted but was far out my price range and Re-Gen Oil was in ASDAs costing a lot less for what is, essentially, the same thing.
What Is It?
Well, it's an oil that's been dermatologically tested and is designed to treat stretch marks, scars and dry or blemished skin. I won't list all the ingredients but suffice it to say that the vast majority are plant extracts or oils.
According to www.lincocare.com it includes natural and the active ingredient PCL, it is also rich in vitamins A and E. It is this combination of ingredients that "promotes skin regeneration".
I originally bought this for acne scarring but since it has so many more uses then that I've since used it for a lot more! Which is a good thing really since it didn't really impress me when it came to reducing my acne scars..
* Acne Scars
As I said, this is the reason I originally bought the oil. Unfortunately it's also the reason it spent many months on the shelf getting no use! I do still get the occasional spot but what really bothers me are the scars from the ones I used to pick (bad habit I know, it's a bit late to tell me now!) so I have tried many products to try and reduce the visibility of them even if they can't be removed completely.
I used the oil once every day after washing and cleansing. Three drops was more then enough to cover my whole face as it spreads very easily over my skin and a little really does go a long way. Now I can't fault the product completely, whilst I don't think it actually reduced the visibility of the scarring I did notice that within a week my skin tone had brightened and this in turn had the effect of reducing the visibility of the scars as my skin looked healthier in general. Unfortunately, despite this positive affect it also caused several spots to appear and when I'm using a product to remove acne scarring the last thing I want it to do is cause spots!
* Other Scarring
You do need to be quite persistent with this as with most products because results won't be immediate. I've also found that it works a lot better on newer scars then on older ones. I'm assuming this is because the skin is still healing and therefore there's more potential to reduce scarring?
Anyway, it doesn't really matter why it works, the point is it does. It's not a miracle product and won't cause old scars to magically disappear or cause injuries that should scar, not to. It will however reduce the visibility of older scars and reduce the amount of scarring on new injuries.
You do need to bear in mind however that the older the scar the longer you need to use it to see any effect and the less of an effect there will be.
* Bath Oil
I should probably start this part of the review by saying that I hate bath oils. Can't stand the stuff. It just leaves my skin all oily and greasy and I end up having to get in the shower after just to remove it!
Unfortunately this was no different, after I got out the bath I had what felt to be a layer of oil on my skin and not in a good, moisturising kind of way. It just felt greasy and horrible and I had to get in the shower just to remove the layer. I therefore can't say that it had any beneficial effect on my skin either because for me, if anything it actually had a negative effect.
Also, despite smelling quite nice in itself the scent wasn't really noticeable in the bath at all, if it weren't for the oily film on the bath water I'm not sure I'd even have convinced myself that I'd used anything. Therefore, needless to say, there was no lingering scent left on my skin either.
If you do buy this then I really wouldn't recommend this use for it!
I have to say that despite my criticisms of this oil it actually works very well as a moisturiser. Again, it has to be said that the scent doesn't linger on my skin very long which is a bit of a shame really since it does smell quite nice. It also leaves a slightly oily layer on my skin but this disappears within a few minutes so don't be put off by this.
After use my skin does feel incredibly soft and smooth although I do find that I need to apply it twice a day in order for it to keep it's moisture. I also found, as when used on my face, that it brightened my skin tone and made my skin look much healthier overall and so this, in itself, is a pretty big bonus for me.
So far in this review I've kept mentioning the scent but not actually described what it smells of!
That's partly because I didn't want to repeat myself every section but also partly because the scents quite difficult to describe. It's subtle, delicate and calming all at the same time. After having read through the ingredients the only scent I can place is the Lavender oil but there's definitely more in there, the rest just all blend together making them harder to distinguish. I love the smell but then I love the smell of lavender, it's not going to be so attractive if this isn't a scent you like. As I've said though, the scent doesn't linger so don't be put off if the smell doesn't appeal to you.
I think my opinion of this product has probably been clouded by my expectations. I bought it to help with acne scarring and it really didn't work for that at all. It did however improve the look of my skin, reduce the visibility of other scars - especially new ones and it does work well as a moisturiser so overall it's not a bad product at all. It just doesn't live up to the hopes I had for it.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I bought my bottle from ASDA and it costs £3.76 for a 75ml bottle. Whilst this sounds like a lot, a little really does go a long way and even when used over my whole body twice a day one bottle will easily last me a month.
I can also confirm that despite causing spots on my face I haven't had this problem anywhere else so it might be worth trying on acne scars if you're no longer prone to acne. It's a hard one to recommend due to the problems I found with it but for the price it's definitely worth a go so long as your expectations are realistic. It's going to get a middle of the range 3 out of 5 from me.
Summary: not a miracle worker but worth a try if your expectations are realistic