Does Bio Oil live up to the hype?
I’m obsessed with oils. I can’t seem to get enough. Argan oil. Apricot kernel oil. Coconut oil. Olive oil. Almond oil… And every time I mentioned a body-oil, someone would most probably mention Bio Oil. So I decided to give it a try and see for myself what all the hype was about.
I replaced my body lotion with Bio Oil.
After every shower, while my skin was still damp, I would massage it into my skin. It felt greasy and didn’t absorb as well as I thought it should. But I continued using it hoping to have a story like the others who swear by it.
1 month passed by. Nothing.
I didn’t see any difference in my skin.
I was going to ditch it when I got a mosquito bite on my leg. And I did what most normal people do – I scratched it. Ummm…ok, I went a bit overboard and my bite started bleeding and the skin around it was all flaky, red and painful.
That night, as usual, I applied Bio Oil after my shower and something happened. It soothed the raw, painful bite – almost instantly. Relief!
Most mosquito bites usually fade within two weeks. But now that I was dabbing on Bio Oil like a crazy woman, the mark faded in 5 days!
That’s when I started to notice all the tiny (and obvious) changes that Bio Oil had actually made to my skin:
1. Ingrowths have reduced and older marks (from ingrowths) have faded.
This was a revelation to me. I usually have a few ingrowths on my legs, but now I could barely even find one. And where were the marks left by the previous ones? I think I was starting to love this product!
2. Elbows are no longer darker.
My elbows were smoother and the same colour as the rest of my arm.
3. No more dry, flaky, patchy skin.
We all have some parts of us that are drier than the rest. Your knees for example. Not with Bio Oil. Every part of my body was equally hydrated.
4. Cuticles don’t peel as much.
I suddenly realized that I needed a manicure less often. My cuticles were softer and peeled less often. Hurrah!
5. Skin has a sheen to it.
My skin looked smoother than before and had a slight (but unmistakable) glow. In fact, my suntan looked golden instead of brown!
MY VERDICT: Bio Oil needs time. Don’t expect overnight results. It takes a few months to actually see any difference. So if you don’t have the patience, don’t bother with it. But if you can go the distance, you won’t regret it.
P.S.: I don’t have any stretch marks or major scars to review those benefits. But if you have any experience with it, do let me know!