Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bio Oil and dreaded stretch marks!

Sometimes beauty isn't all that glamorous. Pimples, ingrown hairs, sweat and the topic of this post...stretch marks. Yep, though I'd rather pretend they don't exist the truth is they are pretty much inevitable at some point in your life. Often stretch marks occur when there are great changes in weight thus resulting in the skin being stretched a little further than its natural elasticity allows for. Erin from over at The Beauty Box recently wrote a really great post in more depth about stretch marks, so if you are interested check it out here.

For me, the beginning of my stretch marks occurred during my early teenage years simply as a result of growing up and changing shape as every girl does. Though I'm quite lucky in the sense that I don't actually have that many and they aren't terribly deep, the issue I do have is that at the moment they are dark red in colour. They will fade over time however I'd heard so many good things about Bio Oil and decided to give it a try to see whether or not they would be effective.

I have only been using this for about a month now (and the minimum time they recommend you use it is 3 months) so I don't feel that I can comment on the results just yet but so far I'm really enjoying it. I use it in conjunction with a vitamin E cream, applying this oil at night because it is a little thicker and I don't want it to get all over my clothes, and the vitamin E cream in the morning.

As I mentioned, due to the fact that this is an oil it does leave a slight residue and take a while to soak in. Having said that, I'm really impressed with the way in which it can be massaged into the skin leaving it supple and moisturised without excess residue or oiliness.

This product comes in an easy to use little bottle with a screw top lid. Surprising I don't find that it's all slippery and greasy from the oil, in fact the packaging means that it's clean and simple to use. I'm really glad that the bottle is transparent because you can see how much of the product you have left. I like the simple print and the clear logo on the front of the bottle, with simple instructions for use on the back.

I was surprised to realise that this isn't just for stretch marks, but also aids with scars, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. I personally wouldn't use this on my face as I feel it is a little too heavy for that, but it's perfect for use on the body. This is also safe for use during pregnancy.

I find the scent to be quite mild. It reminds me a little bit of the smell of babies but I'm not sure why! Often I find that oils have quite a strong and unappealing scent so I was really pleased with this one.

In terms of the price, if I remember correctly this cost around fifteen dollars for 60mL. I'm not entirely sure how this compares to other oils on the market but I think it is quite a reasonable price considering this will last me for months!

So far I'm quite impressed with this product although I'm yet to see drastic results. I would love to hear your thoughts about this product if you've used it before.


31 comments:

  1. I think it smells like babies too! I quite like it, but for facial oils I prefer rosehip. :)

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    1. I've tried rosehip but not consistently - your comment has reminded me to start using it again! x

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  2. I use to use this with my face moisturiser before I fund out about actual face oils. It wasn't too bad. Now I use it as a body moisturiser. It's true that it does take a little while to sink in so I use it at before bed.
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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    1. I find it's best before bed, and then it gets a good chance to sink in and do its magic overnight! x

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  3. Hello,

    Have you checked the product composition? x

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    1. No I haven't actually, but I'm not sure I'd understand much of it anyway!

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  5. I have some pretty bad stretch marks as well, but they aren't red anymore. If I recall Erin's post correctly, that means they're there for good now :( Hopefully this works out for you! Do let us know down the track :)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. I think you're right about the ones that aren't red being there for good :( It's so frustrating but I guess it's not that big of a deal in the scheme of things... x

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  6. Thanks for the mention lovely!
    Let me know how you go, as i said in my post, stretch marks are perminant but you can reduce the size and dull the colouring.
    In my experience bio oil hasn't worked for me, but everyone skin is different :)

    xx

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    1. No worries :) I hope the bio oil works out, though thanks so much for sharing your experience! x

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  7. I found this was really effective for me. I gained a lot of weight in a quite short period of time and ended up with some really shocking red stretch marks everywhere. I applied Bio Oil religiously for about a year before they started to fade and now they are barely noticeable. I hope this works for you too!

    Dani xo

    kaboomcosmetics.blogspot.com.au

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    1. So good to know, thank you! It's so great that you can barely notice them now! Fingers crossed I experience similar results x

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  8. I'm kinda fortunate/sad at the same time that I don't have stretch marks. I honestly have not grown much and don't recall ever having my growth spurt teenagers are suppose to have xD I tried using this on my face and agree, it's too heavy and oily and my face broke out. Hopefully you see some results soon!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. Definitely do not be sad that you haven't got stretch marks, it's a real blessing! x

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  9. I found this didn't do too much for my stretchmarks, but I still liked to use it on my skin as it left me feeling really soft! I don't like using it on my face too much, and actually haven't tried it in a long time so I might have to whip out my old bottle and try again ;)
    xx

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    1. It does leave your skin so lovely and soft, such a shame it didn't do much for your stretch marks though. x

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  10. I've had my stretchmarks (from losing weigh drastically) for more than a year now. I feel like they are never going to go away. I'm tempted to give this product a go but I get the feeling I'll get impatient if I don't see results after a month!

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    1. I completely understand. I've been using it for about a month and a half and I am starting to get very impatient!

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  11. yea i didn't realize there were so many uses for htis product. i'm planning on using it when i get pregnant.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Nor did I, hope it works out for you x

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  12. I've had a heap of stretch marks from quite an early age but I haven't taken any steps to lighten them or anything. I've heard good things about this but I just know I'll neglect to apply it every night, lol

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    1. Yeah I'm not the best at remembering! I feel like I already have so many steps in my beauty routine that another one is a bit of a pain! x

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  13. I recently got bio oil cause I got a scratch on my face! I didn't get a scar by using this so I'm super pleased!

    Just made various social media accounts too so if you'd like to follow me in any of them, I would really appreciate it! :) I just followed you on bloglovin and twitter.
    Raincouver Beauty

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    1. Wow that's so great to hear! Thanks x

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  14. I used Bio Oils during my pregnancy and I think it really helped. Love your blog!
    Hey cool post. * follower, love it if you followed me. http://reneehartsthis.blogspot.com.au/
    Renee x

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  15. You got such a huge little bottle of Bio Oil! Unfortunately I succumbed to buying the Bio Oil as there were so many advertisements on how great it was- and boy I was disappointed! I hate the scent, it is so overpowering and powdery, smelling like babies/old lady :( I understand oils are meant to be greasy, but this one just sat on top of the skin and didn't get absorbed (compared to the rosehip oil which is fantastic!). After using it for months I didn't find any improvement in my skin so I gave mine away :( Hopefully you have a better experience from the Bio Oil than I did!

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    1. Cute* not huge! Hahaha I make no sense sometimes

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    2. Oh no! It does smell strange I will admit but I've not had nearly as many issues with it soaking in as you appear to have. Sucks that it didn't work out for you :( x

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