Bio-Oil. Retails at Walmart for $11.47 and promises a myriad of amazing benefits. This product has a cult following, and it is not without controversy.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Rosemary oil
- Chamomile oil
- Is widely reported to improve stretch marks
- Expensive in comparison to other Vitamin E based oils that offer many of the same benefits
- A fragrance that is not entirely pleasant
- Lavender oil has been known to cause skin irritation
- Not a cruelty-free company (they sell in China)
- Not Vegan
This oil is expensive, I used it on my stretch marks for 4 months. I also purchased a plain Vitamin E oil and used it on another set of stretch marks for 4 mos. There was no noticeable difference in the result. Both helped reduce the visibility of my marks. Vitamin A in the Bio-Oil did help to lighten the marks. Whereas the Vitamin E oil did not.
I found the Bio-Oil to be greasy and it did not absorb into the skin well. Yes, it was less sticky than a Vitamin E oil. No, it was not worth the price. To me, it wasn’t worth the price.
As described on the Bio-Oil website:
ScarsScars are an integral part of the healing process and result from an overproduction of collagen at the wound site. Scars go through numerous changes as they mature, but they are permanent in nature. Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, but it can never remove them.Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the scar, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. On new scars, Bio-Oil should be applied only once the wound has healed, and should not be used on broken skin. Results will vary from individual to individual.Stretch marksWhen the body expands faster than the covering skin, the skin tears, forming a scar as it heals. These scars are visible on the surface of the skin as stretch marks.The likelihood of developing stretch marks varies according to skin type, race, age, diet and hydration of the skin. Those most prone to stretch marks include pregnant women, body builders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and individuals who experience rapid weight gain.Stretch marks are permanent in nature, and although Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve their appearance, it can never remove them.Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the stretch marks, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. 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. Results will vary from individual to individual.Uneven skin toneUneven skin tone occurs when there is an inconsistent production of melanin by the body. This can be triggered by external causes, such as excessive exposure to the sun or the use of poor quality skin lightening products; or internal causes, such as hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, menopause or the use of oral contraceptives. Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.Bio-Oil should be applied to the affected areas, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Bio-Oil does not contain a sunscreen factor. If using a sunscreen apply once Bio-Oil has been fully absorbed. Results will vary from individual to individual.Aging skinWrinkled skin commonly associated with aging is largely caused by the weakening of the collagen and elastin support system in the skin. Bio-Oil contains numerous ingredients that help to plasticize the skin, making it softer, smoother and more supple, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkled skin. Bio-Oil also moisturizes, which improves the texture, tone and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Bio-Oil should be applied to the affected areas twice daily. Results will vary from individual to individual.Dehydrated skinThe surface of the skin has an invisible oil layer which acts as a barrier to stop moisture from escaping. In a very dry climate this lipid layer is often unable to cope and too much moisture is drawn out of the skin. Daily bathing or showering may exacerbate this by stripping away the lipid layer due to the astringent effects of soap and water. Bio-Oil supplements the skin’s natural oil layer, helping to restore its barrier function of retaining moisture.Bio-Oil should be applied twice daily. Results will vary from individual to individual.
BotanicalsCalendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)VitaminsRetinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)Oil baseParaffinum Liquidum
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde