One of my favourite beauty products of all time is Bio-Oil. I’ve been using it since my teens and credit it as the sole product that has enabled me to get rid of the lumpy scar left by my BCG Tuberculosis vaccination and the nasty scars left on my legs and arms after being bitten by mosquitos. I’m allergic so they tend to blister badly and scar when they eventually go; anyway, the point is, its not pretty and Bio-Oil has saved my skin from being left with those scars for life. I’m eternally grateful for that.
With its natural plant oils and clinically proven formula, Bio-Oil can be used for a multitude of different purposes; I pop a drizzle in my bath water when I’m looking for a lazy way to moisturise and I use it to rehydrate and soften my skin after a day in the sun. However mostly, I use it as a body oil to fade and diminish the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
I recently went out to celebrate one of my best friends birthdays and when we got back to her house, we were all chatting as many women do about growing older, pregnancy, weight gain and loss and our secret weapons for feeling confident in our clothes, such as the huge sucky in knickers that one of my friends who has just had a baby was wearing.
We got on talking about me and where I have noticed my shape changing the most as I’ve been losing body fat and one of the girls commented on how faint the stretch marks are on my body. I have A LOT of them I must admit, but what she said did make me realise that they are quite fine and lightly coloured. The only thing that I could put it down to is the fact that I’ve gradually put on weight over the years so perhaps that stops them from being quite so dark (rather than increasing by several clothing sizes in a matter of months) and the fact that I’ve used Bio-Oil since I was in school.
I remember being in my very early teens and noticing stretch marks appearing on my body, as they do for many people of the same age, although I didn’t realise this at the time as I didn’t have the confidence to chat to anyone about it. I asked my mam for a bottle of Bio-Oil as I had seen it advertised on TV and I’ve used it ever since. With continued use, I’ve seen the marks on my body become less prominent, all while my skin has become more even in tone and nourished.
I am by no means upset or ashamed of my body or my stretch marks, they’re part of who I am and I really value and appreciate my body for all that it has done for me in life so far. Stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of, many of us have them and whether they’re light or dark, they’re nothing to be hated. The same goes for scars; from battle wounds and surgery scars to small bumps and scrapes, most of us will have at least a scar or two that give us a glimpse into our past.
However in just the same way that there’s nothing wrong with having scars or stretch marks, theres nothing wrong with wanting to care for them either. I really do have to credit Bio-Oil for the help that it has given my skin over the years to literally get rid of the lump on some of my hypertrophic scars (you can read about the BCG one in this very old blog post), to diminish the appearance of my stretch marks and to leave the skin on my body looking noticeably even in tone and nourished.
Bio-Oil is definitely the one beauty product that I will always have in my cupboard; I’ve been using and seeing its benefits for far too many years to ever let it go. Even now when I damage my skin, it is the first and only product that I think to turn to help my skin to heel, repair and look its best.
Now that Bio-Oil have released their Limited Edition Scar Care Kit, taking care of my skin will be even easier. Inside the box is a 60ml bottle of their much loved body oil as well as a professional massage roller to enable the product to penetrate into the scar area and increase the blood circulation in that area too which will help to speed up the skins natural regeneration process.
The kit is really easy to use, regardless of whether you’ve used Bio-Oil before. Simply apply the oil directly to the skin to nourish it and reduce redness and itching and then use the massage roller in circular motions for up to three minutes until the oil has absorbed into the skin. This will help to soften and hydrate the scar tissue and hopefully accelerate the healing process.
The active ingredients, vitamins A and B will then get to work on regenerating the skin by helping to increase its elasticity and by stimulating collagen production, both of which are important elements of repairing scar tissue. For maximum impact, Bio-Oil recommend doing this twice a day for three months.
Since I use Bio-Oil already, I continue with my daily full body application but target my scars using the massage roller and then repeat that direct application a second time later in the day rather than applying Bio-Oil all over again. Simply because it is so nourishing that only one application day for skin nourishment is necessary for me!
The Bio-Oil Scar Care Kit is available from Boots online and in store but it is a limited edition and does keep selling out as far as I can see so if you do go online to purchase it and find that it is out of stock, keep checking back for when it is back in stock and check the availability in your local store too.
Bio-Oil itself is widely available online and in pharmacy/beauty stores on the high street too. I’ve popped lots of shopping links below to make grabbing yourself a bottle even easier.
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How do you feel about your scars or stretch marks? Have you tried Bio-Oil? How did it work for you?