Everyone’s heard of Bio-Oil. After all, it’s the number one selling scar and stretch mark product in Australia that comes with a hefty list of recommendations by doctors*. What people don’t know is that this powerful product, that’s favoured by pregnant women and mothers the world over, is the Swiss army knife of your beauty stash.
Put it this way, if you’re stranded on a desert island you’d want a bottle of this stuff (and maybe a never-ending pack of Tim Tams, too) close by at all times.
Here are the seven uses for Bio-Oil every woman should know.
1. Use it as an anti-ageing face oil.
Spending all your monies on all sorts of anti-ageing potions? Your humble bottle of Bio-Oil is all your face requires.
Its potent mix of Vitamin E (an antioxidant with the ability to neutralise those dastardly free radicals), Vitamin A (to stimulate collagen and reduce wrinkles), rosemary oil (to protect and nourish skin), chamomile extract (to soothe redness and irritation) calendula oil (to protect your skin against irritation) and lavender oil (which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and hydrating benefits) ticks off everything on the Excellent Facial Oil checklist.
"Your humble bottle of Bio-Oil is all your face requires." Image: iStock.
2. It doubles as a hair treatment.
Yes, you can use it in your HAIR, too. This might sound a little left field, but thanks to its lightweight, dry consistency, Bio-Oil is a godsend for brittle and damaged hair. Simply pour out a small amount, warm it between your palms and lightly smooth down any fly-aways or use it to seal dry, split ends. You can also massage it into the roots of your hair to promote healthy growth.
3. Fade those stretch marks.
Yeah, yeah, yeah - we already know this one, is what you’re no doubt thinking. But what know don’t know is that by applying the oil to your stretch marks, whether they’re situated on your boobs, bum, hips, legs or all of the above, in the morning after your shower AND at night, you’ll see significant improvement in your stretchies. In fact, after an eight-week trial where participants did just that, 100 per cent of subjects showed an improvement in their stretch marks.
If you’re currently nodding along but are inwardly thinking about how greasy you’ll feel following that regime, let us introduce you to a powerful ingredient: PurCellin Oil. This secret weapon allows the formula to absorb immediately, feel light on your skin, and won’t make you look like you bathed in a vat of oil. Hoorah.
4. Nail and cuticle treatment.
Glanced down at your hands and feet only to have yellowing, dry and cracked cuticles wiggling back at you? Us too. Just massage a small amount of Bio-Oil onto your nails in need and the Vitamin E component will keep ‘em strong and healthy.
"The Vitamin E component will keep ‘em strong and healthy." Image: iStock.
5. Help to fade scars and uneven skin tone.
Uh-huh, Bio-Oil is also fantastic for fading scars (yes, that includes acne scars) and uneven skin tone. Because Bio-Oil is non-comedogenic, it won’t block your pores - which can lead to more annoying spots - and given that it’s a non-greasy formula, it's great for sensitive skin, you won’t even know you have it on.
6. Your all-in-one daily body moisturiser.
Things we love about summer: Bubble-O-Bills. Things we hate about summer: how terribly dehydrated and scaly our skin gets. Banish the flake by substituting in Bio-Oil as your daily body moisturiser. Or at the very least, add a couple of hydrating drops to your regular lotion as a booster.
7. Pop it in your bath.
At the end of a long day run yourself a warm bath and add a couple of drops of Bio-Oil for a moisturising, nourishing, relaxing treat. And… exhaaalllleeee.
*#1 selling & most recommended by doctors, based on the AU Grocery & Pharmacy Scan Combined Data within the Hand & Body Skin Care Database. This is based on 12 months of AU Grocery & Pharmacy Scan Combined Data, AU Grocery & AU Pharmacy Data to 23rd October 2016.
This post was written thanks to our brand partner Bio-Oil.