Bio Oil is an oil-based skincare brand that has skyrocketed in popularity since the early 2000s. Although marketed primarily to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, Bio Oil enthusiasts claim that it also has a variety of other powerful benefits, from strengthening hair to removing makeup. Most of these claims have no scientific basis, but since Bio Oil is affordable and generally safe for most people to use on a daily basis, it might be worth a try!
Method 1 of 2: Using Bio Oil to Reduce Scars and Smoothen Skin
Step 1. Apply Bio Oil on stretch marks or newly formed scars
Bio Oil ingredients are formulated to improve skin elasticity. So, this product is best used on scars or stretch marks that are still in the process of forming. Even so, many users claim that Bio Oil can also at least slightly reduce the appearance of old scars and stretch marks.
Some people, especially pregnant women, use Bio Oil actively to prevent stretch marks even before they form. However, it is impossible to prove a product can prevent problems even those that have not yet arisen
Step 2. Apply a small amount of Bio Oil on the scar or stretch mark area in a circular motion
For smaller areas, simply pour 2-3 drops of Bio Oil onto your fingertips. Meanwhile, for a larger area, pour about 6 drops of Bio Oil into the palm of the hand. After that, gently massage Bio Oil into the desired area in a circular motion until it is absorbed and your skin no longer feels sticky to the touch.
The main ingredient of Bio Oil is mineral oil, and the consistency is the same as oil. This means, just a few drops of Bio Oil can cover a large area. In addition, you may have to massage in a circular motion many times for the Bio Oil to be fully absorbed
Step 3. Use Bio Oil 2 times a day for at least 3 months
Bio Oil is not marketed as a quick or instant solution to skin problems. Instead, it is recommended that you use this product twice a day for 3 months or more before seeing results.
You can use this product after showering in the morning and at night before going to bed, for example
Step 4. Try using Bio Oil for dry skin, aging skin, uneven skin tone, or old scars
Manufacturers of Bio Oil market this product primarily to treat new scars and stretch marks. However, the potential benefits of this product to overcome some problems are also marketed. These problems include old scars or stretch marks (with the caveat that results will likely be different), moisturizing dry skin, and smoothing and softening aging skin.
- In all cases, use this product in the same way. Apply to the area you want 2 times a day for at least 3 months.
- Basically, the producers of Bio Oil limit the "official" claims to only a few specific areas. However, the image of this product has grown as a beauty product to solve all problems thanks to the testimonials of its users.
Step 5. Watch out for pimples or irritation on sensitive skin
Although some users of Bio Oil claim this product can reduce acne, as an oil-based product, Bio Oil can clog pores and trigger acne. In addition, because this product also contains some essential oils and plant extracts, some people with sensitive skin may experience irritation and discomfort.
If you stop using the product, the acne, irritation, and skin discomfort should go away within a few days. However, if not, consult a dermatologist
Method 2 of 2: Try Bio Oil for Other Potential Benefits
Step 1. Use as a moisturizer
Some users of Bio Oil have replaced their usual moisturizer with this product and praised its benefits, especially in dealing with cracked skin on the feet and elbows. Try using Bio Oil 1 or 2 times a day instead of your regular moisturizer for at least 1 month (or better yet, 3 months).
Since it's oil based, just a few drops of Bio Oil is enough to coat your skin. So don't pour too much! You may also have to apply it longer than your regular moisturizer
Step 2. Use Bio Oil to soothe burnt skin, after shaving, or plucking hair
Some users claim that gently rubbing Bio Oil can soothe burnt skin while preventing it from peeling. Some users say that massaging 1 or 2 drops of Bio Oil around the eyebrows after plucking will reduce pain and redness. Meanwhile, other users believe that Bio Oil is effective as a skin conditioning lotion after shaving the legs.
- In fact, some Bio Oil enthusiasts have used this product as a substitute for shaving gel!
- The producers of Bio Oil do not specifically support this claim. In addition, this claim is not supported by research evidence. However, this is the reality of most of the uses of Bio Oil beyond the claims of the manufacturers which are praised by its fans.
Step 3. Add a little Bio Oil to the shampoo to reduce itching or flaking of the scalp
Pour shampoo into your palms as usual, then add 1 or 2 drops of Bio Oil and mix with your fingers. Massage this mixture into your hair and scalp then rinse as usual.
- Since Bio Oil is designed to improve skin elasticity, its use with shampoo may reduce dry, itchy, and flaky scalp.
- However, the results may not be noticeable unless you use this product consistently for a long time (eg 3 months or more).
Step 4. Brush a few drops of Bio Oil with your fingers to moisturize dry ends
Some users of Bio Oil also believe that this product can smooth hair and reduce unruly hair due to dryness. Simply pour 2-3 drops of Bio Oil into your palms, rub your hands together, then run your hands and fingers through your hair.
Do this treatment at least once a day, especially after bathing. You may only see results in a few weeks or even after 3 months
Step 5. Massage a drop of Bio Oil into the nail cuticle to smooth it out
Using a small amount of Bio Oil every day can prevent dry, cracked or cracked nail cuticles. Pour 1 small drop of Bio Oil on each nail then rub gently evenly with the other finger.
You will probably get the best results if you do this treatment every day after bathing
Step 6. Apply Bio Oil under the eyes to reduce dark circles
Bio Oil is marketed as being able to reduce uneven skin tone. So, this product may also help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Try massaging 1-2 drops of this product under the eyes 2 times a day.
Similarly, don't use this product as an instant solution. You may have to use it for 3 months to see clear results
Step 7. Rub a small amount of Bio Oil onto the lips to make the lipstick last longer
Massaging a drop of Bio Oil onto the lips will help lock in the moisture. This will then help keep your lipstick on longer before it starts to crack and peel.
The main ingredients that make up Bio Oil are natural ingredients. However, you should still prevent this product from getting into your mouth. One or two drops of Bio Oil should be more than enough to coat the lips
Step 8. Mix a little Bio Oil with foundation to create a more natural makeup
If you want a lighter makeup look, try pouring some foundation onto the back of your hand and then adding a drop of Bio Oil. Mix the two with your fingers and then apply to your face as usual.
This is one of the few instant benefits of Bio Oil
Step 9. Try using Bio Oil to remove makeup
Some fans of Bio Oil claim that this product is effective for removing makeup. Simply pour 3-4 drops of Bio Oil into your palms, wipe both hands, and massage this oil all over your face. After that, rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.