Bio Oil is a blend of essential oils infused with vitamins. It is used for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks as well as to improve skin tone, hydrate the skin and improve the appearance of aging skin. Bio Oil can be used as a preventative measure and as a solution for the appearance of stretch marks.
The natural oils in Bio Oil are: calendula for clarifying, rosemary for invigorating, lavender for soothing and chamomile for sensitive skin types. Bio Oil is infused with vitamin A to improve elasticity, texture and tone, and vitamin E to lock in moisture. These active ingredients are combined with PurCellin Oil, patented as a delivery medium for the other many ingredients that make up Bio Oil. The entire list of ingredients are available at the Bio Oil website.
Uses and Cost
For stretch marks, the makers of Bio Oil recommend that you rub the oil in a circular motion on the area and the surrounding skin twice daily for a minimum of three months. Bio Oil is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Africa and Japan and costs $19.99 in the U.S. for a 4.2 fluid oz. bottle.
Bio Oil claims to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks by hydrating the skin thereby maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Bio Oil does not claim to make stretch marks completely disappear, but rather claims to reduce their appearance by affecting the redness, tone, width, height and elasticity of existing stretch marks. If you are worried about getting stretch marks, it works as a preventative measure.
How Stretch Marks Form
Stretch marks, also called striae, are formed when the skin expands faster then your connective tissue can adjust to the change, forming internal wounds. These wounds heal and appear on the surface of the skin as stretch marks. Those who are prone to developing stretch marks are pregnant women, bodybuilders and anyone else who loses a large amount of weight or gains a lot of weight quickly, such as adolescents experiencing growth spurts.
Union Swiss conducted a 12 week clinical trial of Bio Oil in South Africa. Twenty Caucasian women ages 18 to 55 with abdominal stretch marks applied Bio Oil twice a day. Fifty percent of the women reported improved redness and tone, forty percent reported improved width and height and twenty percent reported improved elasticity. Bio Oil is recommended by international organizations like The Thinking Shop, Colmar Brunton, React Surveys and The Neilson Company for its ability to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks, not for making them disappear.