Hey Guys, I hope you all doing great!!
So today I am gonna share my experience on much-talked skin oil after using half a bottle. This famous oil is “Bio-Oil.” We have seen star faces endorsing this product for concerns like stretch marks, scars, uneven skin tone, and dehydrated skin.
Well, as I have used this oil for almost 3 months and I have something tell.
First of all, if you are someone who cares for the results only then this product is really effective if you use it in the right way. But if you are someone who pays attention to each ingredient of a product then, stay tuned!
Here are the ingredients of Bio-Oil:
Mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), triisononanoin, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, isopropyl myristate, retinyl palmitate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarius officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, calendula officinalis extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, BHT, bisabolol, fragrance (parfum), alpha-isomethyl ionone, amyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellol, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclophexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, linalool, red 17 (Cl 2100).
So, the underlined ingredients are safe for our skin. In fact, some of them are beneficial and enriching which are extracted from plants. The rest of the ingredients fall into the category of mineral oil, preservative, and fragrances which are quite common in cosmetics and low to moderately hazardous for our skin.
Meanwhile, I am gonna highlight the most-talked-about ingredient, mineral oil.
So, what is Mineral Oil?
When the crude oil gets into the refining process to get Petroleum, we get major byproducts from the process which are mineral oil, paraffin wax, and asphalt, etc. Basically, these are waste products formed during the process but we use these anyhow as lubricants, plastics, and sealants, etc.
Coming to one of the much-criticized components of Bio-oil, mineral oil is also a byproduct of crude oil and it often gets used in cosmetics. The prime example of the same is Baby Oils. Those are nothing but mineral oil with fragrances including one or two beneficial ingredients i.e. vitamin E, leaf extracts, etc.
Here comes the question- Is mineral oil bad?
Let’s dive into some facts.
-Unrefined mineral oil can cause scrotum cancer in severe cases where you are exposing your body or inhaling to these oils for longer periods. But in cosmetics, companies use highly refined mineral oil which does not cause harm to the body.
-Mineral Oil is impermeable which creates a layer on our skin and does not let external factors i.e. pollution affect our skin.
-It locks in the moisture at skin level so it’s best when applied on moisturized skin.
-It’s best suited for normal to dry skin family, oily skin family shouldn’t indulge in mineral oil products.
-Avoid the use of mineral oil in the night because as it’s impermeable, it creates a barrier on the surface of the skin which interrupts the skin breathing process.
-Do not eat or inhale mineral oils of any grade. Precautions are always the best way to eliminate bad consequences.
Meantime, after using Bio-oil for a few months and indulging in the research of ingredients I have come up with the pros and cons of this product.
-It’s very light on the skin, it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy at all.
-It is effective in improving the appearance of new scars, as I got a little scar on my leg and once it was healed I started applying Bio-oil on the same for few weeks and the scar wasn’t that prominent afterward. So it surely helps in the appearance of new scars.
-It surely improves the skin tone and gives a healthy glow. It’s tried and tested. I usually end up with slightly dry skin in winters and I used this oil religiously then. Guess what? I got many compliments for that glow. So, yes, it does improve the skin appearance by making it look even, glowy and hydrated.
I can’t comment on the stretch mark thing because I didn’t see any results on the same.
-It has a good amount of chemicals that are low to moderately hazardous for the skin.
-It is a bit pricier. You need to pay INR 950 for 200ml product.
I would say it is an okay product if you want to get rid of new scars without much hassle. Just apply twice or once a day on the affected area and you will see results in weeks. You may try natural oils for scar treatments i.e rosehip oil. But if you ask me about this product as a daily skincare alternative. I would say I won’t repurchase this oil because I don’t like unnecessary chemicals in my skincare as I already have many of them in my makeup.
Hence, if you are looking for quality natural oil then Bio-oil is not one of the options guys.
I hope this review helped you. Stay tuned for more 🙂