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Test Drive: Bio-Oil

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013

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Rachel Sutherland

Rachel Sutherland has been a professional journalist for 14 years, most recently as the Style Editor for the Charlotte Observer. Her writing and styling work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She is often a featured guest on syndicated radio programs The Matt & Ramona Show and The Satisfied Life. Find her at www.rachelsutherland.net or email her: rachel@rachelsutherland.net.

The relatively mild Carolina winters are brutal on my high-maintenance skin. It takes all of five seconds for my hands to turn into a mess of dusty, brittle flaky skin. And, of course, my skin is crazy sensitive too. So nothing too harsh or oily, heaven forbid, lest the (still!) unknown balance be upset.

I had heard quite a bit about Bio-Oil and it’s magical properties, so when I was offered the chance to review, I didn’t hesitate. Touted as the top-selling multi-use skincare oil in the America, Bio‐Oil is said to smooth and tone scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

The ingredients in Bio-Oil are a mixed bag, much like my experience with the product. Full of deliciousness like Calendula, Lavendar, Rosemary and Chamomile oil, the product also has some unpronounceable ingredients as well as the potential pore-clogging baddie: mineral oil.

I obsess over my décolletage, so I tried Bio-Oil the aging, dry skin of my neck and chest, hoping for improved firmness, brightness and evening of skin tone. Instead, my experience was the same of so many other reviewers with slightly acne-prone skin: almost immediate breakouts.

That’s not to say it was all bad with Bio-Oil — the top of my wrist had a run in with a hot oven rack over the holidays that left two prominent burns on my arm. I applied Bio-Oil twice a day for three or so weeks, and the healing process was faster than I expected, and the scarring less severe. I also used Bio-Oil as a before bed cuticle treatment on my hands and feet and was pleased with the results.

Another bonus? It is oil, not cream, which means a little (and I do mean a little — like one or two drops) goes a long, long way. $19.99 for 4.2oz at Ulta

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