When Kim Kardashian West and Priyanka Chopra shout their favourite skincare product down from the rooftops, we definitely want to listen. Especially so when the product is an affordable drugstore favourite that you can shop now: Bio-Oil (Rs 450 for 60ml). "It just makes my skin glow, and it has so many benefits," Kardashian West wrote in a blog post on her now-defunct website. "If you have a scar or stretch marks, you just massage the oil onto the area two times a day." Chopra waxed poetic about it too. “Bio-Oil is a magical product! I can’t believe I am sharing this with the world—it’s great for blemish-free skin if you're also dry,” she shared in an interview in 2018. “I use it on my entire body at night.”
The body moisturiser has a ton of celebrity fans (Meghan Markle has been rumoured to use it through her pregnancy too) and is loved by dermatologists as well. Bio-Oil is derived from calendula, lavender, rosemary and chamomile oils, giving it a super-emollient texture that actually dries down quickly, leaving the skin feeling soft instead of sticky. The formula contains an ingredient called PurCellin, which is key in its promise to help dehydrated skin and prevent fine lines and discolouration.
The most traditional way to use Bio-Oil is as a body oil, particularly for those that want to target stretch marks during pregnancy. While stretch marks cannot actually be prevented or healed, keeping skin well-moisturised can help considerably. Oils are highly occlusive, which means that they can trap moisture in the deeper layers of the skin, therefore working as a barrier to prevent moisture loss. If applied to the skin when damp, an oil can seal hydration in, locking it so it doesn't evaporate.
Some celebrity fans also use it on their face—Kourtney Kardashian uses it around the eyes to prevent fine lines and dryness in the area. It is also shown to help with acne scars, thanks to the blend of vitamins and botanical extracts that improve cell turnover improve wound healing. Even though the formula is non-comedogenic (which means it doesn't clog pores), it might be too heavy for those with greasier skin types. “Just please don’t use it if you have oily skin,” advises Chopra.Also read:
The ultimate guide to preventing dry skin from a top dermatologist
5 ways to shake up your beauty routine and get glowing skin for winter
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