Pregnancy has many rites of passage that can wreck havoc on our body. Many of these changes resolve after a baby is born, but some of them, like stretch marks, have a way of sticking around. These deep-embedded marks happen as babies grow causing our delicate skin to pulled or stretched. This causes reddish or purplish lines that may be indented or raised and in some instances can cause scarring. One solution to stretch marks is take prenatal care by tending to the skin. I recently had the opportunity to test out Bio-Oil, a substance made with PurCellin Oil that is designed to improve the appearance of skin as well as treat marks and scars.
I wasn'??t expecting miracles but I was excited to test out Bio-Oil for many reasons: I had some stretching from my first pregnancy and I wanted to try to prevent new marks in my current pregnancy. It has also been recognized as a popular brand amongst celebs like Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Zoe and Natalie Portman that have used Bio-Oil to keep their skin subtle and smooth.
For about a week, I applied Bio-Oil to my stomach (where I had the most scarring) and I quickly noticed how it absorbed into my skin '?? leaving a silky and non-greasy sheen. Through the course of the week, I have been using it in the morning and at night and I can honestly say that I am starting to notice some fading of the color of my marks (the raised texture is still there). Not only a treatment for stretch marks, Bio-Oil is a multifaceted product that is also designed to help improve the appearance of scars and uneven skin tone while also helping with flaky and dry skin and aging. I also applied it to my face at night and loved waking up with a more dewy and even complexion thanks to Bio-Oil'??s natural ingredients such as vitamins A and E, calendula, lavender and rosemary oils and chamomile extract.
Although it'??s only been a week and the scars haven'??t fully healed, it is comforting to actually see and feel changes to my skin. As a good price point and a convenient product (available over-the-counter and at most drugstores), Bio-Oil is definitely worth using to help alleviate scars and marks or as a simple addition to your daily skincare routine. Expect to pay $11.99 for 2oz on Amazon.
For maximum protection from marks, Bio-Oil recommends that pregnant women start this treatment plan during their first trimester.
For additional information about Bio-Oil, please visit: http://www.bio-oil.com/
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.