There are very few skin care products I swear by. Partly because I don’t really try many product ranges and partly because I don’t invest hundreds of rands trying to figure out which ones actually deliver on what they say they are going to do. Saying that, there are also very few skincare products I just couldn’t live without during my pregnancies, one of those being Bio Oil. I mean, most women know it as the holy grail of stretch mark creams right? Liquid gold!

Having dry skin meant pregnancy wrecked havoc with my hormones and left my skin feeling more dehydrated than ever before.  No matter how well I ate or how much water I drank, my skin always felt tight and itchy.

Add to that the fear of my tummy expanding and being left with horrible stretch marks across my belly and sides meant I had to be a little more proactive in trying to source a product that promised to relieve these symptoms and support my skin through pregnancy. And so I began to use Bio Oil! It was highly recommended by my mom and several friends and as it turned out I got through my first pregnancy without a single stretch mark. Well not one that lasted longer than a month post birth. So of course it meant I had it high on my list of baby shower gifs the second time round too!

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And it’s also no surprise I still use it all over my body, even on my face. My mom makes a gorgeous concoction of body butter using a good body butter, bio oil and a drop of lavender. It’s pretty incredible stuff and my mom who has been using it for EVER and who is 59 looks about 40!

So, what makes Bio-Oil different?

Perhaps because it is a single product, not a range, Bio-Oil has always felt like a little brand; a brand people feel they can talk to, ‘share’ with. “Over the years the brand has received hundreds of letters and emails from customers telling us how they use the product. Bio-Oil has the ability to serve and transition through the many changes that life brings; from childhood scratches and marks from playground tumbles, to stretch marks as a result of adolescent growth spurts, burn related scars, acne scars, surgical scars, to the prevention of pregnancy stretch marks as the skin expands to accommodate new life. We allow consumers to embark on their own discovery process, to find their own uses for the product. This discovery process gives them an enormous sense of ownership – Bio-Oil is their little skin secret”, says Lombard.

It’s enhanced formulation contains a breakthrough ingredient called PurCellin OilTM which makes it highly effective for numerous other skin concerns, including ageing, dehydrated and sun burnt skin. So it’s always good to have a bottle during summer or those beach holidays after a day in the sun.

Bio-Oil contains no preservatives, is dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic, non-acnegenic and suitable for all ages and skin types.

Have you ever wondered what makes Bio Oil so amazing and how they came up with such a successful formulation that would see it sold in over 100 countries? 

The Bio-Oil formulation was the life’s work of Dieter Beier, a German chemist living in South Africa. He began research into oil-based skincare at Union Swiss in the mid ’70s, culminating in the launch of Bio-Oil in 1987. It was not an instant success.

At the time, mass-market skincare was dominated by creams and lotions – beauty and self-pampering were ‘in’ and a problem-solution specialist skincare oil was an aberration. Many retailers were loathed to list Bio-Oil simply because they didn’t know where to put it on their shelves.

But Dieter Beier persisted. From his research he knew that oil was an ideal medium for skincare. Unlike water- based creams and lotions, an oil-based product creates a near oxygen-free environment for its active ingredients. Vitamins and other natural extracts can be suspended in oil for an indefinite period, their potency intact, without the complications of added preservatives. And most importantly, an oil-based product complements the skin’s natural oils.

Beier’s challenge was to create an oil that was light and non-greasy so that it could be easily absorbed into the skin. The breakthrough came with the inclusion of PurCellin OilTM – an ingredient inspired by preen gland oil which is the source of the sheen and suppleness of a duck’s feathers. PurCellin OilTM reduces the thickness of Bio-Oil ensuring optimal absorption of its key ingredients: Vitamins A and E, and Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oils.

Bio Oil is a proudly South African product manufactured right in Johannesburg and used by women all over the world. Celebrities who swear but his product include Victoria Beckam, Kim Kardashian, Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller and even Kate Middleton!  If it’s fit for a princess, you know it has to be good!

In leu of Heritage day coming up next month, Bio Oil have offered my readers the chance to WIN and amazing hamper valued at R900! How amazing? The hamper includes: Clevamama Splash & Wrap, Bath towel, a cosy cotton babygro, Bio-Oil’s ‘Tips from Moms for Moms’ booklet and three bottles of Bio-Oil (60ml, 125ml, 200ml).

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How gorgeous is that little baby vest??

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All you need to do to enter is follow these three east steps.

  1. Comment below with your name and tell us why you love Bio Oil or why you want to try it.
  2. Share the post on Facebook and tag two friends who you know would love to win this too.

Terms and conditions

  • This competition is open to South African residents only
  • This competition will end on Friday 2nd September and 12h00
  • The winner will be drawn via Random.org and my decision is final
  • Winner must follow all the steps in order to qualify for the prize.

GOOD LUCK!!! XOXO

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