You’ve probably heard about Bio Oil: the cult favourite body oil loved by celebs and beauty editors, and thousands of five-star ratings on beauty review sites. But does this product live up to the hype? Read our honest Bio Oil Singapore review (which includes interviews with dermatologists and user reviews) to find out what you can really expect.
- What is Bio Oil?
- Has Bio Oil been clinically proven?
- Can I use Bio Oil while I still have pimples?
- Can I use Bio Oil if I have oily skin?
- What’s the best way to use Bio Oil for stretch marks?
- How do I use Bio Oil for anti-ageing?
- Bio Oil Singapore Review: The Final Verdict
What is Bio Oil?
Bio Oil is a face and body oil that is made with natural plant extracts and vitamins A and E. These are suspended in their patented breakthrough ingredient, PurCellin Oil™. Purcellin is quickly absorbed by the skin, so the nutrients go into your skin’s deeper layers. It also feels light and non-greasy — a huge plus in the Singapore climate!
Bio Oil was originally sold as a scar and stretchmark product, but it’s so effective (and gentle!) that it’s now become an all-in-one beauty oil. It can fight skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, hydrate skin, and fightthe early signs of ageing. The secret? The powerhouse of plant extracts found in every bottle:
- Rosemary. Helps lighten dark spots, blemishes and scars.
- Lavender. Tightens and firms the skin, lighten and brighten complexion, and prevent acne.
- Chamomile. Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It is also one of the gentlest ingredients, and ideal for soothing irritated and sensitive skin.
- Calendula. Extracted from marigold flowers, calendula oils contain five compounds that soothe the skin and provide antioxidant protection.
Has Bio Oil been clinically proven?
Bio-Oil has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and improve overall complexion. They link the full Bio Oil clinical findings on their UK website and their global website, but here are some of the results:
A study by German’s proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research in Hamburg, Germany found that 100% of their subjects saw their stretch marks fade after 8 weeks of use.
Hyperpigmentation and sun damage
A study by Texas research group Thomas J. Stephens and Associates found that 94% of subjects in the Bio-Oil treatment cell showed a statistically significant improvement in overall appearance on the face, including: more even skin tone, firmer skin, skin clarity (radiance) and smoothness.
A study by the Dept. of Dermatology of Peking University First Hospital found more than 84% of subjects reported an overall improvement in their acne scars, and 90% said their scars had become lighter. The same study revealed that the oil did not worsen acne or increase oiliness.
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You can also watch the personal review of vlogger Shalini Bhagat, who used Bio Oil for several months to see if it would help her acne marks. She has oily skin, and says she tried everything — but Bio Oil was a game-changer. Watch her Bio Oil review:
However, Bio Oil is most effective at treating surface acne scars. Dermatologist Ianne Go explains: “Some acne scars are actually acne marks — what we call PIH or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” These blemishes are easier to treat with skincare products that lighten or brighten the skin.
However, severe acne damaged the collagen in the deeper skin layers, leaving indentations or creating a rough “orange peel” texture. Dr. Go says these may need clinical procedures or prescription products.
Dr. Go is quick to say that she doesn’t mean that Bio Oil doesn’t work — she has tried it herself. “Just remember that there are many different kinds and levels of acne scarring. When you read Bio Oil Singapore reviews, or claims of Bio Oil for scars, check if the person has a similar skin condition. Does she have dark marks or indented ice pick scars? Is she the same age (because age affects skin regeneration)? Does she use other products, is she getting clinical treatments?”
New York dermatologist Jason Kingsley echoes these concerns. “Many factors can affect acne scars: age, skin condition, sun exposure and lifestyle. Over-the-counter beauty products can heal the skin, but it’s efficiency can be affected by very personal factors. What works for other people may not work for you. This is particularly true for acne and acne marks, because even if it is one of the most common skin conditions, it is affected by things like genetics, the rest of your skincare regimen, and your daily routine.”
Can I use Bio Oil while I still have pimples?
Dermatologists say that using face oils when you have an existing breakout can be tricky. “I recommend getting a stronger acne product to treat breakouts, and then using Bio Oil when your pimples have already dried up and are just trying to fade scars,’ says Dr. Cynthia Vergara.
“Even if an oil doesn’t clog your pores, it can form a film on your face that traps dust, dirt and bacteria,” says Dr. Vergara. “While Bio Oil has plant extracts that can fade and brighten your skin, cystic acne or swollen pimples are actually infections that need more powerful anti-bacterial ingredients.”
Can I use Bio Oil if I have oily skin?
Yes! Other face oils have molecules that are too big to be absorbed by the skin, which can make your face feel greasy or clog your pores. Future Cosmetics, a South African testing facility, also tested it on people who were prone to both face and body acne, and found that it was both non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic.
Influenster beauty reviews also say that it’s absorbed very quickly, so you never experience that “frying pan face.” However, use it at night right after a shower. It traps the moisture, and you’re less likely to sweat. Since oils can trap dirt, be sure to change your pillowcases regularly and keep your hair away from your face with a soft cotton headband.
What’s the best way to use Bio Oil for stretch marks?
Stretch marks are caused whenever your skin suddenly increases or decreases in size — sort of like a balloon that suddenly pops. It can happen during pregnancy or extreme weight loss. Some people are just genetically prone to stretch marks, too. (Yeah, life is unfair.)
The best stretch mark strategy: prevention. Use Bio Oil or any other body lotion) regularly, so your skin stays elastic and supple. Take advantage of the healing powers of beauty sleep by applying it at night, paying extra attention to areas that are more prone to stretch marks:
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Use it early, regularly and before and after giving birh
Many of the Amazon Bio Oil reviews that reported that their stretch marks improved started using Bio Oil early on in their pregnancy, and they were very vigilant about using it every day — even after giving birth! That may be a reason why several Bio Oil Singapore review said they were disappointed by the product: it’s not because it was all hype, but they used it to infrequently to see results.
In parenting and pregnancy forums like Babycenter, moms also said it was important to avoid scratching an itchy billy — those fingernails will leave a mark! Instead, rub your skin with a damp wash cloth or ease extreme itchiness with an ice cube. Tight clothes trap sweat that can make you even more uncomfortable, so wear loose clothes in breathable fabric.
Combine moisturization with exfoliation and circulation
Bio Oil is fantastic for improving skin texture and appearance. However, just because it’s an all-in-one product doesn’t mean it can do everything on its own. Body scrubs can help exfoliate dead skin cells so Bio Oil penetrates your skin better. Dry brushing also removes skin cells, while stimulating circulation.
Yeah, that’s a lot of body routines to consider — which brings us to this very practical point in our Bio Oil Singapore review: it’s a great product, but it’s not a miracle oil. You can’t neglect your skin, rub Bio Oil in the shower a couple of days a week, and expect to have glowing flawless skin from head to toe. It has to be part of a complete skincare and bodycare routine.
Think of this as a self-pampering routine, which you do for yourself rather than a pressure to have a perfect body and skin. Instead of thinking, “I have to do this so I won’t get stretchmarks!” think “I am nourishing and massaging my skin after a long day because I deserve it.”
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How do I use Bio Oil for anti-ageing?
Bio Oil hasn’t cornered the market for beauty oils — to be perfectly honest, there are tons of face oils that offer similar antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits.
If you’re young and want to prevent early ageing, then Bio Oil can be an all-around beauty oil that hydrates and nourishes the skin. Its plant extracts can help fight dullness and even out your skin tone, and fade the occasional acne mark from a PMS-triggered breakout.
It’s best to use Bio-Oil at night, and then shift your morning routine towards anti-ageing protection. Use a good sunscreen, a hydrating toner and essence, and a day cream that’s suitable for your skin type. Since Bio Oil is a multi-purpose product, you can apply it on your neck, hands and body during the day time — but for your face, save it for the evening unless you have dry skin. There are better morning skincare products that will shield your skin from pollution, UV exposure, and blue light.
Bio Oil isn’t the most powerful anti-ageing beauty oil, but it’s the most convenient. Apply it from head to toe, when you’re too tired for a complicated beauty routine, but still want to look and feel your best when you wake up in the morning.
If you are in your mid 30s to early 40s, you still need to combine Bio Oil with a targeted serum or skin treatments that address specific concerns like fine lines, hyperpigmentation or skin regeneration. Dermatologist Cynthia Vergara explains, “For older women, we have to actively address collagen and elastin loss, and encourage cell generation. It’s not just about healing or maintaining the skin, but boosting skin processes that slow down with age.”
Bio Oil Singapore Review: The Final Verdict
Bio Oil is a great product, and it certainly has a lot of clinical evidence and reviews to support its claims. However, you can’t just look at a bunch of posts or clinical figures to say “Yes, it’s going to make my skin look amazing.”
Dermatologists say again and again that your skin is unique, and it needs more than one product to look its best. Rather than falling for the hype, try it and see if you like it, but more importantly, pay attention to your entire skincare and bodycare routine — because it’s what you do every day that really matters.
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