I Tried the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil to Even Out My Skin Tone—Here’s How It Worked

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Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

What We Like
  • Great ingredients

  • Soothing and moisturizing

  • Doesn't leave much of a residue

  • Suitable for sensitive skin

What We Don't Like
  • Not a lot of product

  • Takes a while to see results

The Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is great for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of stretch marks or scars or simply even out their skin tone—just don’t expect the difference to be dramatic at first.

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Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

I hadn’t dabbled much in the world of body oil until recently, but at the recommendation of a friend, I slathered a body oil all over my baby bump every day while I was pregnant. Supposedly, applying this oil every day would prevent stretch marks. I was skeptical—I’ve heard stretch marks are genetic—but thanks to this oil or not, I did emerge from nine long months of pregnancy stretch-mark free.

Again, whether or not that oil actually prevented stretch marks remains a mystery. But what I do know is that I found the ritual of applying it every night after a shower to be very soothing, even if I sometimes got it all over my pajamas and sheets. So when I happened upon the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil and saw that it promised to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars along with helping to even out my skin tone, I was interested to see how it would work for me. Here’s what happened.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

Best for: Anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks or even out their skin tone

Uses: Moisturizes, reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Potential Allergens: None

Active Ingredients: Mineral oil, trisononanoin, cetearyl ethylhexanoate

Byrdie Clean?: No

Price: Retails around $12 for a 2-ounce bottle

About the Brand: Bio-Oil is a skincare brand that creates oil-based products designed to treat an array of skin concerns.

About My Skin: Relatively easy, but acne-prone

I’ve had few issues with the skin on my body other than dryness and itchiness in the freezing cold winter months. Even while pregnant, I didn’t get any stretch marks, and I don’t have much scarring. The skin on my face is another story, though: It’s prone to breakouts, and I definitely have some uneven tones going on. So while I was excited to try the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil on my body as a moisturizer, I was especially excited to try it on my face, especially because it’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t cause breakouts.

The Feel: Lighter than most oils

I was a teenager in the early 2000s, meaning I was trained to think oil was the enemy of acne. I now know that by stripping my face of oil I only encouraged my skin to make more oil—cue the acne cycle—but I still get anxious when anything feels too oily. Since trying a few different oils in recent years, I’ve encountered some very thick oils, but this one is nice and light and doesn’t leave a lot of residue behind.

I can’t say I noticed a huge difference in the evenness of my skin tone, even after using it regularly for quite a while.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

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The Smell: Nice and light

I’m very sensitive to scent when it comes to the products I use. It’s not that I prefer products to be unscented, I just don’t want anything to be overpowering, and a well-scented product can make or break my experience with it. For example, the oil I used while I was pregnant was almond-scented (it was almond oil), and I’ll never forget how much I loved putting it on.

I love the scent of the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil. It has a very light floral scent that makes the experience of putting it on soothing and enjoyable.

The Packaging: A little small

As much as I like this oil, I have to say that if I was using it for stretch mark prevention versus dabbing a little bit of it on my face twice a day (which is what I did in this case), I would be annoyed by the size. At only 2 ounces, I can see myself going through the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil very quickly. There are bigger sizes available, but even those are a little small for nine long months of pregnancy. That being said, this oil isn’t that expensive, so if you don’t mind replacing it often, go for it.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

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The Ingredients: Vitamin-filled

The ingredient list for Bio-Oil Skincare Oil isn’t super short, but the ingredients are high-quality. This oil includes vitamin A (great for collagen production) and vitamin E (which helps with skin issues related to aging), so I was all about putting this oil on my skin. Plus, it’s non-comedogenic, so I could feel safe applying it on my acne-prone face.

Since trying a few different oils in recent years, I’ve encountered some very thick oils, but this one is nice and light and doesn’t leave a lot of residue behind.

The Results: Well-hydrated skin, but no big differences in tone

I love using the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil: It smells great, isn’t too thick, and doesn't leave too much of a residue behind. It’s also incredibly hydrating! At the same time, I can’t say I noticed a huge difference in the evenness of my skin tone, even after using it regularly for quite a while. That being said, I’m going to keep going—I have faith that it could happen, especially because the instructions on the bottle say it should be used twice a day for at least three months.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

There’s also no doubt in my mind that if I get pregnant again, I’ll use this on my stomach. It’s a more affordable version of the almond oil I used when I was pregnant with my daughter, I love the way it smells, and one of its main uses is reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Why not try it?

The Value: Very affordable

At just 2 ounces, this bottle may be small, but it also costs around $12—that’s on the lower end for body oils and definitely on the lower end for face oils. A bigger bottle (6.7 ounces) retails around $29. Oil is oil, so it goes a long way, and it’s safe to say the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil won’t break the bank.

Competition: You've got options

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: The almond oil I keep referencing is the L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil ($50). I used it the whole time I was pregnant, and I really loved it, but if the goal is stretch mark prevention (or at least helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks), the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is a much more affordable option, as the L’Occitane oil retails at $50 for just 3.4 ounces.

Final Verdict

Whether you’re dealing with dry skin, stretch marks, a scar, or you simply want a more even skin tone, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil a try. It’s affordable, packed with great ingredients, smells great, and might make a difference—even if it takes a while.

Specs

  • Product Name Multiuse Skincare Oil
  • Product Brand Bio-Oil
  • SKU 00014680
  • Price $12
  • Weight 2 oz.
  • Ingredients Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT, Bisabolol, Parfum (Fragrance)
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