Product Swap: Healing Oils

If you have scars, stretch marks, sun spots or an uneven skin tone, you may have heard how oil can help. Can I suggest that you don’t go buying the ones with the biggest marketing budgets, and instead opt for a pure oil from nature like my favourite – Rosehip Oil.

One of the most popular oils on the market for healing the skin, including scarring, stretch marks and uneven skin tone is Bio Oil. This product is heavily marketed, in particular to pregnant women. I will admit that 14 years ago when my son was born I used it! There wasn’t much else out there that I knew about. Now there are so many oil options for both general beauty and to heal the skin – many of them pure and natural. Hurray!

My aim is to make swapping products full of iffy ingredients to more natural options an easy one for you, so below I explain simply why Bio Oil needs to be binned and a beautiful natural oil like Rosehip oil is a great alternative.

So what is in Bio Oil?

My answer simply – way too much! How can an oil for the skin contain over 20 ingredients (see them all HERE) be good for you? Just reading the list including colour, fragrance and paraffin instantly puts me off – how did I not know this when I was pregnant! When looking over my trusty ingredients app and checking online, what is clear is that although there are some natural oils in their mix, there are concerns for the colour used (CI26100 – RED 17), BHT which is a possible endocrine disruptor and the parfum/fragrance which can be masking unknown ingredients. It is also made with mineral oil, paraffin, a by product of petroleum.

As explained in this post (worth reading for a more in depth look at what’s in Bio Oil), mineral oil acts as a layer that’s difficult to absorb and can clog the pores, which slows the skins’ ability to eliminate toxins. As a side note, yes baby oil is made from mineral oil too. Crazy to think these products are marketed for babies and pregnant women! Want to know more – read this post written by a doctor in NZ.

Enough said, lets looks at better options and if you have it in your cupboards it needs to be binned!

Why Rosehip Oil?

Scientific research shows that continuous topical application of Rosehip Oil can help to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and sun damage, prevent premature ageing and restore skin elasticity. This is thanks to essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9) which assists in repairing the signs of skin damage, naturally occurring anti-oxidants, beta-carotene and lycopene which help to reduce free radical damage and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and Vitamin A (also known as trans-retinoic acid),  which helps to keep the skin soft and plump in appearance, and help improve the skin’s water barrier property.

Best thing about Rosehip oil is it is sourced from nature. As I talk about on my about page, I work for natural beauty brands and one of them is based on Rosehip oil (RosehipPLUS in photograph). I have heard first hand from rosehip oil converts who have seen amazing results on their scars and other skin blemishes, so I am sold. I also personally use (as does the family) this multi-use oil. There are other natural oils which some brands mix with rosehip oil, that may offer further skin benefits, but make sure you opt for the purest oil you can find without deodorants, additives and fragrances, especially if you are pregnant.

RosehipPLUS is available nationally, is certified organic and very reasonably priced compared to many others on the market. They also are the only pure rosehip oil that comes in a 15ml roll-on, which is great for applying to scars and small spots on the skin.

Have you used Bio Oil? Are you binning it now?  Have you had success using natural oils, including Rosehip oil, on fading scars and stretch marks? I would love to know!


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