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Towards the end of my college years, I went through a major growth spurt. In just one summer I grew 3 inches and came back from hiatus towering over most of my friends and classmates. Along with getting used to my new size, there was one side effect that I couldn’t get over: new stretch marks appearing all over my body.
My dermatologist at the time recommended Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, a longtime drugstore staple infused with a host of vitamins and herbal extracts. Before long, the ridged scars that had covered my knees and elbows became less noticeable, and I was more comfortable wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts. From then on, I knew that this oil would be an integral part of my beauty routine. So when I heard that my beloved skincare brand had launched a new body lotion, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I was not alone.
“I literally couldn’t get [the lotion] was shipped to me pretty quickly,” said Tessa Flores, who has previously written about her obsession with Bio-Oil. “I love that it still has its traditional infusions of seed oils and vitamin E, but with the addition of hyaluronic acid, which is great at locking in moisture.”
After testing the lotion for a few days, I had to let the rest of the world know about my experience.
Now, even though it is classified as a lotion, I would describe it more as a creamy oil. It’s a bit runny and much thinner than a traditional moisturizer, but it seems to sink into my skin better than many lotions I’ve used. This would be a great oil alternative to apply right before bed so your sheets don’t get greasy.
Because it’s so light, you might wonder how it moisturizes so well. On the one hand, in addition to hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, it also contains shea, jojoba and rosehip oils. And according to the Cosmetics and Toiletries shopping site, “water and oil are lightly bound” in the formula, which emulsifies when you shake it before applying.
As someone who hates the feel of oils on my skin, Bio-Oil’s lotion passed my comfort test. Throughout the day I forgot I was even wearing it. It gave my skin a healthy glow without feeling like I had been doused in oil. It’s also odorless, so if you have sensitive skin (or a sensitive nose), you shouldn’t have a problem with it.