Stretch marks are extremely common and do not only affect pregnant women; they can occur at any time when the body increases in size relatively quickly. It also affects men and women of all ages and races.
My current stretch marks are from two previous pregnancies, and while they are not horrendous, sometimes when on holiday or at the gym/spa, I do get a little bit self-conscious of them as they are noticeable silvery/white lines. Now that I am pregnant with baby number 3, I do not want these stretch marks to get any worse, nor do I want to be blessed with anymore. Signs of love some women call them… I have a love/hate relationship with mine. Yes, they show that I carried and nurtured my children. Yes, they are proof of how incredible our bodies are. Yes, they play havoc with my confidence, and I forever find myself trying to hide them.
The lovely people at Bio-Oil saw that we were expecting and asked if I would review their stretch mark oil and document the results along the way with an honest review of their product.
***WARNING! CONTAINS IMAGES THAT MAY OFFEND YOU IF YOU DO NOT LIKE LOOKING AT A WOMAN’S BODY WITH STRETCH MARKS***
I am doing this for research purposes and, therefore, must post the before, during and after pictures, so if it offends you or makes you gag with disgust, go to a blog where you can see airbrushed fake ideas of what the perfect woman in her 30-somethings looks like…
Now that I am pregnant again, the stretch marks on my boobs seem to have become less noticeable, but you can still see some of the deeper stretch marks. Plus, the only reason they aren’t as prominent is that they are inflating like giant balloons! The deeper ones, however, are pretty visible and look like bloody purple craters!
My thighs are a naturally troublesome area. They are very wide (the stretch marks, not my thighs…) and quite deep on the upper inner area. The skin within the stretch mark itself is paper-thin with a tinge of a red/purple colour. Please note: Yes, I am wearing leopard print boy boxer pants because I am embracing that soon enough, my husband will no longer find me attractive… and NO, I do not have dry skin on my inner thigh – it is the lighting in the photo…
My tummy also has stretch marks however I am not sure what is worse, the stretch marks or the stretched belly piercing from wearing a maternity bar back in 2005. Anyone currently pregnant with a pregnancy bar that is one thing I would CERTAINLY not recommend! Take it out!
Bio-Oil could be considered expensive for the size of the bottle, but as it is an oil, a little goes a long way. Therefore there is no need to use as much as you would if it were a cream.
I tend to apply it after a bath when I am still a little damp, but you need to allow it to soak in before getting dressed as it is pretty greasy even when rubbed in.
That said, it’s very light and does not feel as though it is clogging the pores at all. Consequently, it dries relatively quickly so, there’s no need to plan your morning around the drying process like other products!
My only issue with Bio-Oil? There isn’t a scent; it almost just ‘exists’ so unless this really does work miracles, I do like a moisturiser that smells yummy… I like products that smell like I have been pampered in a spa.
7 MONTHS PREGNANT
To put it in the words of an 8-year-old:
Wow, I wouldn’t ever show my body if I looked like I had been attacked by a lion… In fact, you kind of look like a tiger… look at that stripe and that one and woah, Mum that’s a BIG one… you’re like a human tiger.
Thank you, Finn.
I’ve been using Bio-Oil once in the morning and once at night in the “problem areas” – boobs, bum, belly and thighs for around 5 months now.
Unfortunately, my boobs have now got to a stage where they’re bigger than my head and having to be lugged around in the most enormous hammocks known to man. I roll over in bed and poor Beard is either knocked unconscious by the falling boulder or suffocated by the sheer weight of the beasts! BUT on a plus, the stretch marks aren’t looking as bad in colour, but let’s be honest – my boobs are now huge so the skin is stretched, so realistically I can’t judge its effectiveness right now.
The tiger stripes on my thighs have dramatically decreased. Again, the very deep dark ones are still visible but not at all as they were a few months back when I first fell pregnant – they have actually faded a lot more than expected, but again, I am getting fatter by the minute so it’s quite likely I’m just growing back into them!
Finally, the satanic problem area of all, the ever-increasing buddha belly of doom…
And as expected, sadly – the dreaded Mum Tum – remains a very obvious Mummy Tummy with a huge bump and lots of stretch marks. There are even some new ones that have popped along to enjoy the ride!?
Although it was pretty much guaranteed that I would have more stretch marks (hereditary glory) than prior to testing Bio-Oil, there are a LOT more on my tummy. Despite this, it doesn’t look as though there are any deep purple stretch marks that I managed to be accredited with during the first and second pregnancies.
Overall, so far so good. Bio-Oil really does seem to work. It’s not magic, it’s not going to give you a body like a supermodel, but it’s certainly going to work with what you’ve got. And let’s face it, like they say, what you have are lines of love, so learn to love them as they aren’t going to magically disappear.
Disclaimer: Due to the appearance of stretch marks, it was difficult to get the lighting correct so that you could see the stretch marks properly with accuracy to judge the results. In the following images, some areas look worse than others (due to this lighting issue) and in real life do not appear as bad as the images suggest however this does not affect the review in any way.