10 amazing ways to use Bio-Oil

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Bio-Oil is a multi-award winning skincare oil, commonly used to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tones.

But this oil has a whole lot more to offer than just silky-smooth and beautifully hydrated skin! We’ve dived deep to uncover some of the more uncommon, but surprisingly good uses for our beloved Bio-Oil.

1. Use Bio-Oil to clean makeup brushes

If your makeup brushes are your pride and joy then you'll know that some brush cleaners can be too harsh on delicate bristles. In fact, they can leave your brushes shedding like a shaggy pooch in summertime!

Bio-Oil makes a great alternative; it will protect the bristles while dissolving grime and built-up product from the brushes. When your brushes are dry, they'll be left feeling super soft and ready to help you create a stunning new look.

2. Use as a pre-shave treatment

Both men and women can benefit from a super smooth shave when Bio-Oil is applied as a pre-shave treatment. Massage the oil onto the skin or beard and leave to settle for a minute, then apply your usual shaving gel or cream.

It will work to hydrate and protect your skin, helping to reduce shaving bumps and rashes. It can be used on your face, legs, armpits, bikini area - anywhere with unwanted hair, really!

3. Apply as a makeup primer

Any skilled makeup artist will tell you that skincare is half the battle. Thankfully, Bio-Oil can help you to build a strong foundation on which to build your, well, foundation!

Gently rub a drop of Bio-Oil onto your skin before applying your makeup to lock in moisture and provide a smooth, hydrated surface for you to work on.

If you have oily skin, you may want to apply this product a little while before you're going to start your makeup. Let it absorb into the skin and then blot away any excess oil with a tissue before you begin.

4. Use as a lip balm

If your lips are feeling cracked and dry, Bio-Oil can come to the rescue. Dab a very small amount onto lips for a moisture boost that will help to repair your skin and give you the perfect pout.

5. Dab on insect and bug bites

If you're one of those people who seem to attract insect bites like nobody's business, you'll be happy to learn that Bio-Oil can help reduce redness and prevent scarring from bug bites.

Just wait until the itching has settled, and then dab a little bit of oil onto bites twice a day until the redness has gone. However, always remember that you should not apply this product to infected bites.

If you've been bitten by an insect and are concerned that you may have an infection or could be having a severe allergic reaction, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist or seek emergency medical assistance if you need to.

6. Rub onto age spots

Bio-Oil contains a range of vitamins and other ingredients that have been shown to have a positive effect on age spots and other discolouration of the skin. Gently rub Bio-Oil onto the areas of discoloured skin every day for best results.

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7. Use as a makeup remover

Makeup removers can be overly harsh in their efforts to shift stubborn mascara, so finding a gentler alternative can be essential if you have sensitive skin.

Bio-Oil could be just the thing, as the oil will help to dissolve your makeup so you can lift it away gently before carrying on with your skincare routine.

Simply add a drop to a cotton wool pad and use it to remove your makeup, focusing on your eyes as the oil helps to condition and nourish your lashes.

8. Run through hair before swimming

Swimmers will know that chlorine is not friendly to your hair - the smell seems to linger for ages, even if you've showered immediately after your swim!

Not only does chlorine have a distinctive smell, but it can dry out your hair, making it feel coarse and unmanageable.

If you regularly swim in chlorinated waters, running Bio-Oil through your hair before getting into the pool can help protect your hair from the chlorine and add some moisture back into your locks.

9. Apply before sunscreen

Bio-Oil can be applied to your skin before your sun cream to help lock moisture into your skin.

Although this product doesn't protect from the sun itself, the vitamins in the oil can add a little extra protection from the damaging, ageing effects of the sun.

It does this by using ingredients like vitamin E, a nutrient that helps to maintain healthy skin and support your body's natural defences.

10. Massage onto skin for improved sleep

Bio-Oil also contains chamomile, which is known to have a relaxing effect. That's why drinking a lovely cup of chamomile tea can help you drift off to sleep at night.

Massaging a few drops of Bio-Oil onto your skin just before bedtime could help you relax and potentially get a better night’s sleep by using a type of aromatherapy.

It can also be used as a part of your nightly bedtime routine, helping to promote a sense of calm before you go to bed and letting your body associate its soothing scent with sleep as you use it regularly.

Alexandra Moses - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist on 13 June 2024
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