Nailing flawless, radiant skin from top to tip has always been beauty’s most hard-to-tick box. Which is why we spend mega bucks (think billions per year) on a truckload of different potions to help us get there. And why we are on a constant lookout for surefire shortcuts to a Miranda Kerr all-over-hot-mama glow, without a cabinet creaking with bottles.
Even though we know it better as the No. 1 selling stretch mark and scar remedy in Singapore, Bio-Oil is really a do-it-all skin saviour to help us get gorg from head to toe. And who better to steal the secrets of extracting the most out of this no-nonsense multi-tasker than celebrity hair & makeup artist and Bio-Oil fan, Andrea Claire. While the possibilities seem endless, here are our favourite uses of the little miracle worker:
Multi-Tasking Facial Moisturiser: Yes, you can safely enjoy the goodness of this exceptional product on your face. Thanks to the patented PurCellin Oil, Bio-Oil sinks in deep within a split second to effectively moisturise without leaving an oily residue (always a mega plus in our humid weather!). Carrying along a treasure trove of nourishing botanical extracts and age-fighting vitamins A & E, it will be your trusty sidekick who fends off the ravages of time quietly while you go about conquering the challenges of life. On top of bolstering skin’s wrinkle-resistance, 93 percent of subjects in a clinical trial also noticed an improvement in their uneven skin tone and blotchiness in just 6 weeks.
Testers Say: “It really hydrates my skin well, I use it on my face, neck and body” says Laura.
Acne Scar Healer: Being non-comedogenic, Bio-Oil can be used as either as a spot treatment to lighten dark pimple marks or as a non-greasy moisturiser to keep combination skin balanced, thus preventing excessive dryness and irritation due to acne products.
Testers Say: “I underwent Fraxel Restore to smoothen my acne-scarred skin, and I used Bio-oil to keep my skin hydrated nightly for 2 weeks. The oil helped to reduce the cost laser redness quickly and adder 2 weeks, I could see an amazing improvement” says 35 year old acne sufferer, Jessie.
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Makeup Primer: Smoothing on a tiny amount before your foundation is all you need to imbue a delicious dewy glow sans oily streakiness. Alternatively, just dab it on your cheekbones for a pretty, highlighting sheen.
Testers Say: “I found that you have to use a really small amount, and this may work better in a cold, less humid climate than Singapore. Like the time when I was in Hokkaido and makeup was just flaky, this made my makeup look dewy” comments our in-house makeup expert Emily.
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Cosmetic Transformer: Turn your powder or pigment eyeshadows to achieve a ‘wet eye look’ that’s all over the runways this Fall. Compared to the usual vaseline, the Bio-Oil makeup base is less prone to messy migration. Similarly, blend a itsy-bitsy amount to your blusher or foundation for a sheer wash of colour and tinted moisturiser to look perfectly primped on your day-off. The featherweight oil also makes blending on overly fast-drying cheek & lip stains a breeze.
Testers Say: “I actually tried this with my dried out Maybelline lipstick, and converted it to a rosy lip gloss. It doesn’t have as much staying power as Vaseline but I find that it gives a more natural look. I layer on a barrier like Vaseline if I want it to last a little longer” says our beauty maven Claudin.
After-Sun Soother: Besides acting as a protective layer over skin to hold in moisture, natural botanicals such as chamomile extract, calendula oil and rosemary oil further soothe and nurse scorched skin back to a healthy post-holiday glow.
Testers Say: “I found that a combination of Gentlewaves’ 40 second healing light and bio-oil restored my skin colour and health in a little less than 3 days after my nasty sunburn” says avid surfer Kelly.
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Testers Say: “This works just as well as any other cuticle oil on the market” remarks Emily.
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Testers Say: “I only use it on the ends, and it tames my hair very well. As it is not one of those dry oil, be careful not to get too much too close to the scalp or you will end up with limp hair” advises hair guru Helena.
Massage Oil: Knead away the day’s tension and perfect your body skin simultaneously. The calming and lightly-scented lavender, calendula and rosemary oils keep you zen, while the skin-bettering Bio-Oil smooth away stretch marks, parched skin and post-bacne or insect-bite marks. Don’t forget those neglected elbows and knobbly knees.
Testers Say: “It left my skin feeling nice, soft and tingly after a 30 minute foot massage” says lucky Nora who was treated to a free session of foot massage with bio-oil.
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Testers Say: “It moisturises my skin well before shaving my legs. On my underarms, I underwent laser hair removal as shaving irritated the area. I used bio-oil after my laser and my skin felt soft and supple immediately after!” comments Yee Ling, our Health editor.
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How do you use Bio-Oil in your beauty routine? Share your tips with us!
Andrea Claire is known for creating radiant skin tones and luxurious hair styles for glossy cover pages and red carpet. Her contemporary style has graced numerous magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and Marie Claire. Her work has also been seen on TV programs like Asia’s Next Top Model, Canadian Idol and Stylin’ Gypsies, So Chic, a Canadian makeover show she co-starred. Andrea’s A-list clients include Anlanis Morissette and Natalie Imbruglia, among many others.
*This article has been selected Editor’s Choice for Sep 2013*