Body image is becoming increasingly important in Western society. This coupled with the more liberal way in which we have dressed since the start of the twentieth century have resulted in a situation where any skin defects are not desirable, if not frowned upon.
One only needs to pick up a copy of the latest gossip magazine to see the way in which certain celebrities in particular are made a spectacle of for having spots, acne, or stretch marks, to name but a few examples. This coupled with the regular television adverts promoting a range of beauty regimes and products means it is only natural for people aspire to a perfect unblemished body. Scars and stretch marks are a no-no!
The process of scarring however is quite natural, resulting from the over production of collagen around the site of a wound – and are a vital part of the body’s healing process. However natural, there have for years been products on the market which claim to reduce the redness of scar tissue, and even to shrink it in size. Some of them are as natural as the scar tissue, for example cocoa butter, whereas others are entirely composed of laboratory produced chemicals. However most work on the principle of moisturising the skin.
Recently however there has been a new product available in high street chemists across the world. The products name is Bio Oil. Since its launch in the year 2005 the product has gone from strength to strength and at time of writing is the number one selling scar and stretch mark treating product in eleven countries globally. In addition to reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, it is also effective against ageing and dehydrated skin.
Formulated from a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in oil, the product is light and non greasy, and is certified as by Beauty without Cruelty International as not tested on animals. It has won numerous awards, too many t list her, although it is worth noting that the medical councils or equivalent have named it as the most effective product for reducing the size and visibility of scars and stretch marks.
By searching the internet for forums on the product, it is easy to see that these recommendations are backed up by the experiences of the vast majority of consumers. The product appears to take anything between days to months to have full effect, dependant on skin type, and can be purchased readily online or over the counter.