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Bio oil - is it worth it?

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Squirrel31 Mon 23-Jun-14 19:45:41

Hi all mums to be! I'm approx 10 weeks now and starting to think about how to manage stretch marks as I have already developed lots of thready red veins! Have you used bio oil and would you recommend? My skin is quite dry and I try and use body shop coconut butter but the smell is making me feel a bit icky x

Bangonthedoor Mon 23-Jun-14 19:52:48

Hi squirrel congrats smile

It's always good to keep your skin hydrated so using bio oil can't hurt ....except maybe slightly damaging to your bank balance as it can be quite expensive. I personally used bio oil along with the palmers cocoa butter throughout my pregnancy and still ended up with my fair share of stretch marks. However I may have got more if I didn't use anything, who knows.

Everyone is so different and its certainly worth a go. But I do find it also smells a bit funny so maybe smell a tester first!

Inbl00m Mon 23-Jun-14 20:07:34

I'm 27/28 weeks and have been using it since about 12 weeks. No stretch marks yet but I have no idea if that's the bio oil or not... What I can say is that it's made the rest of my skin look lovely, very smooth and even, and some very old (teen!) stretch marks fade to almost nothing. It does smell a bit like cinnamon but I think you stop noticing after a while! smile

SellyMevs Mon 23-Jun-14 20:53:47

I use bio oil every day. I f I have some small stretchmarks on my hips, but they did appear overnight the week the baby started measuring 4 weeks ahead... I like to think it could have been much worse, I certainly don't have any on my tummy.

I buy it on amazon - it was half price a few weeks ago, so a tenner for a big bottle and it lasts ages.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 23-Jun-14 20:57:17

You could try Baby's Bottom Butter from Waitrose. It's lovely stuff, used it in my first pregnancy. Much cheaper too.

anotherdayanothersquabble Mon 23-Jun-14 21:01:04

It's got lots of chemicals in it, I would try rode hip oil mixed with sweet almond oil instead.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 23-Jun-14 21:03:16

They sell.Bio Oil in Primark now! Not sure how much cheaper it is that other shops but might be worth looking out for it when you next pop in.

whereisshe Mon 23-Jun-14 21:04:08

I used this and so have several of my friends and no stretch marks. But I have read that it's genetics and staying hydrated that make the most difference.

Alb1 Mon 23-Jun-14 21:10:15

I have no idea if it works (it doesn't seem to be for me) but jus thought if mention aldi do their own version of bio oil for £3 so if ur unsure maybe try that as a cheaper alternative first? If they still have it that is, they switch stock quite quickly here

MissMagpie Mon 23-Jun-14 21:13:22

I am 27 weeks now and have used various body butters throughout my pregnancy on my bump and have no sign of any stretch marks. They smell yummy too - especially Body Shop ones!

I have some faded stretch marks on my hips from teenage growth spurts so don't know if I will get some or not, but keeping well moisturised has definitely kept them away for now.

Purplecircle Mon 23-Jun-14 21:22:41

Wilko do their own version of bio oil, same stuff and tons cheaper

Droflove Mon 23-Jun-14 21:33:03

I dont think so. I didnt get any stretch marks and had a full bottle of bio oil but didnt use it. If I had used it I would be swearing it worked.....

Basically I think now that it is stupid to be rubbing any substances into and on your skin, especially bump, while pregnant. In fact, ever. Never checked the bio oil ingredients, I am guessing they are minimal but my god do we cover ourselves in chemicals all the time purely because of marketing and advertising.

So I vote no to bio-oil. I think its a load of rubbish along with all the other rubbish we all think we need.

Now I am off to shine my tinfoil hat.

Shenanagins Mon 23-Jun-14 21:37:16

I used it for both pregnancies, first no stretch marks, second, lots. Think its luck of the draw.

Showy Mon 23-Jun-14 21:41:47

The skin tears at a level not reached by lotions and potions. Genes, age, weight gain etc play a part but nothing will stop them if you're going to get them.

FloweryBoots Mon 23-Jun-14 21:58:47

I tend to think you'll get them if you're going to get them. But the stretching can dry your skin so keeping it moistrised with something can keep you more comfortable.

FWIW I like bio oil as a daily moisturisor and used it before I'd ever been pregnant. You can usually get it £10 for a big bottle on amazon which is about half the price of high street. You don't use loads so I find it lasts. I tried wilko own version and found it horible.

(2 pregnancies, no stretch marks)

AllYouNeedIsTea Mon 23-Jun-14 22:09:30

I'm in the 'you'll either get them or you won't' camp. I've had two pregnancies, didn't.use any cream and don't have any stretch marks. I'm not convinced that expensive lotions and potions work.

squizita Mon 23-Jun-14 22:09:56

I have found bio oil very soothing for the itching which comes when my bump or boobs grow suddenly... but can't help thinking baby oil or any oil might feel the same at half the price!
Avon have some spray on body oils which are lovely.

Monkeybrain10 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:41:02

Superdrug do a similar product which has less nasties in it that bio oil....cheaper too.

ThursdayLast Mon 23-Jun-14 22:45:08

It won't stop stretch marks.
Nothing stops stretchmarks.
If they want you, they will find you

TheBabyFacedAssassin Mon 23-Jun-14 22:47:58

I loved it and am still using it! May not prevent you from getting them if you're genetically predisposed but it certainly reduces their appearance if you do get them. As previous posters have said amazon is the cheapest, currently £9.99 for 200ml, I ordered on Thursday and received this morning!

ThursdayLast Mon 23-Jun-14 22:49:13

Time also halos reduce the appearance of stretchmarks wink

ThursdayLast Mon 23-Jun-14 22:49:54

There goes my smartarse witticism!

LadyNexus Mon 23-Jun-14 22:52:55

I lathered myself in that and other stretch mark creams while pregnant with dd.

I look like I've been mauled by six angry tigers.

My friend has had three children, never used anything, not a single mark on her.

I moaned about it to my consultant, he basically said it makes your skin moisturised and smell nice, but no cream will ever stop stretch marks. Your either disposed to getting them or not.

Bugger grin

Heatherbell1978 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:56:17

I've been lathering it on the bump twice a day since 13 wks and lovely smooth bump so far (I'm now 32 wks) but I agree that genetics has a big part in it. Amazon is far cheaper than Boots for it but I got an even better deal at Costco - 2 big bottles for £19.99!

TheBabyFacedAssassin Mon 23-Jun-14 23:02:53

Haha @ Thursday, I hate it when that happens!

I should add that I only gave birth 4 weeks ago so in a fairly short space of time the marks I had have faded substantially, I was quite shocked actually as I was sceptical if the bio oil would actually work, but for me it really has.

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