SKIN MARKS
MATERNITY SKINCARE
AGEING SKIN
Bio-Oil® is a global brand selling in over 100 countries with a unique concept to moisturize skin marks and maternity skin.
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Maternity skincare
Bio-Oil is formulated to keep the skin supple and moist during pregnancy. Helps to improve expectant mothers' healthy skin.
Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the necessary areas (abdomen, hips, breasts, lower back and upper thighs), twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Results will vary from individual to individual. Bio-Oil should be applied from the start of the second trimester.
Uses
Skin Marks
Skin Marks
Bio-Oil helps moisturise old and new skin marks.
Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the skin marks, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Should not be used on broken skin. Results will vary from individual to individual.
Maternity skincare
Maternity skincare
Bio-Oil is formulated to keep the skin supple and moist during pregnancy. Helps to improve expectant mothers' healthy skin.
Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the necessary areas (abdomen, hips, breasts, lower back and upper thighs), twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Results will vary from individual to individual. Bio-Oil should be applied from the start of the second trimester.
Ageing skin
Ageing skin
Ageing skin commonly associated with ageing is largely caused by the weakening of the collagen and elastin support system in the skin. Bio-Oil contains numerous ingredients that help to plasticise the skin, making it softer, smoother and more supple, thereby reducing the appearance of ageing skin.
Bio-Oil should be applied to the affected areas twice daily. Results will vary from individual to individual.
Dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin
The surface of the skin has an invisible oil layer which acts as a barrier to stop moisture from escaping. In a very dry climate this lipid layer is often unable to cope and too much moisture is drawn out of the skin. Daily bathing or showering may exacerbate this by stripping away the lipid layer due to the astringent effects of soap and water. Bio-Oil supplements the skin’s natural oil layer, helping to restore its barrier function of retaining moisture.
Bio-Oil should be applied twice daily. Results will vary from individual to individual.

Formulation
Formulation
Formulation
The Bio-Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy, ensuring that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.
Bio-Oil has undergone safety assessments in accordance with the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Cosmetic Products. The toxicological profile, chemical structure, level of inclusion and total level of daily exposure of each ingredient used has been assessed and deemed safe for use (including for use by pregnant women).
Ingredients
Ingredients
Botanicals
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Vitamins
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Oil base
Paraffinum Liquidum Triisononanoin
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Isopropyl Myristate
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
BHT
Bisabolol
Fragrance (Rose)
Parfum
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Amyl Cinnamal
Benzyl Salicylate
Citronellol
Coumarin
Eugenol
Farnesol
Geraniol
Hydroxycitronellal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Limonene
Linalool
Colour
CI 26100
Manufacture
Manufacture
Bio-Oil is manufactured in accordance with cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) as stipulated by the World Health Organisation. All ingredients are tested for adulteration and microbiological contamination prior to production and a sample from each batch manufactured is laboratory tested and then retained and monitored over a 5-year period.
All Bio-Oil packaging is recyclable and all paper materials are certified to be in accordance with sustainable forest management practices.
No harmful emissions, hazardous waste or wastewater is generated in the production of Bio-Oil.

Clinical trials
Ageing skin study, 2011
Ageing skin study, 2011
Trial centre
Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc., Texas, United States of America.
Study 1: face & neck
Objective
To evaluate the efficacy of Bio-Oil when used by women with mild to moderate photodamaged (ageing) skin on the face and neck.
Sample
Subjects: 67 female participants (of varying ethnicities) with clinically determined mild to moderate photodamage on the face and neck. Bio-Oil treatment cell included 35 subjects and the no treatment cell included 32 subjects. Age of participants: 30 to 70.
Methodology
Randomised, controlled, efficacy grader-blinded. Subjects participated in an initial screening evaluation followed by a 1-week washout period. Product applied to the face and neck twice daily for 12 weeks. Application performed under supervision at baseline visit. Clinical evaluations conducted at 0, 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks. Subjects were clinically graded separately on the face and neck for the following efficacy parameters: overall appearance, visual roughness/smoothness, tactile roughness/smoothness, firm appearance, and clarity (dullness).
Result
Bio-Oil is efficacious in improving the overall appearance of photodamaged (ageing) skin on the face and neck. After 8 weeks a statistically significant result was achieved for all clinically graded efficacy parameters. After 12 weeks 94% of subjects in the Bio-Oil treatment cell showed a statistically significant improvement in overall appearance on the face and 80% of subjects showed a statistically significant improvement in overall appearance on the neck.
Study 2: body
Objective
To evaluate the efficacy of Bio-Oil when used on the décolletage, lower leg and arm skin by women with mild to moderate photodamaged (ageing) skin.
Sample
Subjects: 67 female participants (of varying ethnicities) with clinically determined mild to moderate photodamage on the face and neck. Bio-Oil treatment cell included 35 subjects and the no treatment cell included 32 subjects. Age of participants: 30 to 70.
Methodology
Randomised, controlled, efficacy grader-blinded. Subjects participated in an initial screening evaluation followed by a 1-week washout period. Product applied to the décolletage, lower legs and arms twice daily for 12 weeks. Application performed under supervision at baseline visit. Clinical evaluations conducted at 0, 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks. Subjects were clinically graded separately on the décolletage, lower legs and arms for the following efficacy parameters: overall appearance, crêpey texture, dryness/scaling, visual roughness/smoothness, and tactile roughness/smoothness.
Result
Bio-Oil is efficacious in improving the overall appearance of photodamaged (ageing) skin on the body. After 4 weeks a statistically significant result was achieved for all clinically graded efficacy parameters. After 12 weeks 89% of subjects in the Bio-Oil treatment cell showed a statistically significant improvement in overall appearance of the décolletage, lower legs and arms.
Dehydrated skin study, 2011
Dehydrated skin study, 2011
Trial centre
Photobiology Laboratory of the Medical University of South Africa.
Study 1
Objective
To assess the effect of a single application of Bio-Oil to improve stratum corneum (SC) barrier function and hydration.
Sample
Subjects: 40 female participants of varying ethnicities. Test site: test products applied to the volar forearm of all subjects.
Methodology
Assessment of skin hydration with a Corneometer as the primary measure, assessment of barrier function with a Vapometer as a secondary measure. Panellists washed their forearms with soap 2 hours before measurements were taken. Baseline instrumental measurements were taken. Bio-Oil and a reference oil were then applied to separate sites on the volar forearm of all subjects. Measurements were taken again immediately after product application as well as 2 hours later, before and after wiping the products off. A control untreated site was also measured at all time points.
Result
After immediate application, both oils reduced transepidermal water loss (TEWL) compared to the no treatment control. Increased skin capacitance values at the 2 hour pre-wipe time point indicated increased skin hydration for both oils. Two hours later, after wiping the oils from the skin’s surface, Bio-Oil showed further increased TEWL values compared to the reference oil, indicating increased moisture release and therefore increased skin hydration.
Study 2
Objective
To assess the effect of twice daily application of Bio-Oil for moisturisation performance and relief of dry skin.
Sample
Subjects: 25 female Caucasian participants. Test site: test products applied to the outer, lower leg of all subjects.
Methodology
Soap was used to induce dry skin over a 7 day period. Bio-Oil and a reference oil were applied twice daily. Skin assessments were made on days 1 and 3. Visual evaluations were performed by a trained visual evaluator using a 2x magnifying lamp. A control untreated site was also evaluated at all time points.
Result
Both Bio-Oil and the reference oil improved skin dryness compared with the no treatment control. Bio-Oil was statistically superior on day 3. Significant improvements in visual appearance of skin sites treated with Bio-Oil confirmed its effectiveness in relieving dry skin.
Non-comedogenic test, 2006
Non-comedogenic test, 2006
Trial centre
Future Cosmetics, Pretoria, South Africa.
Objective
To test whether Bio-Oil is likely to cause comedones
Sample
Subjects: 21 participants, 17 female and 4 male of varying ethnicities.
Methodology
Randomised and controlled. Product applied twice daily for 28 days. 3 areas evaluated: untreated area (negative control), area to which Bio-Oil was applied, and area to which acetylated lanolin alcohol was applied (positive control - a known acnegenic product). Test products applied to the upper back (scapular) region.
Result
Bio-Oil was found to be non-comedogenic. Area to which Bio-Oil was applied showed no significant difference to the untreated area. Positive control induced acne.
Sensitive skin test, 2006
Sensitive skin test, 2006
Trial centre
Future Cosmetics, Pretoria, South Africa.
Objective
To test whether Bio-Oil causes skin irritancy on subjects with sensitive skin.
Sample
Subjects: 21 participants. Age of participants: 18 to 65. Selection criteria: Subjects with known sensitive skin were selected and exposed to a positive control (lactic acid) to verify their sensitive skin status.
Methodology
Randomised and controlled. 3 areas were evaluated: area to which deionised water was applied (negative control), area to which Bio-Oil was applied, and area to which Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 1% solution was applied (positive control - a known skin irritant). Test products applied via a patch to the volar forearm and removed after 24 hours. Skin evaluated and reactions noted at 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours after application. Dermatologist present during the evaluations. Skin reactions rated on a scale from 0 – 4 (with 0 being no response and 4 being fiery redness).
Result
Bio-Oil was found to be a non-irritant product for subjects with sensitive skin. No subjects experienced any adverse reactions to Bio-Oil. Bio-Oil had an average reaction value of 0.03 over the period of 96 hours. Bio-Oil performed better than deionised water (negative control).
Absorption study, 2011
Absorption study, 2011
Trial centre
proDERM institute for applied dermatological research, Hamburg, Germany.
Study 1
Objective
To assess the rate of absorption of Bio-Oil after standardised application and rubbing in.
Sample
Subjects: 22 trained raters (21 female and 1 male). Test site: test products applied to the volar forearm of all raters.
Methodology
Double-blind, randomised and controlled. Bio-Oil and a reference oil were applied to assigned test areas on the volar forearms of raters. Raters performed 100 cyclic movements at a defined speed. Raters then rated the absorption of the products on a 5-point scale from ‘very slow absorbing’ to ‘very fast absorbing’. Sebumeter measurements, to assess the amount of oil on the skin, were taken at two time points - before application and two minutes after product application.
Result
The absorbency of Bio-Oil into the skin was assessed as ‘very fast’ or ‘fast’ by the majority (77.3%) of trained raters. This was verified through instrumental measurement with sebumeter readings at the second time point showing that the amount of Bio-Oil left on the skin was significantly lower than compared with the reference oil.
Study 2
Objective
To assess the rate of absorption of Bio-Oil after standardised application and rubbing in.
Sample
Subjects: 100 participants (97 female and 3 male). Test site: test products applied to the volar forearm of all participants.
Methodology
Double-blind, randomised and controlled. Bio-Oil and a reference oil were applied to assigned test areas on the volar forearms of participants. Participants rubbed in the test product for 1 minute each. Participants then rated the absorption of the products on a 5-point scale from ‘very slow absorbing’ to ‘very fast absorbing’.
Result
The absorbency of Bio-Oil into the skin was assessed as ‘very fast’ or ‘fast’ by the majority (72%) of participants.
Occlusivity study, 2008
Occlusivity study, 2008
Trial centre
Trial conducted by Prof. Dr. J Wiechers at Rigano Laboratories, Milan, Italy.
Objective
To evaluate whether Bio-Oil demonstrates a similar occlusivity level to vernix caseosa. (Vernix caseosa, the creamy-white and viscous biofilm that envelopes a baby while it is in the womb, is widely considered by cosmetic scientists as the ‘gold standard’ in skin moisturisation because of its ideal occlusivity level.)
Methodology
Known quantities of water were placed in beakers covered with a semi-permeable membrane called Vitro-Skin™, which mimics the surface properties of human skin. Vernix caseosa and Bio-Oil were applied to the membrane and the rate of water loss from the beaker was measured over time. This was compared with the rate of water loss without any product on the membrane. The water vapour transfer rate for each product was calculated and expressed in g/m2/h.
Result
Bio-Oil demonstrated a very similar occlusivity level to vernix caseosa, with Bio-Oil registering 23.5 and vernix caseosa 27.2.

Availability
South Korea
Recommended retail price
₩15,000 (60ml)
₩25,000 (125ml)
₩35,000 (200ml)

Available at
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