I don't ever remember having dry skin as a kid. But as an adult, it's something I battle on a daily basis. If I could add something to the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid, it would be moisturizer. I've always been a big fan of traditional body lotion. However, after learning about how the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is trending on TikTok as a way to get rid of stretch marks and dark spots, I decided to try its oil-based gel on my extremely dry skin.
"The next generation of skin care"
Bio-Oil calls gel the next generation of skin care. I'm no dermatologist, but I believe it. When I first discovered Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel facial moisturizer a few years ago, it was a total life-changer. I swear it lasted hours longer than my old moisturizer. Furthermore, because it went on so lightly, I felt like I wasn't clogging my pores. While I still use the Hydro Boost Gel on my dry face, Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel seemed like the solution to my dry body problems.
Less is definitely more
Because it’s a gel, not a cream, the brand says that you don’t need as much of it. Where I might need two tablespoons of lotion to cover my arms, I only need one tablespoon of this. Less is also more when it comes to water content. This gel is only 3 percent water. According to The Soap Queen, most recipes for lotion are 70 to 80 percent water. Why does this make a difference? With less water, the brand says the active ingredients aren't as diluted. In this case, the active ingredients include lavender oil, sunflower seed oil, rosemary oil and calendula oil. Calendula oil is said to be great for sunburns and even works on bug bites (which I don't need now that I swear by this bug bite miracle worker.)
Personally, with a more potent formula that has less water, I notice better and faster results. And it looks like quite a few users have, too, with over 9,700 Amazon reviewers giving it a five-star rating. The description also says that in a clinical trial, 82 percent of users saw a difference in just two days. In the same trial, the brand says that 62 percent of users said it was better than any other product they'd tried for their dry skin.
Did it work for me?
Thanks to my Irish genes, I have the kind of dry skin that peels even when it's not burnt. It's like I have body dandruff. The first time I used this gel was after I came back from a long day of hiking in Portugal. I was touring the Paiva Walkways, a series of stairs seemingly created for Instagram, and didn't have shade for much of the five-mile-long journey. Any ounce of moisture I had in my skin, especially in my hands and around my knees, quickly evaporated.
However, when I got back to my room and applied this gel, I immediately noticed a significant difference. My skin went from feeling like scratchy sandpaper to a polished wood floor. The best part about this gel is that the effects are immediate, and they last. I can apply it in the morning without needing to reapply until evening.
Do I recommend it? Gel yes!
Like I said, if I suffered from dry skin as a kid, I don't remember it. One day, I hope to forget once again entirely what it's like to live with cracked hands and dry knees. With this gel, I think it just might be possible.