This post is sponsored by Sukin and Beauty Directory.
Yesterday I had a lot of positive things to say about Sukin’s new Facial Treatment Oil, and today I’ve got its new sister product in my hot little hand: Sukin BioNatural Skin Oil, a body oil for treating stretch marks and scarring. It’s ideal for people who are looking for an alternative to paraffin-based stretch mark oils, or seeking a more natural lightweight oil to add to their body routine.
I admit that I have a fairly philosophical attitude towards my stretch marks and scars. Each little mark is a sign that my body is changing and existing, changing and adjusting to whatever life throws at it. My stretch marks are rad silver lightning bolts decorating my hips, and scars are a sign that my body is capable of healing and regenerating itself like a clever autonomous machine. The body, as they say, is a vessel.
That doesn’t invalidate someone else’s desire to buff away the bumps and scrapes of living, of course. It’s a-ok to not be zen about rocking a new set of racing stripes during pregnancy! I’m not wild about my stretch marks when they’re new and red, so I trialled this body oil for a month to see how efficiently it could help some fresh stretch marks on my hips fade to a pleasant silver.
All scar and stretch mark treatments more or less operate on the same principle: vitamin e, massage, and time. Regular massage of a scar or mark encourages good blood flow and efficient dermis turnover, while vitamin e is a proven hydrating agent that can help to keep healing skin supple and reduce the tight and dry itch that can come along with freshly scarred skin. Time is exactly that: time and patience. While using a stretch mark oil can help encourage a smoother, more even healing process, you’re still limited to your body’s own ability to regenerate itself.
So! Onto Sukin BioNatural Skin Oil. It consists of tamanu oil (a nut oil undergoing various studies as a reparative agent for long term scarring), plus rose hip and carrot seed oils to supply antioxidants and beta-carotene, a precursor state of retinol that encourages even skin tone.
The oil itself is mildly scented, has a very lightweight texture and is almost completely translucent, and doesn’t transfer onto clothes or stain fabrics. It comes in a 60ml pump bottle with a clear lid, although the pump itself doesn’t have a locking mechanism and I’d be wary of travelling it.
I applied Sukin BioNatural Oil on my hips and stomach every evening for a month. The combination of daily massage, hydrating oil and patience saw a reduction in redness on fresh stretch marks, and a more smooth texture to my skin. It’s not a staggering game changer instant effect, and I wasn’t expecting it to be, but it made a mild, positive change to my skin. I’ve still got my treasured little nicks and scars, and I genuinely want to keep them, but I’m glad that the newer little marks have been helped past the angry red stage quickly and smoothly. Lovely!
What: Sukin BioNatural Skin Oil
How Much: AU$14.95
When: available now
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