About: Hydra-Oil is a body oil specially formulated to help diminish the appearance of scars and other skin discolourations such as spots and stretch marks.
About: a multi-purpose body oil designed to intensively hydrate skin and prevent stretch marks, cellulite and scarring. Packaged in a bottle with twist lid.
Review: Hydra-Oil is a new oil from South Africa that claims to diminish the appearance of both old and new scars. It also claims to help reduce the possibility of stretch marks during pregnancy or weight changes, and diminish the appearance of existing stretch marks. Finally it also claims to help even out skin tone and help smooth, moisturise and tone dry skin. Very big claims, so I put them to the test. Hydra-Oil is a body oil, which is dermatologically tested, preservative free and claims to be non-greasy and easily absorbed. Being 32 weeks pregnant, now is a good time to start using it on my tummy! So far I have not noticed any stretch marks, but I have also been vigorously applying other creams several times a day. Although not yet having any stretch marks, my tummy does get itchy a few times during the day, and that is when I find that applying a cream is helping soothe the skin, and stop me from scratching it to bits. I consequently started using the Hydra-Oil instead, and just a few drops warmed in the hands and massaged onto the skin on my stomach, helped to calm the itch very quickly. And in spite of it being an oil, it surprisingly absorb into the skin rather quickly without making the skin feel or look greasy meaning there is no need to worry that any residue should transfer onto clothes and ruin them! While Hydra-Oil does help with the itch, and also makes the skin feel soft and moisturised, as my stomach is obviously still growing, it is too soon to tell if the oil is having any true effect on preventing stretchmarks. I also tried to use Hydra-Oil on my face as I have a bit of pigmentation, and some scarring from past acne, however, I very quickly realised that the oil was simply too greasy to use on my face, and it definitely didn’t work under makeup, instead making my combination skin feel even oilier, and my makeup wore off not long after I put it on. Even when used at night, I would wake the next morning with very greasy skin and therefore I stopped using Hydra-Oil on my face. I did try to use it on my chest where I also have some pigmentation, and while the skin there is enjoying the rich oil, it is again too soon to tell if it has made any difference.
Results from Hydra-Oil take approximately 3 months so it is a little too early for me to cast a final verdict. Used on my dry legs after a shower, the oil does quickly absorb into the skin, and leaves it feeling soft and after just a few days of use it seems to restore the moisture balance in the skin. The Hydra-Oil contains chamomile oil to soothe and calm the skin, lavender oil to help treat scars and fade stretch marks, rosemary toil to help remove dryness and tone the skin, calendula oil to repair dry and damaged skin and act as an anti-inflammatory. It also contains sunflower seed oil rich in fatty acids to help moisturise the skin, Vitamin A to help fight the signs of aging as well as Vitamin E to help soften appearance of scars and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Hydra-Oil also has one essential ingredient called Tri Nano Oil, which is to act as a non-greasy emollient and helps with increased skin absorption. Unfortunately, Hydra-Oil also contains mineral oil – and it is actually ingredient listed on the packaging. Mineral oil is a common ingredient in many skincare products and is a by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. There are those who say that mineral oil is perfectly safe to use in skincare products, and others who claim that it acts as a ‘barricade’ on the skin, difficult to absorb and it clogs the pores, slowing the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Hydra-Oil comes in a clear plastic bottle with a screw lid, which once removed reveals a dropper inserted into the opening of the bottle, which makes it easy to get just the amount of oil needed without spilling it. I also like that the bottle is clear, so you can easily see how much product is left in the bottle. Hydra-Oil is very concentrated, and only a little is needed, even when using it to moisturise the body. This means that the large 200ml bottle will last a very long time, making good value for money. All in all it is good oil for moisturising dry skin, but when it comes to preventing stretch marks, and minimising pigmentation and scars, unfortunately I have not seen any major improvements after using it for about a month.