Dealing with dry skin woes have become a recurring skincare issue for me, especially during the colder months. As much as I love living in Toronto, the winters are long, dry, and devastating for my skin. Going from the frigid outdoor air to the dry heated indoors is like getting a double dose of dry skin conditions that instantly zap any moisture from the skin. My hands and feet always get it the worst and I’m plagued with painfully parched hands, scaly skin, and foot calluses which are not a pretty sight. And though I try to moisturize on a pretty regular basis, nothing has really been able to relieve my dry skin woes.
As you can imagine, I was excited to hear when Bio-Oil came out with their brand new Dry Skin Gel. It’s product that’s 30 years in the making and is especially made for dry skin sufferers. Like their traditional Bio-Oil skincare oil, it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins and have that same dry oil texture that you’re all familiar with, but this new special formula is meant to quench the thirstiest of dry skin. So to put it to the test, I’ve been using the Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel daily for a full 2 weeks and here are the results!
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is a unique jelly-oil hybrid that transforms into a dry oil on application. Like the classic Bio-Oil skincare oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin and is packed with the all the vitamins and minerals you already already know and love. It’s an oil-based gel, which might sound a little contradictory at first, but once it’s applied to skin, it spreads like an oil to moisturize the skin. And because the formula replaces water content with oil, it penetrates the skin at a deeper level then lotions, helping your skin to become hydrated and stay hydrated for longer. To learn more about it head over to my Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel post here.
For my 14 day trial, I applied the the Bio-Skin Dry Skin Gel nightly before bed on my hands and feet before I went to bed, and gave my hands an additional application during the mornings as I started my day. The starting skin condition of my hands were quite poor. They are generally quite dry year round from frequent washing and use, but even more so during the colder months of the year. The skin around my cuticles are often hard and would sometimes peel. The tops of my hands were always driest and from time to time I would suffer from eczema on my fingers. My feet were in ever poorer condition, especially my heels, as well as the balls of my feet. I often do barefoot workouts like barre, Pilates and yoga which aggravated the condition of my skin more. My heels are particular dry and cracked and the balls of my feet have rough callouses on them from wearing heels. I know this doesn’t sound pretty, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that suffers from these conditions.
The first time I used the Bio Oil Dry Skin Gel, I underestimated far just a little bit would go. A small dollop will go a long way because of its oil-based formula, so that 100ml or 200ml jar will actually last you months even if you use it daily. At first touch, it felt light as air, and on contact it began to melt into my skin right away. It has the same dry oil texture as the Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, and I found it absorbed quickly into my skin. My hands and feet felt instantly hydrated, with no greasy residue or wait time for the gel to soak in. It felt ultra lightweight as promised and I was surprised how quickly and efficiently it hydrated my skin. Even a few hours later, when I would usually need to re-apply my moisturizer, I found my skin still quite hydrated. I was immediately quite impressed with it.
After about 3 to 4 days of use, I was beginning to notice an overall improvement to the quality of my skin. It seemed like my dry skin was beginning to return to normal. The cuticles around my fingernails were still a tough, but definitely not peeling any more. The condition of my feet had improved as well, my skin was still dry, but definitely not as cracked. I even started to notice even when I woke up in the mornings nearly 8 hours after my nightly application, my skin was still quite hydrated and soft.
After about a week of use, I was turning into a firm believer of the product. My dry skin was starting to look pretty good, especially my feet, where I thought I’d had to deal terminally dry skin for life. My calluses had started to soften and the cracks were gone. This was a huge improvement from before! My skin on both my hands and feet were much softer, firmer and hydrated and remained that way through most of the day.
Bye-Bye dry skin! I can hardly believe it myself when I said my dry skin had been healed. From days 7 to 14, I saw gradual improvements in my skin every day as I used it. My skin was become softer and stronger, and I found myself even needing to apply it less over time. I felt my skin remained moisturized throughout the day and not only felt more hydrated and looked significantly smoother as well. I have to say that Bio Oil Dry Skin Gel worked better at moisturizing than any other moisturizer that have used before for dry skin and even helped greatly with my eczema as well. Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel has truly improved the condition of my dry skin and if you suffer from dry skin as well I would highly recommend it.
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