bio oilWho would’ve known that when German chemist Dieter Beier - who was living in South Africa at the time – formulated Bio-Oil back in 1987, it would become not only SA’s skincare hero, but also one of the world’s best-loved skincare solutions, known for healing scars, fading stretch marks and uneven skin-tone, and quenching dehydrated skin, and keeping it looking supple and younger for longer.

Not only does this wonder oil intensely hydrate the skin, its powerful healing properties are also being used to help cancer patients deal with the adverse physical side effects they usually experience during treatment. We recently met up with the local team behind the brand to learn more about how Bio-Oil is helping local cancer patients cope…

In a nutshell, there are 26 visible side effects relating to the decreased functionality of the skin’s natural oily layer, that cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy may experience, like: hair loss; hyperpigmentation; dry, itching and peeling skin; surgical scars; acne; redness; dry and brittle nails. Bio-Oil replenishes the oils depleted by cancer treatments, helping to correct the skin’s natural balance and protect it from further damage.

We all know that looking good means feeling good. Bio-Oil has partnered with Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB) - a programme dedicated to helping cancer patients cope with the adverse physical side effects of cancer treatment - to help educate cancer sufferers on looking and feeling beautiful, inside and out, by donating product to the organisation, and getting involved with educational workshops, and other initiatives. For more information, visit

BB’s, let’s get serious for a minute, and talk about chronic illnesses. What are some Bio-Oil beauty basics you or a loved-one has used to help you cope? Let us know below and win the Bi-Oil hamper pictured above…


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