10 October 2011

Bio Oil Skin Stories Campaign

Hello All
Hope you're all having a good start to the week. Today I am going to be blogging about a new campaign launched by Bio Oil. 

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Bio Oil, offering me the opportunity to take part in a skin stories campaign. As a big fan of this product, I immediately put myself forward, as I truly believe it is a fantastic product.

About Skin Stories Campaign

Bio Oil is renowned for its wonderful properties of eliminating blemishes and scars, which have been an issue for many. According to Bio Oil (2011) out of 3,000 women, research found that 1 in 3 are embarrassed, self conscious, worried or even ashamed about having blemishes or scars. The following are more interesting results:
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women (18% report that scars and stretch marks have a negative impact on what they choose to wear
  • Nearly 1 in 10 women (8%) admit that scars and stretch marks are a hindrance to, or even stop them completely from, being intimate with their partner or going out on dates
  • 27% of women are most embarrassed about their work colleagues seeing their scars/stretch marks whilst an incredible 20% find their partner the hardest person to show
  • 8% of women try to hide their scars or stretch marks from their children 
 (Bio Oil Press Release, 2011)

The aim of this campaign is encourage women to gain greater confidence in the appearance of their scars and blemishes. Not only gaining confidence, but also inspiring other women to share their stories, empowering each other to think positively about their own skin. The campaign will take place on the Bio Oil Facebook page starting from today (Monday 10th October 2011), and everyone is invited to take part and share their skin stories. Alongside real women will be celebrities who will be sharing their own skin stories. And there will also be experts offering tips and advice for improving skin confidence and reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes from mid October til Christmas 2011. 

When I first read the results, I was nodding my head in agreement to the statistics because I behave in the exact same manner. I have sometimes even tried to cover scars with makeup in a bid to hide away, as I feel really embarrassed. But now feeling positive about my own scars and blemishes, I now feel positive and comfortable to tell you all about my skin story. 

My Skin Story

I was about 5/6 years old, and my dad's friend had just left the house. My brother, dad and I waved off his friend, until we could no longer see the car in the distance. Dad went back in the house, and brother ran inside, locking me out of the house. Desperate to get back in the house, I knocked and knocked, but dad couldn't hear my knockings. I tried again, but this time giving the single pane glass a firmer knock, and smash! My little wrist went straight through the glass, severely cutting my wrist. {Writing this, the pain, tears are all coming back, I remember it like it was yesterday}. I endured 20 odd stitches, and of course as a result I am now left with 2 very distinct scars on my wrist, which will never ever fade. Everyday I look at the scars, and think back to that terrible day.

Of course, where my scars are, they are very distinct, but are not very visible unless I show people. Those who do see the scars, immediately say these words ''If there is anything I can do, or if you wanna talk, feel free to give me a call''; people think I have tried to take my own life which is NOT the case. I explain what happened and people are instantly amazed, as they thought/assumed wrongly. In a bid to try and avoid the ''smothering'', I began purposely wearing long sleeved tops/jumpers/cardigans to try and hide the scars as I was embarrassed. I figured if I hid my main imperfection on my body, nobody would hassle or query it ever again. But, as I have got older, I have begun to realise ''Why should I hide away a scar?'', ''Everyone has scars/blemishes, it's part of life, it's part of me''. I have learnt to accept that this scar is with me for life, and no matter how much covering and hiding I do, it will still be there. This scar is by far biggest and most noticeable on my body, and although I do have other scars/blemishes (for example stretch marks), I have learnt to accept those too. I no longer look at my body in utter disgust, feel embarrassed and ashamed; I am proud of it and a few scars/blemishes aren't going to completely take away my self confidence.

Nowadays, I just carry on with my life, and I barely even notice my scars/blemishes as I have got use to them. Even today going dancing, I wore a t shirt, and my wrist with the scars were visible, but I didn't let it affect my confidence. 

Get Involved

I hope by sharing my skin story with you has inspired you to share your skin story over at the Bio Oil Facebook group. It truly is a great campaign to get involved with, and become part of an online community positively sharing skin stores. Another fantastic part of this campaign is that Bio Oil will be donating £1 to the British Skin Foundation for every skin story shared on the facebook group, which I think is a very good cause to get involved with. 

Before I sign off this blog post, I want to thank Bio Oil for giving me this opportunity to get involved. It is a fab product, where I have seen good results (on different blemishes/scars to that of my skin story), I will be doing a separate blog post on a blemish that I am currently working on with the oil, and I do hope everyone has enjoyed reading this blog post.

PS: Although this is a campaign, with featured press release statistics, my opinions, thoughts and skin story are 110% honest, genuine and true.


  1. This is a really great post, its nice to no that I'm not the only one (i have really bad stretch marks) I'm off to tell my story, thank you! xx

  2. Sian @ Quite Frankly11 October 2011 10:31

    Wow that sounds painful! Glad you have accepted your scar now though. I've got a fairly ugly scar on my shin so never used to wear skirts/dresses - now I've got used to it and wear my dresses and skirts without a care in the world! x x

  3. I've heard a lot of people rave about Bio Oil. I hate my stretch marks so will def give it a try! :) xx

  4. I am glad you now love your body and all the lil scars.

    Bio oil also helped me fad my stretch marks they are nor longer noticeable to me and I use this oil daily its grt. I would recommend it to anyone.


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