A few months ago I stumbled upon this little orange bottle. It claimed to reduce stretch marks and scars among a list of other things. I scanned my body in my head and thought “yup, have that – need this bottle.” I was a skeptical, so I did my research online and found a billion (okay, that might be an exaggeration) of testimonies of how this little wonder had worked miracles. I thought I’d give it a try, so I ran to the store and obtained it for about $15. I wasn’t exactly excited about handing over my card to the lady at the check-out counter, but I was too curious so I gave in. The instructions say to rub it on your marks or scars morning and night for three months and then you will see the change. Three months is quite a while, but to me that made it seem more credible – they weren’t over-selling themselves.
I started my treatment and every morning and every night I would rub this oil on me. I actually loved doing i. I felt like I was doing my body a favor. And the smell!! Being full of essential oils, I felt like I was at a spa every single day. Perfect!
Good scents and a luxury feel isn’t enough to count for success though. Did it work?
I don’t know if I qualify to say, cause I actually stopped using it before the three months had passed. I may have used it for a month and a half or so, looking to see if I could find improvements every single time.
What I found was no improvement, but a greater awareness of my imperfections. When I first started out, I only had a few spots that I would use it on, but a month and a half in, I had found so many little things that were wrong with my skin, that I started wondering why I had never noticed this before. That’s when I realized, that I had never noticed, because I had never cared. I had never seen the imperfections because I was completely fine with them being there. I had never worried about it before to the extend that I did now. That’s when I decided to stop using this oil regularly. Not because it did something bad to my body, but because I started loving my body less for every time I used it. I decided that this was definitely not worth it – and I didn’t actually see any improvements from the use whatsoever. As another blogger said (forgive me for having forgotten who) – this is basically just scented baby oil.
What’s most important to me isn’t if I look great, but if I feel great. So if anything that I do will make me feel worse about myself and my body, I will stop doing it. Having a bad self-image is not a price I want to pay to look perfect. I challenge you to do the same.
Have you tried this oil? What are your thoughts and experiences with it? Let me know in the comments.