Review: Phytacol Phyta Lotion

We review this oil-based lotion for dry skin, stretch marks and scars.

Phyta Lotion claims to be specifically designed to improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars and ageing skin. But, like most beauty oil products, it has a strong sideline in intense moisturisation. So when I was given my bottle of lotion it proved excellent timing: firstly, I was about to jet off to the Alps for a week of skiing in cold weather. Secondly, I split my head open a few months ago, giving myself a Harry Potter style scar when I slipped on my bike, so I’m not intimately familiar with the world of oily scar-treatments.

Firstly, let’s talk about how the product did when I went skiing. I took it to Tignes: a high altitude resort in France. It was a warm week in the region, but temperatures still reached as low as minus 10 at the top of the mountain.

I have combination skin, so areas of my epidermis can deal with the cold. However, I do have some stubborn areas in odd places – around my belly button is probably the most strange point where I get flaky on occasion. So I diligently applied Phyta Lotion on that area throughout the week.

It definitely improved the moisture levels of my problem areas when applied, and I feel like the effect lasted longer than when I just use normal moisturising products. However, I wasn’t a massive fan of the smell. Phytalotion is made with rosehip extract and smells of lavender. Which I associate with old people. Even more so when you’re staying in a kitsch and dusty chalet in the Alps.

As for Phytalotion’s miracle, scar-reducing capabilities? Well, I’ve only been using the product for a couple of weeks but, to be honest, I remain unconvinced. I think the oil makes the skin on my new scar feel nicer for sure – it’s soft and tingles pleasantly (not like when the mountain cold made it tingle terribly). But, and maybe this is the fault of me being a cynic, I’m not inclined to believe it’s helping to improve the appearance of my scar at all. A medically trained friend of mine told me the compelling theory that just rubbing a scar helps to promote new cell growth, and thus products like Phyta Lotion and BioOil are effective because they encourage whoever has spent money on them to rub the area a lot.

In conclusion: if you use an oil product already and think it works for you, I’d really recommend Phyta Lotion as a less unwieldy form in which to apply it. It still has that slightly greasy texture on your skin after application, but having oil in a lotion form means it’s of a more manageable viscosity and could be applied more discreetly than a pure oil product.

Find out more about Phyta Lotion and Phyta Oil from their website. It’s £9.99 for 60ml.

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