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Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $66
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:08.12.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum makes much ado about the probiotic actives it contains, claiming that they enable skin to “resist aging at every stage of the process—from early to mature.” We’d love to see the studies supporting that statement, because if any of it is true only Bioelements has this knowledge. Though if they do, why aren’t they using this breakthrough technology in all of their serums? Probiotics are a large class of microbes (beneficial bacteria often found in the intestinal tract of healthy mammals), and many of them have research showing they boost the immune system and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis in children (Sources: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, January 2007, pages 192–198; and European Journal of Dermatology, September/October 2006, pages 211–217), but these studies had to do with oral supplementation, not topical application. There's a limited amount of research showing how probiotics may help skin when applied topically, mostly in the realm of barrier repair and reducing inflammation (Source: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, December 2013, ePublication) but you can test the potential benefits in products that don't contain the numerous fragrant oils this serum has, each of which poses a risk of irritation.

Claims

An intensive overnight treatment which contains a blend of probiotic actives immersed in nourishing milk proteins to help prevent wrinkles and loss of firmness. Creates an environment within the skin that allows it to regain its natural microflora balance and become more age-resistant. Clinical testing on topical probiotics shows that it helps strengthen skin, enabling it to resist aging at every stage of the process - from early to mature.

Ingredients

Water, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycerin, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Casein (Milk Protein), Lactose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil, Acacia Farnesiana (Cassie) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Lecithin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate-20, Sorbitan Laurate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenethyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Brand Overview

Bioelements At-A-Glance

Strengths: Nothing of note beyond an elegantly formulated eye cream and one benzoyl peroxide product.

Weaknesses: Expensive; consistent use of irritating essential oils with no established benefit for skin; problematic anti-acne products, scrubs, and sunscreens.

Bioelements is a spa-and-salon sold skin-care line that was founded in 1991 by makeup artist turned aesthetician, Barbara Salomone. An interview with Salomone in the January/February 2006 issue of Renew magazine had statements from her indicating that aestheticians will soon be recognized as true skin-care professionals and her advice to newcomers is to get as much education as you can. To that end, Bioelements has seven education centers across the United States. However, if they're teaching established and upcoming aestheticians about Bioelements products, we are worried. Few spa lines subject skin to the irritating ingredients dispersed through well over half of the products this line offers. If that isn't bad enough, Bioelements ignores some fundamental aspects of skin care. That means no well-formulated AHA or BHA products (it's not a good formula if it subjects skin to needless irritation), and sunscreens rated below the standard SPF 15 recommendation (sun protection products are vastly outnumbered in this line by moisturizers and serums), not to mention the need to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as retinol, stable.

Company literature states that at Bioelements "We mean what we say. No gimmicks, no hype, and no false promises. We're professional skin care experts dedicated to keeping skin clean, clear, calm, and younger-looking." That sounds great but barely a word of it is true. This line definitely has its share of hype and false promises, from claiming that probiotics are a youth elixir, to regular references to what the line refers to as "Bioelements Adaptogens" and aromatherapist oils.

It's those very oils that causes havoc for skin, though in a spa experience their aroma can be pleasant. Skin-care experts would know better than to use any of Bioelements' numerous problem products, especially since, with so many irritants in most of the products, clear, calm skin is far from becoming a reality. Any company can establish its own education center, but what's key is the type of education provided and how the information is discussed. We have received countless letters from disheartened aestheticians bemoaning the "education" and classes they sit through, only to be spoon-fed information about skin-care products and practices they know are unhelpful and untrue. They ask me where to turn because they have a sincere interest in helping people take the best possible care of their skin, and are conscientious about the products they recommend. I hope this book helps such aestheticians, because Bioelements and many other spa-oriented lines are not creating products that epitomize state-of-the-art skin care, though they'd love for you to believe otherwise.

For more information about Bioelements, call 800.433.6650 or visit www.bioelements.com.

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