Not only is this moisturizer incapable of detoxifying your skin (skin does not eliminate toxins; the liver and kidneys take care of that), but also, with alcohol as the second ingredient, you’re getting a strong hit of irritation, which is toxic for skin. The irritation causes dryness and hurts your skin’s ability to heal and produce healthy collagen—none of which is “ultra-moisturizing” as claimed!
This has a silky, lightweight texture, but so do many other moisturizers that cost less yet provide superior formulas without all of the skin-detox nonsense. Like most Biotherm moisturizers, this contains a range of fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. They’re not present in large amounts, but no matter the amount, fragrance isn’t skin care. See More Info for further details.
As for the thermal plankton and lactobacillus derivative mentioned in the claims, these ingredients serve merely as moisture-binding agents, and they’re of little help in a formula that contains as much alcohol as this one.
One more point, Biotherm’s claims and advertised ingredients would lead you to believe their products are all about natural formulations, and that is absolutely not the case. These products are steeped in synthetics, some that are great for skin, but also some that are definitely problematic.
- Contains a couple of ingredients with research showing they may improve discolorations, but because the research was done on plant and animal skin, we’re being generous in listing this attribute as a “pro.”
- Contains a high amount of alcohol, which causes dryness and irritation, and hurts skin’s ability to heal.
- Lacks a range of ingredients with solid research proving their effectiveness for lightening discolorations.
Alcohol in Skin-Care Products
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: “Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In,”Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).