This is an exceptionally basic eye cream that cannot erase signs of fatigue as claimed. You may be surprised to learn you don’t need an eye cream (see More Info to find out why), but if you want to use one anyway, it should have a better formula that treats your eye area to proven anti-aging ingredients.
With this eye cream, you’re getting little more than silicones, slip agents, film-forming agent, and preservative. The tiny amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) isn’t unique to this product or special for the eye area, and the same is true for the other plant-based ingredients this contains. Eye creams just don’t differ from facial moisturizers in any meaningful way. Yes, this is fragrance-free, but the ideal facial moisturizer also should omit fragrance.
Like many eye creams, this contains cosmetic pigments (mica and titanium dioxide) for a subtle brightening effect. That effect is makeup, however, not skin care, and although it can be attractive it holds no special benefit for the eye area—plenty of facial moisturizers have these brightening pigments, too.
- Silky texture.
- Expensive, especially given its basic formula.
- Lacks a good range of proven anti-aging ingredients to fight wrinkles.
We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
Daily protective eye moisturizer. Erases signs of fatigue and energizes while reducing puffiness & dark circles. Mother of pearl provides an instant brightening effect and the ginseng has a direct impact on the micro-circulation that helps reduce signs of fatigue.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Dimethiconol, Mica, Corn Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora Edulis Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth-7, Terminalia Sericea Extract, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valyglyicone, BHT, Phospholipids, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Adenosine, Panax Ginseng Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gingko Biloba Extract, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Biotherm is one of the many companies owned by L'Oreal USA, and has a vast array of products, with many redundancies. It was founded in 1952 by a French biologist who discovered, as the story goes, a mineral-rich element in mountain spring water. Flash-forward to a slick lab where white-coated scientists supposedly figured out a way to capture this element (called vitreoscilla ferment) in its active form, and that's essentially the story behind Biotherm, now sold in 70 countries. The company announced in 2007 that Biotherm would not be sold in any U.S. or Canadian department stores anymore yet would be sold online. But as of 2009, it seems the company changed plans, at least in terms of its Canadian distribution. The brand is sold in most Canadian department stores as well as Shoppers Drug Mart.
Biotherm's claims are wrapped around the effect their special ingredient (vitreoscilla ferment) has on skin, and how it helps skin reactivate its own natural biological processes. We weren't even partway through reviewing these products before noticing the products are far from unique or specially formulated. A major reason for that is the inclusion of problematic ingredients in many products, notably alcohol, lots of fragrance, and menthol derivatives.
But is there anything to Biotherm's fervent belief in and pervasive use of vitreoscilla ferment? This gram-negative bacteria can help cells utilize oxygen better in vitro (Source: Journal of Biotechnology, January 2001, pages 57–66). But whether that effect can be translated to benefit skin cells via a cosmetic formulation is unknown, and there are no studies supporting the use of this ingredient for skin care. Therefore, you're left to take Biotherm's word for it, even though they don't bother to explain why they avoided so many well-researched antioxidants, or use minuscule amounts of intriguing ingredients that in greater amounts can positively affect skin's structure and healthy functioning. Plus you have to wonder, if this is such a great ingredient for skin, why don't the other L'Oreal companies such as Lancome, Kiehl's, La Roche-Posay, or even L'Oreal use it?
Biotherm is also big on minerals, specifically the gluconate forms of magnesium, copper, and zinc. All of these have some research indicating their merit for skin, but mostly in terms of wound healing or being mildly antibacterial. That's not the way they're showcased in Biotherm's products, of course, because anti-wrinkle and anti-aging claims are what sell products. Although they link minerals with anti-aging prowess, a wrinkle is not a wound. Moreover, the tiny amounts of these minerals found throughout the Biotherm lineup only nullifies their already limited effectiveness as part of a comprehensive skin-care routine. There are some gems to be found in this line, but proceed with caution because most of it is downright boring or just plain bad for your skin.
Note: Biotherm is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Biotherm does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law." Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
For more information about Biotherm, call (888) BIOTHERM or visit www.biotherm-usa.com.