This eye cream contains a great range of beneficial ingredients for skin anywhere on the face, not just the eye area. Nothing in here is unique for the eye area, and in fact you don’t need an eye cream, which this formula proves in no uncertain terms; you just get charged twice as much for a virtually identical face cream (see More Info to find out why).
This has a lightweight yet hydrating texture that contains several antioxidants, and the opaque bottle packaging will keep them stable during use. Biotherm included small amounts of helpful skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients, too, and these provide further anti-aging benefits.
Unfortunately, an overall impressive formula is sidetracked by the inclusion of fragrant coriander oil. This fragrant plant oil is known to cause contact dermatitis and also to make skin more sun-sensitive due to its chief fragrant component, linalool. Skin anywhere on the face does not need irritating ingredients, but when these ingredients are applied close to the eye, they become even more of a problem; plus applying fragrant irritants around the eye can make dark circles look worse.
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.
- Lightweight yet hydrating formula contains several antioxidants.
- Packaged to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Contains fragrant coriander oil, known to cause skin irritation and to make skin more sun-sensitive, which can make dark circles worse.
Why You Don’t Need an Eye Cream
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!
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).
Age Fitness Yeux Power 2 with pure olive leaf concentrate + pure olive extracts.
Specifically developed to target the first signs of aging around the eyes, the area of the face where they appear the earliest. Immediately smoothes the skin and helps relieve signs of fatigue. Day after day, fine lines are visibly reduced and your complexion regains its sparkle.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, PEG-8, Squalane, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Myristyl Olive Esters, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Hydroxyproline, Coriandrum Sativum Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Palmitate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Ribes Nigrum Oil, Echium Lycopsis Oil, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Adenosine, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hydroxide, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol
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.