This product for normal to combination skin is said to combine an anti-aging moisturizer and serum in one, but if that’s the case Biotherm should stop selling the serums they offer. Separate from that notion, the formula is a big disappointment. It could have been a great product for combination skin to fight aging, but it falls short from every angle. It can’t build elastin as the name implies because it is almost impossible to regenerate elastin, and this formula definitely won’t do it.
This lightweight moisturizer contains far more alcohol, fragrance, and preservative than it does the anti-aging ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger. With alcohol as the second ingredient, this ends up being more pro-aging than anything else because alcohol causes free-radical damage, which is just the opposite of what you need from a skin-care product! It is also highly fragranced, which isn’t helpful for anyone’s skin. Please see More Info for details on the problems that alcohol and fragrance cause.
Although the formula contains some exciting anti-aging ingredients, the problematic ingredients pose too great a risk to make this worth considering. And without question, alcohol and fragrance will not do a thing to help skin regain elasticity or be better able to bounce back to its youthful shape. Given this product’s key problems, those claims arean impossibility.
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.
- Formula lists alcohol as the second ingredient, and alcohol in skin care is pro-aging.
- Highly fragrant, and fragrance isn’t skin care.
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).
Fragrance in Skin-Care Products:
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).