This oil-enriched moisturizer contains some great ingredients for normal to dry (not combination) skin! Sadly, many of them will degrade thanks to the repeated exposure to light and air that happens when products are packaged in jars. See More Info for further details on jar packaging.
As for this product’s antiwrinkle (“rides” is French for “wrinkles”) ability, it doesn’t have any edge over most other emollient moisturizers, including many that cost less and are in stable packaging. If anything, the formula contains some dated ingredients (corn starch and wax?) and is short on giving your skin the range of beneficial ingredients (like antioxidants) it needs to look and act younger.
Like most Biotherm moisturizers, this contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to be irritating, which isn’t what you want for anti-aging skin care. Refer to More Info for details on why daily use of fragrant products isn’t a good idea for anyone’s skin.
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.
- Rich, oil-based texture will make dry skin feel comfortably smooth.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the most important anti-aging ingredients stable during use.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation, which is pro-aging.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
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).