The instant smoothing effect you get from this fragrance-free eye cream is due to the silky silicone it contains, an ingredient that’s not unique to Biotherm (indeed, almost any eye cream with an elegant, silky texture contains one or more silicones).
If you’re wondering about the first part of this eye cream’s name, “rides” is French for “wrinkles,” but in many ways this product is antiwrinkle in name only. Although the formula contains some skin-smoothing emollients and an impressive amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), its jar packaging won’t keep the key ingredients stable during use. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.
Ultimately, this eye cream is just further proof of why you don’t need a separate product for the eye area; this contains nothing that is special for the eye area and, in fact, is merely an all-around ordinary product. (See More Info for why you don’t need a separate eye cream as part of your skin-care routine).
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.
Note: This contains a tiny amount of mica for shine, but shine isn’t skin care, and it doesn’t reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eye, either.
- Silky texture helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles anywhere on the face.
- Contains a good amount of antioxidant vitamin E.
- Jar packaging won’t keep key anti-aging ingredients stable during use.
- Contains a sunscreen ingredient that can be sensitizing when applied close to the eye.
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!
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).
Rides Repair (pronounced reed repair) provides both instant and long lasting results. Visibly reduces wrinkles within 2 weeks. Instant smoothing effect of the eye contour area. Instant radiance and hydration. Skin appearance continues to show improvement even after 1 month of pause. Reducer effect on the appearance of wrinkles of the crow's foot.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-40 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Linoleate, Steareth-100, Kaolin, Hydroxyproline, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Oleate, Silica, Nylon-12, Glycine Soja Protein, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Sodium Lactate Methylsilanol, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Soluble Collagen, Atelocollagen
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.