Nothing about this serum makes it an intensive treatment for tired, stressed skin. The whole concept of tired, stressed skin was seemingly invented by brands that cater to the spa market, because a major reason people go for spa services is to reduce stress. The claim that this product is particularly good for those “sensitive to pollution” is nonsense because everyone’s skin is sensitive to pollution! More to the point, there is very little in this product that can protect skin from pollution, and certainly nothing that can magically undo its effects. This is just a good, water-based serum with a silky texture and a couple of good ingredients. Skin will be treated to water-binding agents, but will get very little antioxidant support and no cell-communicating ingredients. Mica is added for shine, and this contains numerous fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation, so it’s not nearly as helpful as Sothys maintains. If you’re shopping for serums in this price range, Sothys isn’t the place to go.
Light and easily absorbed, Sothys Oxyliance Perfect Serum with cellular energy concentrate is an intensive treatment for tired, stressed skin- particularly for those sensitive to pollution. It breathes new radiance to the complexion and refines the skins texture (pore-minimizer effects). It helps skin regain radiance and vitality while the complexion becomes more clear and even-toned. This serum is to be used on a perfectly cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye contour area.
Water, Lauroyl Lysine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Boron Nitride, Peg-32, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Stearyl Ethylhexanoate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Isopropyl Myristate, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Mica, Trisodium Edta, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Propylparaben, Prolyl Histamine Hcl, Artemia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Isobutylparaben
We have to admit we weren't looking forward to reviewing this line. We've been aware of Sothys for some time, and over the years many women have asked us what we thought of it. We don't ever mind being asked what we think of a product line, but in this case it was the way we were asked that we found depressing. Somehow this spa-oriented line has developed an almost reverent reputation for being a superior skin-care line.
A question would go like this, "What do you think of Sothys?" We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get." Inevitably, the response would be, "Really? I thought it was one of the best lines around … it's French, you know?" Sigh. Yes, we do know. But …
Despite a long French-heritage, dating back to 1946, this spa-oriented brand with a vast array of products doesn't deserve a reputation for being anything other than an overpriced spa brand to avoid.
Most of Sothys skin-care formularies are so far behind the times that using them is akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer—the formulations are as ordinary and mundane as it gets. Almost all their moisturizers lack any reasonable amount of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. Also consider that there are no effective products for those struggling with blemishes or blackheads, despite their claims. It is astounding that in a line with dozens of facial moisturizers (most with repetitive formulas), not a single one includes a sunscreen. How can this brand be so incredibly blind to the number one cause of wrinkles and skin aging? If they aren't aware of the critical importance of sun protection, then how much do you want to trust them in any other aspect of helping your skin?
Sothys makes much ado about the training it provides to aestheticians. Not having attended any of their classes, we can't speak specifically to the content of what they teach, but if their products are even vaguely representative of what they inculcate, woe to those aestheticians who rely on Sothys as their source of skin-care education.
When all is said and done, and you've gotten past the smoke and mirrors, nothing else matters if you don't have well-formulated products, sunscreens, exfoliants, acne products, options for rosacea and sensitive skin, and/or reasonable pricing. And that's where Sothys falls flat on its scrubbed, steamed, masked, and spa "purified" face.
For more information about Sothys Paris, call (305) 594-4222 or visit www.sothys-usa.com.
Note: Several names on Sothys Web site and other sites retailing this brand list one name on the product page and another on the product itself. In our reviews we list the name on the product itself.