Biotherm Life Plankton Essence
Continuing the aquatic theme today with a review of the serum-water that feels like a treatment water but slightly thicker, containing a 5% concentration of a living plankton from the Pyrenees, which has powerful anti-inflammatory powers.
The company is so confident about its healing and soothing powers that they promise 8 improvements in 8 days of use.
- Brighter skin
- Less visible fine lines
- More even tone
- Smoother texture
- More hydrated
- More firm/elastic/toned
- Immediately soothed
- Softer skin
How to use?
Shake vigorously for a few seconds until you see the light sediment at the bottom of the bottle disappear and the liquid gets slightly cloudy.
Splash a few drops in the palm of your hand, and just pat and massage over the face.
You’ll smell a very light fragrance - nothing strong or too noticeable. The texture is a bit slippery feeling due to the emollients in the formula but after it sinks into the skin, you’ll feel a slight surface tackiness (a la Hada Labo ads) due to the water-binding ingredients.
If you like your skin to feel dry and matte you might not be used to the sensation, but if you’re used to the surface glow from hydrating face mists and hyaluronic products, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
My thoughts after use?
I personally can’t say if the anti-aging claims (firmness, smoothness and evenness) are significant in about a week. You definitely feel more smoothness and firmness after applying it, but any good hydrating product will do the same.
I have no problem believing that in the long term, it will be beneficial to the skin though, because that’s exactly how antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work. In terms of the soothing and hydrating properties, this light liquidy serum does pack a big punch. Skin inflammation causes stress and damage in cells, and it’s the same whether you suffer from eczema, rashes, itching/stinging, or surface swelling. In bad cases, it can cause scarring and hyperpigmentation,
By reducing the inflammation reaction, you actually help to protect your skin in the longer term. And because it hydrates without any oil, and it’s very gentle, the product is recommended for all skin types, including sensitive skins. If you’re oily-skinned, this can serve as a toner, serum AND lotion in one. A good option for men who don’t like using too many products!
At this price (S$78 for 4.2oz/125ml) I’d say it’s a no-brainer choice compared to other other “essence waters” that cost about 2-3 times the price for a similar result (and less hydration actually).
I really enjoyed using this!