Have you ever heard of the Chinese phrase, “Huang lian po”? Literally, the phrase translates to “Yellow-faced wife” and it refers to women who have aged, and have become “unattractive” to their husbands. Now, there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon – it’s not just an old wives’ tale.
As we age, our complexions – particularly those of Asians’ – do become yellow. This is a process known as glycation, where the sugar we eat attaches to proteins to form molecules called Advanced Glycation End products (known as AGEs – how appropriate). These AGEs attach themselves to our collagen and elastin fibres, turning them dry and brittle. When the collagen and elastin fibres break, our skin loses its “support structure” and sagging happens. Glycation also turns our collagen fibres yellow, thus along with the lost of firmness, we find ourselves having to endure the fact that our ageing skins are losing the pinkish glow of youth.
Another reason why skin turns yellow over time is sun exposure. Ever left a piece of white paper out in the sun for a long time? Well, try it and you’ll see how it turns the paper yellow. As a beauty person, I cannot emphasize enough how important sun protection is to everyone (not just women). And, take it from me, don’t just protect your face. Your neck, your arms, your hands … they need to be protected from the sun too!
BB creams were all the rage at one point in time. They provide not just foundation-like coverage, a lot of them come packed with added benefits like suncare, hydration, whitening, oil-control, etc. The only problem most (I’m not saying all) of them seemed to have was that some people found that BB creams gave their skins a greyish tinge. Enter CC creams – a new generation of multi-tasking base makeup products that – as its name suggests – corrects colour.
[For a good BB cream, you can read my review of one here.]
I was recently given a Biotherm CC cream. Quite interestingly, the brand claims that it does more than “correct colour”. Biotherm’s “CC” means “colour and care”. On top of correcting the colour of your skin tone, the CC cream also hydrates, smoothes, protects and illuminates your skin.
While most CC creams in the market come in various shades of beige, Biotherm’s collection (there are 5 in total) comes in pink, purple, blue, green, and white.
Pink – for glow and radiance
Purple – to even out skin tone and give clarity
Blue – to reduce sallowness
Green – to reduce redness
White – to eliminate dullness and brighten the skin
The CC cream I tried for this review is the pink one – CC Glow.
For those of you with a slight tan (like me), you’ll like it for the following reasons:
1. It does not give you a freakishly white face
2. It gives your skin a healthy pink glow
3. It holds your makeup for longer and has SPF 50+/PA++
What you might not like: the sparkles. I tend to get a bit conscious of anything with sparkles in them so whenever I’m wearing this CC cream, I would dust on a layer of two-way cake so I don’t get mistaken for a member of the Cullen family.
Well, a picture paints a thousand words so here is the Before/After picture:
As you can see, the CC cream corrected the distinct yellow-tone I’m already sporting on my skin. And if you need further proof how I look overall, here is the full-face shot … though please pardon my messy hair and lack of other makeup.This is before any preening and dressing up could be done.
Overall, Biotherm White D-Tox CC Glow has a great texture that makes it comfortable for all-day wear and provides a wonderful base for your makeup.
Biotherm White D-Tox CC creams are now available at all Biotherm counters at $62 each. This CC cream was given to Material World for review purposes, all opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits. She cringes every time she is shown slides of the glycation process. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.