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Beauty Review: Biotherm Life Plankton Essence – Deborah Tan

When it comes to essences, most people have come to trust one by a Japanese brand – even Deborah Tan. But she tries Biotherm’s new Life Plankton Essence for 8 days and now finds her loyalty wavering.

If you’ve ever used a Biotherm product, you’d know about the brand’s iconic ingredient – Life Plankton. An ingredient discovered in the thermal springs in the Pyrenees, scientists have found that Life Plankton has exceptional renewing and soothing properties. And, in the brand’s newest products, you’ll see that Life Plankton is now being used together with other marine ingredients, such as the red algae found along the coasts of Brittany, to help skin cope with a number of concerns ranging from sagging to blemishes.

This year, scientists are Biotherm have created a product with the highest concentration of Life Plankton. At 5%, the concentration of Life Plankton in a bottle of Life Plankton Essence may not sound like a lot, but according to Dr Elisa Simonpietri, Biotherm’s International Scientific Director, “Life Plankton is so powerful, that at 5%, it has been shown to soothe symptoms of the common skin disorder atopic dermatitis.”

Does It Deliver On Its Claims?
Life Plankton Essence claims to deliver 8 skin benefits in 8 days. In just slightly over a week, you’ll notice improvements in the following areas:

– Skin becomes more radiant
– Fine lines become more faded
– Skin looks more even
– Skin feels smoother
– Skin is more hydrated
– There is greater resilience and elasticity
– Skin feels soothed
– Skin feels softer

The texture of this essence is slightly thicker than your usual essence. Apply to freshly cleansed skin by gently patting the essence into your skin at your face and neck area. You can use it with other Biotherm products or with your usual skincare products.

To demonstrate the essence’s youth-renewing efficacy, Biotherm Laboratories developed The Hand Test, where 28 women were asked to treat one of their hands with the essence in the morning and at night for 8 days. Judges were then blindfolded, asked to feel these hands and answer the question: According to you, what age do you associate with this skin? The treated hands were perceived to be 2.7 years younger on the average, with the best being 12.8 years.

In another self-assessment by 53 women, 100% of them reported less visible lines, brighter-looking skin and more even skin tones.

The results are definitely encouraging and I put it to the test:

Before (left) and After (right). Pictures taken with iPhone 4S and have not been digitally altered.

Before (left) and After (right). Pictures taken with iPhone 4S and have not been digitally altered.

I decided to test it WITH MAKEUP, to see if the improvements are visible even under makeup. As you can see my skin tone is more even and my complexion definitely looks more radiant. These results in just 8 days!

Verdict
When I first learnt that Life Plankton Essence contains just 5% of its active ingredient, I was skeptical about whether it would really work. Since other essences in the market contains up to 99% of active ingredients, 5% seems like a pathetic number. However, as the essence has proven, 5% is enough to make a dramatic difference to the skin.

I really like the texture of the essence too. It hydrates the skin so well, on some days, I felt as if I didn’t even need a moisturizer.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who needs to boost the condition of their skin in a short period of time.

8 skincare benefits in 8 days - Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

8 skincare benefits in 8 days – Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

This post was neither paid for nor advised by Biotherm. All opinions are the author’s own.

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. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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