During my uni days, my group friends and I used to make an annual “pilgrimage” to Tioman during the term break. One year, my sister was dating a guy who was – to put it mildy – obsessed with tanning. He had a really golden, healthy tan, and when you are in your 20s, you think, “Yah, I wanna look like I am sporty, I wanna look like a beach goddess. So … TO HELL WITH THE SUNBLOCK!” Following his lead, we skipped the sunblock that year and used suntan oil with the SPF of a staggering total of 4.
Yep. SPF 4. Our skin peeled away in palm-sized pieces for a good three weeks after.
Now, don’t turn your nose up at this. More than 10 years down the road, I’m paying my skincare debt for this. If you’re sitting less than a feet away from me, you will see my acne scars and the pits left behind by the fiercest of pimples. My skin is easily inflamed. A lot of work is required to keep it “reasonably healthy”.
So I was in Bali last week where I spent a day out at the beach. While everyone was taking in the sun, there I was hiding under a huge beach umbrella, frantically coating myself with sunscreen. I did not get burnt – thank god! – but I still got darker. It’s in my genes. I get a mild sunburn driving from my place to Orchard Road. No kidding!
Meet Aquasource Deep Serum.
The serum contains 3 times the concentrations in Life Plankton and Mannose (a naturally-occurring sugar that helps trees store water) compared to Aquasource Gel.
Now, first of all, why use a serum?
You probably know that serum penetrates the skin better and deeper than moisturizer due in part to the fact that its texture is usually lighter. Serums tend to contain more concentrated levels of active ingredients so they are used to amplify the effects of a skincare range. Once the serum is applied, you put on the moisturizer to lock in the goodness.
The same with Aquasource Deep Serum. If you are already a fan of Aquasource moisturizers, you’ll love how the powers of your favourite moisturizer are now more potent and evident with the accompaniment of Aquasource Deep Serum. In fact, in a test of 41 women, 80% of them felt the results of Aquasource were more evident with the use of the serum.
If, like me, you are not a regular Aquasource moisturizer user, you can still reap the benefits of Aquasource Deep Serum. How?
Tuesday To Thursday
For this review I tried the Deep Serum for 3 days.
I stuck with my normal skincare regime, I did not use any mask or go for any facials, and I continued wearing my usual sunscreen.
The picture below shows what a difference 3 days on this serum have made to my skin.
The ‘Before’ picture shows my skin as inflamed, slightly red from my week in Bali and a bit dull and dehydrated. And, if you look closer, you can see tiny bumps appearing on the skin as if they are about to erupt into a mini-breakout.
The ‘After’ picture shows how the redness has gone down, and, most importantly, how my acne pits have appeared shallower and less obvious. The ‘After’ picture was also shot at a closer distance, and cropped much tighter. Yet, you can see the texture of the skin has improved dramatically.
Aquasource Deep Serum has another benefit:
It enhances the efficacy of your existing skincare regime.
Most skincare regimes would follow these steps: Cleanser, Toner, Essence, Serum, Treatment, and Moisturizer. Since Aquasource Deep Serum is supposed to amplify the effects of the products that come after it, I improvised a bit and applied the serum after Toner. The essence I’m using is affectionately known to its fans as “miracle water” because of its skin-regenerative powers. I’ve been using this essence for 5 years so you need to know that it is already part and parcel of what you see in the ‘Before’ picture.
To see if I can give my usual essence a boost, I applied it after the serum for these 3 days, hoping this would help my essence to “penetrate” better and breathe a new lease of life into the way it works for my skin. The experiment (as you can see from above) worked.
In my 3 days of trying this serum, I have found that my skin remains matte and soft even after a day out running errands and going for my meetings. I was at a Volkswagen event on Wednesday where I was at a race track (hot and sunny) for a good half of the day. And still, my skin did not get red and stayed comfortably hydrated and soft.
Paraben- and mineral-oil free, this serum is great for those who want more intensely hydrated skin but worry if a serum is going to make their skins even oilier and shinier. It is also wonderful for those who want their existing skincare to work harder for them.
Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum is now selling at all Biotherm counters at $85.
Material World worked with Biotherm to review the Deep Serum. All opinions are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. 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, Suits, and loves it when a new skincare product surprises her … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
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