Sunday, February 25, 2018

Biotherm | Skin Oxygen Collection: Review

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Biotherm Skin Oxygen Collection: Review
New from Biotherm comes a detoxifying skincare range called the Skin Oxygen Collection. Armed with the antioxidant properties of the chlorella algae, aka "the breathing algae", this four-piece range promises to protect and repair the skin from environmental stressors. Curious to learn more? Read my reviews to find out more......
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Foaming Melting Gel & Oxygenating Lotion Toner: Review
Biotherm Skin Oxygen Foaming Melting Gel Cleanser & Oxygenating Lotion Toner
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Foaming Melting Gel Cleanser ($26 CAD):
Designed for application over dry skin to trap and remove any impurities, the Foaming Melting Gel Cleanser has a viscous texture and a pleasant, subtle fragrance. It works wonders at cleansing the skin but I actually prefer using it like a regular cleanser. I find that with application over dry skin, the formulation doesn't provide as rich of a lather and it takes longer to wash off. Therefore, I like to make things nice and foamy in my hands before applying over wet skin. After cleansing, my skin feels soft, clean, and not at all dry or tight.

Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Oxygenating Lotion ($26 CAD for 200ml):
Packaged in a very convenient pump bottle, this is a refreshing toner formulated with peppermint water, salicylic acid, and chlorella algae extract. The formulation contains alcohol (third ingredient) which is kind of a no-no for me but I have to admit that I really like this toner. It is super cooling and calming and my skin doesn't feel dry or stripped of its moisture. Additionally, I think the added salicylic acid definitely helps clearing my skin and preventing breakouts.
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Antioxidant Serum: Review
Biotherm Skin Oxygen Antioxidant Serum
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Antioxidant Serum ($58 CAD for 30ml):
Also formulated with chlorella algae extract full of antioxidant properties, this lightweight serum promises to strengthen and repair the skin from environmental aggressors. The product comes in a nice green glass bottle equipped with a mini pump dispenser. It has a very pleasant fragrance and spreads easily on the skin. Unfortunately, the formulation is packed with alcohol (third ingredient) and silicone (fourth ingredient), which help the product absorb and spread easily but eventually end up feeling a little heavy and icky. The formulation isn't particularly moisturizing either so this is definitely not my favorite item from the range.
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Hydrating Gel: Review
Biotherm Skin Oxygen Hydrating Gel
Biotherm Skin Oxygen | Hydrating Gel ($60 CAD):
Packaged in an elegant glass jar, this is an interesting gel moisturizer with a jello-like, bouncy texture that's oil-free and immediately cooling. I am a fan of moisturizers with an emollient creamy texture so this gel felt a little mask-like upon application. The formulation does seem to curb sebum production but it's not very moisturizing. Also, the formulation leaves behind a noticeable film on the face that that just doesn't feel very comfortable for daytime wear. If gel moisturizers are your thing, then this may be worth a try but if you are like me and prefer a rich, creamy formulation, then I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
While the Hydrating Gel and the Antioxidant Serum are a little lackluster, the Foaming Melting Gel and the Oxygenating Lotion Toner are both big hits for me. Additionally, given that both cost less than $30 each, they are definitely worth a try!

Biotherm is available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers, and London Drugs.
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