Fight city pollution with Biotherm Skin Oxygen

Biotherm Skin Oxygen review

The new Biotherm Skin Oxygen collection is designed for city life. It claims to fight off pollution and other environmental aggressors, helping the skin breath and be more detoxified through the use of star ingredient Chlorella Algae ‘the breathing algae.’

Skin Oxygen Foaming Melting Gel (C$26 for 150mL) depolluting cleanser traps and removes impurities while not drying out the skin. It’s a foaming gel cleanser that deep cleanses but is still gentle on the skin. Biotherm makes some of my favourite high end yet still affordable. Over the years, the prices of their basic cleansers and toners haven’t gone up by much, which is great. This cleanser doesn’t remove makeup, and would work best as a second cleanse. It also works very well with a Clarisonic to remove all last traces of makeup and grime. In terms of its skin oxygenating properties, I really haven’t noticed much. It’s a good basic cleanser for anyone who is looking to try something new. I’d say this is good for all skin types.

Skin Oxygen Oxygenating Lotion (C$26 for 200mL) is a clarifying, skin-perfecting, pore minimizing toner. It contains 99% ingredients of natural origin. I haven’t used a traditional toner in a few years, so it was interesting to see with this one. It is super lightweight, and is a perfect last step to cleansing, removing every last bit of grime from my skin, and prepping it for the next steps.

Skin Oxygen Strengthening Concentrate Anti-Oxidant Serum (C$58 for 30mL) strengthens the skin and repairs damage due to environmental aggressors. It has the texture of a lightweight gel fluid, and absorbs really quickly. It feels cooling, and slightly hydrating. It smells fresh, but the smell dissipates quickly. I have very dry skin and this alone isn’t quite enough to keep my skin adequately hydrated.

Skin Oxygen Cooling Gel (C$60 for 50mL) is an oil-free hydrating moisturizer that reinforces the skin barrier, moisturises intensively stressed skin, helps to reduce sebum and prevents pollution particles from being absorbed into the skin. While I like that this is a very refreshing moisturizer, I didn’t feel like this was enough to keep my very dry skin hydrated throughout the day. That being said, I used this in the dead of winter so it might be better in the summer when it’s not so dry out.

Generally I think this collection is fantastic for young skin. If you are in your late teens or early to mid 20s, this would be a great basic skincare range to try out, particularly if you live in the big city where there is a lot of pollution. This could also work out if you have normal to oily skin types, but not super dry. Unfortunately, I feel like the serum and moisturizer, which are the most important products in a skincare range, aren’t intense and nourishing enough for my ultra dry skin type. I love the cleanser and the toner, and feel like those would be perfect for all skin types.

You can purchase the Biotherm Skin Oxygen range at The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and on

Product received as a gift from a media event; all opinions are my own.


Review: Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

biotherm life plankton essence review

The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence is a new essence lotion released recently by Biotherm. Infused with Biotherm’s signature plankton ingredient in the highest concentration, and filled with awesome ingredients like sea water (maris aqua), sodium hyaluronic (the salt of the hyaluronic acid that is a smaller molecule and more penetrative in the skin), and grape vine extract (vitis vinifera extract), this is the perfect hydrating serum for use in the summer! Here is my review…

Random personal story: Biotherm is actually THE first skincare products I’ve ever used in my life, and it was the brand that sparked my love for skincare. The first series I’ve ever used was Biopur, which has been discontinued and replaced with Pure-fect, and I’ve also used up several bottles of products in the Aquasource series, including the Super Serum (now called the Deep Serum) and the moisturizers in the same line. I believe that Biotherm is truly a good skincare line for people who are just starting out to experiment with skincare because their products are simple to use and don’t usually come with a million different claims. The Aquasource line is perfect for those in their late teens to mid-20s when hydration and skin balance is the biggest concern, and then as they move into their late 20s and early 30s, they can start to incorporate products from other lines, such as the ones with more anti-aging properties. The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence, reviewed below, is complementary to all of Biotherm’s skincare lines, and would be great for people of all ages.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Life Plankton™ Essence is as actively concentrated as a serum, yet as lightweight as a cosmetic water for maximum absorption and deep-working effectiveness. Created to be the 1st step of every beauty routine, this breakthrough texture, that applies like a cosmetic water and transforms into the lightest of serums, works as a miracle essence.
In 8 days see and feel a new-bon skin.

Price: C$67 for 125mL

Texture/Scent: Slightly viscous gel-fluid with the signature fresh Biotherm scent that fades away almost immediately

How to use: Used after cleansing, shake well, dispense a few drops of this essence on the palms then spread onto the skin.

biotherm life plankton essence review

The good: I have very dehydrated cheeks and this product is perfect for delivering the perfect amount of hydration, morning and night. It makes my skin feel very plump and healthy, and creates a very nice base for foundation and makeup. You just need a few drops (I use 2-3 during the day and 3-4 at night for my face, and 2 drops on my neck) per application, so the big 125mL bottle lasts a long time.I also love the beautiful bottle that it comes in – it looks amazing on my bathroom counter.

  • Hydrating
  • Skin is plump and healthy
  • Good base for foundation/makeup
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Good value

The bad: I didn’t notice any long term benefits in terms of improvements in skin tone or texture. I would need to use this every day in order to get the hydrating effects. Also it dries a little bit tacky on my skin (even after just using 3 drops), but the tackiness goes away quickly.

  • Did not notice any long-term benefits in skin improvement.

Overall: I used the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence for a few weeks and I’m really impressed with how plump, hydrated, and healthy my skin looks after application. Not only does it hydrate my skin throughout the whole day, it creates a perfect base to help foundation and other makeup apply more smoothly and evenly. While I didn’t notice any long-term benefits in skin texture or tone, I can see myself continuing to use this product just for the delivery of hydration. Also the fact that you get a 125mL bottle and only a few drops per application is required, the value in purchasing this is phenomenal!

Product: 16/20
Packaging: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 26/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes

You can purchase Biotherm Life Plankton Essence on, London Drugs, and at all other Biotherm counters across Canada.


biotherm life plankton essence ingredients
biotherm life plankton essence review

Review/Swatch: Biotherm White Detox Corrective Make-up Base (my HG!) in Green

I recently did a mini haul of my HG makeup primer as well as one my favourite night creams. I purchased the White Detox Corrective Make-up Base in the anti-redness (green) and brightening (white) formulae. The one that I already have is purple, which is anti-sallowness.

I really love the formula of this primer because it goes on smooth and easy to spread, but not oily/greasy and does a really good job at keeping my foundation fresh all day. It claims to contain peony extract, which means there should be some skincare going on when you’re using it. There is silicone in it, but you can’t really feel the silicone, unlike some other primers like Smashbox Photo Finish primer (too greasy for me).

Today, I tested out the one with an anti-redness effect because I have some redness in my cheeks which I want to neutralize. It comes out of the tube quite thick, but it is still easy to spread out.

I applied it to my right cheek (please excuse my messy hair). You can see that there is some difference between the two sides. The one with the base is a little bit less pink but not fully neutralized. Originally I was worried that it would turn out too green, which means I won’t be able to wear it on my forehead because it would make it look green, but the colour disappears once its blended into the skin, which is good.

Ingredients list to the side (click to enlarge). I still really like the formula of this primer and will continue using it. You can also use it as a daily sunscreen because it has SPF 25 and PA++ in it. Overall I would recommend it to everyone because it is the best base I’ve tried so far that is not too expensive (at about $40-45ish for 30mL).

My score? ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Byebye Summer, and welcome to the Season for Snow White

Summer of 2009 is officially over (or has been over for a couple of weeks now). For your skin, this means its time to hydrate and protect itself from the bitter weather, and to repair itself from sun damage and excess buildup of melanin (pigments in the skin). This winter, I will be doing a series of entries that focus on taking better care of your skin and preventing future damage. I call this:

“Snow White” has two meanings for me personally, one is that it is very cold outside but sometimes it can get quite warm inside, which means you need to adapt your skin to being able to withstand those extreme temperatures. The other is that with the abundance of sunlight in the summer, your skin will likely become tanned, which is why in the winter, for me at least, you need to 1) repair any sun damage, and 2) go back to having milky white skin.

Skin whitening, or skin brightening is a huge part of my skincare regime. There is a lot of controversy surrounding skin brightening in general, which I am not going to talk too much about. The main reason skin whitening is so important to me is that I want to have smooth, even, milky skin that has bits of pink especially in the cheek area. A good example of this kind of skin is Cyndi Wang, who is a Taiwanese singer and actress. This is my ultimate goal. With skin like this, who needs makeup?

However, which skin whitening, the main issue is hydration and moisture. Skin whitening is basically using chemicals such as glycolic acid, or other whitening ingredients such as Arbutin, to slowly peel off the upper layers of the skin. It is like constant exfoliation but just works faster and is a little bit stronger (although there is less iritation depending on what you use). Because there is that constant peeling of the upper skin layer, your skin will easily become sensitive and dehydrated, especially in the winter months. Therefore there is a need to regularly use products such as hydrating serums or moisturizing creams.

Currently, I am not going to lie, I have crappy skin. The reason is that I am in school, which means I sleep at 4-5 AM every day and wake up around 11. Also, once every two weeks or so, I don’t sleep at all for an entire night. And then I eat on average one meal, max 2 meals a day. So… you can see why my skin is crappy.

But you should not follow my example! In the summer (April – August) when I have a pretty set work schedule (8:30-4:30), I go to bed relatively early and wake up early, I eat 3 meals a day and I get my full 8 hours of sleep (normally). In the summer, that is when I repair my skin of all of the school damage such as acne, acne scars, fine lines, discolouration, etc. But now that I am in school, I can focus only on preventing those things from sprouting, which currently is quite effective.

My current night-time skincare regime:

  1. Wash off day-cream with Shu Uemura oil cleanser
  2. Cleanse with Clinique Liquid Facial Soap every other day, and MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator on the days I don’t use Clinique
  3. Use MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask once every 3-4 days which I am in the shower
  4. Tone with Kose Meddicated Sekkisei or Biotherm Biosource Clarifying Lotion
  5. Depending on how my skin feels that day, I use Biotherm Aquasource Superserum (if I need more hydration), Diorsnow White Reveal Essence (skin feels normal), Dior Capture Totale Night Time Soft Peal (skin feels normal). I usually rotate between the three in a white, Dior Capture Totale is used 1-2 a week, Biotherm Aquasource is used 1-2 times a week (at night) and Diorsnow is used the rest of the time
  6. Hydrate my skin with H2O+ Face Oasis
  7. Apply lip balm, usually Vichy Nutrilogie Lips or Burt’s Bees

My currently day-time regime is really simple:

  1. Wash face with water; yes just water. When you sleep your body goes through damage control and your skin will secrete its own protective oils. This is quite precious and good for repairing your skin, so I don’t want to strip it off using a harsh cleanser.
  2. Depending on the weather outside, I may or may not use Biotherm Aquasource Superserum. I don’t want to overhydrate my skin because that will cause congestion and breakouts as well.
  3. Moisturize with Biotherm Age Fitness Lotion SPF 15. This is the preventative day care part, not only does it have sunscreen in it, it prevents and repairs the first signs of aging, including big pores!

This regime has done a good job at preventing more damage, but at the same time I have really noticed that my skin a lot brighter and smoother, probably due to the Diorsnow White Reveal Essence. Funny thing is that my face is actually brighter than the rest of my body, which is why lately I have been vigorously exfoliating and applying brightening body lotion.

Overall, you should be really paying close attention to your skin. This is why I have so many depending ons in the lists above because I apply products to suit my skin’s needs. You should also not follow my bad example; get a proper night’s sleep, drink lots of fluids, and eat all of your meals, and if possible, exercise regularly. A normal lifestyle will help you trememdously with the skin that you so desperately want.

I will be doing a reviews of the products mentioned above in the upcoming weeks.