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Biotherm Aquasource Non Stop Oligo Thermal Gel
Member Name: ninacolada86
Biotherm Aquasource Non Stop Oligo Thermal Gel
Date: 28/12/08, updated on 28/12/08 (776 review reads)
Advantages: Feels soft hydrated my skin and easy to smooth on.
Disadvantages: Dialated my pores and didnt even skin tone.
I bought a biotherm set that was on offer not so long ago, that had this cream along with the matching toner and washing gel. It was quite expensive and I originally only went into the shop to buy a vichy day cream, but the saleswomen was very persuasive, and I ended up spending more then I would have but reassured that this was the only way to go regarding skincare this century.
About biotherm aquasource nonstop.
Biotherm claims to have found an unique substance called Thermal Plankton, which is a spa ingredient from spring water. Combined with other natural ingredients they have created the formula for healthy, glowing skin, which is instantly hydrated.
The normal combination jar which I purchased claims it has the equivalent of 5000 liters of thermal spring water, in one jar. (In smaller text at the bottom of the page it says that in reality it is concentrated thermal plankton found in 5000 liters of water)
It is said to boast your skins natural ability to retain moisture and it will improve your skin texture. Well I just had to see if this miracle cure was true!
I bought the complete set that this range has, because the saleswoman convinced me that the effect would be twice as powerful (was she getting a commission I wonder, it was a pharmacy so I'm not sure) I will review the other products separately, but I washed my face with the foaming water and then applied the toner. When I put the toner on my skin stung so bad it felt like I was breaking out into a rash. I was extremely upset as my skin felt like a million hives were breaking out. But after spending so much money I had to follow it through. The cream was the best part, it spread on silky smooth and only needed the slightest dab to cover the entire face. It wasn't a cream texture but more of a smooth light transparent gel that just glided on like silk. And while it didn't ease the redness (in fact at first it only worsened it) it did feel like my skin was silky smooth to the touch. The cream has a fresh almost ocean smell that reminded me of Davidoff Coolwater.
I did notice almost immediately that the dry patch of skin just between my brows that always ruined my foundation by appearing flaky, was smoothed out and I haven't had a problem with that spot till this day, and I am still using the cream (It lasts forever by the way.)
Over the next few days my skin started to get used to the cream and stopped being irritated by the toner and cream (the face wash didn't seem to bother it so much.) Now my skin feels incredible and looks allot more healthy, but I have noticed that my pores seem to be more dilated then before. It has solved the problem with dry patches in an impressive way, but it didn't even out my skin tone, and I still have some red patches around my nose etc.
Price and value for money.
I paid 40 euros (now the same as 40 pounds) for the set, but on its own the cream costs 30 euros in Ireland (about 30 pounds) which I find rather expensive. The cream was 50ml, the foaming cleansing gel was 50ml and the toner was 125ml. The foaming gel I found to be a bit difficult to work into a lather, and a little didn't go a long way, so that ran out pretty fast. The toner I just dabbed on a piece of cotton so it has lasted pretty well, but the cream was the best value for money. It glides on so smoothly and you really don't need allot. However since it comes in a pot it isn't so sanitary as you have to use your finger every time.
Will I buy it again? Probably not, I know there are better products on the market that aren't so expensive, sometimes because it has a high price tag we assume that it must be good, and while I have to admit it does feel nice, it doesn't do more then moisturize my skin. The next skin care product I buy will be natural, as after reading the small print, I saw how many chemicals, parabens and perfumes are used by this brand. No wonder my face felt like it was in flames the first week! So when the pot runs out I will try a natural brand like Aveda.
I am giving it three stars, the two minus stars are for price and skin irritation.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Basically they are selling you on the magical cure of water.