Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review and Ingredients Analysis

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Biotherm's Aquasource Everplump is the latest moisturizer to be launched from the brand. According to Biotherm, this isn't just any old moisturizer. As the name suggests, it's a plumping moisturizer, with a "highly dense gel texture so plumping even fine lines are pushed away", and "a single application delivers 72hrs of hydration".

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: Biotherm's latest moisturizer

The idea behind the plumping claim in the Aquasource Everplump is is that as you age, the plumpness and volume in your skin decreases, leading to a more aged appearance. So, products like the Aquasource Everplump can help restore some of the plumpness lost over time. Biotherm also claims that this can be used around the eye area, and is also suitable for sensitive skin.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Moisturizer
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: The moisturizer that is supposed to plump up skin and fine lines

With that said, let's start the review, and look at the ingredients list! Unfortunately the product I got didn't come with the ingredients list, but a little bit of googling turned up the ingredients, so we get to start with the ingredients analysis!

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Ingredients (Image source)

The main ingredients in the Aquasource Everplump are water, humectants (Glycerin, and Propanediol, which also functions as a solvent), emollients (Dimethicone, and Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, which also has emulsifying properties). After that we hit the first preservative (Phenoxyethanol), so at this point we know that the moisturizer at its core is a simple mix of humectants and emollients, which are the basis of any good moisturizer. Not too many bells and whistles, but the formulation so far looks basic but solid.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Mask
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: At its core, a basic moisturizer with humectants and emollients

The rest of the ingredients include functional ingredients like thickeners (Sodium Chloride), film formers (Polymethylsilsesquioxane), which help the product to lubricate the skin and help the product "sit" nicely on the skin. There are also preservatives (Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTAe, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol), and pH adjusters (Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide).

There are also a variety of citrus extracts and ingredients that primarily function to add fragrance to the product (Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol), and fragrance (Parfum). I've noticed that Biotherm tends to use citrus extracts, perhaps because their products do have a distinctive citrus scent, and these are the ingredients that help give the product its scent. I'm generally not a huge fan of citrus extracts like these that are there primarily just to add fragrance to the product, but on the bright side, they're not there in large amounts, so your sensitivity to them may vary depending on your skin type. In my previous Biotherm reviews, while the scent is noticable, it's never been problematic for my skin.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Gel Moisturizer
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: Also has the plankton extract that the brand is famous for

Skincare-wise, there are also other skin conditioning agents (PEG-10 Dimethicone), humectants (Butylene Glycol), emollients (Glycine Soja Oil), the anti-oxidant Vitamin E (Tocopherol) as well as the plankton extracts that Biotherm is famous for (Vitreoscilla Ferment, Alteromonas Ferment Extract). There's also Adenosine, which I've gone into in a previous skincare review for a Vichy product, which could have some anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Moisturizer Gel
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: A lightweight, basic moisturizer, suitable for everyday use

So on balance, this is a pretty basic moisturizer, with some nice bonuses such as the plankton extracts. At its core, it's formulated to be an everyday moisturizer with a lightweight feel on skin. The nice thing about this is that, while the formulation is somewhat basic, I also don't see anything in the major ingredients that looks likely to clog skin or trigger any pimples, although if you are sensitive to citrus ingredients, then some of the fragrances might not be that great for your skin.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Gel Moisturizer Ingredients Analysis
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: A white gel that sinks into skin fast and feels light and moisturizing

Now that we've looked at the formulation, how does it actually function on skin? When I first opened the jar, I definitely got a whiff of a fairly strong floral-citrus fragrance, quite similar to the other Biotherm products, although the fragrance quickly sdubsides when the moisturizer is applied onto the skin. It is in the form of a white, lightweight gel with a slightly "mousse-y" kind of texture - it's pretty solid for a gel and doesn't really flow as easily in the container. When applied, it's also very lightweight and easily absorbed onto the skin, and feels fresh and moisturizing on the skin. It does leave behind a slight bit of a film on the skin, but not anything that feels particularly heavy.

On my skin, I found this to work well as an everyday basic moisturizer - despite the scent it didn't trigger any of my sensitivities, and it didn't trigger my acne. The light texture also makes it easily layered with other products. It wasn't a "OMG SUPER WOW CHANGED MY LIFE" kind of product, but it was a good everyday workhorse that was pleasant to use and didn't give my skin trouble.

Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Review Ingredients Analysis
Biotherm Aquasource Everplump: While it might seem a little basic, it's a decent everyday moisturizer

So would I recommend the Biotherm Aquasource Everplump? It depends on what you want out of your moisturizer, I guess. If you're looking for a feature-laden product, then this would probably just be kind of "meh" for you. I can definitely see why some people might feel that this is unimpressive, especially given the S$69 (50ml) price tag, which makes this a little on the pricey side. But if price is no object, and if you are looking for an everyday moisturizer with a lightweight feel, then this might fit the bill.
Recommended? Formulation Packaging Ease of Use Effectiveness
As a basic moisturizer 6/10 8/10 8/10 7/10
The Bottom Line: Biotherm's Aquasource Everplump is good as a lightweight everyday moisturizer.

(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)

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