For many, occasionally having physical or mental fatigue which include weariness, tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, lack of energy in body and mind is a commonplace. But have you heard of fatigue skin?
What is fatigue skin? Fatigue or tired skin is the effects of physical and mental fatigue. It is caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits and external factors such as lack of sleep, improper diet, smoking, pollution, sun exposure and stress. Your complexion appears dull, rough, uneven, lack of radiance and enlarged pores.
Even one night’s of sufficient sleep is not enough to recover the skin condition. As there is no specific skincare solutions to meet women new needs, Biotherm has therefore developed a skincare solution to help target the visible signs of tired skin.
Last week, I was privileged to attend my first Biotherm event to preview its latest innovative serum – Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum.
Each blogger was presented with a small lovely recycled bag that contains a full size Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum, a foil packaging that contains activation capsule and a bottle of candies.
Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum – S$99.00 / 50ml
Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum, a paraben-free serum, is claimed to be the ultra-effective solution for erasing the visible signs of tired skin. It will be launched on 26th August 2011 and it will be available at all Biotherm counters in leading department stores and Sephora.
L’Oreal Research (Biotherm is under L’Oreal Group) has demonstrated that improper functioning of the mitochondria leads to deterioration of skin tissue. So what is Mitochondria? Mitochondria are the source of 90% of cellular energy production and are intra-cellular organelles essential to proper cell functioning.
Decrease in mitochondrial functioning >> Increase in oxidative stress >> Skin tissue deterioration
Due to this loss of cellular vitality, the skin shows visible signs of fatigue. And three ways to fight against the signs of fatigue are :
- Boosting skin cell vitality by stimulating mitochondrial activity
- Helping the skin protect itself from daily aggressions
- Stimulating the skin’s capacity to recover and to eliminate waste
Although I don’t intend to bore you too much with the technology behind the product, just bare with me a little while more as I need to explain on how the key ingredients may help to fight the signs of fatigue.
Biotherm believes that the best active ingredient to fight fatigue or tired skin is broccoli. Broccoli? Yes broccoli, so what can it help on fatigue skin? Well, broccoli is selected for its antioxidant functions and its capacity to induce defense systems, this plant contains a very active compound called sulforaphane.
Biotherm chose young, sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprouts to stimulate the cells’ self-defense mechanisms and puts them in a state of alert for improved response in case of aggression.
Skin Ergetic Serum is claimed that 99% of the ingredients in the serum are of natural origin. It is FREE of paraben, mineral oil and artificial colors.
Skin Ergetic Serum contains other natural ingredients such as soy extract and botanical cells from apples to help stimulate cellular metabolism. It also contains fruit acids natural AHA ingredients like lemon and sugar cane to facilitate surface exfoliation and cellular renewal for a smoother, more luminous skin.
Although this serum is tested on sensitive skin, I personally would refrain from using any product that contains lemon. It may cause irritation on my sensitive skin.
A Fresh Skincare Formula that is activated at the last minute
Alike to Vitamin C, sulforaphane-rich broccoli extract is unstable when added to a skincare formula. To solve the problem, Biotherm laboratories decided to isolate this ingredient in a capsule so that it could be activated at the last minute, immediately before the first application.
The mechanic of this packaging is very similar to Sisley Vitamin C Serum.
In just one click, the activation capsule releases the active ingredients in the form of an ultra-concentrated powder. This technology makes it possible to add the active ingredient to a skincare formula so that it retains optimum stability for three months. Therefore its effectiveness is strong in the first three months upon releasing the broccoli extract powder.
You can use the Skin Ergetic Serum after your cleanser and toner every day and night.
This light texture actually absorbs onto the skin pretty well.
Can broccoli fight signs of fatigue?
Although broccoli is well known for its health benefits when consumed and is recommended in the prevention of cancer and heart disease, I still couldn’t find much evidence that topical use of broccoli (sulforaphane) will help to fight signs of fatigue. Since I have yet to test the serum, I shall give it the benefit of doubt as of now.
Anyway after some researches, I’ve found that sulforaphane is claimed to help reduce redness, prevent the severe blistering and skin breakage, and is an effective after-sun treatment ingredient.
Skin Ergetic Serum is launching on 26th August 2011 and it will be available at all Biotherm counters in leading department stores and Sephora. It is priced at S$99.00 in 50ml.