I reported quite a nasty reaction to the Biotherm Aquasource Non Stop cream previously. So when Biotherm said “Here’s a new Aquasource Oil Free Moisturizer. Tell us what you think?” I shuddered. No really, I did! It was with great fear and trepidation that I started using it… and then I wonder why I was ever so scared 😛
Biotherm’s new Aquasource Oil Free Moisturizer is formulated for oily skins. Recognizing that people will oily skins might forsake moisturizer because of the heavy oily feel, they formulated an oil-free version because we know that oily skinned folks need the hydration too.
The lotion comes in a pump form and has a lovely fresh citrus smell. I like that element of it. Wakes me up a treat in the mornings. I use 2 pumps in the palm of my hand, smooth between my palms and apply on my face. Since its oil free, its got a light gel texture that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling and looking matte. Nice when you’re putting makeup on – it doesn’t slip and slide.
Unfortunately, whilst lovely texture for this humid tropical climate we live in, I find it does not quite do the job quite well for me, offering insufficient hydration. It must be said that I’m no spring chicken and my skin is now turning combination-dry where its slightly oily along the T-zone and quite substantially drier on my cheeks. So, I need something more “powerful” for my cheeks and this one isn’t quite it. I’m not about to try the improved formula in the pink tub for drier skins though. Its what broke me out last time. If you do have oily skin and detest the heavy feel of most moisturizers on your skin, you could give this a try.
Interestingly, this new moisturizer contains copper. According to their website:-
Copper, a sebo-regulator, inhibits an enzyme that contributes to sebum production in the sebaceous glands. A co-factor in oxidation enzymes as well, this element plays a role in protecting from free radicals. Copper also has the capacity to mattify the complexion by helping to limit shine.
I thought it quite fascinating. The new Oil Free Moisturizer for Oily skin is the light blue line. The light green (normal skin) and pink (dry skin) are regular items but have been improved with Zinc and Magnesium respectively.
Pros: Keeps skin looking and feeling matte, Light oil free texture that absorbs quickly
Cons: Insufficient hydration for those with normal/dry skins
It retails for RM140 / 50ml and you might have seen this at the Biotherm counters already. If you do have oily skin, ask for a sample to try. Then test it and see how you like it. I’m not loving it nor hating it, but then I’m probably not the best candidate since I left the oily skin crowd a while ago – whew! 😉
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Im a user of Biotherm Aquasource Oil Free range as well. I use exactly the one you tried as i too have oily skin :-(. So far its doing it’s job in making sure my face doesnt look too oily. But im still wondering what product i can try to make the marks on my face go off (this was frm the Clinique products i used before this and the extraction done during one of my facials)? Do you recommend any of the products that you have tried or heard?
Glad to know its working for you! Its not so great for me coz I don’t have oily skin. For marks on the skin, I’ve found that Vitamin E Oil helps although it will take a while. Also, I’ve found that the Vichy Normaderm Refine Pore Essence has been good for my skin or tea tree oil to help reduce inflammation and brightening/whitening products to lessen the redness. These are based on my experiences and perhaps others might be able to help you too. 🙂
Hi Paris: This sounds very interesting. I might have to try this. In the US they put copper in products and claim it’s good for anti aging / diminishing wrinkles. I might try this before the last bit of summer and humidity leave my area…after that I’m like you. Combo skin that needs a bit more attention to the cheeks. 🙂
Having different weather must play havoc with skin (and pocket) right? Do let me know if you can find this in the USA and how it works for you!
Isn’t copper dangerous to digest though?
It probably is if you eat it. For the skin, I think it should be ok since most of the molecules would be too big to enter the bloodstream through the skin.
yes yes, for dry skin we definitely need more “powerful” moisturizers. i’m quite skeptical about trying biotherm moisturizers and serums too after my experience 🙁
Maybe they just don’t work for us 🙁 Otherwise it seems decent enough for the rest of the population!
This one broke me out after one use. Big cystic acne too. My guess is I’m allergic to the strong fragrance. Which is just boo!
Eeks! That sounds bad 🙁 Hope it got cleared up quickly.
I bought a few biotherm items from my friend as well. I asked her whether it has fragrance and she said not so I bought it from her, second hand. So then I tried once and I couldn’t stand the smell and the supposedly mattefying moisturiser is for oily skin but it made my face oilier… Then I went to ask the BA at Biotherm and she said that product has been discontinued for more than a year. Then only I knew that I bought an old product from a friend. How disappointed. I too cannot tolerate the strong fragrance it has. My face totally oiled up coz of it. I wanted to try it badly as well. It didn’t work.
Sorry to hear it didn’t work but perhaps it might be because its already discontinued for a while and the ingredients are no longer fresh. This one did not make me oily and its very new on the shelves so if you’d like to try it, I’m sure the counters will be able to give you samples.
I have the same bottle – in this sense I’m (sort of!) glad my skin’s still rather on the oily side, so this isn’t wasted on me… 🙂 I have to be a bit careful not to overdo it on the drier areas though!
Wanna have mine? LOL…
How did you leave the oily skin crowd? I really want to know that Paris..
Paris B says
Erm… I got older LOL! 😉
But that’s unfair my mom’s skin gets only oilier and oilier as the DAY goes by!! I thought maybe you used a therapeutical help like Roaccutane that may balance your oil level, it did the same to one of my friends, her skin is now in a real good condition (envy :((( )
Paris B says
Yes Roaccutane actually dries out the skin. I didn’t take antibiotics for acne which explains my acne scars. Those who do don’t have a scarring problem 🙁