BBTG’s August 2015 Top 5 Disappointing Products

La Prairie Swiss Cellular Ice Crystal Dry Oil

This product boasts some big claims – to help skin ‘adapt to life’s daily stresses that can damage the skin’ and ‘fill in gaps in skin’s moisture barrier function to prevent transepidermal water loss’. La Prairie have concentrated on three flowers found in the Swiss Alps; purple saxifrage, soldanella and snow algae. These plants all survive in the extremely cold temperatures experienced in the Alps, so you can understand their logic that extracts from these plants could convey fortifying benefits to the skin. However, the Geeks could not find any evidence to back up this logic! We were also quite disappointed to discover most of the ingredients listed in the line up are relatively common, so we are unsure what the £231 price tag is for!

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MV’s Rose Hydrating Mist

MV Organic Rose Hydrating Mist has been a huge hit among celebrities, from supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely to actress Emma Watson. One of MV’s biggest selling points is ‘fewer ingredients, higher quantities’, which we can see they have lived up to as their hydrating mist consists of only 4 ingredients. Rosa centifolia (rose, to you and I) is used primarily for its scent, but is thought to possess cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, too. We couldn’t find any scientific evidence to back this up – any evidence out there seems to be anecdotal, which isn’t enough to convince the Geeks! Sorry MV, but we weren’t too impressed with this hydrating mist, we’d much rather have a real rose from our prince charming than this one in a bottle.

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Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

High profile newcomer onto the cosmetic scene is Chanel’s Hydra Micro Serum, which claims to leave the skin replenished, smooth and ‘glowing with youth’ by delivering their active ingredients to the skin through their innovative new micro-droplet technology! Topical application of Chanel’s star ingredient – Camellia japonica kills two claims with one stone – it can stimulate collagen expression and block collagen degrading enzymes, keeping our skin plump and youthful. Chanel’s formula also contains hyaluronic acid, which regular readers will know for its moisture boosting properties! However, it’s the last ingredient listed, meaning it’s found in really low quantities in the product, so the Geeks are not so sure if it will be able to deliver the benefits it promises. All in all, we don’t think Chanel’s serum is that ‘revolutionary’ as most of the ingredients it lists are widely available in high street products. It seems like a case of style over substance!

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Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel

It’s no secret that the first step to healthy glowing skin is a good cleansing routine! There are a whole bunch of products out there that claim to do just that, so we were hoping Oskia could add a little oomph to our regular run-of-the-mill cleanser. The principle ingredient MSM (methyl sulphonyl methane if you want to sound like a true Geek) is found in every Oskia product and is the basis of the brand. So you can imagine our disappointment to discover that there is no solid scientific evidence to suggest any benefits of topical application to the skin! Swiftly moving down the ingredient list, we notice it boasts a whole range of vitamins. Starting from the top; Vitamin A is an effective antioxidant and has been shown to improve sun damaged skin. Vitamin C can act as an antioxidant and has been shown to stimulate collagen production. However, when all is said and done, there isn’t that much evidence to suggest that this cleanser is reaching it’s full potential and the common theme with the ingredients is that they are put to much better use when ingested, rather than applied to the skin. Sorry Oskia, but we won’t be investing.

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Biologique Recherché Crème Dermo-RL

With summer in full swing (we know it’s difficult to tell if you live in the UK), our skin can take a bit of a battering from the dehydrating effects of summer sun! During this season in particular, our skin requires a more intensive moisturising treatment. Again, we were hoping Biologique Recherché Crème Dermo-RL could be the answer to our prayers. To tackle dry skin, Biologique Recherché have included blackcurrant butter, which seems to be abit of a novelty in this formula, as we can’t find it anywhere else. Unfortunately, that includes our research too! Instead, we presumed this butter would at least include blackcurrant seed oil, which contains high levels of omega fatty acids! These fatty acids can moisturise our skin and reduce any unnecessary water loss from our skin, but again the scientific evidence to back this up was a little thin on the ground for our liking! Another ingredient included in this line up aimed at moisturising the skin is hyaluronic acid (a favourite among us Beauty Geeks), which has a unique capacity to retain water so keeps the skin hydrated and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. We should point out that Crème Dermo-RL may be difficult to get your hands on as it is almost exclusively supplied to spa’s and skincare professionals. This also meant we couldn’t get an exact price for this product, but word in the beauty world tells us it retails at £52! We have to admit, we weren’t blown away by this formula (or the price tag for that matter), so we’ll be saving our pennies for something abit more spectacular.

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