Review: Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

Truth be told, I haven’t tried anything from Biotherm before. Every time I walk past the counter, I am usually distracted by other brands nearby. I have already kind of figured out what skin care works for me, and I am content to use whatever I have at the moment. Curiosity does get me though, and when I was asked if I wanted to try anything from Biotherm, I admit I was a little excited and a little apprehensive. What if it doesn’t work on me? The first product I tried is an essence. It is a lotion that is infused with all the potent serum goodness, and it is the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence /Β RM198 (pre GST).


Biotherm life plankton essence


I LOVE the colour. It is very superficial, but looking at it reminds me of the ocean. The essence is very liquid, a little thicker than toner. Before using the essence, I shake the bottle and then pour about 4-5 drops on my palm. I then rub my palms together and gently pat it on my skin. I prefer to skip my toner and use this right after cleansing, before other serums and moisturizers. There is a slight scent to this essence, and funny enough, it reminds me of after shave. HAHAHA! It is by no means unpleasant though.




This essence promises visible change in 8 days where you’ll see brighter and more hydrated skin. I don’t know about the brightness because my skin is quite light already, but my skin is visibly more hydrated. I kid you not. For the purpose of testing this product, I went off all my hydrating serums. And yet, this one bottle of blue green goodness not only keeps the hydration level, but pushed it up a notch. Consider me impressed! How can I tell? First, fine lines are less visible and skin looks more plump and smooth. Foundation goes on like silk and no more flakes! Since I started this blog, I’ve been scrutinizing my skin at an unhealthy level, but even up close – very close, my skin actually looks good! After a month of using this, I have incorporated the Biotherm Aquasource moisturizer in my day time routine, and the result WOWed me. If you have dehydrated skin, YOU MUST TRY THIS.

I can’t vouch for the rest of the claims such as skin that is brighter, more even toned and more radiant. All these can be slightly achieved when your skin is properly hydrated anyway. And I also cannot tell you that my skin looks 3 years younger in 8 days. Truthfully, my skin now is better now that 3 years ago. LOL!


Biotherm life plankton essence ingredients


So you know what, guys? I think I’ll stop buying toner altogether and use this instead. It’s THAT good. I do wonder though… if you’ve used the same product for a long time, does it reduce its effectiveness? Science geniuses, HALP?? Has anyone of you tried this essence before? If you have dehydrated skin, maybe flaky, and foundations don’t sit right. Do yourself a favour and try this. I hardly tell anyone to go buy anything, but this one is GOOD STUFF.


life plankton essence


What do you do when your skin is in need of a hydration boost? Please share. I think keeping skin hydrated and protected against sun damage are really important to keeping our skin look younger than it is. So I’m all ears! If you’re interested in this, I’m sure it’s already available at all Biotherm counters nationwide.


xoxo Lily


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  • Looking at the ingredients list, I can see why this is so effective. It’s full of humectants that help skin retain water. I need this in my life – I have dehydrated skin all year round!

    • Lily

      Hi Ting, I hope you get to try it. I’m confident it will help dehydrated skin get some moisture boost!

  • Woah, sounds pretty awesome indeed! The formula looks great. I’m gonna try and get my hands on a sample.

    • Lily

      I hope you’ll get a sample enough for one week’s daily and nightly application. I certainly felt the improvement!

  • Hey Lily, wow this looks impressive indeed! I might want to take a whiff first because I tend no to like most synthetic fragrance too much, but otherwise the ingredients seem solid and I’m glad you have great experience with it!

    • Lily

      Hi Sunny, I have a feeling Biotherm skin care has that signature scent of I’m not sure – something citrusy or lemony or a hint of aftershave. The scent is also similar in their Aquasource Gel moisturizer I’m trying.

  • Liz

    I like the look and sound of this! Not sure why I’m never drawn to Biotherm when choosing skin care though.

    • Lily

      Me too! I’m always distracted and just never really stopped just to look at their products. I’m glad I got the chance to rectify it.

  • I love Biotherm Skincare-highly underrated brand imo. I’ve tried the night version of this and loved it! Putting this on my list to try soon!

    • Lily

      There’s a night version of this? I’ve been using this day and night. HAHAHA!

  • I actually don’t know if we have this here, lol! I love hydrating anything, though, and it sounds good.

    As far as getting used to a product to the point where it doesn’t work any more…I don’t know, lol. I guess it depends on what the product is actually doing and whether desensitization can be an issue in that process. HAHAHA. Not helpful, I know.

    • Lily

      Thanks for explaining, Larie. I guess it makes sense – it does depend on the function of that particular product and perhaps it’s yet another skincare myth πŸ™‚

      • Sorry it wasn’t more of an answer, LOL. It’s an interesting suggestion, though! I’m not sure how to go about finding an answer.

        • Lily

          Hah! Homework for you then? Perhaps a new science-y post – Is there really such a thing as product desensitization?

  • This looks like a mixture of toner and hydrating serum. Genius!
    The aftershave-like scent is a bit unexpected, but as long as it doesn’t smell like full-frontal oceanic! (I can’t do oceanic..)

    • Lily

      Oceanic? I don’t think it smells like that but it’s safer to take a whiff of it first. It’s not a strong scent so I didn’t mind it πŸ™‚

  • Sounds amazing! that Life Plankton essence sounds interesting too – I should see whether this is available here! My daytime hydrating serum is almost finished, so I might venture into this one πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Oh, great timing Isabelle! I hope you’ll give it a try, and do let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  • Hi Lily, thanks for your strong call to action!! I just received a small bottle of this along with the new aquasource moisturizer, so i may just switch to a complete Biotherm regime soon!! But, why would you skip your toner entirely just to use this?

    • Lily

      Oh! I hope you like it, Linda. I used this to replace my toner just to see if there’s any difference in NOT using a toner. Not a whole lot, apparently!

      • hmm… toners are traditionally meant to close up pores and provide slight exfoliation. Versus essences that add hydration and whatever else. But these days lotions claim they do both. If you ask me, there really isn’t a whole world of difference when i miss 1 or the other when i’m being scatterbrained. But i’ve been doing this ritual for so long, i miss it! Once i even went back and applied toner on top of my layers of moisturizer and serums just because! LOLOL!!!

        • Lily

          Haha habits die hard. I don’t believe that toners close our pores, but some of them do have exfoliating properties. I usually use mine for hydrating purposes, and this essence takes care of that πŸ™‚

  • Jaa

    3 years younger in 8 days? BRB! I need to RUN to the Biotherm counter! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Lily

      LOL LOL! It’s some sort of test they did, but you know what they say – take it with a pinch of salt… but I’m sure you already knew that. Still, skin DOES look more refined.