In the movie Death Becomes Her an older husband stealing actress (Meryl Streep) and her revenge obsessed sister (Goldie Hawn) find a mysterious woman (Isabella Rossellini) who sells a miracle youth tonic, ‘a touch of magi in this world obsessed with science’. It’s a powerful potion that stops the aging process and forces it to retreat. Literally. It changes both women into young girls. And it costs them a fortune! They spend their live savings on it. Reluctant to pay at first Meryl Streep is enchanted by how her skin changes after a small sample of the serum. You can watch this memorable scene here.
Having watched this as an impressionable young girl I somehow always belied that it was true. That there was a potion out there, probably known to stars and rich and powerful, that stoped the process of aging, and gave you longer healthier life. An immortality potion. I still hope it’s out there, or will be invented very soon. When I heard about this revolutionary new BIOEFFECT serum my curiosity was piqued. Was it finally here?
What Is It?
BIOEFFECT is a serum from Iceland which helps skin cells to repair themselves. When we’re young the natural cell renewal process allows our skin to regenerate quickly. As we get old this process is significantly slower. This product claims that it can speed up the natural process by increasing the levels of proteins called cellular activators. The serum’s main ingredient is Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a substance that occurs naturally in the skin (as for example, hyaluronic acid).
In Iceland 30% of women over 30 use this product. The company’s greenhouses are situated not far away from the Blue Lagoon. If you ever been to Iceland and love the place as much as I do, this by itself is enough to get you interested in this product. Like Inglot the company doesn’t advertise much. Still, their product spread like wildfire. Despite their price.
Why Revolutionary? What Does It Do To Your Skin?
The company that owns BIOEFFECT produces growth factors for stem cell research. They have researched using the same growth factors in cosmetics. Growth factors stimulate cell growth and cell differentiation. These chemical ingredients send ‘messages’ to your cells activating certain cell properties. For example, EGF boosts collagen production in the deep layers of the skin.
There are many companies and many products that claim to do just that. Some of them use growth hormones obtained from bacteria. Others contained a very small amount of the factors or limit their beneficial effects by mixing them with other chemical ingredients that brake down growth factors.
BioEffect is the first product to use pure growth factors from plants, namely barely. It’s a healthier, more natural and apparently cost-effective way of using growth factors in cosmetics.
I got a small sample of this from Latest in Beauty. I used this serum only around my eyes where I have some expression lines. I had it for about a month and used almost the entire bottle. Despite being over 30 I don’t have many wrinkles (good beauty routine). I did see some improvement but can’t really say it noticeably reduced my lines. Perhaps the results would be more visible if I had more wrinkles. The product certainly made the skin around my eyes thicker. In a good way. You know how sometimes, especially in the winter, the skin around your eyes looks like rice paper on a spring roll? Like it’s so think and see-through that it can easily be torn? It’s not a nice look and it makes your dark circles more noticeable. This is how my skin looked. After one month of using BIOEFFECT it looks thicker, healthier, firmer and just generally better. The serum didn’t help to with discoloration.
So that’s ~60% on lines, 100% on firmness and 0% on discoloration. Not too bad.
Unretouched photos: after 1 month of using BIOEFFECT
Unretouched photos: after 1 month of using BIOEFFECT
Too Good To Be True?
Well, kind of. This product just might be the next best thing but it’s insanely expensive. At £125 for 15ml I just cannot justify such purchase. The tiny sample from Latest in Beauty costed £8. On the photo below you can see how small the bottle is compared to a 30ml serum. And the full sized version (£125) is also only 15 ml. At the same time this bottle lasted for over a month and I did use more than I should have.
I think it’s a fantastic product if you are starting to consider botox. If you are one step away from taking your skincare routine to the next level and seeing a dermatologists or a cosmetic surgeon cause you are just not seeing any results with standard products. If you still want to try something natural before you resign yourself to botox and other toxic products, try this first. It’s a paraben-free natural product that has helped many women around the world improve the appearance of their skin.
Personally, I know I’m not at this stage yet. Sure, it would be nice to use this as a preventive treatment but at the moment it’s a bit out of my reach. Some of the reviews I read mentioned that the effects reverse once you stop using the product. I’m guessing that it’s one of these products that if you try once you will want to continue using for a long time. Still, if I see the £8 sample size again I will definitely purchase it again and continue to use it around my eyes.
Sample size of BIOEFFECT