Remember those days when “BB cream” is the buzzword in the beauty world. These days, the buzzword is “essence”. No, not the oily type that you use like a serum, but a lightweight water-based product that is used in place of a toner.

More than just a passing buzzword that will go away as a new product enters the market, the “essence” concept seems to have legs to stay.


Biotherm Life Plankton Essence: What’s The Buzz

The latest essence in the market is the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence. With a bold slogan to deliver “8 skin benefits in 8 days”, it looks like a force to be reckoned with. The benefits include: more radiant-looking skin, visibly diminished fine lines, even skin tone, smother skin texture, improved hydration, greater skin resilience, soothed, and softened skin.


This product contains a high concentration of Life Plankton – an ingredient that was discovered by Biotherm scientists discovered at the advent of the brand’s creation, and is found in every single Biotherm product (in fact, the word “therm” in “Biotherm” refers to the life plankton, or thermal plankton). The Life Plankton is the ingredient that powers all Biotherm products because of the affinity it has with skin, and the great hydrating properties that it carries.

For the first time, this star ingredient takes on a high concentration of 5% in the overall formula of the Life Plankton Essence. Created as the first step of your skincare regime (after cleansing), it is formulated to make subsequent skincare more effective.

The Life Plankton Essence was formulated after 60 years of research and promises to accelerate the cell renewal process, sooth redness and discomfort, and protect skin against external aggressors.

Does The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Work?

The texture of the product is superior. I love the extremely lightweight formula, which gets absorbed by my thirsty skin almost immediately. My skin feels hydrated, soothed and supple right after using it.

I have originally used it by swiping it all over my skin with a Life Plankton Essence-soaked cotton pad. Then, I was told by the good people at Biotherm that it’s better to apply directly onto the skin by pouring out the essence onto my palm.


I find that the latter method allows my skin to feel more refreshed after using the product.

Using it for more than a week, I must say I didn’t see any miracle happening, however, I do find that my skin feels more healthy and redness around more “sensitive” area is soothed.

The only gripe that I have about the product is probably the not-as-great scent that comes with it, compared to other Biotherm products. I’ve always known Biotherm products for giving a great sensorial experience, thanks to the great scent they come with. But the Life Plankton, as a marine ingredient, isn’t supposed to smell good – I guess it only goes to say that this is the real deal.

The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence retails at SGD78 and is available at all Biotherm counters.