Tried and tested: Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Skincare System
PB’s assistant editor Amanda Pauley managed to get her hands on Elemis’s new Biotec Skin Energising Skincare System range before it lands in April. Here’s what she made of it.
Product range USP: The range is designed to increase natural cellular energy – important for skin health, repair and growth – to “turbo-charge” the skin from within. Its formula of zinc and copper, combined with amber and a trio of acids, claims to brighten dull and tired complexions caused by stress and lack of sleep, among other things.
Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser, £39.50, 200ml
Verdict: This wash-off cleanser is formulated to reduced surface oils and impurities on the skin, helping to rebalance the complexion. I found it foams up easily and leaves a slight tingling feeling on the skin after use, letting you know that its acid complex is getting to work.
Two pumps for each cleanse is more than enough for the face and neck area, and the bottle should last a good six months – so it’s a cost-effective investment. However, the cleanser does have a strong amber scent to it, which I quite like, but those who aren’t fond of musky smells might find overpowering.
Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream, £75, 30ml
Verdict: Blended with a potent phyto-bioactive and zinc – which is crucial for supporting the skin’s architecture – the day cream claims to smooth and brighten the complexion. It has a light texture that soaks into the skin quickly and I’ve found it works as a good base for make-up, with my foundation and concealer setting much better.
The bottle has two columns – one for the cream, the other for the serum – and the two come out in unison when pumped, so you have to blend them together. The brand recommends using two pumps for the face and neck but I actually found that wasn’t enough, so I used three instead. The cream is less scented than the cleanser but still has that sweet aroma that is so associated with the brand.
Biotec Skin Energising Night Cream, £85, 30ml
Verdict: The night cream is enriched with calcium PCA to boost night-time nourishment of the skin and minimise the loss of trans-epidermal water, helping to reinforce the skin’s barrier function, which helps the complexion appear replenished upon waking.
The night cream has a heavier texture than the day cream, taking much longer to sink into the skin, and is slightly more fragrant. The bottle is the same design as the day cream and it was the case that I also needed to use three pumps of it for full coverage.
After a few weeks of usage my complexion did have a healthier glow and the dry skin on my forehead had disappeared. I was using the range during the Professional Beauty London show – a very busy time for the PB team which involves late nights and lots of air-conditioned environments – and my skin didn’t break out. So, I was impressed with the improvement in my skin function.