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Have you ever felt a little irritated, by the fact the rich and famous get to plaster their faces in gold and platinum, to keep their beautiful faces beautiful, for longer? With eye-watering prices – as much as £500 per ounce is not unknown – I doubt many of us will ever get to dip a pinkie in such a pot; let alone smoother our faces in it!
However, it’s not widely known that ladies, throughout the Far East, have been quietly rubbing in the Gold and Platinum, for a fraction of these prices. This is thanks to Dr Tor Lam Huat, the founder of Singapore’s ‘Bio-Essence’, now the fourth most popular facial care brand in South East Asia; which is no mean feat, considering the opposition.
Gold is used because it’s an anti-oxidant, which prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin. It also stimulates cellular growth to regenerate healthy and firm skin cells and provides a tightening effect. Platinum nanoparticles have an exceptionally high absorption rate and, when they chemically attach to active anti-aging ingredients, help skin plumpers and line smoothers to penetrate deeper into the skin, yielding better youth-renewing results.
Before you wonder if I’m just rubbing it in – pardon the pun – I’ve some rather exciting news to share. The Bio-Essence ‘Bio-Gold’ range is now available, through its UK distributer, Lily & Loaf; and at prices that’ll be hard to believe.
Though the Bio-Gold products had never been sold in the UK, two other ranges from the manufacturer were, with great success. In particular, a BB cream and an exfoliating gel - that won a Pure Beauty silver award in 2013 – are endorsed by numerous bloggers. Both of these products are stocked in all Harvey Nichols stores, and featured in articles by Vogue, Grazia, Glamour and Marie Claire, to name but a few.
The range is extensive – far too wide for me to cover here – but I've picked a few, which immediately caught my eye, to give you a quick taste of what’s available.
As the name suggests, all these products contain 24K gold, with this ‘water’ also consisting of herbal extracts to help stimulate skin renewal, intensively repair, refine and mattify skin. The high-oxidant property of gold forms a strong protection, to fight free radicals and slow down signs of ageing. When it’s deeply nourished and moisturised, skin takes on a healthy glow, maintaining a lasting smooth, soft and youthful complexion!
The basic purpose of this product is to tighten unsightly enlarged pores, for fine and smooth skin, whilst improving the skin's elasticity to prevent sagging. It also plumps the skin to defy wrinkles and fine lines, regulating moisture and sebum balance, leaving skin evenly moisturised and matte. It is directed to use at the start and end of the day, and is suitable for all skin types.
This cleanser has been designed to recharge dull and tired skin to reveal youthful and glowing complexion. In addition to the ubiquitous gold, this also contains Bio Mineral Amino Acid, Bio Rice Fermentation Essence and herbal extracts, which cleanses thoroughly and provides minerals needed for a revitalized and rejuvenated skin. Lathering into a rich, creamy foam, it clears away dirt, excess oil and makeup residue built up in the pores, to reveal clean and supple skin.
The rich, creamy foam gives skin the most gentle cleanse, and recharges dull and tired skin to promote skin renewal. It also instantly refreshes and hydrates skin, with no tight feeling after the wash; a feeling that may indicate a cleanser has removed moisture from the skin.
Bio-Essence 24K Bio-Gold Platinum Dual Cream - for day and night use!
The gold is joined by platinum, in this Dual Cream, which provides twice the antioxidant power, to protect skin from environmental damage. It effectively stimulates the formation of collagen for skin's elasticity and firmness to ensure a youthful skin. This dual cream supplies skin with ample nutrients, keeping it intensively moisturised and hydrated from day to night. What’s particularly neat is the pot is divided into two sections… platinum for day and gold for night!
The Platinum Day cream is SPF25, to reduce UV damage. The platinum nanoparticles are rapidly absorbed by the face and neck to fight free radicals. Its non-greasy formula glides on easily, for superior hydrating and moisturising effects, to maintain the skin’s radiance throughout the day.
The Gold Night Cream is easily absorbed into skin, to improve skin's elasticity. The 24k Bio-Gold fights free radicals, to combat premature ageing, helping defy and reduce wrinkles and fine lines on face and neck. By stimulating skin renewal, it aims to restore a younger-looking complexion, whilst deeply nourishing and moisturising the face and neck, to prevent dryness and lines. The upshot being, you should wake up to a healthy glowing face, staring back at you, in the mirror.
Like the eye ‘cream’, the eye ‘essence’ pot is divided into two sections. However, instead of one for day, one for night, the essence is divided into ‘above the eye’ and ‘below the eye’!
The platinum portion is used on the upper eye, to lift droopy eyelids by improving skin elasticity. This also gives you larger, brighter eyes. It also acts as a makeup base, into the bargain, helping eye makeup glide on more easily. The gold essence is designed for under the eyes, to reduce bags and dark circles. It helps reduce puffy eyes, lighten dark areas and defies wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet.
So, with a bit of luck, it won’t be long before we’re all glowing, and sparkling like a dance floor glitter ball!
I’m also informed there’s more to come, which I’ll share, once I’ve had chance to try them; so watch this space! In the meantime, if any of you try the products, let me know what you think, in the comments below.
Thank you Lily & Loaf for sending me these wonderful products to review. They look really pretty on my bathroom counter, especially when the sun catches the glitter.