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Biotherm’s anti-aging researchers have studied the impact of urban life on the skin. They have discovered that various factors related to an unhealthy lifestyle affect the functioning of the skin.

As a consequence of urban aggressions accumulating on the skin, visible signs of aging appear. These translate with signs that can be detected, as they are visible. An example is dark spots, expression lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.


Biotherm Life Plankton Fibers.

Johanna Caros, director of Scientific Communication at Biotherm International tells us one reason why accelerated aging occurs:

The skin spends more time defending itself than regenerating and the signs of aging appear earlier.

In order to recover skin affected by accelerated urban aging, Biotherm uses the regenerating power of its exclusive ingredient Life Plankton. This ingredient of natural origin, reactivates the skin’s metabolism to intensely and visibly rejuvenate the skin.

Life Plankton: a unique regenerating active ingredient 

In order for us to understand how probiotics work, it will suffice to explain what the word itself conveys. The Latin preposition “pro” means in favor, and from the Greek “bios” meaning life. These probiotics are living organisms that contain a high amount of health benefits. So they invisibly contribute to skin quality and youthful appearance.


Details of the Biotherm Life Plankton elixir.

From the above concept is born the probiotic fraction “Life Plankton”. This pillar of Biotherm’s products gets to act on all layers of the skin.  It achieves this through its 100% natural composition of “Vitreoscilla filliformis”, which is subsequently amplified thanks to bioscience.

Life Plankton helps to accelerate the skin’s metabolism to improve cell renewal, thus promoting the production of essential molecules. In this way it is stimulating cutaneous metabolism, strengthening the skin’s cutaneous barrier.

There are urban aggressions that we can prevent

These elements that are harmful to our skin, are present in our daily lives. If we are fully aware of the habits that can wear down our fibers, we can prevent their aging and stop urban aggressions.


Skin subjected to damage generated by accelerated urban aging. View under microscope. Different layers of the skin from top to bottom: stratum corneum, epidermis and dermis.

UV rays: Ultra violet rays can fuel collagen synthesis which degrades dermal matrix enzymes, such as matrix metalloproteinases.

Glycation: Glycation involves an accumulation of sugars around the fibers of the dermis. Strong and flexible collagen and elastin fibers become rigid and fragile, so the skin loses support.

Harmful effects of microcirculation: An example of this is smoking. These produce contraction in the blood vessels and limit blood flow to the skin. Oxygenation and nutrition of the tissues decreases.

Awareness of these three elements can be key to keeping your skin looking younger. If you forget to take care of your skin too much, it may come back to you with a dull and dehydrated appearance. The skin’s reaction is not only reduced to the appearance of wrinkles, but also dark spots and fine lines. So remember that prevention is always better than cure, both in male and female skin.

Skin metabolism slows down

The cutaneous metabolism is an essential aspect that we must take into account in our care. In this way the effects of aging will be slowed down as much as possible. If we do not take care of the skin, the cells become clogged and produce less energy. As a consequence of less energy production, they regenerate more slowly and produce less of the skin’s essential constituent elements.

This slowing of skin metabolism directly affects two types of cells which are fundamental. Keratinocytes and fibroblasts.


Microscopic observation of the cutaneous barrier. Left: young and organized skin. Right: damaged skin due to urban aging.

In the epidermis: cells called keratinocytes produce keratin. These provide protection and resistance. These are essential elements in the skin barrier.

In the dermis: Cells called fibroblasts produce collagen, elastin and GAG. So if these cells are reduced because of pollution and external aggression, it directly affects the quantity and quality of the fibers.

The importance of skin care seems a secondary element, but it isone of the most important concepts of quality beauty. So, with the knowledge acquired about urban aggression, we can prevent ourselves a little more from its harmful effects.

All images courtesy of Biotherm.