Reviewed by Mindy

When I received a full size sample of Bioce in the mail, (thanks TIA!) I knew nothing about it except that it was a “Trump Network” product, which it prominently states on the box.  I have to admit that when I see the Trump name I do not associate it with excellence in skincare, rather I associate it with overblown hype, but I wanted to be fair so without doing any more research, I embarked to a 2 month trial during which I used this product every morning.

I immediately liked the texture and refreshing citrus scent. I also found that it worked nicely under makeup although I suspected that the smooth texture had something to do with silicones in the formulation, as it felt like it sat on my skin rather than penetrated. About a month into it I felt that while it was not an unpleasant product, my skin was not benefiting from it.  My melasma was worse and I was anxious to get back to using my usual morning products (YBF Correct or Skinceuticals CE Ferulic). However, in the interest of science, I persevered.  By the end of the second month I was sure that this product was not helpful to my skin and was glad to be done with the trial. Sadly, I saw no improvements in skin tone, texture or fine wrinkles.

When I sat down to do the review, I decided to do some research on each ingredient.  It was a good thing that I did not do this when I received the product or I would probably not have used it at all. Had I read Marta’s dept of daft review of this product, I definitely would not have wanted to use it! Most of the ingredients at the top of the list are silicones (dimethicone) or “paraben-free” preservatives such as phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin which both have less than stellar safety profiles.  There are some promising ingredients here such as galactoarabinan, squalene and hematite extract, but they are overshadowed by preservatives and fillers.

This product proudly states that it is “paraben free.” Yet it has replaced parabens with preservative ingredients that may not be any safer. I am left wondering if, in the race to get parabens and other nasties out of our cosmetics, we are replacing known hazards with unknown hazards.

Ingredients

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, dimethicone, sodium polyacrylate, galactoarabinan, phenoxyethanol, dicaprilyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxy stearate, ethylhexyglycerin, chlorphenesin, dimethiconol, squalane, sunflower seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, hematite extract, polyglyceryl-3 diiosterate, argania spinosa kernel oil, myristyl trisiloxane, glucosyl hesperidin, magnesium sulfate, zinc stearate, retinyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, limonene, shea butter, potassium sorbate, orange peel oil, pentadecalactone, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, sorbic acid, nicotiana sylvestris leaf cell culture.