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E'shee Bota Therapy

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E'shee Bota Therapy- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta August 26, 2010 3 Comments

Pros

Great collagen boosting and wrinkle repairing actives

Cons

A couple of harsh preservatives
An excellent serum that firms and plumps

I know what everyone is going to ask before they even get to the end of this review, so let's get it out of the way: do I like E'shee Bota Therapy (now in the TIA shop at $189) better than Serum Cellular Repair (which I voted a Five Best antiagers for 2010)? Well it depends what the priority is. The Serum Cellular Repair just seems to suit my skin, but the Bota Therapy does more to plump and lift.

Having said that, both these little chaps (they are just 0.34 fl oz) punch above their weight with E'shee's signature growth Factor, FGF-1. Growth factors decline in our skin as we age and cosmetic growth factors and proteins considered to be potent wrinkle reducers. In Bota Therapy, there is also hydrolized collagen, Matrixyl, hyaluronic acid and the increasingly ubiquitous acetyl hexapeptide-3 (also known as Argireline). More unusually, E'shee has added to Bota Therapy gylcosyl trehalose. Trehalose is made up of sugars that form a gel as cells start to dehydrate. This stops the cells from falling apart so that they perk back into shape as soon as they are rehydrated. Furthermore, trehalose is an antioxidant (as such it used as preservative by the food industry) and supposedly helpful in preventing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The neuropeptide role of acetyl hexapeptide-3 is given a helping hand by hibiscus esculentus. This is okra. Those who detest okra’s glutinous texture will be thankful that it is good for something. It is a source of botanical peptides that work by inhibiting the movement of facical muscles responsible for the appearance of expression lines on the face. The other botanical here is bladderwrack, which is a very rich source of vitamin C.

While I have found Bota and Cellular Repair to both be excellent products, I was less enamored with the Hydra Gold Serum ($119) and gave up using it (mostly because not much seemed to happening) about half way through the bottle. Junko loved the Vitamin C serum ($119 in the TIA shop), but gave a thumbs down to the Intensive Brightening Serum.

Ingredients in Bota Therapy

Aqua, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract – Dextrin, Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Hyaluronic Acid Sodium Salt, D-Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Perfume, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidi- nyl Urea, FGF-1 (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor)

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  • August 28, 2010

    by Mark

    Great point Junko. I always think about that plateau effect, too, but I think that many people forget that products can only do so much to a point and they become disenchanted with them, although they did have a positive effect on their skin. I think you must have reasonable expectations and look for the greatest effect in the beginning weeks.

  • August 28, 2010

    by marta

    Great question Junko. Although I hadn't really articulated it to myself, I am trying to find out exactly that. I used the E'shee serum - one full bottle - on my right side, followed by the Bota. I was just over half way through the Bota when I wrote my review. I'd say there was a little incremental improvement after the Bota. Now I am going to see what happens if I stop using it. Will report back. My guess is that with all these things, you get the biggest bang for the bucks at the beginning and then you can get away with a maintenance cream for a while - until you start to feel things might need perking up again. I'm going to spend the next few weeks thinking about this question and try to put together some conclusions for a future Marta This Month post.

  • August 27, 2010

    by Junko

    Looks like it Bota has the added punch of collagen, Matrixyl & Argireline if you're wanting them compared to the Repair. I'm 4 weeks into the Serum and I do see improvements. These are not overnight fix's but the Argireline may help Bota seem so. Marta as you're easily 6 weeks ahead of me in use, have you've noticed any plateau or plateau's in Eshee's ability to to repair? There must be a plateau at some point or otherwise we'd have baby skin with long enough use. Then the next question would be if once repair were done, would things quickly fall apart if we stopped using Eshee.

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