What You Should Know
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Phytothermal is a line of skincare products from Italy based on the supposed special properties of the thermal waters around Elba Island. The Phytothermal line includes cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums and masks. The products are sold mainly through spas and salons, but appear to be available through several online retailers as well.
Because the Phytothermal line does not seem to be available directly through the manufacturer, there does not appear to be a money-back guarantee offered, although some retailers may have their own return policies. We like to see skin care companies with an official online presence to describe the products and ingredients and to stand behind those products with a money-back guarantee to give consumers more confidence when purchasing.
The Phytothermal products are all based on these “special” waters in Italy. The water contains minerals and nutrients and in that respect, these products are similar to many other marine-based skin care lines. Also included from these thermal waters are thermal algae, seaweed and phytoplankton. These ingredients are known to have certain anti-inflammatory and perhaps anti-oxidant properties that can help neutralize free radicals and have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. We would have liked to see an official website linking to clinical trials on these ingredients and the products themselves to further validate the beneficial effects claimed.
Phytothermal products also contain a variety of other ingredients, mostly botanicals. The Anti-Ageing Thermal Serum also contains hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient we look for in an anti-wrinkle formulation. Hyaluronic acid can hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water and deeply hydrates the skin. However, we find that the best anti-aging formulations pair this valuable ingredient up with peptides like Matrixyl 3000 or Argiriline, which work sub-dermally to reboot the body’s production of collagen and smooth wrinkles from below.
- May contain marine ingredients that may have a beneficial effect on skin.
- Available though online retailers.
- Some formulations contain hyaluronic acid, a proven effective moisturizer.
- No official online presence.
- No full ingredient list presented.
- May not contain clinically-proven ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 or Argiriline.
- Not labeled as non-allergenic.
- No money-back guarantee.
- Basing a product on local waters seems a little but like a “folk-remedy” to us.
The Bottom Line
Using sea waters in skin care formulations is not a new idea and it can perhaps have a beneficial effect on the skin. However, we find it difficult to recommend the Phytothermal line for many reasons: lack of clinical evidence to back up the claims, no money-back guarantee, and the potential lack of what we feel are key ingredients. If you are looking for an anti-wrinkle regimen, you may wish to continue your search to find the best product with the most-researched active ingredients.