Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tony Moly Bio EX Multi-Cell Energy


Name: Tony Moly 토니모리 Bio EX Multi-Cell Energy 바이오 EX 멀티셀 에너지
Price: ₩ 32,000 for 120 ml
Made in: Korea

Multi-cell tunelling processing method? Rice embryo fermented at 36.5℃ for 365 days? I won't bore you with the the scientific mumbo jumbo, so I am going straight to ingredients used in this essence - Rice Ferment Filtrate, Cell Bio Water and Multi-cell Effector (which consists of five NMF components) - strengthen the skin's protective barrier thus improving elasticity while simultaneously supplement nutrition and moisture.

Bio EX Multi-Cell Energy is an all in one product, which means you can replace your toner, lotion and serum with this one item. Very handy during hotter months or if you have oily skin and don't want to overwhelm your skin with too many layers of product. It has the consistency of an emulsion, hence, the longer absorbance time. Once it sinks in, it leaves my skin really nice and soft to the touch.

I kept getting pustules and cysts the whole time I trialled this product (frequency increased from every now and then to a daily basis). I am unsure whether it is caused by this essence or by my binging on Nutella (three jars within a month). The timeline fits like better than a glove (I knew something that yummy would not be good for me)!

I have stopped using the essence even though it resulted in a translucent complexion. Why? The improvement in clarity is not worth the acne spots considering my skin takes practically forever to heal (if at all!). I can laugh about it now but to think that I was on the verge of tears each time I pored over my face in the mirror makes my heart break.

Can you help me identify the ingredient(s) that is causing all these problems? And if you have used this essence, what is your take on it?

It is sold locally for RM 213.90.

The full ingredient list for Bio EX Multi-Cell Energy:
Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Silica, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, PEG-32, Beheneth-25, Panthenol, Sucrose Polystearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Adenosine, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phospholipids, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Arginine, Phytosterols, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol.


Kathy said...

I think that I lost my comment =,=; Thank you for the review. It sounds like a really interesting product and it's too bad that it didn't work for you. I'm going with the assumption that it was the product and not the binging on 3 jars of Nutella--seriously?! LOL!

Lauren said...

Aw it's too bad this product didn't work out. I think the denatured alcohol, lemon peel oil, orange peel oil, and pine oil could be causing the problems. The concentration of the oils probably isn't too high, but there seems to be a lot of alcohol in this product. Alcohol is a major skin irritant, and can dry out your skin, causing it to produce more oil...which means more acne :( It's important to remember that even if the alcohol doesn't feel irritating (red, itchy), it is still damaging the skin cells. It's definitely not beneficial for any skin type, I wish skincare companies would stop formulating products with alcohol in them :/

Bijin Blair said...

Kathy, I would never joke about Nutella! My hands are permanently stuck to a jar, hahaha!

Bijin Blair said...

Ahhh yes, alcohol is right up there! I have not adversely reacted to it in the past though so the culprit may be the citrus oils. I'll look into it, thank you for your insight, Lauren!

Yoannita90 said...

Im sorry to hear it didn't work out well to your skin. Anything contains alcohol wouldn't get along well with my skin though. same here I'm nutella addict. I won't stop and will never stop digging into my nutella jar. haha.