Filorga began in 2007 as a skincare brand inspired by aesthetic medicine. For the consumer that means Filorga is result-driven, focused on both visible signs of aging and invisible forms of damage. Their most notable innovation is their NCTF Complex which is composed of vitamins, amino acids, coenzymes, nucleic bases, minerals, and an antioxidant; the goal is to supplement skin with materials it lacks internally, which then results in a heightened ability to repair itself and make use of other treatment ingredients like retinoids and exfoliating acids. To ensure efficient absorption of NCTF and hyaluronic acid, Filorga encapsulates both within ‘chronospheres’, which I infer as similar to liposome technology.
I have been trying Filorga skincare for the last few months, partially because it became available locally in Canada at BeautyBoutique, it was something new, and the technology seems interesting. Overall I am incredibly impressed by the results I have seen, especially when you consider that comparable products are typically 1.5x-2x the price of Filorga.
Filorga Foam Cleanser
Purpose: Cleanse the skin.
Iconic feature: Hyaluronic acid, which should minimize dehydration commonly associated with sulphate-based cleansers.
Who is it for: Those not prone to dehydration, or those with a strong hydrating routine after cleansing.
Usage: Twice daily as a second cleanse, though it can remove makeup if used twice.
Thoughts: This was the last product I tried from Filorga, and while I found it far less dehydrating than Drunk Elephant Beste I still found it to be too dehydrating for my skin. My skin did not feel tight or dry to the touch though, it was more that I noticed blemishes forming in areas of my face where I have learned they only appear when my skin is over-stimulated or dehydrated. The texture of this foam cleanser is what is making me wish it had worked wonders for me; the foam is so dense and softening.
Recommendation: Not unless you follow it with a toner, hydrating essence or serum, and a hydrating cream, and do nothing else to dehydrate your skin.
Alternatives: Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover.
Purpose: Reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles along the eye contour.
Iconic feature: A complex of ingredients to reduce darkness by breaking up pigmentation, a complex to reduce puffiness by stimulating both venous (red oxygen-deficient blood) and lymphatic (waste-laden fluid) circulation, three draining ingredients to refresh, hyaluronic acid to plump, and NCTF.
Who is it for: Those with specific eye concerns such as darkness, puffiness, and fine lines. Firmness and elasticity are not directly addressed by Optim-Eyes.
Usage: Twice daily along the eye contour.
Thoughts: The best eye treatment I have ever tried. I have every eye concern possible even at my young age; hereditary darkness, hereditary puffiness, hereditary droopiness, and hereditary dehydration lines beneath the eye. Oh, and my eyes water constantly. Optim-Eyes has softened the darkness, eliminated the puffiness, made my eyes look a bit more open, and it immediately softened the dehydration lines. I rarely find an eye product so concentrated with actives, never mind an eye product that actually does anything beyond hydration. It has an immediate smoothing effect due to a thick primer-like texture, but yet it has no ridiculous glitter-like particles to it. Optim-Eyes is brilliant.
Recommendation: You must try Optim-Eyes. There is nothing as active as this for the price point.
Alternatives: I cannot think of any.
Purpose: Plumping of fine lines through hyaluronic acid.
Iconic feature: Four forms of hyaluronic acid, 2 plant-based ingredients to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, and NCTF.
Who is it for: Those with a gaunt, hollowness to the face or those with fine lines that are looking for a quick way to soften them.
Usage: Twice daily prior face cream.
Thoughts: As I will explain below in the Time-Filler review, it is important to distinguish between dehydration lines and wrinkles. Hydra-Hyal targets both, but in different ways. It hydrates the skin, which minimizes dehydration lines by removing the problem (dehydration). Hydra-Hyal also addresses wrinkles, but rather by plumping the skin rather than repairing the underlying issue. There is nothing wrong with this method, and in fact by maintaining high levels of hyaluronic acid we create a strong environment for proper synthesis of collagen and elastin. But first and foremost this is plumping the skin, which camouflages wrinkles. For some people that is what they want because it is gentler on the skin; anyone can use this serum, especially those who find treatments like glycolic acid and retinoids too much for their skin. Now, if you are interested in this because it hydrates the skin be forewarned; because it is formulated to plump fine lines, it contains a high molecular weight of hyaluronic acid and a texture which immediately plumps the skin. That also means that this does not sink into the skin completely, because then you would not see any immediate plumping effect.
Recommendation: To plump wrinkles, yes; to just hydrate the skin, no because you will not like the texture.
Alternatives if your focus is immediate plumping: Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum.
Alternatives if your focus is hydration: NIOD MMHC.
Purpose: Hydrating face cream with skin age-prevention benefits.
Iconic feature: Two forms of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, and NCTF.
Who is it for: Those wanting their face cream to address skin nutrition, dehydration lines, and provide overall hydration.
Usage: Twice daily.
Thoughts: I was incredibly hesitant to try this because it contains Ethylhexyl Palmitate, an acnegenic ingredient, but it was actually my favourite of the three face creams that I tried from Filorga. It has a rich texture but melts into the skin within a few minutes, and it leaves my skin with a level of immediate comfort that I am not accustomed to. And despite the acnegenic ingredients, I actually noticed a reduction in surface redness and blemishes which I think can be attributed to the cushioning effects of this face cream. The only reason I have yet to repurchase this is because it did cause pilling when applied on top of Differin in the evening, even if I waited fifteen minutes to apply it. I thought this was odd because Hydra-Filler worked brilliantly over other serums and under numerous liquid foundations.
Recommendation: Absolutely, though Hydra-Filler Mat might be a better choice for those with enlarged pores and tending towards the oily side of the spectrum.
Alternatives: Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream (similar effects), Perricone Deep Moisture Therapy (similar texture), Perricone H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream (similar effects but lighter texture).
Filorga Time-Filler and Time-Filler Mat
Purpose: Wrinkle-targeting face cream with skin age-prevention benefits.
Iconic feature: Tripeptide to relax skin and soften wrinkles, peptide to stimulate collagen synthesis, hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, and NCTF. The Mat version also includes a sebum-regulating complex and an astringent active to minimize the appearance of pores (I believe this refers to silica).
Who is it for: Those wanting their face cream to address wrinkles, skin nutrition, dehydration lines, and provide overall hydration.
Usage: Twice daily.
Ingredients: CosDNA for Time-Filler, CosDNA for Time-Filler Mat.
Thoughts on both: Wrinkles and dehydration lines are not the same thing, and I appreciate Filorga having products which distinguish between the two in an honest manner. Dehydration lines are caused by a lack of water in the skin; your skin tightens and you look older. Wrinkles are caused by a variety of factors including damaged collagen and elastin, or repetitive motion. I suffer from dehydration lines, not wrinkles, but I do see the beginnings of horizontal forehead lines caused by my inability to not make judging facial expressions. Both myself and others noticed my forehead expression lines appeared softened after a few weeks of using Time-Filler, and the pores along my cheeks seemed to be smoothed. The texture of Time-Filler is like a thick gel, yet I noticed no issues with pilling when layering other products.
Thoughts on Time-Filler Mat: This was the first Filorga product I ever tried, and it sparked my interest in the rest of the collection. It managed my oil but hydrated, it minimized the pores along my cheeks, and minimized the surface redness along my forehead. Beyond that it softened the beginnings of my forehead expression lines. I rarely find such all-in-one products, but this truly does what it says.
Alternatives: Algenist POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Moisturizer, Lancer: The Method Nourish. Nothing really compares to Time Filler Mat because anti-aging products rarely come in versions which also address those with oily skin.