Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal Facial Oil
"Perfume" Perfect would be a more accurate name for this strongly scented bottle of fragrant and non-fragrant plant oils! Although several of the non-fragrant plant oils are wonderfully beneficial for dry to very dry skin, they're commingled with so much fragrance that it borders on overkill in terms of causing irritation. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products like this isn't the way to look younger.
The dropper-tip applicator is a great way to dispense an oil like this, because it's easy to apply on its own or to mix a few drops with your regular moisturize. However, for the health of your skin, if you want to add oil to ease dryness, we recommend doing so with a mix of non-fragrant plant oils or a single oil such as jojoba, evening primrose, or safflower. You'll get all of the benefits this L'Oreal product provides, without the strong risk of irritation that such large amounts of fragrance present.
By the way, nothing about this facial oil is preferred for so-called mature skin, whatever that means. There's no agreed-upon definition for mature skin; the cosmetics industry seems to equate it with dry skin, yet many "mature" women still struggle with oily skin and breakouts. The good oils in this product will be a help for dry skin of any age—you don't need to wait until you're "mature" to gain their benefit—just don't do that using this product.
One more comment: The eight essential oils L'Oreal mentions are not essential for anyone's skin, at least not if they're referring to the fragrant oils. This product would be a big problem for those with extra sensitive skin.
- Contains several beneficial non-fragrant plant oils.
- Dropper-tip applicator makes this easy to apply.
- Highly fragranced, but fragrance (in this case, more like pure perfume) isn't skin care.
- Contains several fragrant plant oils known to be irritating, which is pro-aging.
- This isn't a special product only for mature skin.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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