Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer
Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer combines two key anti-aging products in one dual-chambered bottle—at least that's how it seems. Depressing the pump dispenses an equal amount of both products, one is translucent white, the other is pale pink. Colors aside, this is a basic product whose only impressive attribute is a 2% concentration of ascorbyl glucoside, a form of antioxidant vitamin C.
Despite the dual chamber-type packaging, this product only has one ingredient list rather than two distinct lists. Between this and the fact that both products have the same textures, we suspect the dual packaging concept is more for show than effect. Although this serum-and-moisturizer in one makes skin feel smooth and hydrated, like most L'Oreal skincare products, it's not without its perplexing problems.
It's always disappointing to see denatured alcohol among the first few ingredients in an anti-aging product, because this type of alcohol is pro-aging. As the seventh ingredient in this product, its placement isn't terrible, but it's not welcome over good-for-skin ingredients.
L'Oreal calls out beech tree extract (also known as Pro-Xylane but listed as hydroxypropyl tetrahydropyrantriol) as being present in a 6% concentration. That's nice, as this is a good hydrating ingredient for skin, but not necessarily the best one and definitely not worth showcasing. We can think of several more exciting ingredients—L'Oreal has been touting Pro-Xylene for a couple decades now, lots of research has surpassed this ingredient.
Although there are some worthwhile ingredients in this product, the strong, lingering fragrance is reason enough to give this a pass. Fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin, and as we explain in the More Info section, daily use of highly fragrant products poses a problem for all skin types.
Cheers to L'Oreal for creating a silky, elegant texture whose finish enlivens dull skin; if only the fragrance and alcohol were omitted this would rank among the more intriguing options at the drugstore. As is, you are more likely to see fewer signs of aging by applying a separate serum and moisturizer from those that earned a top rating in our Best Products section.
- Makes skin feel smooth and hydrated.
- Soft pink tint adds a healthy glow.
- Packaging keeps the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Made out to be two formulas (serum and moisturizer) but there's only one ingredient list.
- The fragrance lingers on skin and poses a risk of irritation.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
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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