The most exciting element of this moisturizer is that it contains some very good, rich ingredients for dry skin. But "Age Perfect"? Hardly!
Let's begin by stating this is inappropriate for daytime use because it doesn't provide sun protection—the number one thing you can do for skin that ages perfectly (if there is such a thing)! As is true for most L'Oreal moisturizers, this formula is highly fragranced and contains several fragrance ingredients (eugenol, geraniol, and limonene, among others) known to be irritating. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is a problem.
Next up on the bad news list is the jar packaging. This product contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients that begin to break down the second you open this—as we discuss in More Info below. Essentially, jar packaging is the wrong way to go for any anti-aging product, even those that have a richer, creamy texture.
We're also concerned about the amount of alcohol this moisturizer contains, as it's another potential source of irritation, especially when paired with so much fragrance. L'Oreal did include some novel plant extracts, but nothing extraordinary or present in an amount that will make a big difference on wrinkles.
In terms of the glow factor, this contains mineral pigments to leave a soft, radiant finish. Definitely pretty and capable of making dull skin look vibrant, but you can get this cosmetic effect from lots of other moisturizers or treatment products that really go the distance to help fight multiple signs of aging. This one simply falls short.
Daily Use of Highly Fragrant Products: 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).
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Restore skin’s youthful glow with Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day/Night Cream. This non-greasy and luxuriously lightweight moisturizing cream provides all-day hydration. It deeply nourishes and intensely hydrates even dull, dry skin. Over time your skin feels firmer and a healthy glow is restored.
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil/Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate , C30-45 Alkyl, Dimethicone, PEG-20 Stearate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Flower Extract, Tin Oxide, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Potassium Hydroxide, Royal Jelly Extract, Carbomer, Calcium Pantothenate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5, Titanium Dioxide, Linalool, Geraniol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.
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 minor—if 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'Oreal’s 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 drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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