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.
- Contains some very good ingredients for dry skin.
- Cosmetic pigments make skin look radiant.
- Highly fragranced, but fragrance isn't skin care.
- Jar packaging will hurt the stability of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Amount of alcohol is potentially irritating.
- Not suitable for daytime use due to lack of sun protection.
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).