Age Perfect for Mature Skin Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Daily Serum
1 fl. oz. for $19.99
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The claims for this anti-aging serum state what a well formulated serum should do, to the extent possible, to improve signs of aging. Unfortunately, this isn’t a well formulated serum. It absolutely contains some great ingredients, including skin-silkening silicones, soy protein, and some repairing ingredients. But it also lists alcohol as the third ingredient and contains numerous fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. None of that is “age perfect” or “advanced”, and it stops this serum from earning even a minor recommendation.

The combination of too much alcohol with all of those fragrance chemicals (remember, fragrance isn’t skin care) can lead to collagen damage and impair skin’s ability to repair itself, which is what a brilliant serum allows skin to do beautifully. Serums from Olay, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Paula’s Choice offer superior options whose formula successfully address multiple signs of aging for all skin types.


L'Oreal's Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Serum features a Nutri-Repair Complex enriched with Bio-Peptides and patented Ceramide Fortifiers that help reverse the signs of past damage.


Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Flower Extract, Mel/Honey, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxyapatite, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Caprylyl Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Geraniol, Eugenol, Coumarin, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Benzyl alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben.

Brand Overview

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.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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The worst

I agree with Paula. This is the worst serum ever. Absolutely of no value. Save your money and put it towards a pricier brand/product.

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Love this serum! 44 yrs old ...

I'm surprised by the "poor" score given for this serum too, because I love it! It has a beautiful texture - light & smooth. Has a fair amount of hydration for a serum. And my skin glows when I use it. It feels & wears wonderfully under makeup. I think it's a great product & wouldn't be without it. Also, I recently added the new L'Oreal Glow Facial Oil to my routine at night (2-3 drops, warm between fingers and press into skin) and it is amazing stuff! These 2 products make my skin soft & glowy!

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Beautypedia Team Response

Unfortunately, despite both of these L'Oreal products containing some good moisturizing and "glow-inducing" ingredients, each contains a lot of fragrance that is a source of irritation, even if you don't see or feel it taking place. What pleases your nose isn't making your skin happy, at least not below the surface where the damage is taking place and building up over time.

Love it, smooth, soft skin - 50 years old

I was searching for this online and was shocked that this received a "poor" rating. I found it at Target in the clearance aisle and figured it was worth a try for $10. I'm 50, with menopausal skin that's sometimes oily, sometimes super dry. I noticed after this first week that my skin is super soft in the morning, it appears clearer and is getting less blotchy. This is the only change I've made, so this is what I feel is really working for me. If you see if for sale at a great price, try it

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