This specialty product is an example of what not to do when formulating a product to minimize pores. First, aside from the name, there really isn't anything special about this product. The blend of numerous silicones and polymers creates a texture that smoothes surface irregularities and has a temporary filling effect on pores this is only one of dozens of other products that have this same benefit but without the problematic ingredients L'Oreal added.
L'Oreal's claims "Pore Vanisher works on three dimensions to shrink pores: depth, number and size. But it's not possible. Nothing it contains can truly reduce the number of pores you have. Each person is born with all the pores they'll ever have.
However, pores do change in size and depth over time due to hormones causing clogged pores and from sun damage weakening the pore's support structure, but again, Pore Vanisher falls down in fixing those problems.
Because Youth Code Pore Vanisher contains a potentially irritating amount of alcohol, fragrance ingredients known to be irritating, and a form of menthol (menthyl lactate) whose cooling sensation won't make pores smaller, it's a bad idea for pores of any size. All of these combined can damage skin and the irritation can stimulate nerve endings at the base of the pore, causing potential problems. What kind of problems? Such stimulation can trigger excess oil production, which in turn makes pores bigger, not smaller!
One more comment: L'Oreal refers to the ingredient perlite as being able to strengthen and tighten pore walls. There's no research showing that to be possible. Perlite is a silica-based rock that has no special benefit for enlarged pores. It's similar to silica in that, when milled and included in skin-care products, it imparts a silky feel and powder-like finish.
To strengthen pore walls, there are several things you can do such as exfoliate with a salicylic acid (BHA) exfoliant, be sure to get all your makeup off every night, don't irritate your skin which will stimulate more oil production, and protect your skin from the sun every day! Surprised about sunscreen improving pores? It's true! Sun exposure damages the supportive elements in the skin and those elements also help keep pores properly shaped and "tight." As those support elements become damaged, the pore has less scaffolding to help it maintain its shape, essentially becoming "loose" and enlarging.
- Silky texture has a subtle (temporary) "filling" and smoothing effect on enlarged pores.
- The texture and finish work well under makeup.
- Cannot reduce the number of pores you have or the size of the pores; rather, it simply masks the appearance of larger pores.
- Contains irritating ingredients that can potentially make enlarged pores and oily skin worse if used daily.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritation.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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).
Pore Vanisher™ works on three dimensions to shrink pores: depth*, number and size. Instantly pores appear virtually vanished and skin feels hydrated. Perlite absorbs excess oil for an all-day, shine free, smooth finish. In one day LHA micro-exfoliates to visibly smooth skin’s surface. In one month pores begin to snap back into shape as our highest concentration of Perline-P strengthens and tightens pore walls to shrink actual pore size.
Dimethicone, Aqua/ Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/ 18 Dimethicone, Perlite, Magnesium Sulfate, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Lens Esculenta Seed Extract/Lentil Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Parfum/ Fragrance, Dextrin, Dimethiconol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77891/ Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, Farnesol, Limonene, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Aluminum Hydroxide
Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.
An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.
Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. 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. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The 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!
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.
For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.
L’Oreal Paris Makeup
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best 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 they exist at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to 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. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.