You can add this serum to the list of the many disappointing, problematic skincare products L'Oreal offers. It's little more than alcohol and eau de cologne, neither of which is the least bit skin-caring. Age Perfect Cell Renewal Serum is perfect in name only because despite the enticing name, it is not a serum we can recommend.
There is little about this product that warrants any attention. It only contains a small, and we mean a really small amount of beneficial ingredients. Despite the inclusion of two skin-repairing ingredients and an antioxidant in the form of peony extract, the preponderance of irritating ingredients interrupt any benefit the good stuff can provide—and why settle for irritants mixed with good ingredients when so many lines offer great serums that don't present a risk of irritation? You'll find them on our list of Best Serums!
Like the other Age Perfect Cell Renewal products this serum also claims to speed surface skin cell renewal, revealing millions of new skin cells each day. How this product is supposed to do that isn't clear but it does contain a small amount of salicylic acid which, when properly formulated, can exfoliate dead skin cells. However, there isn't enough salicylic acid in this product to exfoliate, plus the pH is too high which also reduces its ability to achieve increase cell turnover rate.
By the way, it isn't a stretch to make the skin cell renewal claim anyway regardless of the formula as skin naturally sheds millions of cells every day. How much help the skin needs in terms of exfoliation to remove the buildup of accumulated dead skin cells as a result of sun damage or oily skin isn't measurable.
Overall, this would make a good fragrance but because fragrance isn't skin care we don't want you putting this on your face or anywhere else. Check out More Info to learn more about why highly fragrant products are a problem for skin and also for details on how alcohol damages skin, which isn't the least bit anti-aging or "age perfect".
- Contains a high amount of skin-irritating alcohol.
- Fragrant formula poses a risk of daily irritation.
- Only contains a couple of intriguing ingredients to fight signs of aging, and those have to work against problematic ingredients.
Alcohol in Skin Care: Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Irritation from Fragrance: 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