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Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream
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1.7 fl. oz. for $24.99
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight gel-cream moisturizer is said to refine pores, uneven skin texture, and fine lines. All of those concerns can be addressed with any moisturizer that contains a high amount of silicone, as this does. The formula contains a few silicones plus other ingredients which can make skin look and feel very smooth. That's great, but hardly unique to this artificially colored moisturizer for normal to dry skin.

As is the norm for L'Oreal moisturizers (as well as L'Oreal's sister company, Lancome) this product falls short of providing skin with a state-of-the-art mix of anti-aging ingredients. It contains a few potentially helpful plant-based ingredients, but those won't remain stable for long because this is packaged in jar (see More Info for details).

We noticed that this moisturizer tends to ball up easily as it's being applied, which isn't a good sign. Last, this is not suitable for daytime use unless you're willing to pair it with a product rated SPF 15 or greater. Really, the only difference between a daytime moisturizer and a night cream is that the daytime option should provide sun protection.

In the end, this highly fragranced moisturizer is easily replaced by many others at the drugstore or department store.

Pros:
  • Makes skin look and feel very smooth.
Cons:
  • Isn't unique in its ability to refine the look of pores or uneven skin texture.
  • Jar packaging won't keep some of the more intriguing ingredients stable once opened.
  • Tends to ball up as you apply it.
  • Fragrance ingredients it contains pose a risk of irritation, which isn't anti-aging.
More Info:

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).

High Amount of Fragrance: Daily use of products that are strongly fragranced, 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).

Claims

Scientifically developed for all skin tones and types, Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream helps to improve overall skin quality over time.

Ingredients

Aqua/Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Behenyl Alcohol, Talc, PTFE, Polyethylene, Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Poloxamer 338, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Lens Esculenta Seed Extract/Lentil Seed Extract, Dextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40, Red 33, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Fragrance.

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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05.23.2015
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Definetely made my skin smoother and more moisturized. Will try something different once this runs out.

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Kristine C.
08.04.2014
It works really well

I am in love with the texture corrector cream! I'm in my mid thirties and had tried everything to even out my skin tone (AHA, BHA, niacinamide, hydroquinone) and after only 5 days of using this cream day and night, my skin is more even toned and glowing. My 40 something husband now uses it at night too LOL. I'm so happy I found this and can't wait to explore other loreal products since I usually use Olay.

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