This water-based serum beckons you to "reveal your ideal skin quality", a claim that is wide open to interpretation! They go on to promise velvety-smooth skin along with refinement of pores, uneven texture, and fine lines. Sounds great, and the flashy pink and white packaging is striking, but here's the truth: The claims being made for this serum apply to any that contains the amount of silicone this fragranced serum does. L'Oreal also added the mineral pigment mica for a brightening effect, which is nice, but not unique to this product.
As with most serums from L'Oreal, this formula is short on anti-aging ingredients. It does contain a form of jasmonic acid known as sodium tetrahydrojasomonate, which has some research showing it can increase hyaluronic acid production in a skin model, but that's about as exciting as it gets (Source: Experimental Dermatology, May 2012, pages 398–400). L'Oreal has published research concerning this ingredient, too, though the results revealed, surprise, that it's a good anti-aging ingredient, which is true for lots of ingredients (Source: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology, May 2013, ePublication).
Note: This L'Oreal serum is nearly identical to Lancome Visionnaire LR 2412 4% Advanced Skin Corrector, which costs three times as much. Neither is recommended but it certainly proves that expensive doesn't mean better! Just like with Visionnaire, the amount of alcohol is cause for concern. With the Youth Code serum, the medicinal smell of alcohol is apparent as you apply, and you may feel a stinging sensation as this dries. See More Info to learn why a high amount of alcohol in skin care is a problem.
- Makes skin feel silky.
- Cosmetic pigment mica helps to brighten skin.
- Lacks a proven range of anti-aging ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of alcohol, which is a skin irritant.
- Highly fragranced, which is also irritating on a daily basis.
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).
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).