L’oreal Skin Genesis Review

Skin Genesis, a line targeted at women in their 30s, is L’oreal’s latest creation. The line uses patented Pro-Xylane™, a “superior naturally-derived molecule so small it can penetrate skin’s surface layers” along with Hyaluronic Spheres to strengthen the upper layers of skin for stronger, smoother and more toned skin.

I have been using the Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate ($~20) religiously for the past 3 weeks and my dehydrated combination skin has never looked better! The Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate (the silver bottle in the picture) is basically a clear, highly concentrated gel that “deeply penetrates skin’s surface to even skin tone and immediately tighten”. The texture feels a little sticky but it gets absorbed into the skin instantly, with a slight tightening effect. I use this before I apply my favorite MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 in the AM and after I clean my face and before my moisturizer in the PM. My skin feels and stays smooth and hydrated all day, just like the effect I get with NARS Aqua Gel Hydrator – but at a fraction of the price!

The Oil-free Lotion ($~26), which is the pink bottle in the picture, is a moisturizer that is meant to be used after the serum to “create a more flawless complexion by evening skin’s tone and instantly smoothing skin’s surface”. Compared to the Serum, this feels slightly heavier and stickier. It does do a pretty much good job moisturizing my skin and the micro-shimmer also helps to create a subtle glow to mimic perfect skin. I am slightly on the fence about this one though. Although L’oreal recommends using both products together for better results, they do not seem to work well with each other at all – at least not for me. Whenever I apply this on top of the serum, it would peel and flake after a while and this never happens when I use the Serum under other moisturizers. I have also used the lotion on its own and did not experience any peeling either.

All in all, I do think L’oreal has got itself a winner here and I highly recommend the Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate for all skin types.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

8 COMMENTS

  1. if you apply the spf 50 once in the morning.. does that last all day?

    do you think it’s a good idea to use this product at a younger age, since it is made for women in their 30s?

    and i would also like to know about the acne scars and discolouration too!?

    thanks!!

  2. I don’t think the Skin Genesis helps with acne scars and discolorations. I did some research on the main ingredients and they are mostly used to absorb and retain water in the skin.

  3. I got the impression from your 4/22/08 entry that you didn’t support animal testing..
    So in case you didn’t know, L’oreal is owned by Proctor & Gamble; buying from any company owned by Proctor & Gamble supports animal testing. :(
    I don’t want to sound preach-y or anything. I just thought you made a mistake.

  4. Just thought about sharing my experiences –

    Serum is good.

    The Dermagenesis Cream is not.

    So if you’re considering the Dermagenesis range….just go for the Serum!

  5. i am using this with tri luma at night (serum in the day/tri luma at night) to diminish acne scars. the moisturizing benefits of the serum is really expediting the healing process and making my scars go away faster than if i was only using tri luma alone.

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