L’oreal Skin Genesis Review

June 27, 2008

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.


  • Reply Anonymous June 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    do you have any tips for getting rid of acne scars and discolouration? will the l’real skin genesis work?

  • Reply Anonymous June 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Pretty bottles. OMG! You use SPF50?! so high, my daily lotion is just SPF15. guess I need a higher one

  • Reply KAY June 27, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    sure looks nice, those bottles…

  • Reply Anonymous June 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    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!?


  • Reply Phyllis June 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    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.

  • Reply Savannah July 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2008 at 9:39 am

    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!

  • Reply eleanor January 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    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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