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.
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