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In The Beginning,
There Was Only One
Back in the days when I
was a beauty novice...
Night Essence That Works As You Slumber
August 14th, 2011
Since I finished using Hada Labo’s Retinol Lifting + Firming Essence, I have been on L’oreal’s Revitalift Intensive Night Repair Essence. It’s an anti-aging serum which targets lines/wrinkles and loss of firmness. It’s touted as L’oreal’s most intensive night repair serum.
L’oreal Paris laboratory has identified 8 key zones of Asian women (I guess that makes this an Asia exclusive product) that are prone to ageing, namely:-
This serum is extremely lightweight and watery so I think it should be suitable for even the oiliest of skins. Even though I don’t have oily skin, I always appreciate serums that are fluid and not heavy as these can be more easily absorbed into skin.
Our skin contains 8 natural lifters which are grouped according to three main functions:-
(1) The tightening lifters to naturally tighten the skin (4 lifters)
(2) The re-pulping lifters to expanse the dermis (1 lifter)
(3) The stabilizing lifters to ensure cohesion between the different layers of the skin and optimize the dermal-epidermal junction to facilitate biological exchange and communications, which maximises the effect of the tightening and re-pulping lifters (3 lifters).
Recognising that age alters these natural lifters and consequently surface wrinkles become more noticeable and skin eventually loses firmness, L’oreal Laboratories formulated Revitalift with the Dermalift Complex and Pro-Retinol A.
Dermalift contains a complex of polypeptides and yeast extract and was designed to stimulate synthesis of the 8 natural lifters (in vitro tests), including the stabilizing lifters, so that, by taking action on the dermal-epidermal junction, the formula can help skin re-tighten and re-pulp itself from within.
Pro-Retinol A is Revitalift’s active ingredient for improving the epidermis structure and contributes to epidermal thickening while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our epidermis becomes thinner which results in wrinkles and lines appearing, Pro-Retinol A fights this aspect of aging.
So why the need for a night serum? According to L’oreal, cell renewal increases by 200% to 300% when night falls, making it the most ideal time for optimum skin repair. The serum is dispensed from the dropper (see pic below) and it has a slight scent which I find rather pleasant.
The bottle itself is well designed in a deep red colour. This clear serum has one of the nicest consistencies I have ever come across in a serum. It just feels as if I am applying a few drops of water on my face. It does have quite a moisturising effect even though it isn’t a hydrating serum.
So far so good as it has maintained my skin’s elasticity and resilience. I apply it rather liberally on my neck and collarbone. I won’t go so far as to say that I’ve noticed a decrease in the depth of the lines around my neck but it does seem to have a softening effect on the lines on my collarbone, somehow they don’t look so severe.
I haven’t been using a whitening serum during the time I used this serum yet I have noticed improvements in my skin tone in that my skin looks more radiant every morning. This serum really does work during my sleep.
The Intensive Night Repair Serum (30ml) retails at RM79.90. Other products in this range are the Day Cream SPF23/PA++ (50ml/RM51.90), Night Cream (50ml/RM54.90) & Eye Cream (15ml/RM46.90).
Note : The Intensive Night Repair Serum was sent by PR for review.
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