Dec 15, 2010

Ingredients Search Website

I found this website while looking for the ingredients of a product. It allows you to search for a single ingredient or you can copy and paste an entire ingredients listing and it tells you what the ingredient is and what it is used for. Very cool.

Dec 1, 2010

L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Intense

L'Oreal has introduced a new product line called Youth Code. It consists of a serum, day lotion, day/night cream, and eye cream. These products are similar to those offered by Lancome, the luxury division of L'Oreal and retail for about $25.00.

I pre-ordered the L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Intense and used it for a month. The first thing I noticed was the extremely light texture of the clear serum. Very little product is needed to cover the entire face. This serum is identical to Lancome Genifique serum except that the Youth Code serum has peptides, known as Matrixyl-3000, while the Genifique does not. The scent is very light and gender neutral unlike a lot of Lancome products. The serum absorbs very quickly and leaves a smooth, powdery finish. My only complaint, and I have this with several other L'Oreal and Lancome products is that it tends to ball up if I try layering other products on top of it.

I didn't see a huge improvement in my skin while using this but I liked it and would consider using it again. Alcohol is rather high up on the ingredients listing which can cause dry skin although there are also numerous humectants in the serum to counteract it. I like that a drug store brand product contains peptides, most do not.

The serum seems to be the powerhouse product as it contains peptides while the lotion and cream do not. Of additional interest is the high concentration of Bifida Ferment Lysate which is one of the main ingredients in Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex.

Except for the alcohol content and the fact the serum can ball up depending on what is applied over it, I liked this serum a lot.

This product is available at Ulta, Target, Walmart, Meijer, and a variety of other stores. It retails for $25.00 or so in most stores.

Ingredients: Water , Bifida Ferment Lysate , Glycerin , Alcohol Denat. , Dimethicone , Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acids , PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate , Sodium Hyaluronate , Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 , Adenosine , Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide , Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate , Disodium EDTA , Caprylyl Glycol , Citric Acid , Xanthan Gum , N-Hydroxysuccinimide , Chrysin , Octyldodecanol , Sodium Benzoate , Phenoxyethanol , Limonene , Fragrance.