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Moisturises and my skin are a tricky combination. Too heavy, and they clog up my pores and I get nasty blind pimples which really, really hurt and take a long time to get rid of, too light and my skin feels overly dry. I am in my early 40s, have always had oily skin - and feel slightly aggrieved that pimples are still a problem at this age, but there you have it!
The cream is a white colour with only a faint, but pleasant smelling aroma. It has a heavier texture than the day cream, and doesn't tend to be absorbed into the skin as well. The container is a dark blue colour and has a pump action which is very effective and you almost all of the moisturiser is accessible. Simply twisting the top to the left will turn it 'off' and it won't pump while packed in your toiletry bag.
This is part of a family of products. Surprisingly, as I really like the many of the other products in the Derma Genesis range, the night cream and I simply do not get on. It is far too heavy for my skin, and after a few days I developed large, blind pimples which were quite painful. It may well be suitable for someone who doesn't have the sensitivity to heavier moisturisers. But I just have to add it to the list of 'night moisturisers' which are not suitable for my skin.
If you need a heavier moisturiser for night time but don't want the strong oil based ones, this may well be suitable for you and would be worth a try. I've given it a 3 star because the fact that I can use it occasionally without adverse effect means that it would actually be good for people who aren't as liable to pimples as I am.
It is slightly more expensive than the day creams, and is sold at Boots for £16.99 at the moment.
L'Oreal Derma Genesis boasts what is meant to be a revolutionary trademarked ingredient Pro Xlane. According to Lancome, the patent holder and a subsidiary of L'Oreal, this product works by entering our extracellular matrix, a layer of goo between our cells that cushions and supports our cells as well as serving as a conduit for the flow of oils and, proteins and other molecules to our skins cells. According to an article in the Sunday Times dated 22 -07-2006, this is " big full stop: considerably more significant than previous anti-ageing crazes such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinol"
http:// www.timesonline.co.uk / tol/life_and_style/health /features/article 690392.ece
Apparently this sugar protein can actually change the way skin cells function leading to healthier younger skin.
This product also contains hyaluronic acid, another "miracle chemical" which some researchers have felt might be a factor in the longevity of certain populations who consume large amounts of this substance in their diets through fruits and veg. This is meant to be absorbed into the skin and hydrate from the inside out, as well as helping the skin to retain moisture.
OK all this sounds really scientific and it was enough to make me want to try this product, especially when I saw the chance of a free sample, but the question is does it work?
Well the sample I had was enough for a two week supply. I started using this at night before bed. The moisturiser is a blue tinted liquid ( presumably to distinguish it from the daytime product). A small amount goes along way, spreading over the skin, leaving a very oily feeling which soon dries into a strange coated feeling. There is a slight burning sensation, but nothing terrible. the scent is light and not at all unpleasant. I would describe it as just a moisturiser smell, not perfumed. After a few days of use I discontinued this product due to suddenly developing spots. I have never had a problem with acne, even in my teens although I did get the odd spot while pregnant. Shortly after I stopped using this the spots went away and it say forgotten about in my drawer until I decided to give it another try last week. Once again I am taken by the strange feeling to this. It does really seem to coat the skin, which I suppose might be helpful for sealing in moisture. It does make skin feel tighter as it dries but I am uncertain if this is due to the product itself tightening up. It seems as if you have an artificial layer over your face. After a few days of using this I have noticed a definite difference in my skin. My forehead feels a bit oily, my eyes and nose dry and once again I have developed spots. I do not feel that my skin is tightened, moisturised, or "visibly plumped" as the company claims.
As far as I am concerned this did give me younger skin - teenage skin problems that is! as to overall moisturising, I am afraid I was not impressed. I feel Oil of Olay gives me far softer, smoother and better hydrated skin, without the spots. I really can not say if this would prevent aging over a long term. It is really hard to say if a product reduces aging anyway as so many other factors are involved, however, I will not be using this long term. this product retails for roughly £11 for 50 ml, Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum would cost me about £1 less for the same amount, but even Oil of Olay's cheapest product their ordinary daily moisture fluid, gave me superior results at £6 for 100 ml.
In addition to not working well at all for me, i have recently learned that L'Oreal is still testing on animals and will continue to do so until a change in laws takes effect in 2013 forcing them to behave more ethically.
I am giving this product two stars as perhaps the coating effect does work better for some people, but for myself, I simply would not use this again.