Product Type: L'Oreal Eye Care
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L'Oréal Youth Code Eye Cream
Member Name: jodiestokes
L'Oréal Youth Code Eye Cream
Date: 06/03/12, updated on 07/06/12 (142 review reads)
L'Oreal's Youth Code is one of the more notably effective anti-aging eye creams that I have tested in recent times. Although some of the claims are almost certainly over rated, I cannot deny an improvement to the overall quality of my skin, albeit not in the area that the claims suggest.
<==Cost, packaging and all that jazz==>
L'Oreal's Youth Code comes in a 15ml see-through, screw top pot which is housed in a reasonably posh looking cardboard box that sports all the relevant information such as directions for use and ingredients. You can expect to pay anywhere between £8and £15 depending on where you go and the product can be found in the majority of highstreet cosmetic stores as well as a number of online shops.
<==What gets right under my skin==>
When it comes to anti-aging products, there is nothing guaranteed to grip my goat more than vague product detailing when set alongside a parade of boastful claims and made up fancy names for a combination of standard ingredients. L'Oreal's Youth code has not been an exception and gone and plonked us on the kisser with this baffling thing called ' Pro-gen technology', suffice to say that it's either glamorised brand waffle or the mark of pure genius and the future in anti-aging technologies. Assuming that you're a bit of a cynic (like my good self), then you might want to know what exactly this all means, and more to the point what the blinkers is in it?
<==Claims, ingredients, baffling science, yet more claims and my opinion on it all==>
Well, they say that Youth Code is 'inspired by the science of genes,' and after some extensive scientific studies and a whole host of strokey beard meetings they've managed to come up with this: "When put under certain stress, skin genes linked to epidermal recovery are activated. This activation is known as gene expression". In mature skin they found that when skin became exposed to external aggression (exfoliation) gene expression took a considerable length of time to activate when compared to the reaction times of younger skin, which indicated to them that mature skin has a slower reaction time and also takes longer to heal. Okay, so the first bit is science but let's face it the verdict is obvious really. They then go on to claim that: "The Youth Code moisturising formula helps improve the skin's ability to behave more youthfully" which seems to imply that the 'pro-gen technology' has the ability to tamper with our skins genetic blueprint and accelerate the 'gene expression' process. It's almighty claim, but the link between the science and 'pro-gen technology' is eyebrow-raisingly vague in my opinion, and thus remains a bit of a mystery. The only ingredient I can speculate that might solve that mystery is called 'Bifida Ferment lysate' which appears to improve sensitive skin and increase its resistance to aggression.
There are at least four different types of moisturiser in this product as well as an antioxidant called 'Ascorbyl Glucoside' which also acts as a whitening agent, so despite the rambling confusions of the 'pro-gen' there's some pretty good skin goodies to be had, though it's worth bearing in mind that there are also a couple of potential irritants.
One of the more ambitious claims about Youth Code is that "In 1 hour, wrinkles appear reduced and skin looks rejuvenated". Well, let's put it to the test then........
<==The overall experience==>
The consistency of the cream is incredibly thick which is bound to be a bit off putting to those of us with spot prone skin at first, because let's face it, thick creams have that historic reputation of clogging pores. However, the texture is both incredibly smooth and super silky, so it glides on nice and evenly with only the smallest amount required and not a lot of effort involved, in conclusion, it never suffocated my pores, caused a breakout or any kind of skin irritation. In fact, my skin felt suitably soothed and rehydrated with every application, and given that I have incredibly sensitive skin I would suggest that the product is very gentle and pleasant to use.
At 33 I've the beginnings of a few fine lines and the '1 hour reduction claim' was an attractive persuasion, but alas, it was soon proved over ambitious and although my eyes did look a fraction fresher there was no great change to write home about in this short time period.
After the first week of using Youth Code I noticed a subtle improvement to the overall texture of my skin which felt smoother and softer. The puffiness around my eyes had also been reduced which was a consistantly pleasant attribute for this product to behold.
After a couple of weeks I encountered a bit of a mirror shock when I was greeted with what can only be described as 'reverse panda eyes'. The skin around my eyes appeared to be at least two shades lighter than the rest of my face, but although there was a clear difference in skin colour, what was even more evident was that the long standing dark circles that I have a tendency to sport were now near total non-existence. I wasn't too keen on this new two shades lighter business at first, but given the choice between three shades darker or two shades lighter, the lighter seemed to be the fairer exchange (fairer being the optimum word) and much easier to conceal with make-up. There's no mention of skin lightening properties amidst the claims and one can only assume that L'Oreal might put this down to my skin rekindling the ability to behave more youthfully. Overall, the skin around my eyes looked more even toned and I suspect that when used in conjunction with the day cream you might expect to heed some truly significant results, and of course, skin that matches the rest of your face.
I used the Youth code for a good six weeks and found it to be a more than adequate product. The ability to reduce puffiness and inflammation meant that those fine lines looked far less noticeable, but never the less, remained the same. If it couldn't help iron them out in six weeks then I think '1 hour' is a bit misleading at best, having said that, it's worth noting the careful and clever wording in the claim; 'appear reduced' as opposed to 'are reduced' which is bound to be misconstrude as the product flat out having the ability to reduce them in my opinion, particularly when you attach 'in 1 hour' to the sentance because it stands to reason that if they can 'appear' reduced in one single hour, then long term use would surely give rise to a more impressive lifting of lines? That's not to say that my eyes didn't appear altogether more youthful because surprisingly enough they actually did, so L'Oreal clearly haven't spun us a total yarn and perhaps there's something to this 'pro-gen technology' after all. My eyes looked fresher, a little bit younger and a dashing more lively, all thanks to the mystery that is the Youth Code.
I would certainly recommend this product, but given the annoying mystery science and that misleading '1 hour' claim is why Youth Code gets a 3.5 out of a possible 5.
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