Have you heard?
L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream is now available in a fragrance-free version that even the most sensitive skin types can use to moisturise skin and fight premature aging.
Rumour has it, this moisturiser uses a mix of pro-retinol and probiotics extracts to help skin stimulate its “natural lifters” for firmer, smoother skin.
Does it deliver? Yes, but not necessarily what you think…
What’s In L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream Fragrance-Free?
GLYCERIN TO HYDRATE SKIN
Let’s start with the basics. Glycerin is in pretty much ALL skincare products for a reason.
It’s a wonderful humectant: that’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin. Once there, this extra moisture softens, plumps, and brightens your skin.
That’s the base you want to build the rest of your skincare routine on.
Related: The Complete Guide To Glycerin In Skincare
PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS EXTRACTS TO HEAL SKIN
Did you know that your skin is home to a wide range of microorganisms that protect it from harm? Together, they’re known as the microbiome.
I know, it’s gross to think you have bacteria on your skin. It’s even grosser not to have them. Here’s why.
When your skin’s microbiome is well-balanced, everything just works. Until sun damage, pollution, harsh skincare products (all the usual culprits) kill too many of the good bacteria. Then, all hell breaks loose.
Your skin gets dry and sensitive. Everything you put on it irritates it. You get acne and breakouts. It’s not a pretty picture.
L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream Fragrance-Free contains a bunch of probiotics to help restore a healthy microbiome.
The highlights are:
- Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide: A prebiotic that stimulates the proliferation of good bacteria – but NOT of bad bacteria.
- Yeast Extracts: They contain beta-glucan, a powerful skin-soother that creates a protective barrier to moisturise and protect skin from harm.
Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Work?
DIMETHICONE TO MINIMISE FINE LINES
Dimethicone is a heavy silicone. No, it doesn’t suffocate skin or clogs pores.
What it does is make wrinkles look smaller. Dimethicone fills every nook and cranny in your skin, a trick that blurs out pores and makes fine lines look less obvious – for a while. As soon as you wash it off, they’re still there.
While it’s at it, Dimethicone also gives slip to a product and makes the texture silky smooth.
Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?
PRO-RETINOL TO SLOW DOWN PREMATURE AGING?
Pro-Retinol is skincare lingo for “all forms of Vitamin A that can turn into Retinoic Acid”.
Retinoic Acid is the only skincare ingredient proven to reduce the wrinkles you already have. But, it’s so harsh, it’s available by prescription only.
OTC skincare products use derivatives that turn into Retinoic Acid in the skin. One of the most effective is retinol. But you won’t find a drop of it here.
Instead, the pro-retinol L’Oreal uses is Retinyl Palmitate, the WEAKEST form of Vitamin A. It can turn into Retinoic Acid, but it’s so weak, it’ll take forever to do so and make even the smallest dent in your wrinkles.
I only recommend Retinyl Palmitate to women with skin so sensitive, they can’t tolerate any other form of Vitamin A. Everyone else, stick to retinol.
Related: What Form Of Vitamin A Is Right For You?
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It’s on the thicker side, but sinks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind.
How To Use It
In the AM, in between serum and sunscreen. You can also use it at night, as the last step of your skincare routine.
Performance & Personal Opinion
I dig the texture of L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream Fragrance-Free. It’s thick enough to keep my dry skin soft and moisturised all day, and yet so lightweight it absorbs in seconds without leaving a greasy residue behind. Still, if your skin is oily or acne-prone, it may be too heavy for you.
The cream delivers on the moisture. When your skin has all the moisture it needs, it plumps up so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; its texture gets softer to the touch; and your complexion takes on a subtle, dewy glow. In other words, your skin just looks healthy.
It also soothes skin. All those probiotics calm down irritations and make sure your skin’s microbiome is balanced and keeping everything working as it should.
BUT, this moisturiser CAN’T lift skin. No skincare products can. Once skin has sagged, only a facelift can unsag it. But you already knew that, right?
Who Is This For?
It’s best suitable for dry and/or sensitive skin.
Who Is This NOT For?
Oily and acne-prone skin may find it a little too thick.
A see-through jar with a white and red cap. It’s practical, if not the most hygienic.
Does L’Oreal Revitalift Day Cream Fragrance-Free Live Up To Its Claims?
|This cream harnesses the power of dermatologist-inspired ingredients pro-retinol and probiotic extracts. Together these help the skin stimulate its natural lifters for extra-firm skin, visibly reduce wrinkles and develop a smoother surface.||The cream uses probiotics and pro-retinol, but it can’t lift skin. It’s the extra moisture that visibly reduces wrinkles and makes skin smoother.|
|Our Revitalift Day Cream now in a brand new Fragrance Free formula!||True.|
|Skin is lifted in just 2 weeks.||It can’t lift skin.|
|Contains pro-retinol, providing anti-ageing and skin regenerating properties.||The pro-retinol it uses is too weak to have any visible anti-aging effects.|
Price & Availability
£8.66 at Boots
Do You Need It?
If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, this is a good moisturiser to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Isopropyl Isostearate, Propylene Glycol, Oxidized Starch Acetate, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Faex Extract / Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Hydroxyacetophenone, Lactobacillus, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Maltodextrin, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Poloxamer 338, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Polysilicone-11.