L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream review

What’s the most-effective, quick-fix anti-aging combination out there?

Sunscreen + hyaluronic acid. While sunscreen prevents wrinkles in the first place, hyaluronic acid plumps up your complexion, making it look instantly younger.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream contains both. Is it worth checking out?

What’s In L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream?

UV FILTERS TO PROTECT SKIN FROM UV RAYS

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream uses a combination of chemical filters to absorb UV rays and transform them into a less damaging form of energy (heat), so as not to cause damage, such as wrinkles and dark spots:

  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate: A.k.a. Octyl Salicylate, an UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
  • Ethylexyl Triazone:  Another UVB filter.
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: The scientific name for Tinosorb S, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: A.k.a. avobenzone, an UVA filter that’s very unstable (i.e. stops working quickly when exposed to light) on its own. It’s absorbed by the body (and expelled quickly through urine), so it’s not recommended during pregnancy.

Yes, this moisturiser can provide broad spectrum protection BUT only if you apply it as generously as you would a sunscreen. A thin layer won’t keep UV harm away!

Related: Are Cosmetics With SPF A Good Alternative To Sunscreens?

SODIUM HYALURONATE TO HYDRATE SKIN

Sodium Hyaluronate is a form of Hyaluronic Acid, a.k.a. Mr Moisture Magnet. It attracts moisture from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated for longer. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water! All that moisture makes skin plumper, softer and brighter.

Related: The Complete Guide To Hyaluronic Acid In Skincare

ALCOHOL DENAT TO THIN THE TEXTURE

Alcohol Denat is one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skincare. Word on the street is that it’s terribly drying and irritating.

To an extent, that’s true. The reason you feel so bad after you gulp down one too many cocktails is that alcohol is drying out every cell in your body, giving you a bad case of dehydration.

Does the same thing apply to skin when you slather alcohol on it? It depends. If alcohol’s all you’re slathering on, then yes, it will dry out your skin.

But if you use alcohol together with moisturizing ingredients, they’ll counteract its drying effects. Science confirms this. Recent studies show that alcohol isn’t as drying as we once thought.

Having said this, everyone’s skin is different. If your skin is particularly sensitive to alcohol denat and doesn’t tolerate it well, this serum isn’t for you.

But what does alcohol do here? It’s a volatile carrier that helps create a thinner solution and texture.

Related: Is Alcohol In Skincare Good Or Bad For You?


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Fragrance

It smells like a flower bouquet dipped in sunscreen.

Texture

I wouldn’t describe it as lightweight, but it’s not thick either. It sinks in quickly into the skin. It can feel slightly greasy to oily skin.

How To Use It

In the morning, after serum but before sunscreen. Moisturisers with SPF replace sunscreen only if you use them as sunscreen (apply 1/3 of a teaspoon for the face and neck).

Performance & Personal Opinion

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream is a plumping day cream.

Its high hyaluronic acid content gets into your fine lines and wrinkles, filling them up with moisture. This moisturising trick plumps up skin, so that fine lines look smaller to the naked eye.

The catch? Once the moisturising effect is gone, the wrinkles are still there. So, if you’re looking for something that reduces the size and depth of your wrinkles, this isn’t it. To be fair, most skincare products can’t do that. You’d need high strength retinol to make a dent in those pesky wrinkles.

Still, this moisturising, plumping trick makes your skin look younger. It also softens your skin’s texture and gives the complexion a subtle glow.

Plus, the SPF also helps prevent wrinkles – as long as you apply enough. For a drugstore moisturiser, not too shabby.

Related: If Your Skin Is Perfectly Hydrated, Do You Still Need To Worry About Anti-Aging?

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Who Is This For?

It’s best for normal to slightly dry skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

Oily, acne-prone skin.

Packaging

A grey jar. Not the most hygienic, so wash your hands before dipping your fingers in it.

Does L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream Live Up To Its Claims?

CLAIM TRUE?
Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. True. “Appearance” is the key word here. It makes wrinkles LOOK smaller, it doesn’t make wrinkles themselves smaller. Once the plumping effect of hyaluronic acid is over, your wrinkles are still there.
It is also enriched with Fibroxyl plant extract, known for its firming properties. True. Again, pay attention to the wording. L’Oreal doesn’t say the cream firms your skin. It says one of its ingredients firm skin. But there’s not enough of it here to do the job.
Replumps the skin with moisture.  True.
Skin bounces back. Too general. What does it mean? How do you prove it if you don’t know what it means?
Day after day, skin looks plumper and fuller. Contours appear more defined, you look younger.  True but again, look at the wording. “Looks” plumper, “appear” more refined. It means the effect is only temporary.
VISIBLE RESULTS In 4 hours, the skin looks firmer by 14% and more toned by 25%*. *Instrumental test, 40 women. Clinical Scoring True. But the wording is the same. “Visible” results. “Looks” firmer. And how did they come up with the numbers? Did they just ask women if they thought their skin looked firmer? Or did they conduct more scientific tests? We don’t know, so the claim isn’t as impressive as it seems.

Price & Availability

£19.99 at Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

It’s not a must-have (almost no skincare product is, FYI). But if you’re on a budget, this is a good moisturiser to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives

Ingredients

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazine, Alcohol Denat, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octyldodecanol, Behenyl Alcohol, Isopropryl Isostearate, Perlite, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl Alcohol, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 • CI 16035 / Red 40 • Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polysorbate 80, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Myristic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance