In February 2014, I posted a product review of L’Oreal Paris’ Youth Code Luminosity Extraordinary Serum. I’d only been using it for two weeks at the time and now, after eight months of use, it’s time for an honest update.
According to L’Oreal’s website, L’Oreal Youth Code Serum is targeted at the 25-35 year-old age group, which makes me think that its more for preventing dark spots rather than treating an existing problem that’s been there for a while.
“A precious, light-infusing serum developed for women aged 25-35 to help correct dark spots and reveal more even, youthful looking skin. The Serum is enriched with patented Lumi-GenTM technology to even and illuminate your skin tone. CLINICALLY PROVEN RESULTS: Immediately, your skin is deeply hydrated. It glows with a new luminosity. In 1 week, your skin is more even. Correction of different types of dark spots begins. Marks start to fade: dark spots, sun spots and age-spots. In 1 month, dark spots are visibly reduced. Your skin tone is even and more luminous.”
This product did not live up to its promises and did not correct dark spots or even out my skin tone. I took photos of my cheeks before I began using the product, after four months of use and again after eight months and initially it seemed to be fading the dark marks on my face, but after comparing all the photos, it may have just been a “trick of light” and the light-infusing ingredients making the skin appear more luminous and even toned. It definitely looks like there’s no improvement of the dark pigmentation marks!
I finished my last bottle of L’Oreal Youth Code Serum on the evening of 27 December 2014 and took the photos the next morning to try and get the lighting to be the same in all photos (not an easy task when there’s an overcast sky to contend with).
I’ve now begun using Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Night Serum, which is targeted at more mature skin and we’ll see how this one does.