Skincare Science: L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-fatigue Perk-up Cream
So I know my last Skincare Science post featured the Correcting Day moisturiser from the L’Oreal Skin Perfection range but I just love this range so much that in this post I’m going to look into the science behind the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-fatigue Perk-up cream from the same range. This is a relatively new product in my skincare regime after it was recommended in a post by Beneath the Brush and I have to say I love it already! It claims to target skin dullness and refine texture and pores as well as having built-in SPF 20 to protect skin from harmful UV rays; bold claims, so I thought I’d take a look to see what’s going on in that tube…
There are a lot of the usual suspects in there in terms of moisturising agents (butyrospermum parki butter, dimethicone, diisopropyl sebacate and sucrose tristearate to name a few) and they do their job well in making skin feel soft and retain water at the surface without feeling oily or greasy; the texture of this product is lovely and light! There is also a small army of UV protection ingredients such as salycilic acid and octocrylene which give UVA and UVB protection, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate for UVB protection and titanium dioxide which is a chemical UV barrier on the skin surface. It’s a good idea to introduce products which have both UVA and UVB protection into your skincare regime as UVB rays are the cause of sunburn but UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and lead signs of aging such as a loss in skin elasticity (to find out more about UV effects see my previous post here).
Sounds great up to now but what are the stars of the show? First up is lentil seed extract which controls oil production from the skin by tightening up pores. It causes maturation of the cells surrounding the pores which causes pores to become less stiff and open. Hence use of this cream should reduce pore size and give a more even skin tone, yes please! Secondly there is eperua falcata bark extract, or Perline-P. Perline-P reduces a process known as ‘inflammaging’ where signs of aging are caused by the production of free radicals via the inflammatory process. It prevents the activation of an enzyme called plasmin serine protease by inhibiting production of cytokines, the chemical messengers which activate it, as part of the inflammation process. Plasmin serine protease causes the production of free radicals which break down molecules in the skin such as hyaluronic acid which keeps skin plump and supple so when Perline-p stops this enzyme from doing its job, skin should remain hydrated and more youthful-looking.
So there we have it! A moisturiser that feels good and does good! I used to hate leaving the house without foundation on but I feel that this Anti-fatigue Perk-up cream and other products in this range really help my skin and give me the confidence to ditch the make-up from time to time! If you’ve ever tried any products from the L’Oreal Skin Perfection range I’d love to know what you thought.