L'Oreal's Skin Genesis

L'oreal, loreal, skin genesisI've been really looking forward to trying out the new Skin Genesis products from L'Oreal. They were released earlier this year with much fanfare about "strengthening of skin" and a major breakthrough that would be available only from L'Oreal. Many other beauty bloggers had tried the line with great success, no one had a single bad thing to say! But, I was wading in skin products to try out so I resisted buying it. Then in the past month I had it given to me by L'Oreal during my visit to their store with Total Beauty, as well I had it sent to me later by Total Beauty to review! I am now swimming in Skin Genesis!

So, what exactly is this breakthrough in anti-aging technology? I'm not quite sure actually. The most technical explanation of Pro-Xylane that I can find is in this L'Oreal video. To me, this explanation sounds a lot like what peptides do to the skin. The Pro-Xylane is the only active ingredient that is found consistently among the Skin Genesis products, though some products do have other anti-aging ingredients (such as the anti-oxidants found in the Oil Free lotion). I can't comment further on the activity of the Pro-Xylane without further info.

For the past 2 weeks I have been using the Oil Free Lotion and the Serum as suggested in the video. I use the lotion day and night, but at night I also use the serum (before the lotion). I do like the experience of using both products. They have a faint floral scent and feel silky. The serum is a clear gel while the lotion is a pearlescent ivory lotion. They do take a bit of time to sink into the skin, particularly the serum. The lotion alone takes only a few minutes to sink in, so I simply apply it before brushing my teeth and then I'm ready for makeup! The lotion was just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin, keeping my dry cheeks moist but not turning my t-zone into an oil slick.

I hate to say it, but these products just really did not agree with my skin. I can't figure it out, since every review I have found for these products was nothing but glowing. They are listed as Oil Free (though I do spy a castor oil derivative, with fine print saying that the oil free lotion is 99.8% oil free) and non-comedogenic. I see nothing on the list of ingredients that I have reacted to poorly in the past. My skin is pretty much a mess after 2 weeks with these products. I have about 5 very large, painful cystic pimples on my face right now. I had bad skin as a teenager, but nothing like this! It's bad enough that even my husband (who is generally very quiet about these things lest he upset me) asked what I was testing and requested I return to Bioelements. So, I've halted all further product testing until my skin clears up.

I really think that I am likely a rare person to have had this sort of skin reaction to the Skin Genesis products given the number of all positive reviews that I have seen (as well as the fact that I've been using the matching eye cream for the past week without an issue).

Serum Ingredients:
Glycerin: Humectant
Alcohol Denat: Solvent
Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane: Binder and defoaming agent
Hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid: pH buffer/adjustor
Sodium Hyaluronate: hyaluronic acid, a very large molecule which is found in the dermis and epidermis, binds water very well. It is too large to actually penetrate into the skin, but it will bind water to the skin's surface resulting in plumping.
Capryl Glycol/Capyrylyl Glycol: Preservative
Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydroprantriol: I believe this may be the the Pro-Xylane as I can't find this elsewhere
ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate: emulsifier and thickening agent
PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil: surfactant (really)
Hydroxyethylcellulose: Thickening agent and binder
Disodium EDTA: chelating agent and stabilizer
Triethanolamine: surfactant
Oxothiazolidinecarboxylic Acid: brightening and conditioning agent
Algae/Algae extract: often a source of minerals and anti-oxidants

Oil Free Lotion Ingredients:
Dimethicone: Silicone, lends a slippery feel, skin conditioning agent, anti-foaming agent
Propylene Glycol: humectant
Glycerin: humectant
Isohexadecane: emollient
Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer: Thickening agent
Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate: emulsifier and thickener
Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid: pH adjustor
Polysorbate 80: surfactant
Dimethyl Isosorbide: solvent
Hexylene Glycol: solvent
Octyldodecanol: emollient
Nylon-12: thickener, opacifier
CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide: physical sunscreen
Mica: colorant
Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol: I believe this is the Pro-Xylane
Capryloyl Salicylic Acid: skin conditioner
Ascorbyl Glucoside: anti-oxidant
Carbomer: emulsifier and thickener
Sodium Hydroxide: pH adjustor
Ceteth-10: surfactant
Sodium Citrate: pH adjustor
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, Anti-Oxidant
Laureth-4: surfactant
Silica Dimethyl Silylate;
Algae/Algae Extract: often a source of minerals and anti-oxidants
Sodium Hyaluronate: hyaluronic acid, a very large molecule which is found in the dermis and epidermis, binds water very well.
Disodium EDTA: Chelator and stabilizer
Phenoxyethanol: preservative
Imidazolidinyl Urea: preservative
Chlorphenesin: anti-microbial
Methylparaben: preservative
Isobutylparaben: preservative

L'Oreal's Skin Genesis


  1. sorry you that you had a bad experience with it... i am going to give it another week before i make my final decision...this will be week three for me...

  2. I tried it for a few months and loved the smell- as did Mr. Sasha, but it didn't really seem to do anything for me, and even the oil-free version seemed a little too oily for me.

  3. Since Skin Genesis was launched, I felt like buying it but always refrain myself from doing it (which is not normal - sixth sense?), but now I know that it is probably not a very good idea. Truth be said, I always stay away from products that only have fabulous reviews!
    Thanks for helping me out!

  4. I'm with you on this one. A sample of the serum had me breaking out like crazy. L'Oreal skincare in general doesn't usually agree with me.

  5. I got a sample of this in the mail and tried it today. I cleaned my face as I normally do with my Clinique cleanser and toner. Then I applied the serum. By the time I walked to my bedroom my face was already reacting to it. I looked in the mirror and thought my face looked odd. I walked over to my husband and said, "Does my face look weird to you?" He said, "I'm not sure what's wrong with your face, but it does look weird!". Within just a few minutes the right side of my face was turning splotchy red and I had a tingling, almost numbing feeling around my right eye. Then my skin around my right eye started turning almost black. I ran into the bathroom and immediately began washing it off. I washed my face 2-3 times to make sure I had it all off. It really freaked me out!!!!! My face seems to be doing ok now. I did a google search to see if anyone else had a similar reaction. So far, I haven't found anyone.

  6. Yikes Karen!
    That's a pretty fast allergic reaction. I'd take the product (with the package if you still have it) along with your "normal" stuff to an allergist. There's definitely something in there that you need to avoid in the future and you may need to have an epi-pen just in case.

  7. I don't generally have quick and such serious reactions, but I had one last year and now I carry Benadryl in my car. I was eating at a Chinese restaurant and my tongue started swelling. I immediately left the restaurant and went to the store to get Benadryl. My hubby had to drive me home. lol I'll definitely be avoiding the L'Oreal Serem in the future.

  8. I've been using the Complexion Equalizer Day/Night cream from the Skin Genesis line for about 3 weeks. My skin was feeling fine, I actually liked it. However, my asthma has been acting up since around the time I started using it. By coincidence I had a cold that first week so I assumed that's what was bothering me.
    The cold is gone, but the asthma is still out of control. I can't usually smell things, due to allergies, but whenever I would have a bad asthma day I would have this perfume scent stuck in my nose, and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Until last night, when I went to sleep after washing my face and using the L'Oreal cream.
    I started wheezing and coughing, and smelling that perfume again. After a couple of agonizing hours it hit me, my face was feeling tingly and the scent had to be the cream, since I had nothing else on. I got up and washed my face, but it's still tingling 10 hrs later. I'm not coughing as much either, but I'm still having an asthma attack.
    So I did what I should have done before I purchased this product, and read the label. One of the ingredients is Acrylates Copolymer, which is also used in artificial acrylic nails, something I'm highly allergic to. I suspect the fragrance has something to do with it as well.

    I'm not good about using the cream every day, which is why it took me so long to figure it out. L'Oreal makes good products, however we can all be sensitive to different ingredients, and when not sensitive we can still build sensitivities with time and use.

  9. Hi, I'd like to know are Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid and Benzyl Salicylate safe during pregnancy? Thanks!

  10. Benzyl Salicylate is not pregnancy safe, I can't find info either way on the Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid.


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