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L'Oreal Derma Genesis Day Face Cream

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Brand: Loreal / Type: Day Cream / UV Protection Factor: SPF 15 / Dermatologically tested: yes / Gender: Ladies Skincare

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      09.12.2011 20:13
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      A great moisturiser which is perfect for my skin

      I have combination-oily skin which is very difficult to find skincare products for.

      Moisturisers and my skin are a tricky combination. Too heavy, and they clog up my pores and I get nasty blind pimples which really, really hurt and take a long time to get rid of, too light and my skin feels overly dry. I am in my early 40s, have always had oily skin but now also have to deal with dry skin on the outside edges of my face, close to my hairline.

      The cream is a white colour with only a faint, but pleasant smelling aroma. It has a light texture and is quickly absorbed into the skin. The container is a white colour and has a pump action which is very effective and almost all of the moisturiser is accessible. Simply twisting the top to the left will turn it 'off' and the moisturiser won't leak while packed in your toiletry bag.

      This is part of a family of products, and through trial and error I have found which combination works particularly well for me. I use the Serum Concentrate under the Day cream on my face, and use just the moisturiser on my neck and neckline. I can use it without the serum, but I have found that it doesn't really moisturise properly and if I use it on it's own for a few days my skin goes back to feeling dry and not moisturised enough, so this really should be considered a paired product with the Serum Concentrate.

      I can use it on my t-zone, but it is a touch too strong for regular use on an oily t-zone, and I find the Pore Minimising Smoother better for that. This has an SPF15 in it which is great for day time use. In winter I tend to interchange this with the Day Cream which doesn't have the SPF15 in it and haven't noticed a difference in it's functionality.

      With regular use my skin has been spot free, feels moist and soft, and it allows my foundation to sit on my skin properly. Every now and then I try another product, but keep returning to this as it is so good on my skin.

      This product is available in supermarkets and pharmacies, and both Boots and Sainsbury's will have it on sale frequently enough. It is priced at £14.99 in Boots but is often on a 1/3 off special.

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      20.01.2011 03:43
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      A good, but little expensive moisturising day cream.

      When my mum received some samples of this product as part of a free gift, she handed out a little pump action bottle of this product to me to test, and over the few weeks I gave it a thorough testing.

      L'Oreal Derma Genesis Day Cream is a moisturising, protecting cream for use throughout the day, which has the added benefit of SPF 15, meaning you can apparently stay out 15 times longer in the sun than without the protection, without burning or damaging your skin. This day cream is also said to contain 'pink pearlescent particles' to give the skin a youthful appearance, and a range of other ingredients which are all designed to make skin appear younger looking and plumper in general, minimising the appearance of wrinkles.

      My pump action bottle is a smaller version of the 50ml bottle which is the standard size (I think mine is 25ml). This usually costs around £16 for the 50ml bottle, but I got my smaller version for free from my mother. It's a plainer version of the larger bottle, which is better packaged and has nice appealing colours.

      This white day cream has a medium consistency, not too thick that it's overly rich and clogging, but not too thin that it runs around when trying to apply it. The scent of the cream is lovely, and to my nose has an expensive smelling floral aroma but with a hint of fruitiness. It is a delicate scent though, so don't worry about it making you smell too much as the lovely scent fades quickly once on the skin, particularly if you apply make up over the top.

      To use the cream, as with all day creams, I just take a small blob on the end of one finger and dot it all over my face before then massaging the cream into my skin. I find applying it this way makes sure I get a nice even spread without using too much cream in one area. The cream is absorbed into my skin very quickly, and there was no slightly greasy residue as you can get with some products.

      After the first use of this cream, my skin did have a healthier glow to it, which looked very nice. The feel of skin after applying this day cream is lovely, feeling smooth, silky and nicely moisturised. My skin felt hydrated and freshened up every time I used this product. Over the course of a couple of weeks, I used this product daily, every morning after cleansing my skin, and I found that it did make my skin look younger whilst I was wearing it, and a little healthier looking, which is a definite plus. I saw no evidence of the SPF 15 in action, but then it wasn't particularly sunny when testing, and protection from microscopic sun damage isn't something you can really monitor yourself.

      Overall, I found my mini bottle of this day cream to be an effective moisturising cream that made my skin look a little younger and healthier. To be honest though, I could probably get a similar look if I combined a pinker blusher and a normal moisturiser - I'm not sure that nearly £16 for a 50ml bottle is particularly good value, not when I'd prefer to spend my money on other things.

      Although this is a decent product and does a good job, I don't think I'll be spending that much money on it in future.

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      26.09.2010 12:17
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      it works, younger skin, smoother tone

      Ignoring the fact that this cream is targeted at women, it is actually suitable for all skin types and has recently been on offer in a certain store, whereas a usual selling price would be closer to fourteen pounds. For your money you get a well packaged tube of cream, maybe overpackaged, because there was an outer seal, then a box then the tube! The cream is supposed to restore youth and even out skin tone thanks to a unique cell restoring formula and an hyaluronic acid ingredient. All sounds quite technical and the outer box goes to some lengths to describe this technology.

      When I first used it, I noticed that my skin felt smoother after just the first use. I used one pea sized squirt and the cream is thick and has a lovely smell about it too when it is massaged in. There was no greasy residue, even around the nose area and the cream actually did a good job as a serum for me too, so I did not need to apply a serum afterwards.

      The skin took on a velvet like texture as the day wore on and I kept wanting to stroke the face! After several days of using this, I did start to notice a slight reduction in pores too around the forehead area. Not sure if they shrunk or if the cream just disguised them, but it did something good here.

      What really sold it to me was the feel of the cream though. It was thick, yet felt so good on the skin and it seemed to keep my t-zone free of grease throughout the day so it acted like a PH balancer too. I believe the acid ingredient had a part to play here. The price might be quite dear, but if you take into account the cost of a Boots serum, then it is good value and based off a few days of using this, I have seen an improvement in skin tone and I would buy this again.

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      04.06.2009 17:46
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      Perfect base for foundation, great little face cream

      I bought this in Asda the other day, they were selling it for £4 (reduced from £10) so I thought I'd try it. I usually use Olay touch of sunshine, but felt that it left my skin too greasy, so ditched it and used this instead.
      It left my skin soft and velvety, and not oily at all, as its quite light and absorbs very quickly.

      I cant say much about how it treats/fill in wrinkles, I'm only 22, so don't really have much to worry about yet there.

      I have noticed however, that my skin not only feels nicer, but it actually has a bit of a glow to it and it looks much better.

      Its also a great base for make up, it gives enough moisture that your skin does not flake with foundation, but as I said, its not oily, so your make up doesn't slide off.

      All in all, I'd say this was a little gem.

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        24.02.2009 18:48
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        Smooth and creamy, and light enough for everyday use.

        I have been looking for a while for a new day cream that is not too heavy for my skin. I have also been trying to keep an eye on how much I spend on skincare products that I never actually use.

        Anyway, I think I have found the answer in this product. It is neither too pricy, nor too heavy on my skin. It is just about right in both departments, well in my opinion anyway. It answers the skincare needs of the 25-45 year old woman, well that's if you believe the marketing blurb. And, yes I fit in that category, another plus, being grouped with 25 year old, another reason for buying it! I am not sure though about my skin being dewy, re-plumped, and younger-looking, but I am very happy with this product.

        I paid £13.99 in Boots, but I expect if you fiddle around on the internet you could probably reduce this by a pound or two. I had neither the time, nor the inclination. I went out, saw the product and bought it. I am quite impulsive at times!

        I was not disappointed. The packaging is attractive, I like the dispenser, it means you only get a small amount on your finger, which is good because a small amount goes a long way. The cream actually blended into my skin, which doesn't always happen with some products. It felt smooth and creamy with a pleasant, natural smell. It also has sun protection factor 15 which is a really good plus as it protects your skin from the sun without having to consciously think about it.

        I have used this product now for about a month, L'oreal products tend to suit me, and my skin definitely feels softer and not as dry. Maybe it does work! I would recommend this to anyone else looking for value-for-money whilst still buying a quality product.

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          09.02.2009 18:57
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          Not for me :(

          I got a few sample sachets of this product, so decided to give them a try recently. I was only using the product for a week, but hopefully in that time I got a good enough idea of what it was like.

          The product is a day cream which contains SPF15 to help protect the skin from the damage of the suns rays. It contains pink pearlescent particles which should give the skin a youthful glow, and contains lots of different fancy things, which supposedly should plump up the skin, again making it look more youthful.

          Now mine just came in sachets, but usually it would come in a pump action bottle like the one above, and I do think the packaging of this product is quite nice, and looks fairly expensive. Obviously though, I can't comment on its functionality having not used it.

          The cream is white and has a nice consistency. It's not thick, and I wouldn't particularly say it's runny either, it sits comfortably somewhere in the middle. The smell of the cream is gorgeous, but I've found it difficult to put my finger on exactly what it does smell like, as at first I thought it was a quite fruity smell, but the more I used it, the more I thought it smelled floral. Whatever it is, it has a quite luxurious sort of scent to it, without being too highly perfumed and is very pleasant.

          To use, you simply need to massage into the face after cleansing. The cream glided over my skin smoothly and although it did take a little bit of massaging in, I found that it seemed to dry very quickly, which is great as it means no waiting around before applying my make-up.

          Even after the first application I could see a difference in my skin. Perhaps it was due to the 'pink pearlescent particles' that it contains, but it did seem to give my skin a healthy glow. I also thought my skin felt incredibly smooth and silky after applying this too.

          The main let down with this cream for me, was that it did not seem to moisturise my skin very well. I have quite dry skin, which needs a good strong moisturiser to keep it hydrated and looking healthy, but unfortunately this didn't do that. Around my nose where my skin is very dry, it stayed very dry, and as time went on, I realised I couldn't really carry on using this, as I was developing quite flaky patches on the areas of dry skin which weren't being sufficiently moisturised.

          A 50ml bottle of this cream costs £15.65 from Boots.

          At first I really loved this cream - it made my skin both look and feel amazing, and it was an added bonus that it contains SPF15. Unfortunately though, if you have very dry skin, I wouldn't recommend it, as like me, you'll probably find that it doesn't moisturise very well, which is a shame, as otherwise I loved it.

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            06.02.2009 11:31
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            I'll stick to my own skin thanks!

            I was looking for a new moisturiser around the £10 mark, as part of my recent cost-cutting exercise and spotted L'Oreal Derma Genesis Day cream on Amazon for a bargain £9.19! I have used the same Clarins moisturiser for over a decade, but at around £35 I really can no longer justify the expense.

            Despite the irritating adverts with Penelope Cruz, this seemed to tick the boxes, it has a great pump action, so less waste than the jars (which I find I scoop out too much), SPF15 which I find essential with my fair skin, a brand name I trust and all for under £10.

            My first impression was the smell, which whilst not exactly unpleasant, wasn't very nice either. When applying it I found I needed around 6 pumps to feel that my face and neck was properly covered, when I am used to using 2-3 pumps of my old luxurious (and gorgeous smelling) Clarins. So not great so far.

            Once applied it didn't really feel like it had soaked in or moisturised my skin. It's an odd sensation but it rather felt like my own skin was still underneath, as dry as ever, but with a silky mask on top. It's not at all greasy and my skin does indeed feel soft but it just doesn't feel quite like my skin. I feel the urge to wash it off and plaster on a dollop of vaseline intensive care lotion just so I can feel my skin soak it up. All very strange...

            Perhaps its a case of accepting that at my age I need some more synthetic ingredients in order to keep my skin looking young, but I'm not convinced...

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            28.11.2008 23:17
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            Don't think I'll bother with it again

            I bought a bottle of L'Oreal's Derma Genesis when i was in Boots last week - I needed a new moisturiser, I had a £5 off skincare voucher and felt like splashing out a bit more than I usually do. What could possibly go wrong?

            Well, nothing really went wrong but nothing went fantastically right either. The moisturiser comes in a 50ml tall plastic pump-action tube and looks quite smart - all clear plastic and silver embellishents.

            Derma Genesis is aimed at women aged 30-40, the sort of age where you start thinking about looking after your skin. It is SPF 15, which is always handy (although at the moment the rain is lashing aginst my window). L'Oreal also have moisturisers in the same range aimed at womens aged 40-50, 50-60 and 60 plus.

            I needed about three pumps of the tube to get enough moisturiser to cover my face and neck. The moisturiser is quite thick and opaque and feels very rich as it is smoothed on. It didn't leave my skin feeling greasy and provided a good base for applying make-up. I've not noticed my skin reacting to it in an adverse way (I get spots if I use the wrong sort of moisturiser).

            I can't vouch for its anti-aging claims as I've only been using it for a week. Maybe I'll update this review in forty years and let you know.

            I have two gripes with this moisturiser. The first is that is smells of bathroom cleaner. This is not what I'm after in skin care. The second is that it's pretty expensive. I usually use a Nivea face cream that sets me back a good deal less than this one did and does exactly the same job. It also smells nicer.

            A 50ml tube will set you back £15.99, although you can find it on eBay for less and Boots sometimes have offers that makes it a bit cheaper.

            All in all, I'd say that this moisturiser is OK. Not great, not bad, just OK.

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            24.08.2008 01:57
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            A good moisutiser and SPF protection, but not really that special. Can't really fauilt it though.

            This I bought on offer at Boots, where it was £11.99, the price may have differed since but this was only 6 months ago so I doubt it.

            The main reason I bought it is because there was a freebie bag that went with it- more money then sense? Yup, that was me back then! But I did choose carefully.

            You see, this is part of the L'Oreal skincare section in Boots where you are thrown for ideas and different products, but following the descriptions for your skin type and age group, its quite easy to see what matches your skin type, then you have very little choice.
            My skin type is normal/dry and my ages is 27, so I don't really fit into the criteria for dermo-expertise which is "After the age of 30,"but I liked the bottle, and I liked the idea of giving the whole SPF thing a go again, as I do worry, even if I don't use any SPF out of choice, about the damage to my skin. If your looking for the products aimed at you, follow the descriptions of the ranges written along side the prices in Boots stores. (I am sure other stores do them too, but Boots offer advantage points so I tend to only look here). I would imagine you can get the same information via the L'Oreal website.

            The cream is a day cream, it has an SPF 15 so its defiantly a day cream, I had previously never really cared about day or night cream, deciding that if they stopped my skin feeling tight, it was good enough for me and I didn't care about the SPF at all really.
            The reason I didn't really use anything with an SPF is that I had previously only really used sun cream as a facial SPF, and had always been frustrated at how shiny and greasy it made my skin look, and also that you were then supposed to apply it 30 minutes later, making it look even worse! So I hadn't even really taken in the SPF on this particular cream, I think if I had done, I wouldn't have bought it as a result of my experiences.

            But, this cream does seem to be different.

            The SPF on the cream is 15 which if you read up on it I think means your supposed to apply it every 15 minutes. Well, I don't know if the cream is that flawless, but it defiantly blends down very well and does not leave your skin shiny, instead its nice and soft and feels moisturised.

            The cream itself is white, it has that subtle type of iridescence that all sun creams seem to have, which I later read is actually a feature "pearlecent particles to give the skin a satin finish..." but its not thick and gloopy like a sun cream, and your not left with pale white skin after applying. It also doesn't take long to dry, its dry in under 5 minutes on my skin- but I do have dry skin so this may differ with your skin type. If your applying foundation afterwards, I'd leave it another 5 minutes before applying a powder, but a liquid, cream or mousse would be fine straight away.

            I have to say, I don't apply this every 15 minutes, I just apply once in the morning, but I don't go out much in sunlight, I have not got burned while wearing this, but I live in the UK so the idea of getting burnt is pretty funny to me. (I have white white white pale skin that doesn't tan and I have yet to get burnt in the past 10 years and I haven't stepped foot outside the UK.) So I cannot comment on the effects of layering this cream over itself, it does seem like a cream that wouldn't be terrible to layer, though it may get saturated after the third application I would think, I don't feel the need to apply again as I don't feel my skin dries out so I would not even think about layering this. Not to mention it would mean applying my make-up all over again if I did this. Though I have to say the instructions on the bottle say to apply daily, in the morning, they do not mention reapplying in the sun.

            The bottle is a nice shape, its like an enlarged test tube with a chic lid and it squirts out at the top. I have to give L'Oreal top marks for this as its the cutest bottle of moisturiser I have. It would also travel well- provided you don't loose the plastic protector lid. Which is easily lost. Its size is roughly 15cm by 5cm width and it holds 50ml which I think will last me roughly 3 months. Roughly £1 per week.

            I think I would possibly buy this again, as SPF and UV facial care goes- (there is also UV protection but there is nothing written about weather its UVA or UVB)- this is the best I have found as its easy to use and doesn't show up once applied, it blends well and doesn't smell bad at all. (It smells slightly of baby lotion and vitamin E cream). I don't know about the claims to make skin more taught- but I think if it did that to any real effect, we'd have reduced rates in Botox and the media would be having a field day!

            I would have this down as 'nice' cream, its not mind blowing, it leaves my skin soft, but isnt outstanding, its just, well, nice.

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            Day Cream / Derma Genesis contains the latest in skincare research from L'oreal Paris / With Pro-Xylane, a new generation, naturally derived, patented molecule and Hyaluronic Acid, inspired by dermatological science /

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