I was at the YSL counter to check out their new “Vernis à Lèvres” and I noticed this new Forever Youth serum.
They insisted that I should try it, that it was “so” special and “so” innovative and they gave me a tiny sample. I have always been looking for great products for my skin but since my skin is so incredibly dry it has been very difficult to find the perfect combination.
What they say about the product
“Yves Saint Laurent’s Forever Youth Liberator range is an innovative new line of skincare products that focus on glycobiology and the discovery that with age the number of glycans in your skin actually diminishes, which leads to the ‘locking’ of the cells and eventually delaying the skin’s regeneration.
Yves Saint Laurent has identified an innovative combination of glycans, called Glycanactif™, which unlocks the cells to reactivate their vital functions and liberate the youth potential at all levels of the skin.
The fruit of more than 100 years of research and recognized by seven Nobel Prizes, glycobiology is a revolutionary science which M.I.T. calls one of the ten fields of science that will change the future of medicine. Yves Saint Laurent is an exclusive beneficiary of this groundbreaking technology.”
My skin profile
I am 40, I have two deep wrinkles in the bridge of my nose, a few in the “crows feet” and a few along my forehead. I also ride a motorbike and wear a tight helmet that squeezes my face like hell and probably this is not helping 🙁
I have extremely dry skin, I finally discovered a skin moisturizer that worked for me only 2 years ago (Laura Mercier Repair creme). Before that, I could not even wear foundation at all and I had to reapply moisturizer every 3 hours.
I have tried a lot of serums and moisturizers from different price ranges but only a few worked and they were really expensive. I consider Laura Mercier and YSL “middle” range, expensive of course, but I can understand paying more for better products if the results are good. Cle de Peau and Chantecaille have great products that would certainly work for me but the price range is much higher and I never had the opportunity to try them correctly, a tiny sample is not enough to see if my skin will tolerate them. I have to use them for at least 5 to 10 days before seeing any reaction.
The YSL packaging and the application
The serum bottle has a dropper, you need 2 drops for the entire face and neck as per YSL recommendations. I like that it is hygienic and easy to use and you will never touch the product.
Watch the YSL youtube video on how to apply the serum and the eye creme here – I love the Pulp Fiction style 🙂
Well since there is no sound… I can only guess that it is the eye creme they are applying at the end…
The Nutri creme comes in a pot, they provide a little spatula that you will use to pick the correct amount of product for the entire face and neck application. It took me a couple of times to dose the correct amount of product I needed.
Watch the YSL youtube video on how to apply the creme here
My first impressions
The first day I tried only the serum at night, I felt my skin was really soft afterwards and my interest was piqued.
Second day, serum morning and night, always before moisturizer.
Third day, serum morning and night. That evening I remember I told my boyfriend “I think I need this…. ” I loved how my skin felt.
Forth day, I went back at the YSL counter, asked for more samples of the serum and asked them if I could try the moisturizer as well. This was to check if the combination of the two was really adapted to my skin. Since the serum felt so good, maybe I should try the rest of the line… Went home with 2 little serum samples and a sample of their Nutri creme from the same Forever Youth line.
I tried these together for over 1 week and loved it. So far so good, no dry patches at the end of the day, no breakouts and I can wear foundation on top.
My skin feels extremely soft and velvety. I also can see more radiance but I need to use this for a longer period of time because 7 days is clearly not enough.
By the way, the smell is soft and does not bother me at all and it does not stay on my skin.
After 7 days I bought the serum (30 ml) and the Nutri creme. I also received a gift with purchase which was a mini serum (15ml) not so mini after all… a great gift !
Even though I like it, I need to wait some more weeks before I can see how well it performs and if this is really what my skin needs, sometimes when I try new skincare, it is only after a few weeks that my skin starts to show dry patches even if I exfoliate regularly. I will update this review in a few weeks with a status on the results. You may want to try a sample of each product just to make sure before you invest.
*** Update 2 weeks after…
I am using both the serum and the Nutri creme, morning and evening. So far, my skin feels soft, but, I am not sure that the creme is enough for me, as I said, my skin is extremely, really extremely dry, no dry patches yet but I can see some light peeling on the side on my nose.. not sure what is causing it so I will carry on using these products and will update you regularly.
*** Update after one month…
I have been using both products for a month. Although I like the smooth feeling on my skin, the Nutri cream does not provide enough moisture to keep up with foundation during the day. If I wear foundation on top of this Nutri cream, after a few hours I start to notice dry patches and some peeling.
If I wear my Laura Mercier Repair creme (the one without spf) during the day and with foundation, the moisture lasts all day long.
Since I want to use the YSL serum and the Nutri cream, this is what I do today :
At night I apply the YSL serum and the Nutri cream.
In the morning and when I want to use foundation, I apply the YSL serum and the Laura Mercier Repair creme.
Keep in mind that my skin is extremely dry, much drier than any “average” dry skin.