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L'Oréal Youth Code Product Review

If there's one thing that L’Oréal is great at, it's marketing.  The powerhouse skincare and cosmetics company, which houses not only L'Oréal itself but also such big names as Lancôme, The Body Shop, Kiehls, and Skinceuticals is now launching Youth Code ($29.95 for trial set, Amazon.com), its latest in self-deemed 'revolutionary' skincare.

Probiotics in Skin Care?

The secret to L'Oréal Youth Code appears to be in the product line's inclusion of Pro-GenTM technology, AKA bifida ferment lysate, AKA probiotic bacteria.  Although it has been suggested by many in the past that probiotics do not have any effect on the skin, recently published research in Experimental Dermatology suggests that bifidobacterium may stimulate the skin's ability to repair itself.   It is suspected that bifidobacterium may decrease skin sensitivity by reducing neuronal reactivity and accessibility, as suggested by the cells' decreased release of the peptide CGRP upon exposure to capsaicin in in vitro studies.

Synergistic Antioxidants

Unfortunately, despite its claims of ten-plus years of research backing, L'Oréal Youth Code doesn't contain any other truly new or revolutionary ingredients.   It does, however, contain two synergistic antioxidants, vitamin C (as photostable ascorbyl glucoside) and vitamin E.   Vitamin C and E reinforce the power of one another, as when one antioxidant is depleted, it can “borrow” an electron from the other to renew itself.   Together, vitamins C and E have also been reported to prevent the formation of toxic compounds called carcinogenic nitrosamines in the skin.   And for those looking to stave off the deleterious aging effects of UV exposure for a few more years, vitamin C and vitamin E have also been shown to enhance the photoprotective effects of sunscreen, though vitamin C has been reported to enhance UVA protection, whereas vitamin E is more effective against UVB radiation.

Who's This Best For, My Mother or Me?

With all this having been said, I think L'Oréal Youth Code is a better skin care regimen for young women who are looking to prevent signs of aging, rather than those who are already experiencing fine lines, wrinkles, serious hyperpigmentation (i.e., solar lentingos), or the like.  The reason I say this is two-fold:  First and foremost, the most active and revolutionary ingredients, bifida ferment lysate and vitamins C and E, have effects that are altogether more preventative than restorative.  In fact, only 69-71% of women who used Youth Code reported a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is not altogether all that promising, considering the high concentration of line-filling silicones in the product as well as the consideration that about 2/3 of subjects in studies generally report improvements due to a placebo effect anyway.   Second,  women who are looking to treat existing signs of aging would be better off investing in proven ingredients like retinoids, AHAs (although never together with retinoids, as they inactivate one another due to differing optimal pH levels), and, of course, targeted in-house treatments from the dermatologist.

In Summary:

FutureDerm Product Rating: 8/10

  • High concentration of proven ingredients: 2/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology: 2/3
  • Value for the money: 3/3
  • Sunscreen available in the line: 1/1

If you like this product, you may also like:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($69.95, Amazon.com).  This mainstay favorite in the brown bottle has been revolutionized for the twenty-first century with impressive-sounding, but altogether unproven, DNA repair genes.  More importantly,  it contains probiotics like L'Oréal Youth Code does, but together with anti-aging peptides and even a bit of retinoids as retinyl palmitate.  An excellent alternative if you're willing to spend more for your skin care.
  • Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($103.70, Amazon.com).  An all-time favorite of mine, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic contains vitamin C and E in a lightweight formula that is perfect for daily wear under sunscreen.  One caveat:  The vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid, which is more unstable than newer compounds like ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbyl glucoside.  With that said, it is best to keep Skinceuticals CE Ferulic as airtight as possible and stored in a dark place.
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster ($45.08, Amazon.com).   When a friend of mine experienced a wallet crunch recently, I recommended this photostable vitamin C-vitamin E product to her instead of her usual Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, and she loved it.  Still increases the effects of sunscreen, still helps protect against photoaging, and glides on well, absorbing quickly into the skin.  My only qualm?  Even though the form of vitamin C used in the product is more photostable than most, it's still subject to oxidation, and the clear bottle accelerates the process.  I keep mine wrapped in a paper towel!  (Hey, sometimes you have to sacrifice countertop aesthetics for facial beauty...)

Product Ingredients (Moisturizer)

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexaclecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone / PEG–10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethcione / Polyglycerin–3 Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Nylon–12, Limonene, Disodium Edta, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysilicone–8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate (FL B39292/1). Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Isohexaclecane, cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone / PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethcione / polyglycerol-3 Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Bifida Lysate Ferment, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Nylon-12, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Carbonate, hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, polysilicones-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Sodium benzoate (FL B39292 / 1). Got an experience with L'Oréal Youth Code?  Please share in Comments below!
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Date: December 17 2010 at 9:12 AM
  1. Sean
    December 17 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Do you know the concentrations of the Vitamin C and E included? Are the amounts effective? I've heard you need a minimum of 10% Vitamin C to be effective?

  2. Jessica Allison
    December 17 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Great to see you back Nicki! And in full force; it's funny that you would have posted this, it seems that probiotics are all of a sudden the in thing, and I was unaware of the new study about their efficacy. In fact, as I was reading this article, I had a friend message me on Twitter asking my opinion on another serum that uses bifida ferment lysate. I'm also glad that you mentioned Lauder's ANR, it's one of those products that I keep going back to, and I'm pretty sure they've been using bifida ferment lysate for years. Again, glad you're back, can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

  3. jc
    December 17 2010 at 7:07 PM

    like youth code but want to pay a bit more? try lancome genefique...here are the ingredients from the lancome genefique repair youth activating night cream(is it just me or do skin care marketers seem to think the more words in the name of a product the better?): Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Zea Mays Oil/Corn Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Wheat Germ Oil, Polyacrylamide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Limonene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Linalool, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Tristearate, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Sesamum Indicum Oil/Sesame Seed Oil, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract/Vitreoscilla Ferment, Citronellol, Laureth-7, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate.

  4. Saty
    December 19 2010 at 7:27 AM

    yay, you're back!

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD
    December 20 2010 at 6:08 AM

    Welcome back, it's so nice to see your fabulous product review in my RSS. I'm happy that probiotics are hip, but they are most useful eaten, not applied. I tell my patients to eat probiotics daily in the form of naturally fermented foods. Naturally fermented kefir is my favorite because it packs such a large range of beneficial organisms. I've seen people actually stabilize some interesting health issues once they consume it regularly (like blood pressure, acne etc). My observations are anecdotal but fascinating. I've written a few blog post on kefir and they get a fair amount of traffic. It's a good and healthy trend.

  6. Beautiful Canvas
    December 20 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Welcome back! Great to know that you wrap your serum in paper towel :) I normally keep the original box it comes in, I always put it back in the box and sometime inside another bin (which also helps block out light).

  7. Alina
    December 22 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Hey, Nicki! I love your blog. It's very friendly, informative and very interesting. I wanted to ask you about ReVive. I started to use it (and, boy, is it expensive!) and loved the texture and how it feels. Plus, a little goes a long way. Then, a friend told me that their main ingredient (the one which is allegedly in charge of all the "good things) could potentially be promoting cancer. I asked a consultant in the department store and she told me that the product "is fantastic", but she heard "it's controversial". I'd love to see what you think about it. Thanks and looking forward to your reviews. I discovered CE Fer-c and Ole H serum thank to you. and i love both of them.

  8. Lashonda
    January 10 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Hello, I really appreciate you taking the time to write such informative and complete product reviews. I just read both Youth Code and the Patricia Wexler products. I've been using Wexler for a couple of years now and was curious about which (Wexler or Youth Code) is better for me. I've tried Wexler's cleanser and moisturizer but nothing stood out to me, so I stopped using after awhile. What i LOVED was the serum. I've been using it, since I first tried it. I'm 34 and I don't have fine lines or wrinkles, yet. What I have noticed is a dullness to my skin and marks from occasional blemishes don't fade nearly as fast as they used to. My skin isn't as oily as it used to be and can get dry very easily. I get a couple hormonal blemishes each month. I've been happy with Wexler, but it doesn't seem to give me the same skin it did when I first started using it. I also live in Arizona (past 5 years) and that may be effecting my skin. If you could help me w/a few questions, I would really appreciate it. In your review of Youth Code, I read it's better to prevent wrinkles. - How is it for regaining skin brightness and resilience? How do the two lines compare in: - Regaining skin brightness and resilience? - Aging preventative? - Is there something in Wexler's line I should be using to help w/my skin issues, rather than looking at other lines...or is there another line you would recommend? I guess I'm just trying to understand...which is better for my skin type...or is there something I'm missing. These skin issues are new for me and I'm so confused! Thank you so much for any help you can offer!

  9. futurederm
    January 11 2011 at 4:34 AM

    @Sean - Unfortunately, L'Oreal has not released the concentrations of vitamins C and E in this product. Considering their location on the ingredients list, I would venture a safe guess that vitamin C is not near the 10-15% concentration of some of the most concentrated products. @JC - I'm not a big fan of Lancome Genifique either. Considering that L'Oreal is the parent company of both L'Oreal and Genifique, if I wanted to gain the advantages of including probiotics in my skin care, I would do it with Youth Code, because it is far cheaper. @Alina - I'll look into ReVive for a possible future post; thank you! @Lashonda - First and foremost, talk to your dermatologist; there are a number of affordable treatments that increase brightness, ranging from chemical peels to hydroquinone/Lumixyl/vitamin C/kojic acid treatments. Here is an old post on skin brightness treatments: http://www.futurederm.com/2007/11/20/spotlight-on-kojic-acid-and-the-best-hyperpigmentation-treatments/ Hope that this helps!

  10. Gita1
    March 3 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Please stop perpetuating the myth that retinoids and aha can not be used at the same time! Dr. Baumann is wrong, again. http://makeupalley.com/m_97633559

  11. Sue
    March 5 2011 at 4:25 AM

    I know this is an odd question. About a week after using Youth Code - I noticed my eyelashes were SHRINKING... has anyone experienced this... it's the only thing in my daily regime which has changed. Curious!

  12. Sheryl
    March 21 2011 at 11:58 PM

    LOREAL youth Code is great! What a difference! My skin is 53, I'm switching from Olay Regenerist, which after 15 years of Olay it is not doing anythng for my skin. ONE NIGHT and instant results with Youth Code. My skin is so soft. It will definitely help my wrinkles..Thanks for a great product! I couldn't resist the half-price offer. So glad I tried. YES for mothers too!

  13. Guest
    March 25 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Hi there, I just tried using this for a few days, and I'm pretty sure it broke me out pretty badly. I have clog-prone / mildly-to-moderately acne-prone skin, but the box said "non-comedonegenic" (sp?) so I went ahead and tried it. Would any of the ingredients cause break-outs, or could it have just been a coincidence? If it did break me out, maybe I can just use up the 95% I have left in the bottle around my eye area (which doesn't break out)? Thanks!

  14. Jaylawls
    May 9 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Thank you for this review, I enjoyed reading it and it was very informative!! I just stopped by to see if other's were experiencing the same awesome results as I have been :) I am 31 years old, I have been using preventative products to combat sun damage and aging since I was 19, (you can never start too early!!) So with that said, all of a sudden I noticed a change in my skin with it breaking out and expression lines around my eyes (probably from smiling so much lately) but I don't want these kinds of lines on my face so I have been trying alot of different products, including olay products that always feel greasy to me and make my skin break out very badly, also aveeno for cleansing etc. but with having no results I bit the bullet and bought the youth code day and night cream, along with cetaphil soap for cleansing...I have to say, within the first day of using this I have noticed my skin feeling very soft and the lines are diminishing after 6 days, also no new break outs!! (which is really important to me as well). I am very pleased with this product and would recommend it to any of my friends that are around the same age etc. I am really happy to of found something that works for me finally and it is well worth the money!

  15. Jordan Pasos
    March 5 2012 at 6:25 AM

    I am 46, and I like my mother and gm have age (liver) spots on my hands....in the past I have relied on a tan to hide it, but I have decided to give up the sun, and picked up a jar of youth code to see if it will fade the spots on my hands...beginning today, I am only applying it to my right hand so I can SEE if it will work, and I will keep ya posted :-)

  16. Cik Mastura
    March 22 2012 at 10:19 AM

    there is something good in this product. Believe me when i tell you that I look younger after 3 days applying the product morning and night.

  17. Diana
    July 21 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I love this product! I received free samples with an online order at HauteLook and I've got to say, I'm seeing results! In less than one week. I'm 23 and have acne and not even two days after using this product, my face is clearing up. I love it! Glad I got samples to try first, otherwise, I'm not one to buy different products and test them out. Thanks for this review, it boosts my confidence in the product!

  18. Mary
    September 28 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I received two compliments on my nice skin and one said "it just glows"... :) Now, I am 74, almost 75, so that was a nice thing to hear. I myself have noticed a brightening and smoother effect since I started using the Youth Code products, (cream and serum) about a month ago. I have never been a sun worshiper and have used creams, lotions and potions throughout my adult years so I looked pretty good to start with, but am convinced this product has improved my complexion.

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