L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence : The Review to tell you if it unlocks the code of youth

by Paris B on · 18 comments

in Product Reviews,Serum

PB says: Earlier this month, we previewed the L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence which has just been launched locally. It appears that its a regional launch because I cannot find much if any information about this on the international websites! Youth Code, the range, is available internationally but not Pre-Essence. You can read all about the product in the launch post. This is the review by guest reviewer Juan who has taken this on a one month spin to see if it can turn back time and unlock the code of youth!

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I promised I shall update you on the L’oreal Paris’ Youth Code Pre-essence once I have used it for about a month and so here is my review…

What Youth Code is able to do is it helps our skin’s repair process and help restore balance.

When the people in L’Oreal Paris said that they went into gene research to come up with this product, that doesn’t mean they’re trying to play God to humans’ DNA makeup. Instead, they studied the ‘skin repair genes’ that are active in both young and mature skin that are triggered for the production of proteins for the epidermal renewal and differentiation processes.

The Youth Code Pre-essence helps activate the recovery genes involved in cellular regeneration to improve skin’s recovery capabilities like it did when we were younger. As a result, L’Oreal claims that skin’s barrier function is strengthened, as skin recovers better and faster.

That said, I still don’t understand the mechanics… does the product replicate that protein production for the repair process of the skin or does the product work in tandem with the chemicals that are discharged from the inner dermis to the skin surface? I was a pure science student in uni. These things count, you know. After all, it claims that skin regeneration and recovery processes is amplified 5x, eliminating dullness of the skin surface and somewhat turning back the time.

Why do I need to think of all these? Well, simply put, this stuff works! It works, it is considered cheap for what it can do, and I am simply miffed. What is this thing and how did them dermatologists come up with such a simple product that works a miracle?

I am already in my mid-30s, have very oily skin that has a mind of its own, and it is hard to find anti-aging serums that do not break me out.

On the third day of twice-daily use, an acquaintance had to agree that I look radiant and my skin looked younger. In one month, I saw that my skin looks really healthy. In fact, when I took a photo with a group of younger friends, it is very noticeable that my skin is also even-toned and glowy.

There’s more – my laugh lines are totally gone. Gone. Ok, I only had a faint laugh line before this, thanks to my oily skin and after a month, I don’t see it at all. Like this is so amazing!

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Photo: untouched, unair-brushed photo – no laugh lines! (You may click to enlarge)

Of course, I think the remarkable result may have been possible with the help of good serums. After all, the Youth Code is branded as a Pre-essence and would help the existing serums you use to work more effectively and penetrate much deeper into the dermis. Hence, I believe that the more even skin tone and smoother skin texture is due to the whitening and hydrating serums that I use morning and night, respectively.

What amazed me more was at one point when my hormones were playing tricks on my skin and I had a zit at the end of a hectic work day. I tried to push the whitish hardened blah that looked like it could be squeezed out but I failed as it felt painful. I was pleasantly surprised the moment I woke up the next morning though, as the zit was totally gone. There wasn’t any mark left on my skin and it disappeared as if it was never there in the first place. At that point in time, I decided that I have fallen in love with the product icon smile LOreal Youth Code Pre Essence : The Review to tell you if it unlocks the code of youth

And with that discovery, I realised that yes, my skin would still have some breakouts every now and then (this product is a miracle but I never said it is magic, ok) but what this product does is that it really helps my skin heal very quickly – no more reddish marks after a zit pops and there is no scarring… hence, no more need of a whitening spot corrector that costs a bomb, to rid the acne scars.

My skin is also more refined, the top half of my face now has much less visible open pores. I believe that no products are able to make my large pores smaller since it is purely genetics. No amount of gene research can make it small by just applying a layer of product on the skin surface. If anyone says their product can, they’re liars icon razz LOreal Youth Code Pre Essence : The Review to tell you if it unlocks the code of youth

And so, I’d rate this product as extremely good because my skin looks smooth and definitely younger looking. The larger pores on the bottom half of my face don’t appear that visible at a glance because the skin does look smoother.

One month of use and I’ve only used up 1/3 of the bottle. That would mean that it could last about 3 months of twice daily use. I’ve tried using it just once a day, but the skin doesn’t function as well as it does with twice daily use.

Here is the ingredient list (again)

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I wish though, that the potion comes in a formula for the eye area. If it works this good, who knows how much it can help eliminate the fine lines I have on my undereye area. In fact, I feel this sudden inclination to apply it on the fine lines under my eyes, just to see if it works icon biggrin LOreal Youth Code Pre Essence : The Review to tell you if it unlocks the code of youth

A friend of mine has already gotten the product when I first wrote about it and many I know did say they would get their hands on it. Would you? icon wink LOreal Youth Code Pre Essence : The Review to tell you if it unlocks the code of youth


Price: RM109 (Look out for promotional price of RM88.90) Availability: L’Oreal counters at most major pharmacies and supermarkets

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dom December 15, 2011 at 9:03 am

you’ve got me intrigued Juan! great review! guess this is a dupe for lancome’s pre-serum essence too ;)


Paris B December 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

Butting in: Lancome has something similar?


rinnah December 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

I feel like getting this for my mom! She can be my guinea pig. Hehehehe :)


xin December 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

u made it sound super amazing! i might get 1 for my mom for her to try :D


Cosmocrazewoman December 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

wow…i am definitely getting this. It is cheap for what it can do.


Cosmocrazewoman December 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

How long does the promotional price last??


Juan December 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I think the promo price is only for the Christmas/year-end sale.


Cat December 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

Make me feel like going out and getting one immediately! I have laugh lines (quite bad) around my mouth :(


peach_ December 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Gah! We don’t even have the Youth Code line here, but I still enjoyed your review! I like booster serums. They probably don’t do too much on their own, but I like to believe they truly to enhance the effects of whatever you put on top. Your skin looks great, Juan!


Juan December 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for the compliments, Peach… yes, it is looking good thanks to the pre-essence :-D


electronicfly December 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Mom? Nope, sorry mummy dearest but if I buy this you’re not getting it! *hogs bottle to self*


Amanda December 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Sounds like a really good product, really make me wanna try :D
How about the texture, does it absorb rapidly with no sticky feeling? Coz I had pretty bad experience with all my loreal skin care before, all is sticky and just yucks. :(


Juan December 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Hiya Amanda, the texture is so liquidy and absorbs pretty well. it feels quite matte after it is absorbed and gives you that nice fresh scent.


rudi December 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

RM88 and it works?? I’m running out NOW!


Lily December 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Sounds interesting! I have to go check it out myself. Mom as guinea pig sounds good too. I’ve got too many serums that I haven’t used up!! Or, maybe it’s a good choice for Christmas pressie! Thanks for the review :-)


Syen December 16, 2011 at 12:23 am

It works??? Cool! I saw this at the pharmacy (prior to reading this review), and I went “Meh.. doubt it’ll work.” And now I’m reading this review.

*smacks forehead*


Jyoan December 16, 2011 at 1:53 am

wow, it reduces laugh lines? Sounds like for me. I think the first few ingredients are really great, but I’m worried about the alcohol. I was using alcohol based toner at one point in time, and the damage took me another set of products to reverse… … LOL. But the new L’oreal products all sounds very good, I must say. Thanks for the review!


beetrice December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

now I’m torn between getting this or the Kiehl’s MRC! I wanna see how it works on the lines in between my brows though, so I might just cave – if not, mum’s gonna get it for a present and err..I’ll “borrow” some! :P


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