If you have been eagle-eyed you might have noticed a new iteration of the L’Oreal White Perfect range at the local pharmacies – L’Oreal White Perfect Laser. The products, currently just the Essence and Day Cream, are housed in metallic deep blue packaging and the formula has been improved so the effects are now reportedly equivalent to that of getting laser treatment.
One word: Wow!
Ok 2 words: Wow, really?!
“Some cosmetic ingredients can be as efficient as IPL” said Ms. Elisabeth Bouhadana, Scientific Communications Director of L’Oreal Paris International who is based at the L’Oreal offices in Paris. Ms. Bouhadana spoke to some of the local media via video conference a little while ago about this new range, and answered some questions like “Can using skincare compare to laser treatments?” and “Why does the day cream only have SPF19?” I’ll share some of her insights here :)
What is the L’Oreal White Perfect Laser range?
The Essence and Day Cream is, I might say, an upgrade of the existing White Perfect range of serums and creams. The people at L’Oreal noted how popular laser treatments were in Asia as treatments for skin tone and pigmentation/dark spots, and formulated a product accordingly that they say can deliver results similar to that of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment. Essentially, you are supposed to be able to get the results without:-
- paying big bucks
- side effects
I personally have tried the White Perfect range before but the old version from a while back. I was using some of it even before I started blogging but I found I preferred the Revitalift range better so I stuck to that one. Used up copious bottles of the Revitalift Essence over the years before I got itchy and drifted off to what I thought were greener pastures :)
According to Ms. Boudahana, the key ingredient is Ellagic Acid which is used to correct spots, prevent dark spots from forming and to even out and brighten the skintone. The benchmark against IPL found that the results from using the topical products were almost as impressive as undergoing laser treatment – up to 60%.
Another thing Ms. Boudahana was keen to point out is that the side effects of laser and IPL are many and there is a possible rebound factor when you stop undergoing the treatment. With topical treatments if you stop using it, there are little to no side effects. I must say there’s some truth there. I’ve personally had a trial laser experience and I hated it. I didn’t think it did anything for my skin and in fact, seemed to make it more sensitive. I stopped it because I wasn’t seeing benefits and I personally do get better (and am more comfortable with) results from topical treatments even if all they do is just lighten and not remove pigmentation spots, and even if they take a while to work. I guess I’m not fussy that way :)
Why only SPF19?
As for the question raised by a member of the media as to why the Day Cream contains only SPF19 PA+++ while most products in the market have a higher sun protection factor, or at least a more rounded number, Ms. Boudahana was keen to point out that 19 was the most comfortable measurement of sun protection filters in the cream. Any higher and it would have been too thick and we’d we walking around with white faces. They were also aware that it would not be comfortable to apply, and so the cream would be suitable for most, if not all skin types. Personally, I would suggest wearing another layer of high SPF over this in our sort of tropical sun because SPF19 doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Its just me though – the SPF50 and up user :D
To another question about whether the product was suitable for oily skin (the cream does feel a bit thick) Ms. Boudahana said that the cream was non comodegenic but the level of comfort would depend on the amount one applies to the skin. So, someone with oily skin would apply less and someone with dry skin may be comfortable with more.
I personally haven’t tried this range, but I did find that the sample of the cream was a bit thick, although after a little massaging, it did sink into the skin without leaving an oily sheen. It must be noted that I have slightly dry skin so it might explain why I found it quite comfortable. I must say however that the scent is quite strong in both the Essence and Day Cream so those who are sensitive to scent may not like this one very much.
Edit to add: I personally do not think any topical product is equivalent to or comparable to results obtained through laser treatments. However, I personally did not experience wonderful results from a few sessions of laser (there was little to no visible improvement) and so my preference is to use topical products.
Do please share your thoughts if you have tried anything from this range. This has been out for a couple of months now, so I’m sure many of you have already either checked it out or tried it so do share your thoughts if you have. I’m not sure if I will, but if I do, you will be sure to hear (read?) of it ;) If you have thoughts on it, do share – I’m sure many will find it useful :)
L’Oreal White Perfect Laser Essence Price: RM139.90 L’Oreal White Perfect Laser Day Cream Price: RM59.90 Availability: Major pharmacies