How Lancome’s Absolue Night Peeling Concentrate gave me my glow back
This new product from Lancome promises radiance, and it absolutely delivers.
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At finder, we’re lucky enough to get dozens of products sent in for us to try. So at this point in my career, I’ve tried out my fair share of skincare products. Most are actually pretty good and generally do the things that they promise to do. A small few are bad, just bad. And an even smaller group are so amazing that they’re worth their weight in gold.
I recently discovered one of these miraculous few and now it’s the not-so-secret secret behind how I got the glow and life back into my skin.
I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup so I invest heavily in skincare. I dream of obtaining perfect, peachy skin that I would never want to cover up with makeup anyway. But even though I religiously exfoliate and use masks and a whole stack of (really expensive) products that eliminate the key signs of ageing, I've still always felt like my skin looked pretty darn average.
That is until I started using the latest product from Lancome. It’s called the Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate. I’m a total sucker for both luxury skincare and roses, so I had a strong feeling that I would love this product. And I wasn’t wrong. It’s my new favourite skincare mainstay.
This serum is responsible for adding brightness and glow back into my skin. I never realised what this truly meant until I saw it for myself.
The reason I felt that my skin always looked average despite the lack of lines and fine quality is because it was just dull. Although it looked moisturised and plump, my under eyes were dark and there was a greyish undertone to my complexion that kept me looking flat and in need of a few extra hours of sleep.
Although my under eyes are still dark, the tone of my skin has changed completely. The hue of my skin is warmer and I wake up with a perfect glow that no highlighter could achieve. This was the last piece of the skincare puzzle that I was missing in my quest for youthful skin untouched by the stresses of adulthood.
How does it work?
Many luxury skincare brands use a bunch of fancy words to describe how the product affects the skin. I’m going to break this one down into something more bite-sized.
When we sleep, we don’t just rest our brain and muscles, our skin rests too. This is the time when our skin “regenerates”, which means our skin makes lots of new skin cells and gets rid of the old ones. Basically, sleep helps you make fresh new skin and shed the old stuff (so FYI, you should probably be changing your pillowcase more frequently than you currently do). Since a lot of us don’t get enough sleep, especially during the optimal “regeneration” hours of 10pm to 2am, we aren’t making enough new skin and we’re also not shedding the old dull stuff. This is why we end up looking tired and flat.
Lancome’s serum gives you those extra hours of sleep that your skin missed. It does this through its “peel” effect. It isn’t something that’s going to see you shed two layers of skin like a snake. What it does is aid in the process of cell turnover. In other words, it helps you lose dead skin cells and then helps create new ones. And this is what leaves you with that well-rested glow.
The key ingredient in this product is glycolic acid, which is extremely effective at removing dead skin. It basically gives the skin a little extra help in completing the naturally occurring shedding process during sleep. The other key ingredients include argan and rose oils, which nourish and moisturise the new skin revealed by the peel.
Applying it is easy. Just shake and spray once or twice into your hand. Then massage into your face. It's really important to shake well since this product separates when left standing still.
How much is it?
It’s not cheap. In fact, I think it’s pretty pricey. At $215 for just 15mL, this is not the kind of product you’d buy on a whim.
I’ve been using my bottle for around a month and I estimate that I’ll get another five or so months out of it. So at least the quantity lasts you a while.
Despite the price, I will definitely continue to buy this product. It’s the only product I’ve ever tried that makes my skin look this bright and youthful. I did get rather similar results from microdermabrasion treatments, but since one treatment is roughly the same price as this Lancome serum, I’d definitely rather take the serum!
Images: Instagram user lancomeofficial
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