The peeps at YSL are super excited about a brand new anti-aging skin care line that’s just the shelves in SA; YSL Forever Youth Liberator.
Its launch caused a bit of a flurry in Europe in that many women had to put their names down on waiting lists in order to get their mitts on it. What makes it so different to everything else is that it’s ‘inspired by glycobiology’ and one of the first to make use of glycans.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… ‘glycans?!’ It sounds like some weirdo alien race straight out of a Star Trek movie. Still, while using glycans might be as advanced as ET’s space ship, there’s nothing alien about them. Glycans occur naturally in your body and are responsible for sending messages between your cells. As we get older, our glycans tend to die off so, while our body’s still putting out a message that’s essentially saying ‘act young, be young, act young, be young…’ our ‘reception’, as such, is a bietjie kak, which is why our skin doesn’t get the message.
Merrily, YSL’s new range contains a complex of sugar-derived glycan stimulators they call Glycanactif. (I’m not too sure what all the sugars are but know that the main one is Rhamnose* which has the ability to tell your skin’s fibroblasts – the cells responsible for producing collagen – to behave at their best.) What Glycanactif does is help re-activate long dead glycans to help your skin get its innate ‘be youthful’ message loud and clear. Also, aside from helping your skin to ‘perform’ at its best; Glycanactif can help boost the efficacy of the other active ingredients in your skin care routine as it’s essentially cleaning up the ‘pathways’ on which they travel.
Biology lesson aside, YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator line consists of cleansing foam, lotion (their word for a toner), serum, fluid with SPF 15 (for oily skin), two ‘crèmes’ (one for normal skin, one for very dry skin) and an eye cream.
I decided to give the serum a bash as it’s got the greatest concentration of Glycanactif in it.
It comes in gorgeous glass vial with a dropper so I was super sad to decant it into an airtight plastic pump bottle; I don’t like to expose my beauty products to air as it degrades their active ingredients. Scent-wise, it’s got a pretty light floral smell that makes me think of rosewater. In regards to texture, it’s absolute bliss. I love how it sinks into my skin in a flash without feeling greasy or heavy in the least. Afterwards, there’s no weird silicone-y residue or anything that could cause your foundation to ‘pill’. It does, however, leave your skin looking very subtly radiant thanks to microscopic illuminating particles.
I regards to results, I’ve been using it for just over two weeks now and can see a subtle difference in my skin in that it’s less prone to fine dehydration lines. In fact, my skin looked ‘plumper’ within hours from the first application thanks to the serum’s hyaluronic acid content. (Hyaluronic acid is a water binder in that it draws more moisture into your skin and helps to keep it there.) I also liked the instant ever so slightly luminous look but this disappeared as soon as I applied layer number two; my daily moisturiser. If, however, I’d used the YSL fluid with SPF 15 I’d retained my glow as this contains even more illuminators than the serum. Still, I appreciated the fact that it played nicely with my other anti-agers, namely my retinol serum and AHA cream.
Want to try YSL Youth Liberator for yourself? If you get to a YSL counter at selected Edgars stores** ASAP, you can snap up a 7 day sample pack of both the serum and crème. They’re convinced that after just one week, you’re going to see more youthful-looking skin and have asked that you leave your thoughts on their Edgar’s Club Facebook page. I’d also love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to let me know via the comments section below.
*The only other skin care line I know of that’s also using Rhamnose is Vichy’s LiftActiv. You’ll find it at a nice high concentration (5%) in their serum, just so you know…
**Participating stores include Sandton City, Eastgate, Menlyn Park, Gateway, V&A and Canal Walk.