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Lierac Paris Hydra Chrono Extreme Balm for Dehydrated Skin Review and Swatches

December 3, 2008
Lierac Paris Hydra Chrono Anti-Aging Hydration Extreme Balm for Dehydrated Skin ($50 for 1.35 oz)

Hot pink packaging for a pink cream? Enough said! Couple that with a gorgeously light and fresh floral fragrance (I love sniffing this stuff!) and a silky consistency and you’ve got a moisturizer that’s seriously pleasing to the senses.

All sealed up!

Lierac’s Hydra Chrono is a lusciously balm enriched with protective glyercin and aqua pump technology that works like a hydraulic pump to help restore and reactive the skin’s natural hydration process. The aqua pump technology is based on a combination of red marine micro-algae, an anti-aging and hydrating ingredient, and a natural amino acid (TMG) that helps the skin to trap and redistribute moisture. Hydro Chrono also contains cotanical oils of approicot and safflower, rich in essential fatty acids, and many many other skin-plumping ingredients.

My first pink face cream.

LOVE: Thanks to the glycerin in the formula, Lierac’s Hydra Chrono applies like a dream. It has a really great jelly-like consistency with great slip that literally glides over the surface of the skin. The balm dries within a minute or two to a light non-sticky finish, but a word of caution–apply too much of this stuff and your face will feel sticky all day! SO has so terrible dry red patches on his face that are stubborn and resistant to most products, but after a day or two of rubbing this stuff on his face they’d drastically improved, plus the cream didn’t break him out!

The glycerin forms a protective barrier between environmental factors and your skin that you can feel as you’re washing your face at night, and my face feels hydrated and comfortable all day. This balm is going quickly and while I wouldn’t use this during the summer months, I just may repurchase for use next winter!

NOT SO MUCH: While the packaging states that this is for dehydrated, very very dry skin, I really don’t think that this product would provide adequate moisture for skin that dry since while it’s called a balm, the consistency is more like a gel and feels relatively light once fully blended. I have combination skin that’s simultaneously really oily and ridiculously dry (I don’t even know how that’s possibe), and although this is perfect for my winter skin (red, irritated, flakey, tight, and dry), I don’t think it would work out so great for those with truly truly dry skin.

Lierac Concentre Mesolift Toning Radiance Serum with Vitamin C Review and Swatches

December 3, 2008
Lierac Concentre Mesolift [Anti-Aging & Radiance] Toning Radiance Serum with Vitamin C ($60 for 1.1 oz)

Mesotherapy is a technique developed in France that involves injecting nutrients directly into the skin to activate collagen products and lymphatic drainage–cue Jen’s MAJOR needle-phobia!! Ewwww! But the labs at Lierac Paris have attempted to adapt this technique into a rapidly penetrating topical serum–Concentre Mesolift–minus the needles of course!

The serum is meant to address three skin woes: dull copmlexion, premature aging, and dehydration. The Concentre Mesolift is basically a cocktail of wonderful ingredients including:

~Vitamins (5%): A, C, E, B5 and B6 for cell renewal
~Minerals (5%): Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese
~Hyaluronic Acid (5%) for hydration–not nearly as high as the 75% in my PTR serum

Lierac’s Concentre Mesolift Toning Radiance Serum comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with eye dropper applicator (yay for germ-free skincare products!). It’s a decently thick liquid (unlike the Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Acid Serum which is super watery/runny) and has a pleasant citrusy scent to it (I’d say it smells lightly of oranges). I squeeze two blobs onto my fingertips, and while the directions indicate that the product should be massage into the skin, I prefer to quickly apply it over the surface of my skin and then to let it sink in and dry on its own over the course of a minute or two.

LOVE: I really like the relatively light consistency of this product, and of course the packaging and scent. It sinks in quickly and dries to a nice non-sticky finish (at least if you don’t use too much), and of course I’m crazy about all of the great-for-my-skin ingredients this contains. It leaves your skin feeling super-soft and hydrated, and when I tested this out on the back of my hand for the photos I noticed an immediate difference; the texture was smoother and softer, and my tiny little hand-lines did a quick disappearing act.

NOT SO MUCH: On certain days this will cause my face to sting (I have pretty sensitive skin though)–I’m thinking thanks to the Vitamin C from blood oranges contained in this serum. It’s nothing unbearable but I also just happen to like my Peter Thomas Roth serum better. I do love this as a daytime alternative though, since I don’t need quite as much moisture during the day. I’m undecided on whether or not I’d repurchase this–we’ll say once I’ve gotten through this bottle, which should last me quite awhile.