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Jane Fonda favorite L’Oreal Age Perfect

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
December 3, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments
Jane Fonda is promoting her first exercise video for 28 years and I have to say that any woman who, at the age of 72 (actually make that just about any age), can say she likes her bum gets my vote. Of course, I couldn’t help but notice that the ever frank Fonda also admitted to several facelifts and a penchant for L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Cream ($16.98). Hmmm, Fonda's favorite face cream.... I took a look at what’s in it and all I can say is that it gives a whole new meaning to ‘the burn’.

Jane Fonda has always seemed to me to have a steely side and her toughness presumably is skin deep given that she is able tolerate L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Cream. Lesser women, I fear, would be breaking out within seconds. The main ingredient is pore clogging comedogenic mineral oil, which tends to interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to sensitive skin that dries and chaps easily.

Perhaps Ms Fonda’s visits to plastic surgeons have left her with an attraction to hydroxypatite, a material used in implants because of its proximity to human bone. It is the key component of the injectable filler Radiesse. However, hydroxypatite made more sense in Age Perfect when I saw that it was paired with what amounts to L’Oreal’s signature ingredient, calcium pantethine sulfonate. There is some evidence that it can lighten the skin. The two together restore the skin’s barrier functions – well, according to research conducted by L’Oreal.

There are several ingredients that sensitive skins might prefer to steer clear of, such as disodium EDTA, and Hepes (or hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid) carries all sorts of warnings against contact with the skin. Now, to be fair, this is in undiluted form, but it causes irritation and if absorbed the effects can be systemic. Linalool can also cause irritation and has been demonstrated to be cytotoxic.

There are a few botanical ingredients L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra including antioxidant apricot kernal and passionflower. But I was reminded mostly of someone recently saying to me that many mainstream creams are “OK if you want to coat your face in wax”. L’Oreal Age Perfect pretty much fits that description with beeswax, carnauba and microcristalline.

All in all, L’Oreal Age Perfect seems about as appropriate for our times as a pair of leg warmers.

Aqua (Water) , Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) , Glycerin , Isocetyl Stearate , Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Cyclohexasiloxane , Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter) , Cera Alba (Beeswax) , Cetyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate , Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid , Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil) , Zea Mays Oil (Corn Oil) , Linalool , Cera Carnauba (Carnauba Wax) , Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax) , Paraffin , Geraniol , Royal Jelly Extract , Sorbitan Tristearate , Calcium Pantetheine Sulfonate , Eugenol , Dimethicone , Isohexadecane , Coumarin , Ascorbyl Glucoside , Limonene , Disodium EDTA , Propylene Glycol , Hydroxyapatite , Citronellol , Passiflora Edulis Oil (Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil) , Xanthan Gum , Polysorbate 80 , Acrylamide (Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer) , Acrylates Copolymer , Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Rice Bran Oil) , Methylparaben , Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylparaben , Benzyl Alcohol , CI 15985 (Yellow 6) , CI 47005 (Yellow 10) , Parfum (Fragrance)
  • May 17, 2016

    by Linda

    So what if she has had face lifts.
    So what if she's used L'Oreal
    If it works for her, so what.

  • August 8, 2013

    by Tracy

    I'm a bit surprised that any are startled over Jane Fonda or any other celebrity endorsing a product. I don't know the numbers but one must consider just how much they are being paid to promote such products. Many of these former stars do not have the major bank accts. many think they should have. Even tho they may have made lots of money at one time they also spend a lot. I once knew two well known stars. They were very wealthy but like so many before them they thought they would always be able to garner the same major salaries. So they spent all that they earned. One in particular that I have remained friends with is essentially broke. So --back to the original story here. I'm not surprised that JF would push any product. Got to earn a living somehow!!

  • September 27, 2011

    by duped

    Lol. Great review indeed. I am normally a natural products gal, but I've been taking a swimming class and my face has been super dry, so I bought a jar of this, figuring it would help. Day one okay at application, but during the day I notice my face is puffy and redish. I wonder what is irritating it, because it seems hydrated and isn't peeling after my swim.

    Day two, I wash my face before bed, and put it on and my face screams OUCH! Get this stuff off, immediately turns red. So I used some other lotion to wash it off, splashed cold water on my face, and got on line to Google the product...which will be going back to Target tomorrow. I want hydration, but I don't need irritation, redness, or whatever else this stuff is going to do to me!

  • December 3, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    The greatest pity, perhaps, is if Jane knew skincare, or had a knowledgeable adviser, she wouldn't of needed so many lifts or procedures- the creams would be doing this work. I swear I've gone from "I WILL get a neck lift when it sags too far," to "I don't think I'll really need a neck lift; rather spend the money on travel." I've learned that much and it has made that much a difference. So, I agree, Emily, it is sad these iconic women haven't a clue and lather that crap on their fragile skin! ~jk

  • December 3, 2010

    by Sunday

    Emily and Jaysie ~ my paternal Grandma also had the most lovely peaches & cream skin and only used Ponds all her life. But then I have to also give her credit for never smoking or drinking any kind of soda either. She was definitely a teetotaller till the day she passed.

  • December 3, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Arandjel - Thanks for the info; I didn't know Fonda was already on the L'Oreal payroll. I swore off all L'Oreal a couple of years ago because they use so many bad chemicals in all products. However, like Emily, I'm reminded of an aunt who used Oil of Olay into a fine old age. Maybe there really is "better living through chemistry?"

    I do applaud Fonda for admitting to facelifts, just wish she'd say the dr.'s name. She looks great!

  • December 3, 2010

    by Emily

    Marta, hysterical review! Thanks.
    But makes me a bit sad. It's always a let-down to find out these iconic women don't know everything.
    Reminds me of my maternal grandmother (who was nothing like Jane Fonda in any way, you understand): she lived to 100, meticulous into her '90's--and swore by Oil of Olay, her only beauty regimen....

  • December 3, 2010

    by Arandjel

    Jane Fonda is already the spokeswoman for the lotion reviewed here, so there's no need for her to 'fish', and is also probably the reason to why she attributes it to her good looks.

  • December 2, 2010

    by Jaysie

    I'll bet Jane is fishing for an ad campaign contract. L'Oreal likes to have 'mature' women featured since their brand crosses all the age groups.

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