Luzern Laboratories is brand that recently peaked my interest. The line seems like the right mix of naturals and cutting-edge science. A few months ago, I tried a tiny sample of their luxurious Force de Vie Crème Intensive and fell in love with the deliciously rich and nourishing product. So, when Truth In Aging asked me to test their Serum Absolute WE3 ($140), I jumped at the chance. This serum comes off as heavy hitter, being touted as a wrinkle eraser that is powered by 21 innovative actives.
The list of key ingredients is exciting with several peptides, swiss apple stem cells, niacinamid (a B vitamin) and something called plantago lanceolata, a leaf extract that “helps densify the extracellular matrix by stimulating collagen I synthesis.” Amongst the peptides are cyclopeptide-5, which stimulates matrix remodeling to help skin retain its elasticity and firmness, and two that work on wrinkles and expression lines (acetyl hexapeptide-8 and acetyl octapeptide-3). None of the ingredients appear to be particularly irritating or high-risk.
The serum itself is a bit thicker than water, but looser than a gel. There is no added fragrance, which I think is a plus, but it does have the natural scent of the ingredients and is particularly pleasing. I keep trying to identify it and the closest I can come up with is subtlety like chlorinated water — but not exactly. Either way, it dissipates quickly and didn’t really bother me. The product comes in a nice sturdy bottle with a pump that dispenses just the right amount to cover the face.
Now, before I break down my experience with the serum and my results, let me give you some backstory. I am 42 years old with fairly youthful, well-cared for and somewhat sensitive skin. Before I started my month-long trial, my skin and I were really getting along. My paired down routine of Vintner’s Daughter with the occasional MitoQ was keeping me quite glowy. I was a little hesitant to change things up, but also curious as to how this product performed. Plus, it felt like there was room in my routine for a killer serum.
I used the Serum Absolute WE3 consistently in the morning and at night. After the first week or two, it seemed like my skin got a little duller and drier. While I know that my skin goes through its own natural cycles and it may have just been unfortunate timing, it wasn’t a great start. By the third week, I started to see some improvements. I continued using the serum for another several weeks and my skin was looking good. But the truth is, I ended up going back to my old routine even though the bottle wasn’t finished.
This was one of those skin care product experiences that is hard to pin down. Nothing about using Serum Absolute or the results it provided really stood out to me. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but with a price tag like it has, I expect more. With such an impressive list of ingredients, someone else might experience more pronounced results. I will pass on this serum, however, I am still saving up for that Force de Vie Crème!