REVIEW OF L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Clinical 12% Pure Vitamin C Serum 30ml

The manufacturer describes this product as a Derm-Grade 12% Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum. With the highest concentration of pure Vitamin C, it is helpful against uneven skin tone, rough texture, enlarged pores, and those pesky lines.

Product Manufacturer

The Revitalift Clinical 12% Pure Vitamin C Serum is manufactured by L'Oréal Paris.

L'Oréal Paris is a prominent player in the beauty industry, offering a wide range of cosmetic and skincare products. Founded in 1909 by Eugène Schueller, the brand has grown into a global leader that boasts a diverse portfolio of subsidiary brands under the L'Oréal Group umbrella. Some notable subsidiaries include:

Maybelline New York: Maybelline New York offers a wide range of makeup essentials, from mascaras to foundations.

Garnier: With a focus on skincare, haircare, and hair colour.

Lancôme: Positioned as a luxury cosmetics and skincare brand. Its product range includes high-end skincare, makeup, and fragrances.

NYX Professional Makeup:  NYX Professional Makeup is known for its extensive range of high-quality, affordable cosmetics. 

Kiehl's: Founded in 1851, Kiehl's is a skincare brand that focuses on addressing various skincare concerns, from hydration to anti-ageing, with its effective and gentle formulations.

Intended Use

This serum is formulated to address a range of skincare concerns, including uneven skin tone, texture, and fine lines. Its blend of ingredients works to enhance skin radiance, reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by sun exposure, age, and acne marks, and stimulate collagen production for a more youthful appearance.



Description of the chemicals:

  1. AQUA / WATER / EAU: Aqua is simply water, which serves as the base for the serum.
  2. ASCORBIC ACID: Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is a potent antioxidant that helps to slow down product deterioration, control pH levels, and brighten and soothe the skin.
  3. CYCLOHEXASILOXANE: This is a silicone-based ingredient that provides a silky, smooth texture to the serum and helps it spread easily on the skin.
  4. GLYCERIN: Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated and plump.
  5. ALCOHOL DENAT.: Denatured alcohol is used to dissolve other ingredients and improve the texture of the serum, but it can be drying to the skin in high concentrations.
  6. POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE: This is a pH adjuster, used to maintain the stability and effectiveness of the serum.
  7. POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE: Another silicone-based ingredient, polymethylsilsesquioxane helps to improve the texture and spreadability of the serum.
  8. POLYSILICONE-11: This silicone polymer helps to form a smooth, protective barrier on the skin's surface, locking in moisture and other beneficial ingredients.
  9. DIMETHICONE: Dimethicone is a type of silicone that provides a silky, smooth texture to the serum and helps to seal in moisture.
  10. PROPYLENEGLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a humectant and solvent that helps to keep the serum from drying out and improves its texture.
  11. PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE: This is an emollient that helps to soften and smooth the skin.
  12. C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN: A type of solvent that helps to dissolve other ingredients and improve the texture of the serum.
  13. TOCOPHEROL: Tocopherol is a form of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect the skin from environmental damage.
  14. SODIUM HYALURONATE: Sodium hyaluronate is a derivative of hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin and helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
  15. HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID: Another form of hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid has been broken down into smaller molecules, making it easier for the skin to absorb.
  16. ADENOSINE: Adenosine is a soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to calm redness and irritation.
  17. ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER: This peptide helps to improve skin elasticity and firmness, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  18. PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE: This is an emulsifier and surfactant that helps to mix oil and water-based ingredients in the serum.
  19. POLOXAMER 338: A cleansing agent and emulsifier that helps to keep the ingredients in the serum well-mixed and stable.
  20. SALICYLIC ACID: Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and reduce acne.
  21. POLYACRYLAMIDE: A film-forming agent that helps to create a smooth, even texture on the skin's surface.
  22. TOLUENE SULFONIC ACID: This is a pH adjuster and buffering agent that helps to maintain the stability of the serum.
  23. AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE: A thickening agent and stabilizer that helps to give the serum its desired texture.
  24. XANTHAN GUM: Xanthan gum is a thickening agent and emulsifier that helps to stabilize the ingredients in the serum and give it a smooth, creamy texture.
  25. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL: Caprylyl glycol is a humectant and skin conditioning agent that helps to keep the skin hydrated and soft.
  26. DISODIUM EDTA: Disodium EDTA is a chelating agent that helps to prevent the degradation of the serum's ingredients by binding to metal ions.
  27. BHT: BHT, or butylated hydroxytoluene, is an antioxidant that helps to prevent the oxidation of the serum's ingredients, keeping them fresh and stable.
  28. LAURETH-7: A surfactant and emulsifier that helps to mix oil and water-based ingredients in the serum.
  29. PARFUM / FRAGRANCE: Fragrance is added to the serum to give it a pleasant scent.

Safety and Toxicity

Currently, there are no safety alerts listed for the product on the Safety Gate: the EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products.

How Does the Product Work?

Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals and boosting the skin's natural defence against environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. This new serum's formula ensures stability which is often the difficulty with topical vitamin C. Through advanced research and development, this product stands out as one of the select few in the market to confidently ensure stability, backed by the research studies.

Is the Product Easy to Use?

Yes! Simply cleanse your skin morning and evening, then apply the serum evenly to your face and neck. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly and the skin does feel smooth after the application.

Is it of High Quality?

Appears to be. According to the information we have, this serum is clinically tested on a variety of skin tones and types, delivering visible results in as little as four weeks. Plus, it's backed by some leading dermatologists which I think provides a degree of reassurance about the quality of the product compared to others. 

You Need To Know This:

Ah, let's talk about the intriguing phenomenon of the colour change in the Revitalift Clinical 12% Pure Vitamin C Serum after about four weeks of opening the bottle. You might have noticed that the clear serum gradually transforms into a light orange or yellow hue. This colour change was quite off-putting when I first noticed it. I did go digging and was impressed to see that the manufacturer addressed this issue already. It assures us that this change doesn't affect the quality of the product.

Now, why does this colour change occur, you might wonder? Well, let's dive into the science behind it. Vitamin C, the star ingredient of this serum, is notoriously sensitive to light, oxygen, and temperature changes. As it interacts with air, it undergoes a natural oxidation process, causing the clear serum to take on a slightly tinted appearance.

But here's the good news: despite the change in colour, the efficacy of the serum can indeed remain intact. The manufacturer reassures that the formula is carefully stabilised to ensure that each drop delivers the same potent dose of Vitamin C, regardless of its shade. 

Is it Geared Towards Dark Acne-Prone Skin?

While the serum is suitable for all skin tones and types, its brightening and clarifying properties make it particularly beneficial for those with dark, acne-prone skin.

Is the Product Worth My Money?

Without a doubt! With regular use, the Revitalift Clinical 12% Pure Vitamin C Serum helps to achieve brighter, smoother, more radiant skin, making it a worthwhile investment in your skincare routine.

What Alternatives Are Available, and How Do They Measure Up?

While there are other Vitamin C serums on the market, few can match the potency and stability of this one considering the results of the clinical testing. 


 Introduced to me by a dear dermatologist friend, this serum has become my skincare holy grail, and I haven't looked back since.

As a woman in my forties juggling a busy job and myriad responsibilities, finding a skincare solution that actually delivers on its promises is like striking gold. This serum has been a great addition to my quest to combat blemishes and fine lines.

But let's be real—it's not a magic wand. While this serum works, it's important to remember that skincare is just one piece of the puzzle. Factors like diet, sleep, hydration, and exercise also play a crucial role in achieving healthy, glowing skin.

So, if you're ready to invest in yourself and your skincare routine, I would recommend giving the Revitalift Clinical 12% Pure Vitamin C Serum a try. 

Your skin will thank you for it!


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