Following 111SKIN Space Anti Age Day Cream review, I decided to make another post on their Y Theorem Repair Serum as it has been very difficult for me not to associate it with my most used La Mer The Concentrate in La Mer skincare.
This is very bizarre, but the theme around 111SKIN products at least for the repairing line really reminds me of La Mer in terms of its texture and also the hydration level that you get. As for 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum, although I really don't want to call it a La Mer The Concentrate dupe, it does seem to be quite influenced by the cult classic La Mer healing serum.
I was initially quite put off by its mature right in your face floral scent as it sort of irritated my dry eyes, but it turned out that the fragrance is listed in the last position of the ingredient list. At least the scent doesn't stay long, but I can imagine that some people with scent sensitivity may not appreciate it as much. Having said that, it never actually caused any breakouts or redness in my skin, and I found that my skin gets along with this serum better than some of the heavily scented essential oil serums on the market due to my skin sensitivity to certain natural oils.
GLYCERIN, AQUA (WATER), SORBITOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, CARBOMER, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM EXTRACT, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, ACETYL CYSTEINE, PANTHENOL, NIACINAMIDE, THIAMIN, RIBOFLAVIN, PYRIDOXINE, CYANOCOBALAMIN, DISODIUM EDTA, PARFUM.
111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum has an interesting transition in texture as it initially comes out like a water infused gel, then becomes thickened if it's spreaded with finger tips although the consistency by itself isn't as dense.
You will only start noticing the density upon application as it feels quite tacky and momentarily sticky (although it depends on the amount that you use). I tried different methods to apply the serum in spite of the company's instruction because I really wanted to reduce the sticky feeling that my skin gets when applying it.
And the conclusion I got was nothing else but to use sparingly and not to rub it in too much. Just tab tab, then quickly smooth out. If you follow with their 111SKIN Space Anti Age Day Cream or any other moisturiser that you use, the temporary sticky feeling won't be a big problem at all.
Nevertheless, the serum penetrates into skin quite fast despite its consistency, and wraps skin with hydration and moisturisation, leaving such a nice glow. If it's properly applied and the right amount is used, it should give a velvety soft finish. The absorption speed of 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum is definitely way superior than La Mer The Concentrate and it does also go onto skin lighter and has no silicon finish compared to it.
This Repair Serum is the original product created by Dr. Alexandrides that inspired the 111SKIN range. The Repair Serum significantly boosts collagen production, supports cell regeneration and improves the elasticity of the skin. The result is instant hydration, effective volume enhancement, and a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Anti ageing serum builds volume, repairs and renews the skin
- Calendula extract heals and soothes the skin
- Amino acids improve skin elasticity
- Aminocaproic acid heals, prevents scarring, calms and soothes skin
- Excellent treatment for post-operative or laser treatments
- Paraben, paraffin, silicone and sulphate free
Massage Y Theorem Repair Serum sparingly onto the face and neck with a gentle patting motion. Apply the appropriate day or night cream on top of the serum.
111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum is certainly one of the intriguing repairing serums on the market that honestly works. The ingredients may seem simple, but the serum technically has the essential components that our skin needs for skin regeneration. Although I would say that it would've been even nicer if they took the artificial scent out of the ingredient list as the serum seems to be already quite compromised with its sticky texture. And I think that it could've actually made it into one of the best repairing serums on the market better suited for fragile/sensitive skin.
It not only offers intense hydration but also relatively fast healing to skin with skin protection, which will be ideal for those who are constantly exposed to sun, pollution and dryness (air conditioning and heating). Having said that, I wouldn't suggest the serum for oily combination/ problem prone skin and/or those living in a hot and humid weather conditions mainly due to the sticky feel that it leaves behind, and your skin may feel a little too hot because of its moisture wrap sensation to skin. However, the company also has a lighter version of this, which you can check out instead: 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Light Serum.
Regardless, the original serum is indeed a great all year round serum for dry skin, and the serum will improve overall skin texture to look more smooth and rather healthy. There isn't much to talk about dramatic lifting or wrinkle reducing effects since I haven't found it that corrective personally, but 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum will work great as a maintenance/preventative measure for more resilient skin or even just as an S.O.S treatment.
Now that I think of it, perhaps it may have been inappropriate of me calling 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum a La Mer The Concentrate dupe as the 111SKIN one seems to work just as good in its own way. However, if you are someone who's looking for a reliable skin healing serum with a consistency in between La Mer The Regenerating Serum and The Concentrate, you should check out 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum as it's somewhere in the middle, as long as you don't mind its floral scent.
Where to buy
- Nordstrom (Free shipping & samples)
- Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Serum
- Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Dry/ Senstive/ Eczema Skin)
- May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Facial Serum & The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Creme & Micro Serum
- Chantecaille Vital Essence (Hydrating serum)