Sometimes a girl just needs to know more … That’s exactly why I’m going to be adding some product focus posts into the mix. For these posts I’ll be delving a little deeper into one specific product to try and get my questions answered and share some great information with you.
First up is Lancôme’s latest skincare innovation, Visionnaire. I wanted to understand what a “skin corrector” really does, how it works, how it’s different from the amazingly successful Génifique products, and how I’m supposed to integrate it into my already lengthy skincare routine. If you’ve been asking these same questions, this is one post you won’t want to miss.
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lancôme’s Director of Skincare Marketing to get a better understanding of the technology behind Visionnaire and how it works. I’ve tried to capture everything I learned here, but if you have a question that wasn’t answered, please send it my way.
What is Visionnaire and what was the inspiration behind this product? Over a period of 12 years, Lancôme researchers studied how plants repair themselves when injured. They found that when a plant is damaged, it reacts by producing jasmonic acid, which sets off a chain reaction to repair the damage and prepares the plant to better defend itself in the future. Inspired by this natural repair mechanism, Lancôme’s quest was to create a new formula that would mimic the qualities of jasmonic acid while working in harmony with human skin. The result was Visionnaire.
Visionnaire is an advanced skin-correcting serum that’s supposed to re-create the look of more beautiful skin without damage or irritation. Its new breakthrough formula prompts skin to naturally correct the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and uneven texture. It feels very light and velvety to the touch, smells wonderful, and is the color of mother of pearl. As a product alone, it’s lovely, but let’s talk about the results.
What are the expected results? I was told that you’ll want to give Visionnaire time to work and should commit to using it for a minimum of four weeks to see and feel a true difference in your skin. In my personal experience, and this is rare, I could see a difference in my complexion overnight. I was very, very surprised and impressed. Here’s the information I got from Lancôme based on their product testing:
After a four-week use consumer evaluation of women aged 35 to 49 who had been tempted by a cosmetic procedure like hyaluronic acid, laser treatments, or chemical peels, one out of two opted to postpone it after seeing the transformation in their skin.*
*Results not equivalent to a cosmetic procedure.
How is Visionnaire different from Génifique? Here’s how it was explained to me. Génifique is about “seeing” a difference and Visionnaire is about “feeling” a difference in your skin. In essence, Génifique is a product focused on improving overall radiance, or achieving skin that “looks lit from within.”
Visionnaire is for someone who wants to experience a change in their skin’s appearance and texture. It helps skin to boost its natural cell creation, so you can actually feel a difference in your skin after four weeks of use, and it’s specifically targeted at correcting the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and uneven skin tone or texture.
Can you use Visionnaire and Génifique together? Absolutely. If you’re going to use both products twice daily, apply them in this order:
1st - Génifique
2nd - Visionnaire
If you want to alternate your use between day and night, apply:
AM – Génifique
PM – Visionnaire
As an FYI, I use two pumps on my face and under my eyes and another two pumps on my neck and décolletage. Follow the application of these serums with your other treatment products and then your moisturizer.
How does Visionnaire compare to a laser treatment or chemical peel? Truthfully, no skincare product can deliver results equivalent to a cosmetic procedure. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. To me it’s important that everyone understands that difference. Much like jasmonic acid is produced when a plant is damaged in some way, more invasive cosmetic procedures like laser treatments and chemical peels essentially damage portions of the skin to initiate a healing process, stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and reverse the effects of aging. Visionnaire helps recreate the look of beautiful skin and correct the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and skin texture without damage or irritation. To me, that’s quite impressive!
I’ve shared all I know about Visionnaire and based on my personal results, I’m sold. Give it a try and let me know what you think.