This New French Oil-in-Serum Saved My Holiday Skin


Amy Lawrenson

I’m going to put it out there—I’m in love with the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum. Day-to-day, my skin usually behaves itself pretty well, but when it comes to going on holiday, all hell breaks loose.

No matter what suncream I use, the combination of heavy SPF and (let’s face it) sweat means I get stubborn under-the-skin spots from all the clogged up grime. And once I’m home, my skin cries out for moisture, turning dry and flaky within moments from stepping off the plane. Plus, no matter how much sun protection I wear, I’m left with dehydration-induced wrinkles I never had before. Seriously, summer + my skin = not a good combination.

But this year it’s been different. I’ve been trying out the brand-new L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum (£49), and I’m pleased to say everything has changed. The super-lightweight water-gel is seriously hydrating and packed with antioxidants: It contains tiny golden bubbles filled with L’Occitane’s Immortelle Oil Extract, which contains two times the antioxidant that's in vitamin E. It also boasts marjoram extract to kick-start your skin's natural function so it can protect itself against UV damage, pollution and stress.

And then there's the powerful acmella oleacera extract, a natural alternative to Botox: It helps relax muscle tension (goodbye, sun-induced squinty frown lines) and smooth out the appearance of dehydration lines. It's like a good night's sleep in a bottle—your skin is left glowing and well-rested—as it should be after a week away.