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

L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum review
Amy Lawrenson

Day-to-day, my skin usually behaves itself pretty well, but when it comes to going on holiday, all hell breaks loose. But this year it’s been different. I’ve been trying out the brand-new L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum ($59), and I’m pleased to say everything has changed.


  • Smoothes fine lines
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Hydrates skin
  • Ingredients include antioxidants


  • Price per oz. is expensive

Bottom Line

I’m going to put it out there—I’m in love with the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum.

L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum

Best for: All skin types

Uses: Hydrates skin while smoothing fine lines

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Active ingredients: Organic Immortelle Essential Oil, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Marjoram Extract

Clean?: Yes

Price: $59

About the brand: L'Occitane is an international beauty brand founded in the South of France. They offer high-quality skin products made with plant powered ingredients.

L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum
L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum $59

About My Skin

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.

The Feel

Unlike other hydrating serums I've tried, this one has a satin-like finish that leaves your skin smooth—not sticky. I started using it a week before my holiday, and I used it religiously every night throughout my trip. Not once did my skin feel dry and tight (even after flying, which is a first), and it’s continued to behave itself now that I'm home.

The Ingredients

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.

L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum review

Overnight Reset Serum is also designed to be used with any of L'Occitane's moisturisers, meaning you can mix and match to your heart's content. I'm pretty loyal to the Immortelle Precious Light Cream ($65) in summer, as it's rich enough to keep my skin feeling plump and hydrated without being greasy. My skin's silky and soft, plus those wrinkles that always seem to appear in the sun somehow managed to stay hidden away this year.

L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum Review

The Results

Sure, I still got the odd blemish while I was away, but you can't have it all. Plus, I found that because my skin was so happy and supple underneath, the blemishes never really progressed into full-on angry zits. There was just a small blocked pore one day, and it was gone the next. I can deal with that.

The Value

The powerful ingredients in this serum paired with the noticeable benefits make it worth the price tag.

Similar Products: You have options

Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum: For around the same price as the L'Occitane Overnight Reset Serum, this product smoothes and brightens skin while also benefitting the skin's overall complexion.

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil: Ingredients include maqui, prickly pear, and acai for an antioxidant filled oil that—just like the product name says—leaves skin hydrating and glowing.

Our Verdict

You won't regret purchasing the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum, especially when it's time to travel.

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