I have always been curious about the uber expensive Creme de la Mer. While I never knew anyone who actually used the product, I would frequently read celebrity testimonials claiming it was the ONE beauty product that gave them flawless skin and a genuinely better life than we mere mortals. I frequently sampled the product when passing the La Mer kiosk at department stores, but never had the stomach to shell out $135 for one ounce of this miracle potion.
Originally formulated by an aerospace physicist to heal chemical burns, Creme de la Mer is loaded with sea kelp, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other natural ingredients. Claiming to leave your skin soothed, moisturized and rejuvenated, with consistent use you should expect to see a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and redness. It smells wonderful, and my previous department store encounters left me feeling dewey – special somehow – that I too was partaking in this miracle skin serum.
So one afternoon when I was feeling an odd combination of flush with cash and rather wrinkly and under nourished, I splurged on a jar of La Mer and went home, excited to become part of the cult that had flawless skin and a dewey radiance. Imagine my disappointment when a week into my new La Mer regime my skin started breaking out. By the middle of the day my skin would begin to feel dry and in need of another La Mer application. I ended up getting a professional facial less than two weeks after starting to use La Mer (making this a MOST expensive beauty adventure!) and was told that the product was likely too heavy for my skin and that the creme was designed to trap moisture on the surface of the skin and didn’t really provide any long term and deep penetrating benefits to the skin.
I switched back to my regular moisturizer; my blemishes cleared up and my skin returned to a more hydrated state. I will continue to use La Mer on those days when I need a little extra something, but guess that I’ll leave the “I can’t live without it” status to the celebs and the lucky few who don’t mind breaking the bank on beauty products!