As I have gotten older, I have tried my best to invest in my skin. Where I used to spend $100 on several different mediocre face products: eye creams, toners, face creams etc. I am now willing to spend $100 on 1 quality face cream, but if I can find one that works for $50, I’m sold!!!
But what I learned is just because it is more expensive, doesn’t mean that it is the best…at least for my skin. In this blog, I talk about using the Créme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream for 6 months then switching to the Origins Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream immediately after now for 4 months.
A little about my skin: I live in high altitude so my skin is generally dry, however, I do travel quite a bit and always get super oily in hot climates. I wash my face with a bar of good ol’ Dove Soap and I don’t really do facials or any pro skin care and I get botox occasionally….It’s preventative!
Créme De La Mer The Moisturizing Cream
I purchased my La Mer cream when I decided that I wanted to up my skincare, I looked at other brands like La Prarie, but I was not willing or ready to spend $350 on 3 oz of face cream that would not last me a month. After reading tons of reviews, and of course, giving into the hype that I have heard over the years, it is rumored that JLo uses it on her entire body…$$$$!
I purchased a 0.5 oz jar of the La Mer Moisturizing Cream. I was so excited when it arrived in the mail…until I opened the box….it was TINY!! Like laughably small! But I digress, I did order the smallest size of this luxury cream so I sucked it up.
Now let’s talk about the cream, my 1st time using it was in the evening after cleansing my face. Something I discovered a couple days later was that this cream comes with a little scooper tucked in the side of the box. This little scooper is used because the cream is so thick, you need a tool to properly apply it to your face. I really struggled with how thick this cream is . When I applied it to my dark skin, I looked grey for hours, it took so long for it to absorb. I ended up having to warm it up before applying to help it absorb into my skin. After a few uses, I really could not take the thickness for daytime wear so I decided to shell out another $85 for the lighter version called the La Mer Moisturizing SOFT Cream. This version was more my speed, it was lighter creamier and absorbed much easier than the 1st cream which I found to be heavy, opaque and greasy.
Now for the results, I started using the cream after a VI Peel so supposedly my skin was as fresh as it could be. I used the heavy cream at night and the lighter cream in the day. One of the reasons I got the VI peel was to deal with some hyperpigmentation I had on my cheeks. But for whatever reason, I felt like after using this cream I could see every imperfection in my skin, especially the areas where I had the peel. I was pretty upset because I spent so much money on skincare and I felt like my skin never looked so bad! But how can this be?? I mean La Mer is supposed to be one of the best skin care lines on the market?! After around 6 months of using the La Mer creams, I decided that it was not working for my skin.
Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream
I was given a sample of the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream cream at Sephora using my reward points, I loved it so much that I used up all my rewards and got several of the small free samples that honestly lasted me 3 months easy. After moving on from La Mer and not wanting to spend a fortune on another luxury cream that may not work, I decided to actually purchase the Origins cream. And I cant tell you how happy I am that I did!
First off the value to cost compared to the La Mer Cream. I got 1.7 oz for $44, that more than 2X the amount of the La Mer creams and half the price! Also, I needed so little of this cream to cover my whole face and it went on so easily, it felt like velvet. Once absorbed, my skin looked dewy, not greasy and my skin just looked brighter. I also want to come back to my hyperpigmentation, after 3 weeks of using this cream, I noticed that my overall skin tone looked more even, it appeared that the dark patches lightened up quite a bit while using the origins cream. I really love how my skin looks and feels using this cream. Also, my makeup looked great applied on top of the Origins cream, with the La Mer cream I had to dab the un-absorbed cream off my face with a tissue before applying makeup.
I also want to point out that I used both the regular formula and the oil free version of the Origins cream. The oil-free was a bit watery and I went through it way faster than the original formula, so I recommend the later if you do not have skin that is too oily.
Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to skin care products, this is my experience with these 2 creams. If the La Mer Cream works well with your skin…awesome! Go ahead and break the bank girl!! But don’t be afraid to shop around and try different creams, Most beauty counters will give you a sample so you can try without the commitment. and if you have a ton of reward points at Sephora, go ahead and get 10 of them, it will last you a year!