It might not be so hard to believe that I have some experience of working in the beauty industry. For a good portion of my teens and early twenties I worked in a well-known French boutique called L’Occitane en Provence in Limerick City. While I was there I learned what good skincare looks like, how it should make you feel and what benefits it has for your skin and general well-being.
Firstly, can I just say I am no snob. But, there is a massive difference between your standard €10 moisturising cream and something along the lines of what I will be speaking about shortly.
I’m always on the look out for new and exciting products whether it’s from the local Boots pharmacy, a L’Occitane favourite or something a bit more luxurious. Crème de la Mer is that little bit special and this is the first time I got the chance to try a small part of the range out thanks to skincare expert Joan who works in Brown Thomas Limerick. So I thought, “why not review it?”
This line is designed mainly for older skin types and is popular among 30-60 year olds. You may wonder why I have any interest in it then! Well, I’ll fill you in on a little secret. At 25, your skin cell renewal begins to slow down. So this is actually the prime time for you to begin using anti-aging skincare. Small signs of early ageing begin to crop up around this time e.g fine hydration lines, collagen production slows down and the inevitable crows feet emerge. What’s the point in waiting for it to get worse?
Of course, anti-aging products, particularly those with antioxidants, can be used as early as age 21, but the most important thing is to use anti-aging products that are appropriate for your skin type. Generally, anti-aging skin care is targeted to treat drier complexions. That is, if your skin is on the regularly parched side, feel free to dive into this category earlier. Oily complexions may find some anti-aging serums or creams a touch too much. If your skin is very dry, you need intensive, lipid-rich oils, but normal, combination, acne-prone, and oily skin types do not need this. If you use the type of product not suited for your own personal skin type, you can be left with clogged pores, breakouts, and an increase in blackheads.
So, now the explainer is out of the way, let’s dive into the products! What sets this next moisturising cream out from the rest is some of its key ingredients. It’s absolutely jam-packed with special sea minerals from nutrient-rich algae, protective antioxidant extracts and semi-precious stones. It also has what’s called the Miracle Broth™, which is the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation. In a short amount of time, it claims that skin firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible and the skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are supposed to feel renewed and rejuvenated after use.
This cream not only feels amazing on the skin but it also smells amazing too! It has a hint of citrus which is both refreshing and pleasant. It’s also quite thick in texture which was a nice surprise. My skin is quite dry so when I was taking the cream out of the pot, it was nice to find that it wasn’t too fluid. Some moisturisers have no substance and as soon as you put them on, your skin just feels dry again, but not with this one. I found I had to warm it between my fingers for a few seconds before putting it on so it would spread that bit easier. It turns from a white thick cream to a translucent, nourishing formula without leaving your skin feeling sticky afterwards. What’s great as well about this is it doubles as a day and night cream, so no need to buy two different ones! Big thumbs up.
I’m not usually one for these types of added treatments, but I have to say they made a nice addition. I particularly enjoyed The Treatment Lotion, as it is used to sort of reawaken your skin. It’s a nice silky hydrator and drives the moisture into the skin leaving it nice and soft, and a perfect base for makeup.
The Regenerating Serum was also quite nice, this product in particular is supposed to target lines and wrinkles. It was also quite good for reducing the appearance of pores, something that I always seem to have a problem with! There’s nothing worse than having an up-close look at your nose only to see a load of open pores, but after patting this on gently I found they were drastically reduced.
FYI: Both these products are meant to be used before the moisturising cream. Love these!
My oh my do I love this product. The thing I am most conscious about is without a doubt my eyes. I’m one of those people that finds it quite hard to just “switch off” and because of this, I tend to not sleep so well. This means I usually wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles galore. This cream is particularly great for targeting dark circles. All you need is a small amount and I tapped it on gently with my ring finger just underneath my eye all the way up to the arch of my eyebrow. Results could be seen instantly and my eyes just felt… fresher! Plus I looked more awake which was a plus. This was probably my favourite product out of this entire skincare system and out of all of them, I would highly recommend this to anyone.
What’s your favourite skincare routine? Feel free to leave questions/ comments below!