This is a rather standard but decent combination of emollients, skin-identical ingredients, and a tiny amount of peptides. It also contains several plant extracts with the potential for irritation, including ginseng, horsetail, arnica, and fragrance, both synthetic and natural. Irritation is always a problem for skin (see More Info for details), but somehow it feels even more damaging when you’re spending this much money.
Aside from the irritation issue and the somewhat interesting formula, none of the worthwhile ingredients will remain stable because of the jar packaging. Once you open a jar the beneficial plant extracts and peptides begin to breakdown in the presence of air (see More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem). Given the price of this product, you would think someone would know this well-documented fact.
Apart from the fact that most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to learn why), there is no benefit to adding diamonds, platinum, or other precious metals to skin-care products. Platinum (despite its use in making exquisite jewelry) has no special anti-aging or any benefit for skin whatsoever, and there is no published research showing otherwise. La Prairie may have chosen platinum because they were banking on platinum’s jewelry reputation for being prized and expensive would transfer to skin care, thus allowing them to set an extremely high price for this eye cream.
Another possible hook about platinum is that it is used in some chemotherapy treatments for cancer, although it is considered a poor treatment option in comparison to other choices (Source: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, January 2012). Platinum can also be a skin sensitizer, although probably not in the minute amounts in this product.
The diamond amidoethylcarbmoxylpropyl polymethylsilsesquioxane and platinum powder are supposed to brighten and add radiance. The “brightened” luminous part of the claim is tied to the sparkles the cream adds to the face, but that’s makeup, not skin care. The effect can be nice, though. What is indeed adding shine to this product is a large amount of mica. Mica is a very ordinary, inexpensive ingredient used throughout the cosmetic industry to add shine. It is interesting to note that platinum powder is an industrial material used to prevent corrosion on machines and pipes. We can’t address the issue of the diamond silicone blend because there is no information about its properties or its claimed benefit for skin, although we can’t imagine what those benefits might be. The amount of mica in this eye cream is enough to cast a shimmering glow on skin, but that effect has nothing to do with making skin look lifted and line-free.
Suffice to say, this product is a waste of money on many levels, especially when you figure it out and discover that the price is slightly more than $500 per ounce! I mean, really, give us a break! Please avoid the seductive nature of the claims about the diamonds and platinum; those minerals are better left in the world of manufacturing, medicine, and jewelry, not skin care.
Why Irritation is a Problem for All Skin Types
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Cellular Eye Cream Platinum Rare contains colloidal Platinum, which helps to increase moisture retention, shield the skin from external damage and allow the skin to absorb nutrients at optimum levels. Cellular Eye Cream Platinum is the perfect solution to a lifted, brightened, line-free, de-puffed and luminous eye area for a radiant look beyond expectations.
Water, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethylcarbmoxylpropyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Squalane, Mica, Platinum Powder, Carbomer, Glycoproteins, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Horsetail Extract, Dimethicone, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, N-Hydroxysuccinamide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chrysin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Caffeine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Propylene Glycol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Jasmine Flower Wax, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Malachite Extract, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Nicotania Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Dimethicone, Horsetail Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, PEG-8, Carbomer, Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Polysorbate 80, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Platinum Powder, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Steareth-20, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Chlorhexidine, Digluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide
La Prairie At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the makeup categories present at least one good, though needlessly expensive, option.
Weaknesses: Very expensive; overreliance on jar packaging; many products contain a potentially irritating amount of astringent horsetail extract; no effective skin-lightening options; poor options for anyone dealing with blemishes (though La Prairie is concerned primarily with selling wrinkle creams anyway).
La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.
Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.
A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.
For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.
La Prairie Makeup
The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke as what they seem to mean by "treatment benefit" has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.
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