Cellular Radiance Cream is a water- and Vaseline-based moisturizer that takes an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to moisturizers by including tiny amounts of dozens of plants along with gemstones and natural ingredients believed to be helpful for women experiencing skin changes due to menopause (though there is little research to support that line of thinking, at least in terms of using tiny amounts of such ingredients topically rather than orally).
The price is ridiculous for what amounts to an emollient, somewhat greasy moisturizer for dry to very dry skin, and jar packaging renders the many antioxidants unstable shortly after you begin using it. The mineral pigments in this moisturizer are what give skin a luminous finish, which is strictly cosmetic, not skin care.
Helps diminish the appearance of lines, wrinkles and age spots. Helps restore skin's youthful texture and improves elasticity. Enhances the reflective properties of skin itself, making it luminous from the instant of application.
Water, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Caprylate, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Squalane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phospholipids, Glycoproteins (La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex), Panax Ginseng Root Extract (La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract (La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex), Cyclomethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-8, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Oleate, Cholesteryl Stearate, Quartz, Schizophyllan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Pca, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea-Carbomer, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4, Yellow 5, Orange 4
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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