Although this toner-like product has an exceptionally long ingredient list, the lineup begins with alcohol (unbelievably, it is the first listed ingredient), and that instantly makes this far from advanced. Alcohol not only causes dryness and irritation, but also generates free-radical damage—none of which stimulates collagen synthesis or improves elasticity. If anything, swabbing alcohol over your skin will help break down these fundamental support elements of your skin. And the sea water and extracts are just gimmicks, meant solely to convince you that they are something special for aging skin, nothing more.
Brightens and evens skin tone while enhancing skin's energy and vitality. Helps stimulate collagen synthesis, firms and improves elasticity. Soothes irritation and inhibits the appearance of redness and inflammation. Contains de-aging antioxidants for advanced protection against free radicals. Natural oils revitalize skin. Infuses oxygen into the skin with each use to enhance the complexion.
SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Ethyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Ethyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Isododecane, Water, Mineral Oil, Perfluorodecalin, Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Saccharomyces/Carrageenan Extract/Sarcodiotheca Gaudichaudii Extract Ferment, Laminaria Hyperborea Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Fucus Serratus Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-20, Dextran, Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phyllanthus Emblica Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Algae Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pinus Pinea Kernel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyproline, Carbomer, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1
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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