February 8, 2022 / SKINCARE
La Mer Skincare Is It Worth it?
La Mer skincare is a luxury skincare brand owned by Estee Lauder. It has been hyped up all over the internet by beauty influencers, celebs, and beauty blogs. Of course, by now, everyone and their mother knows about La Mer, but is it worth the hype?
What Is It All About?
La Mer is known for its miracle broth present in their products. This “miracle broth” is a derivative of seaweed. Seaweed is a wonderful skincare ingredient. It is a humectant, meaning it holds water into the skin for ultimate hydration. Studies show that seaweed holds more water than hyaluronic acid, making it more hydrating. Who woulda thunk!
Seaweed provides anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in polyphenols making it an antioxidant. Antioxidants in skincare scavenge free radicals, which without getting too technical, basically damage healthy cells and lead to aging. We love an antioxidant.
All La Mer products contain their signature fragrance. However, I am not a fan of fragrance in leave-on products. My blog post, Understanding Fragrance In Cosmetics, goes into detail. In short, fragrance compounds are sensitizing, provide zero benefits for skin health, irritate sensitive skin/rosacea, and cause vasodilation which worsens rosacea and acne.
The La Mer line contains other ingredients like peptides, plant oils (jojoba oil, grape seed oil), caffeine, and soybean. These are all great ingredients and serve different skincare benefits. Their products feel luxurious and come in pretty packaging, but are they worth your hard-earned cash?
Is La Mer Skincare Worth It?
In my opinion, no. No skincare ingredient is worth the amount of money they charge. For example, 2oz of their moisturizing soft cream is $360, excuse me, mam? This cream has a super long ingredient list which is always a turnoff. The longer the list, the more room for irritation. It’s hard to tell if all those ingredients provide benefit because when so many are added in, some cancel others out or make some less stable, causing skin irritation. Having a long ingredient list isn’t a flex. It is not necessary and only makes things complicated.
I don’t know about you, but I want no-nonsense skincare. I like products with only skin-benefiting ingredients and no added bs. For example, this particular cream has eucalyptus leaf oil, lime peel extract, geraniol, and so on. All these ingredients are the “added bs” I was talking about. They provide nothing for the skin and can irritate you if you are sensitive, acne-prone, or have eczema or rosacea.
Not to mention, all of the ingredients found in La Mar are in thousands of other skincare products with ingredient lists that make sense, with lower price tags. You can find seaweed, peptides, antioxidants, etc., in other products that won’t cost you a meal at Nobu. So again, in my opinion, La Mer skincare is not worth it. It is one of those skincare lines hyped up by the media, and you’re forking out all that cash for the name. If I’m spending money on brand names, it will be in the fashion department. However, I am not here to tell you how to live your life. If you like La Mer and don’t care about spending the money, do you, baby! I’m just here to educate and give some insight because the media and marketing can throw you for a loop.