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From ultra moisture to 24-carat gold, these luxury skin care creams put the drugstore to shame

by 03 May 2012

The skin is our body’s largest (and most visible) organ. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter if you’re an A-List celeb or the barista making her lattes, none of us are exempt from Father Time and the damages of daily pollution. What we are in control of, is how gracefully we age, it’s just a question of investment in what works best.


 
Life really is too short to skimp out on skin care – you only get one face after all! To figure out where your money is best spent, we turned to some of the seasoned and newer players in this ever-evolving field to show us their best sellers. Fresh from the lab, here are our top 10 luxury creams of the moment:

1. Crème de La Mer



The story:
A product of over 12 years and 6,000 experiments, Crème de La Mer was developed by aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber to heal the severe chemical burns he suffered in a lab experiment.

DNA:
Crème de la Mer is perfumed, white and on the thick side. Made up of the Miracle Broth™, a highly potent special formula that includes sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12, plus citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower oils. These ingredients undergo a slow bio-fermentation together for up to 3 - 4 months, which transforms them into a highly effective combined substance.

What it does:

  • Adds deep moisturize to your complexion (even the driest)
  • Makes skin softer and firmer
  • Makes creases and pores less visible

Using it:
Rub a small amount between your fingertips to activate the cream. Apply to face, neck and under the eyes morning and night – for a lifetime as La Mer instructs.

Pair it with:
The Eye Balm Intense – stimulates micro-circulation

2. La Prairie
Cellular Cream Platinum Rare


DNA:
A concentrated silky white cream that contains precious platinum rock elements

What it does:

  • Recharges the skin’s electrical balance, to improve hydration, and absorption of nutrients
  • Guards cellular DNA and helps to prevent damage
  • Climate-activated moisture enhances the skin’s suppleness, elasticity

Using it:
Apply in morning and/or at night over face and neck, avoid eye area

Pair it with:
Cellular Eye Cream Platinum Rare for a lifted, line-free and de-puffed eye area

3. Chanel
Sublimage

DNA:
Chanel’s most expensive cream centres around the Vanilla Planifolia, a unique plant, which is sourced from Madagascar.

What it does:
The experts at Chanel Research have harnessed the plant’s qualities to act as an anti-aging agent that intensely regenerates and revitalizes, leaving skin looking radiant.

Using it:
Ideal for younger, normal-to-combination skin. Use it for the day-time and in warm weather

Pair it with:
Sublimage Essential Revitalizing Concentrate – frees cells of toxins, restoring them to a more youthful state

4. Amore Pacific
Time Response Skin Renewal Crème


DNA:
Boasting well over 50 unique ingredients, Amore Pacific’s patented Advance TIME RESPONSE Complex ™ compound packs green tea stem cells, green tea EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate, a powerful antioxidant) and green tea saponin. Other key highlights in this cream include shea butter, jojoba oils, cactus, magnolia and musk mallow.

What it does:

  • Restores collagen production, which minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging
  • Deeply hydrates and restores moisture levels in all layers of the skin
  • Speeds up cellular turnover - this is the process responsible for radiant, healthy looking skin
  • Regulates melanin production, reducing hyper-pigmentation and improving skin clarity for an even toned complexion
  • Stimulates skin’s own antioxidant production helping to prevent future skin damage and aging

Using it:
Use the applicator to take out desired amount, apply thoroughly to cleansed face, neck and décolleté, avoiding eye area.

Pair it with:

TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Serum

5. Guerlain
Orchidée Impériale



The story:
Guerlain has always prided itself on its constant search for perfection – just look at their beautiful blue bottles! In their 10th year of dedicated research on the orchid, Guerlain has catalogued over 30,000 species of it from their exploration of the world’s green areas. Orchidée Impériale Molecular Extract is the latest result of their work: a blend of three new orchids.

What it does:

  • Helps to regain the suppleness and elasticity of younger skin
  • Smoothes wrinkles
  • Refines the skin’s texture
  • Gives the complexion a radiant-looking, velvety-soft feel that is evenly-toned

6. Orlane
Crème Royal



The story:
Part of the ‘Royal Jelly’ family, Crème Royal is one of Orlane’s most expensive products. It contains 24-carat gold – a must-have metal in the world of advanced skin treatment for its antioxidant, skin-firming powers.

What it does:

  • Replenishes, firms and smoothes skin
  • Lightens dark spots
  • Regenerates and corrects pigmentary imperfections

Using it:
Apply morning and night – with a side of gold earrings to match

Pair it with:
Crème Royale Neck and Décolleté

7. SKII
Whitening Source Skin Brightner

What it does:
This intense hydrating cream improves the look of skin types that lack glow and radiance. It’s packed with nourishing hydrators to smooth out your skin and give you a soft glow.

Using it:
Apply twice a day, spread evenly over face until fully absorbed by skin

Pair it with:
Spots Control Brightening Derm Specialist – a revitalizing gel that gives you a brighter, more translucent demeanor

8. Estée Lauder
Advanced Night Repair Eye


The story:
Inside the little brown ‘medicine’ bottle is a patented complex treatment with 30 years of groundbreaking DNA research. Advanced Night Repair is a recovery complex that boosts natural skin repair and protection. Using the brand’s exclusive Chronolux ™ Technology, this skin care line claims it can repair the visible damage caused to our faces by pollution, UV rays and smoke. Estée Lauder prides this system as being effective for all ethnicities whether Caucasian, Asian, Black or Hispanic.

What it does:

  • Hydrates and prevents future damage to skin
  • Reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, dryness, puffiness and uneven skin tone

9. Laura Elos
Luxury Anti-ageing Cream


DNA:
Packed with unique ingredients like thermal water, hibiscus flower extract and mosqueta rose oil. Its protein-rich myrtle extract lengthens the life of cells, while the hibiscus flower extract illuminates the face with soothing freshness.

What it does:

  • Dramatically counteracts the sign of ageing
  • Intensely moisturizes and nourishes the skin
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines to restore firmness

Using it:
Apply morning and night after cleansing. Gently massage it in until completely absorbed.

10. Chantecaille
Nano Gold Energizing Cream


The story:
Biotechnology, Chinese medicine, aromatherapy and European flower pharmacology all play a part in Chantecaille’s line of skin care and cosmetics. Serious beauty buffs know this brand for its high concentration of natural botanicals. Their skin care products focus on inflammation, one of the main scientific causes of aging.

DNA:
This balmy luxury cream binds nanoparticles of pure gold to real silk. The rest of its makeup is 79% botanicals, which include a healing base of pure rosewater, lactic acid and pineapple juice.

What it does:

  • Detoxifies, recharges, reenergizes and rebuilds every skin type
  • Ideal for those concerned with the aging effects of stress

Using it:
This process is a bit more involved than the rest! Apply to face and neck before proceeding with the directed 6-step lymphatic drainage massage.
 
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