Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My Experience at La Mer

I know what you're thinking, am I crazy, but before you despair at me handing over a substantial amount of cash for a beauty product, hear me out. La Mer is the platinum tier of skincare with celebrity fans such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez as well as winning multiple awards and having proven scientific research behind the cream. A quick background to La Mer: aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber burnt his skin during a lab experiment and in a quest to restore it, 6000 experiments and 12 years later, La Mer was born.

I'm one of those people who doesn't like to be pushed into buying a product and if I find the sales assistant overbearing I'm more likely to make up excuses and never return to the counter and if I want to buy it, would probably return home to order it online. When I went to my local La Mer counter at Harvey Nichols Leeds I was approached by the sales assistant who asked me if I'd used La Mer before; having seen bloggers and celebrities rave about the brand I was intrigued. The sales assistant sat me down, went through the brand, talked about my skin concerns and what kind of products I like to use on my skin and what results I was hoping to achieve. I was at the counter for a total of 45 minutes and in that time I didn't feel as if the products were being pushed onto me or I was pressured to buy them. I told her my main concern was hydration, if you're a regular reader you'll know my skin is DRYYYY, so firstly we sat down and discussed the creams and what kind of texture and formula I would like which would help my dry skin as well as being easy on a morning; we decided on the Moistursing Soft lotion, the same traditional La Mer cream but in an easy to apply lotion formula that packs in as much hydration as the original.

Onto the lotion; I'm a week in and I can honestly say that my skin is dramatically different. Using my previous routine I would feel like my make up was caking, it sunk into fine lines and by the end of the day I couldn't wait to wash it off. Since using the La Mer lotion my skin feels plumper, intensely hydrated and all dehydration lines have vanished. The sales assistant told me the maximum I would need for my face and neck would be 2 pumps, having used a good dollop of previous creams I was dubious if this would be enough, but 2 pumps warmed up in my hands and pressed into my skin is more than enough.

The sales assistant also went through serums, eye creams and cleansers which could be added into my routine to help maximise the hydration in my skin but at no point did she make me feel pressured into buying them, at one point saying "try the moisturiser first and see how you get on", she also took off my make up using the products, wrote down what she'd used to tailor a skincare routine to my skin and even gave me samples of the products to try at home with the cream to see how I found them. After the mini facial I came out and my skin was glowing and radiant, everything I'd been desperately trying to achieve.

The lotion retails for £170 for a 50ml bottle which is steep I won't lie, but using La Mer instructions and applying just 2 pumps morning and night the bottle should last 3 months at least. On average it works out at just £56 a month for the cream which can easily be dropped on a premium brand moisturiser that doesn't deliver. My only bug bear with this is the white packaging meaning I can't see how much product is left but other than that, the product itself is faultless.

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