This product is said to be “an effective alternative to injectable fillers,” but if you believe that, then we’ve got some swampland we’d love to sell you. In other words: If you are looking to plump out lines, then this silky, spackle-like texture can minimally help, but it is nothing remotely like the effect dermal fillers can provide, especially if you’re hoping to improve deep folds or etched wrinkles (the kind you still see even when you’re not smiling).
If you’re curious to see how products like this work, there are several less expensive options from other brands, including Good Skin and Estee Lauder. We’re concerned that the amount of film-forming agent (polymethyl methacrylate) will be irritating for use around the eyes, and it’s very likely the fragrance ingredients this contains can add to that problem anywhere on the face, especially around the eyes.
Last, this wrinkle filler, which (it bears repeating) is probably NOT suitable for use around the eyes, contains a mix of helpful and problematic plant extracts, so in the end it’s more of a waste of money and a “why bother?” than an anti-aging innovation.
- Spackle-like texture works to temporarily smooth and fill in minor lines.
- Contains a high amount of film-forming agent that poses a risk of irritation.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
- Includes a frustrating mix of beneficial and problematic plant extracts.
- Not the best for use around the eyes.
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
A line-filling formula for the eye area that is an effective alternative to injectable fillers. Minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles immediately, while working to smooth the skin over time it gives an immediate effect that is more subtle than an injectable filler.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Palmitoyl Glycine, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Tripeptide-1, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Laureth-7, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tocopherol, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sorbitol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid
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 and not too far removed from calling Joan Rivers a serious actress. 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.