Cellular Balancing Mask (Discontinued)

by La Prairie  
Price:
$135 
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Category:
Skin Care > Facial Masks > Oil-Absorbent Masks
Last Updated:
3/20/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Cellular Balancing Mask is a two-part mask: the Solvent consists of water, citric acid, slip agents, and plant extracts, and the Powdered Substance is mostly baking soda, clay, silica, and the film-forming agent PVP. The Solvent is acidic while the Powdered Substance is alkaline, so they cancel each other out and haven’t a snowball’s shot in you-know-where of balancing skin. If anything, these ingredients will leave your skin wondering what you could have possibly been thinking!

A unique two-phase professional at home deep cleansing mask which removes dulling, pore clogging surface cells. Improves skin's tone, texture and clarity.

Solvent (0.24 ounce) Water, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Lysine Pca, Benzophenone-4, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid

Powdered Substance (0.24 ounce) Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin, Hydrated Silica, Pvp, Xanthan Gum, Talc, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Mica, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Eugenol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Hydroxide Green

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.

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