La Prairie
Advanced Marine Biology Night Solution (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $175
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:04.05.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Although absurdly overpriced, this water-based serum has the most intriguing formula among La Prairie’s Advanced Marine Biology lineup. By the way, we can’t be the only one who thinks the name of this sub-brand is more in line with a collegiate course of study than anything related to skin care, can I? But, back to the product: it contains several water-binding agents and cell-communicating ingredients (glycoproteins and peptides among them) along with a lesser amount of antioxidants. The packaging is such that this product should be stored away from direct light to avoid deterioration of the light-sensitive ingredients, but at least it won’t let unwanted air in. The amount of horsetail extract in this product is potentially irritating, which keeps this from earning a better rating. Last, the amount of film-forming agent can help make your skin feel tighter temporarily and enhance smoothness, but the effect is strictly cosmetic, and totally unrelated to ocean plants, regardless of how they were harvested.
Lightweight, concentrated liquid-gel provides anti-oxidant protection against free radicals. Promotes collagen synthesis, helping to improve firmness and elasticity while significantly reducing wrinkle. Sea Water, naturally rich in minerals, helps improve hydration while an advanced moisture complex improves the overall water content in the skin. Relieves and helps inhibit the appearance of redness and inflammation as it soothers and calms.
Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glyceryl Betaine/Polyacrylic Acid Esters, Saccharomyces/Carrageenan Extract/Sarcodiotheca Gaudichaudii Extract Ferment, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Algae Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Pearl Powder, Acetyl Hexapeptide-20, Dextran, Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Hydroxyproline, Sodium Hyaluronate, Proline, Carbomer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Pca, Urea, Polyquaternium-51, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Triacetin, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Propyl Gallate, Caprylyl Glycol, Trehalose, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Green 3
Brand Overview

La Prairie At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the makeup categories present at least one good, though needlessly expensive, option.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; overreliance on jar packaging; many products contain a potentially irritating amount of astringent horsetail extract; no effective skin-lightening options; poor options for anyone dealing with blemishes (though La Prairie is concerned primarily with selling wrinkle creams anyway).

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 as 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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