La Mer is most famous for their moisturizer which has been beloved by many celebrities for years and years now. Because that product has been so heavily reviewed by myself and other beauty bloggers, I wanted to take a look at some of the other products in La Mer’s line to see if they are worth the very high price tag.
The Treatment Lotion
The Treatment Lotion by La Mer is a silky watery-lotion that thoroughly hydrates and prepares skin for further treatment, optimizing every following step in your regimen. So although it says it’s a lotion, it’s really more of a toner/essence that you apply after cleansing but before treatments. It contains many “sea” ingredients such as algae (more on that in a minute), laminara, sea salt, and plankton, and minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and tourmaline. These are all really excellent ingredients especially for those who suffer from dry skin or eczema.
Algae Extract: all of the products from La Mer contain algae extract. It’s sort of their calling card if you will. Algae is an excellent ingredient that is full of amino acids, proteins, and antioxidants. Its primary benefits are boosting hydration in the skin and boosting UV protection, making it fantastic for those looking to add some anti-aging benefits to their routine.
Sesame Seed Oil: Sesame oil is a great moisturizer because it contains linoleic acid, an emollient that moisturizes and softens skin by filling in the spaces between skin cells (Harvard Health Publications). It also contains oleic acid, which has shown antibacterial properties against gram-positive bacteria (Fitoterapia). Additionally, one study shows that sesame oil might be able to resist more UV rays than coconut or olive oil (Pharmacognosy Reviews).
I found this product to be very hydrating! I can see this being excellent for those who have sensitive or reactive skin, as it helps a lot with redness. If you have the money, I think this is a definite buy!
The Cleansing Foam
The Cleansing Foam by La Mer “is a gentle cleansing foam with white pearl powders and sea algae fibers to purify, calm, and re-mineralize the most delicate skin.” Just like the other products in the La Mer line, this cleanser contains algae extracts which are great for preventing irritation. It also contains lauric acid.
Lauric Acid: Can be found in many beauty products and human breast milk (Pharmacognosy Magazine). It’s got anti-microbial properties that studies have suggested would allow it to work to protect against infection. One study found it to have higher antimicrobial properties than oleic and palmitic acid against propionibacterium acne (Biomaterials).
The Cleansing Foam from La Mer foams up beautifully and gently cleanses the skin without stripping it. It also doesn’t make the skin feel dry after use which is surprising for a foam cleanser. It’s a good, solid product but at the end of the day, it is just a foam cleanser. There are a lot of amazing ones on the market for a fraction of the cost. Because of that, this is a pass for me.
The Renewal Oil
The Renewal Oil by La Mer is a multitasking, dual-phase oil that hydrates and supports healthy skin and hair from head to toe. Sorry to be beating a dead horse here, but this product contains sea ingredients along with a number of different oils. I can’t believe how many different oils are in this! The oil in highest concentration is Meadowfoam Seed Oil (listed first on the ingredients label).
Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Native to the great state of Oregon, Limnanthes alba is a flowering plant whose seeds contain 20-30% oil. The oil’s unique chemical composition consists of five long-chain fatty acids (Cermak, Evangelista, and Kenar) with unsaturated double bonds in two key positions (D5 and D13), thus making it extremely resistant to oxidative damage (Elementis Specialtis).
Sunflower Seed Oil: Sunflower seed oil contains about 60% linoleic acid, which hydrates as it is both incorporated into skin lipids and prevents water loss. Sunflower seed oil has been shown to be even more effective in hydrating than olive oil: According to a very small study (3 individuals!), application of sunflower seed oil to the individuals’ right forearms for 2 weeks markedly increased the amount of lecithin in the patients’ skin. In addition, the rate of transepidermal water loss was significantly lowered, and the patients’ scaly skin lesions disappeared – results not found with olive oil (Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 1974). The authors speculate that the reason is that sunflower seed oil is a natural source of linoleic acid, whereas olive oil is a source of oleic acid.
I was actually very impressed by this oil! It is loaded with actives, has multiple uses, and quickly hydrates the skin without being too heavy. It also has no fragrance which is a huge plus! This one is a buy!
The Treatment Lotion and Renewal Oil are definite buys for me! While the Cleansing Foam is good, it’s not unique enough to justify the high price tag so that one is a pass.