The winter months here were wreaking havoc on my skin, and I was really annoyed. My Shiseido products weren’t working and I was puzzled because they have never let me down. Normally, I have combination skin with a manageable oily T-zone, but when winter came, the oil production went into overdrive. My makeup was coming off so easily because of the oil slick and strangely, when I tried to blot the excess oil off, I was left with dry, flaky, angry red patches. My husband is usually very diplomatic and as with all men, he tries to be politically correct when it comes to answering beauty- or fat-related questions. During the last months of winter, even he admitted that my skin wasn’t behaving.
I went to skincare counters and asked for help for ‘combination skin with simultaneously oily and dry patches’ and no one had anything to offer. It sounded like I needed a miracle, when sales people weren’t pushing items in the shopping cart of a woman who was incredibly eager to buy.
So……I bought a miracle.
I wasn’t about to spend £92 for the smallest bottle of moisturising cream from Crème de la Mer. So I went on eBay and bought a sample off a reliable seller. I paid about £17, including postage. It made sense to test the product out thoroughly before committing huge amounts of cash on a touted miracle that might not work on me.
I used the cream for two months, only at night, and each time, I followed the instructions to warm a really small amount of the cream in my hands before patting it gently on my face. I absolutely hate floral smells in cosmetic products; the cream had a subtle floral fragrance to it, which was surprisingly very pleasant and calming. The cream felt incredibly light on my skin and at first I thought I was going to have dry patches because of that. But no, it was moisturising and I didn’t feel like my face was going to crack (you know that feeling you get when you don’t moisturise) if I so much as moved a muscle. After two months, I knew that it was a miracle, not so much for reducing wrinkles as what others have observed, but for getting rid of that crazy skin problem I had. I now have more even skin tone and my skin isn’t as crazy/oily/dry as before.
The problem came when the weather grew hot and humid, rather suddenly, and the cream was too thick for me in this climate. I had very minor breakouts on my forehead and cheeks, and have now switched to a much lighter moisturiser for summer.
I will be getting my supplies when the weather turns cold and dry, but I would probably still go for the sample sizes because the product has a limited shelf-life. With my low usage, it would make sense to buy only when I need it. Besides, the sample lasted me two months, and I still have at least a-third of the bottle left, so the full-sized product isn’t necessary.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that La Mer is the mother of all creams. It has certainly solved my skin problem, thankfully (!), but was only suitable for me during dry, winter months. Many other users raved about its benefits, even when they used it during summer. I would advise getting a sample off eBay and trying it out, before splurging on the full-sized ones. And if it works for you like it has worked for me, I think it’s money well-spent (least for the samples!).