Have you ever had your eyes set on a high-end product and thought: "Is it really worth the price tag?". Some of us have possibly considered forking out a fortune to experience a luxury facial moisturising cream to reap in its anti-aging benefits in order to restore youthful skin with luster.
However, the days of contemplating whether to accept the extortionate prices of high-end skincare products have surpassed, high prices don't necessarily equate to luxury. Luxury can be expereinced affordably. A prime example of this is the La Muse dupe for the La Mer Moisturising Cream, which presents similarities and uniqueness with an ingredient blend that thoroughly nourishes skin to deeply moisturise and improve skin firmness for a fraction of the price.
The La Mer cream in question retails for around £150 for 30ml, yet you can get 50g worth of the La Muse Daily Essentials Regenerating Cream for less than £50.
WHAT'S SIMILAR: THE LA MER MOISTURISING CREAM VS THE LA MUSE DAILY ESSENTIALS REGENERATING CREAM
The key function of both of these moisturisers is to provide anti-aging effects ranging from the supply of essential moisture and skin-conditioning oils, to the improvement of skin texture by improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin textural issues associated with mature and depleting skin types. It is recommended that these creams be used up to twice daily to achieve an uplifted, rejuvenated look overtime.
Aside from the similarities in packaging design, these moisturising creams have some notable similarities in ingredients. Both contain popular ingredients such as Panthenol for soothing moisture, Glycerin (a classic humectant), Niacinamide for pore care and skin-brightening benefits, and plant-sourced oils for nourishment and a source of antioxidants.
Interestingly however, these creams differ by adopting the skin benefits of different nature-sourced ingredients...
WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT?
As the brand name suggests, La Mer's Moisturising Cream favours the skin care benefits of marine-derived ingredients. It's star ingredient is Algae Extract which is abundant in minerals needed to hydrate, revitalise and tone skin; these have been linked to the reduction of acne breakouts and wrinkle formation (by improving skin elasticity). Aside from these functions, in recent years, Algae Extract has been used in skincare for addressing pigmentation concerns such as dark spots.
The La Muse Daily Essentials Regenerating Cream on the other hand, provides the same benefits of the high-end comparision with fermented extracts which have featured in long-time reigning Korean skincare products by the likes of Cosrx and SKII. The La Muse cream takes on many attribiutes provided by Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate and Yam Extract. These star ingredients help to fortify a stressed skin barrier, restore a dewy radiance to dull skin types, and offer anti-irritant properties to warn off toxins which come into contact with skin on a daily basis. Both Yam Extract and Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate help to overcome dry and flaky skin by restoring a smooth and supple skin texture for anti-aging care, with added anti-inflammatory benefits.
These creams futher contains different plant oils. The La Mer cream contains several of these, which may not be suited to everyone, whereas the La Muse cream contains a more even balance of water-based and oil-based ingredients for a lighter creamy texture that's less dense than the La Mer cream, and therefore easier for the skin to absorb.
The La Mer cream contains a high concentration of Sesame Seed Oil, whereas the La Muse cream holds Argan Kernal Seed Oil.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF THE LA MUSE DAILY ESSENTIALS REGENERATING CREAM
To further support the anti-aging effects of Yam Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 has been added to this formula to offer skin similar effects of Retinol without the unwanted irritation. This amino acid peptide stimulates natural collagen production and healthy elastin for a smoother skin surface which is bouncy to the touch. This cream also contains skin-loving vitamins and minerals to even out skin tone and revive dull skin with an improved natural radiance.