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I bought this La Mer The Refining Facial about a month ago from La Mer official website. I am a big fan of this brand so I am often using their new products.
About La Mer brand:
Crème de la Mer is Estée Lauder's signature product. It is a moisturizing cream containing fermented kelp. The product was originally developed by Max Huber who was a physicist for NASA to treat his severe chemical burns which he sustained in an accidental explosion during an experiment.
My experience with La Mer The Refining Facial:
After paying whooping £65 for a 100 ml tube I waited impatiently for my product. I received the facial in about a week (it was longer than when I usually order from their website). The tube is beautiful designed - it is grey with a silver lid. I did not read properly the description before I purchased the product so I was surprised when I received the product and it was containing a real diamond powder! Well, that is definitely something new when I compare it to other products on the market. It gives the product an amazing touch of luxury.
Nowadays I am using this Facial about twice a week. My skin feels gorgeous always after I use it, it feels smooth and soft and most pores are less noticeably.
This product found its place in my bathroom. The 100 ml tube lasted 4 weeks and I already ordered a new one.
I definitely recommend this product even though the price tag is really high.
De La Mer Refining Facial
I have a wealthy aunt and most years I get something from this range for Christmas, last year, I guess now that I am getting a little older, one of the gifts she gave me was the De La Mer Refining Facial treatment. Now I was surprised when I read the enclosed instruction leaflet that this product is obviously worthy of its hefty price tag as it contains diamonds. Yes, diamonds, little powdery chunks, Alas, I could not find any pieces large enough to repair my eternity ring with, but the exfoliation is nevertheless done by diamond power.
The facial treatment is done by sea muds and the inclusion of Creme De La Mer's unique "Miracle Broth" of sea based products. The instructions are easy to follow:
"Massage onto clean, damp face and neck using circular upward motions. Avoid the eye area. Rinse well. This resurfacing treatment is highly effective but very gentle and may only be needed once a week. For optimal results, follow with your Crème de la Mer serum and moisturiser."
I did indeed use about once a week, until I was three quarters of the way through and then retreated to about once every 3 weeks, using a cheaper product in between times. I apply to damp skin with my clean finger tips using circular upwards motions as suggested, paying special attention to dry areas. The smell is wonderful, it is indeed the sea, all that is good about the soft surf on a white sandy beach anyway.
The container is a slightly rectangular top down plastic container in a pleasing colour combination of off white and aqua with a hint of peach, immediately giving a comforting and soothing feel to the product.
I am always very careful about which exfoliating products I use on my skin and was a little perturbed at the inclusion of something as tough as diamonds in this product. However, it is I believe largely a gimmick. Any exfoliant will do the same job that the diamonds do, I am pleased with the results and believe the tiny diamond pieces are polished to ensure no sharp edges to damage sensitive facial skin. Unlike some cheaper products that use pieces of things like nut shell, sharp edges and all. The cream does have a luxurious soft and silky feel to it and it leaves my skin feeling shiny and fresh and ready for moisturisation. I do have a healthy, happy skin when using this product, with no outbreaks or issues at all.
As with the rest of the range I was quite shocked to discover just how expensive it is, there are other products I would buy first if I could afford to, however, I do love receiving the range and it is my little corner of luxury.
This is not a highly stocked range either, so it may be necessary to look on-line at places like Selfridges.co.uk
Conclusion & Stars:
I do like the luxury of using De La Mer products and find this facial treatment which is basically an exfoliator very good and enjoyable to use. I would buy it myself and use frequently if I could afford to. Therefore I heartily recommend this for those who can easily afford it, for us mere mortals however, there are cheaper alternatives. Around £65.00 where stocked.
Four out of Five stars because it is very good, but oh that price tag.