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I’m still fortunate enough that I don’t have very many signs of aging, so much of luxury skincare is all about anti-aging, which is difficult for me to assess efficacy on, so I haven’t found that they are or are not. I like the consistencies and absorption of a lot of higher end products, though.

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The only luxury skin care brand I’ve tried is Yon-Ka, as I’ve won it in giveaways. I honestly think I get better results from my Olay Beauty Fluid. Maybe the creams I’ve won are just not for me, but couldn’t imagine spending $50 for a product that gives me similar results to a $7 product.

Definitely! Lower end skincare makes me breakout a lot but when I switched, it really made a big difference on how my skin felt and looked! I use Guerlain and I LOVE it!

I can’t say much about the anti aging benefits either. My concern has been dry skin, sensitivity,SPF , and moisturizers that double as makeup bases. Even thoughI have tried both drugstore and high end products , my three best r high end: guerlain aqua serum , Chanel antiwrinkle day fluid SPF 15, and shu uemera redjuvenus emulsion! Still no luck with a decent night cream. I am halfway thru bobbi brown Eye cream and I like it so far. So I guess i would say if you can afford it high end products do deliver but I cant completely rule out drugstore products either. But don’t fall for all the claims and do your research.

I’m willing to pay more for beautiful packaging with luxury cosmetics or fragrances but the only thing I’m willing to pay more for in skin care is ingredients and formulation. Some ingredients are very expensive to source or to formulate so they maintain effectiveness. I’m willing to pay for those if I know they work for me. In the case of anti-aging ingredients, I can’t really tell if they’re working so I need science to back them up.

I dont know if the luxury skin care products are worth it, but I only buy them. La Mer, Sisley, Clarins, Santa Maria Novella….cant even fathom buying drug store brand skin care.

Ive not tried much luxury skincare, i think the most expensive i tried was the Nars brightening serum which retails at aabout £50pounds in the uk for a tub. But it was just like any skin illuminator, and i didnt notice any difference, so for what ive tried i would say no.

What i wanted to try i would say no as well, i was really wanting a creme de la mer, because i heard miracles about it, and then after reading reviews i clicked on an article by the daily mail beauty column (i think but it was a british tabloid) that made nearly the same formula with £19.30 or something like that, and the same amount was being retailed at £1550.00! If i hadnt had known the £19.30 i probably would have said its worth it, but not right now if one of the most expensive things on the market could be duped for twenty pounds worth of ingredients.

I’ve tried a great many high end and luxury brand skincare for antiaging and I have always gone back to using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I do have mature skin and I have found that it works the best for me. My only wish is that I had started using it in my 30’s rather than late 40’s. I don’t use any of their other serums, just night repair and I use it morning and evening. I am currently using their time zone moisturizer and it’s fine. Just fine though, I’m not particularily overjoyed with it but it works as advertised.

For me, it’s not about “luxury brands”, per se, but more about high quality products that deliver and do what they say they will do. I’ve recently started using 3 products from a Canadian company called Jouviance and I am amazed by how good they are and by the effects I’ve seen in just a few days. These aren’t cheap products but they’re also not up there with La Mer and some of the stuff from Guerlain and Clarins. So it’s not so much the hype of luxury or the hype of advertising or “exclusivity” and more about whether they are truly effective.

I wish I could use jouviance but it burns my skin and makes it peel 🙁 even though it has no crap like perfumes or parabins etc. Something in it hates my skin! It’s still a great sell for my customers though, especially the anti aging cream.

I do personally not care for fancy packaging, extravagant yet obscure ingredients and alluring advertisements. I want the best ingredients, backed up by independent research, in optimal concentrations and adequately formulated. Otherwise I am just wasting my money. So to me the whole concept of “luxury skincare” is pointless. No comparison with medical strength lines or in office dermatology treatments! For example, years ago I received a gift bag of Kanebo products (suited for my skin type) and it gave me an awful case of cosmetic acne in less than a week. I also had the chance to try several La Prairie, La Mer and Sisley products that didn’t produce any of the spectacular results that I have instead been experiencing with SkinMedica, Environ and Retin A in terms of preventing signs of aging and keeping breakouts at bay. Today at -almost- 34 I have beautiful clear skin with no lines. So my suggestion for everyone would be to educate yourself on skin biology and ingredients, in order to choose what’s really going to work for you, instead of being suckered into false promises.
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Totally agree with this. In my opinion, most of the very high end products are absolutely no better than what you can find in the drugstore; certainly, you can’t tell from the price of an item how well it’s going to work at its stated purpose. I think skin care is definitely an area in which “you get what you pay for” is an inaccurate phrase.

Well, I do think you can see differences between high-end products and the others – more in smell, absorption rates and packaging. Are they more effective that others? I’m not sure. I’ve used Matis creams in the past and now I’m using La Roche Posay and, to be honest, can’t really tell the difference (except on my wallet). However, for specific cases such as pigmentation spots, stretch marks, eczema, I find that high end brands are better.

I don’t think so. For me, it’s more important to look at the ingredients rather than the brand. The use of actives in the proper concentrations with the right packaging and delivery mechanism to preserve them is critical. Sure, I could pay $100 for a high end Vitamin C serum but if it’s in a jar instead of a airless pump, I might as well have flushed that money straight down the toilet.

Lots of brands make great products for small price tags: Neutrogena, Paula’s Choice, Cereve, Olay, etc. And if you’re crafty and have a hankering for playing science project, there’s always the DIY route.

Is Bobbi Brown considered luxury skin care? Her eye cream and moisturizer are both worth it. I had a period of seriously dry skin and the moisturizer fixed me right up. The eye cream is actually firming. Nice stuff. I’d prefer something that had more natural ingredients, but I can’t argue with the results.

For the most part YES, but I do have a limit to how much I will spend, and I’m not impressed with every luxury line. Always willing to dish it out for La Mer, Clarins, Sisley, Darphine, Erno Lazlo, Cle de Peau, Elemis and Fresh. I don’t think La Prairie or Guerlain or Shiesedo do anything for my skin. Like you, Christine, I love the consistencies and absorption of luxury lines. Anti- aging is just starting to be a concern, but also, I love luxury cleansers and toners!

I think that some of them are, but I have found organic coconut oil to be the best skincare product ever. I don’t need anything else, yet. Plus products like ROC are continuously hailed as the best anti-agers with a great track record.

I am personally not a fan of drugstore skincare products. Using it in the past, I never had clear skin. I would always have acne, various old scars, etc. I would be drinking lots of water and a solid skincare routine but I never saw really awesome results. Switching to higher end really made a difference, and I can imagine that luxury skincare would be beneficial. I used to be for drugstore, but now I am rooting for higher end products. Even trying a sample of saloon shampoo has made overnight differences in my hair!

When you buy a Olay (regular brand, not the ProX) or whatever, the percentage of active ingredients is ridiculously low compared to dermo-cosmetic brands like Avene, LaRochePosay, or ROC. And for high end brands, they often use very pricey anti-aging ingredients OR they use the same basic ingredient as the drugstore low price brand, but 10 times more concentrated and they sell a complete product which will hydrate your skin AND help with wrinkles.

If I was rich, I would buy these La Mer skin cares or Guerlain… But I’ve tried Avene, LaRochePosay, ROC, Lise Watier, and they were fine, and then I tried Clarins and Lancôme and they are amazing. 🙂 I’ve seen the difference from like Garnier to Avene, and then from Avene to Lancôme… I think that you often pay for what you get.

I think when it comes to face washes, you can stick to drugstore. I’ve used very expensive foaming cleansers from NARS, Shiseido and Estee Lauder and they worked the exact same way as my St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser which is only $5. In my opinion Salicylic Acid is all the same, no point in spending $45 on a cleanser that works the same as Neutrogena! (just watch out for drying sulfates)

In terms of treatments, I think high end is better, but not all high end brands are created equal. You have to look at the ingredients.

For a long time I used a Retinol cream from DDF. I thought it was pretty potent since it cost $85. After I finished it I switched to Skinceuticals 0.5 Retinol. Since I was using the DDF everday for 6 months I jumped right into the Skinceuticals thinking my skin was already “used” to it. Big mistake! My skin peeled and burned, because it turns out the DDF product (though its cost $35 more than Skinceuticals) was formulated with a watered down, less potent form of Retinol, while Skinceuticals is pure Retinol.

That difference is going to mean a lot in terms of effectiveness and wrinkle prevention. Just do your homework and remember the only two proven anti-agers are Vitamin C and Retinol. Everything else is just over hyped claims for the most part! 🙂

My skin is a priceless asset so I refuse to gamble on drugstore brands that are labeled as one size fits all kind of mindset. With combination skin that is aging and sensitive I have yet to find a drugstore brand that addresses my needs. I’ve dabbled with many brands, high and low, it wasn’t till recently that I found a brand that fit all my needs and then some. Almost $400 for a complete program I’ve been insanely happy with the results from my high end skincare line. As mom used to say;”You get what you pay for.”

I’ve never been impressed with any of the luxury skincare products I’ve tried in comparison to Neutrogena and (sometimes) Garnier, so I don’t think they’re worth it for my sensitive-yet-oily skin.

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