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Tried & Tested: Creme De La Mer serum

Sinead Van Kampen

Published 08/04/2010 | 14:59

Creme De La Mer serum
Creme De La Mer serum

Separating the myth of Creme De La Mer from the reality of Creme De La Mer is a little tricky. When you consider that every supermodel and mega-celeb from J-Lo to Madonna seem to be head over heels with the stuff, it's easy to see why you might be persuaded to either smother yourself in the miracle elixir, or ditch the idea as hype.

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The first thing you'll notice about Creme De la Mer is just how much everyone seems to covet the stuff. The original formula, developed by a Nasa scientist in the 60's as a repair creme for burns suffered during a lab accident, became an instant cult classic and each new edition to the range only seems to strengthen it's miracle status.

Not being a scientist, I'm unsure of the science, but since the main active component is a 'miracle broth' made from bio-fermented sea kelp reported to be harvested at the lowest points in a lunar cycle, you don't really need a degree in chemistry to work out that somewhere along the line no one seems to understand exactly how La Mer does what it does. Frankly, you won't care either, because the regenerating Serum De La Mer is as good as everyone says it is.

Perfect for regenerating winter skin, dry skin, oily skin and if hypes your thing a very expensive miracle cure for celebrity stretchmarks, the dark green glass holds a pipette to administer each pea sized dose of the La Mer tonic.

The best thing about Serum De La Mer is that you hardly need any, a few drops to the fingertips, a sweep to activate and off you go. It doesn't clog, doesn't make the skin feel heavy or oily, softens almost instantly and left my skin glowing.

Such is the hysteria around the cost of Creme De La Mer that it can overshadow the best thing about it - it works.

In these days of austerity budgets €260 for 30ml of Serum De La Mer is certainly a high price tag, but given the results to be expected this might be worth smashing open the piggy bank for.

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