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As someone who loves cleaner beauty products, loves a good beauty dupe, and has champagne taste on a beer budget…I am SO excited to share my latest beauty find. You guys…I have duped La Mer today with cleaner ingredients! I can attest that this product I discovered recently works magic on your skin within moments of putting it on. And it’s only $20! If you’re interested in a Créme de La Mer dupe for $20, read on!
Skin Actives Scientific Intensive Recovery Mask
I have normal/dry skin that can be acne-prone at times. I’m always looking for something to hydrate, nourish, and firm my skin. I like an overnight miracle and I like results I can see and feel. I don’t ask for much! Typically, I use my non-toxic three step skincare system, but I reach for other products to fill in the gaps. I really like to try out new masks, so that led me to this one.
When I first applied the Skin Actives Scientific Intensive Recovery Mask, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. I tried it out for the first time on one of the first days we got a lot of sun in Wisconsin this season. As I squeezed the tube, I noticed a runny, gel-like consistency that was a bit clumpy and gummy. As I massaged it in to my skin, the formula absorbed quickly. Within less than a minute, my skin started to feel firmer, without being tight. It became silky soft to the touch, hydrated, and redness dissipated. I love quick results, and that’s what I got here. Rather than a rinse off mask, I’ve been opting to wear it overnight because I love the texture of my skin when I use this and I don’t want to wash it off right away!
Whenever I get fast results and love something, I’m always looking up ingredients.
Intensive Recovery Mask Ingredients: Seakelp (Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate) Bioferment, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin.
Sea kelp as an ingredient in skincare
I love that the ingredient list is short, but what is sea kelp? After looking it up I learned that it’s great for healing, sunburns, for red, inflamed skin, and for free radical damage like the sun. The particular kind used in this mask is USDA Organic Sea Kelp from the Coast of Maine.
What other popular skincare line uses sea kelp as an active ingredient? You guessed it…La Mer! Their legendary miracle broth is infused with sea-sourced ingredients and also meant for healing, deeply moisturizing, and soothing dry skin.
Créme de La Mer Ingredients: Seaweed (Algae) Extract , Mineral Oil\Paraffinum Liquidum\Huile Minerale , Petrolatum , Glycerin , Isohexadecane , Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract , Microcrystalline Wax \Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline , Lanolin Alcohol , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Eucalyptus Globulus (Ecalyptus) Leaf Oil , Magnesium Sulfate , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Sodium Gluconate , Potassium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Paraffin , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Beta-Carotene , Decyl Oleate , Aluminum Distearate , Octyldodecanol , Citric Acid , Cyanocobalamin , Magnesium Stearate , Panthenol , Limonene , Geraniol , Linalool , Hydroxycitronellal , Citronellol , Benzyl Salicylate , Citral , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Alcohol Denat. , Fragrance (Parfum)
What I don’t like about La Mer’s ingredients
Aside from the $325 price tag for only 2 oz. of product, I’m not that impressed with the ingredient list here. The second ingredient listed is mineral oil. Other ingredients I’m not fond of are the petroleum, aluminum, alcohol, and fragrance. When it comes to some of these ingredients, my questions is…why? So many ingredients are banned in other countries and not in the US, but they should be. Aluminum can build up in the brain and has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. I ditch it in my natural deodorant, and I’m going to ditch it in my skincare too.
I’ve tried a sample of La Mer before and it does feel nice on the skin, but the price tag is a turn off as is the mile long ingredient list full of unnecessary filler ingredients. And for $325? That’s a lot of money for junk ingredients.
The final verdict?
The texture to both the Créme de La Mer and the Intensive Recovery Mask are different, but deliver similar results. Both use skincare ingredients that fight free radicals and use kelp that is fermented. I haven’t tried the luxury mask by La Mer, but maybe that is a closer dupe overall! If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, check out the Intensive Recovery Mask!
Will you be picking this up? I am intrigued by the rest of the Skin Actives products!