If it seems like just a few months ago I was writing about how my skincare regimen consisted of a nightly face wipe and a bit of moisturiser – that’s because it was. Since then, and thanks to the companies I have worked with on this blog encouraging me to try new things, I actually have developed a proper routine and a selection of products that work for me.
But I’m no expert. And that’s why I’m as surprised as you are to be writing to you in the middle of trialling a moisturiser that costs somewhere in the vicinity of my monthly disposable income.
So, here’s the thing: like many bloggers, I spend a fair bit of time on social media. Sometimes I see others tweeting at or mentioning brands and PR companies, and when that happens I might just get in touch, introducing myself and what I do and asking to be added to their lists if they’re looking to work with anybody else in the future. Sometimes I hear back, sometimes I don’t. And, on one very memorable occasion, I got an email saying that the company was in Glasgow that very day with La Prairie, and they’d had a cancellation, and would I maybe like to head along on my lunch break for a facial and an introduction to the brand?
Now, I’ve told this story to a few friends since. Unlike myself, most of them are already familiar with what is almost certainly the Rolls Royce of the skincare world. Founded in the Swiss Alps in the 1930s, what began as a clinic and spa of international renown developed into a range of skincare products that blend “Swiss science, art and rare ingredients” including gold, platinum and caviar. The combination of innovation, luxurious ingredients and sumptuous packaging comes with a hefty price tag to match, but as those from the brand I spoke to told me: once you’ve tried the products, you’re loyal for life.
The mini-facials are normally performed at the brand’s counter in House of Fraser, Glasgow but for the purposes of the experience I was taken downstairs to one of the treatment rooms where a skincare expert examined my skin and picked out the products that were right for me. While my self-diagnosis of combination skin is correct, I’ve also grown into a fair bit of dryness and dead skin around my cheeks which is preventing any of the serums I’ve been throwing at my face from having much effect. A couple of weeks later I received my “prescribed products” – including some of the newer products from the brand’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal collection, designed to tackle the first signs of ageing in the skin – which I’ve now begun to try out. They certainly feel luxurious on the skin, but will they live up to the hype?
The products I’ll be trying out are:
Cellular Cleansing Water for Eyes & Face (£65): micellar water for grown-ups I guess, this is La Prairie’s one-step cleanser and makeup remover.
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream (£164): an award-winning lightweight, “age-delaying” eye cream which helps to tackle dark circles, feelings of puffiness, dryness and lines. When you stare at computer screens all day you want to treat your eyes well at night, and so I’m looking forward to seeing what difference this cream makes to my skin.
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream with SPF 30 (£134): a triple-action moisturiser, colour and sun protection product, designed for daily wear. I do like to switch to something lighter than foundation during the summer months, and so this is the product I’m most excited to try…
Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold (£355): and this is the one I’m most terrified of. A gold-infused lotion that can be used in place of moisturiser to revitalise the skin and improve skin quality and texture. So far, I have not yet woken up as an actual baby after using this, but it’s early doors.
I’ll report back in a couple of weeks and let you know how I’ve been getting on. In the meantime – have you tried any La Prairie products?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.