A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get a personalized skin consultation from the skin education specialists at La Prairie. At my age (mid to late 20s), I was recommended to use the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal line to prevent the first signs of aging. All of La Prairie’s products contain their signature patented ingredient – the Cellular Complex – which provides nutrients such as glycoproteins, ginseng root, and horsetail extracts to revitalize, energize, and moisturize the skin. The ingredients are located near the top of the ingredients list (in the case of the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion, they are 10th-12th on the list) meaning you get a very good dose of these ingredients with every application. I was also fortunate enough to try the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, which is new for April. Read my reviews on these products below!
The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion (C$365 for 50mL) is a preventative emulsion designed to address the first signs of aging, including the look of fatigue and stress, dullness, dryness and lines. The texture is a light milky emulsion with a light powdery scent that dissipates almost immediately. Even though it is an emulsion, I found it to be highly hydrating without being heavy or greasy. The milky texture absorbs immediately into my skin, leaving it ready for sunscreen and foundation.
As a preventative moisturizer, it is designed to slow down the signs of aging. I have noticed that my skin looks smoother and feels firmer after each application. I don’t yet have any wrinkles, but the hydrating properties help to prevent any deepening of fine lines that I may have. I’ve been using this in conjunction with the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, as well as the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, and I’ve noticed that my skin looks more well rested in the morning after applying this at night.
The only thing I dislike about this emulsion is that it contains micro shimmer particles in it. It is barely noticeable on the skin, but I can see the shimmer particles in the palm of my hands after each application. It’s not a complete dealbreaker, but I just prefer not to have make-up ingredients in my skincare. Another thing I want to point out is that the cream has very slightly cooling effect after application, which is where the “ice crystal” part of its name comes into play. It’s very, very mild and barely noticeable, but if you’re sensitive to things like that, you may want to keep this in mind.
Overall, I really enjoy using this emulsion. It’s a preventative measure, which means I won’t see drastic effects right away, but I like that I am investing in my skin in the long term to prevent any future headache. Also keep in mind that La Prairie is a luxury brand, therefore the prices will be reflective of this.
The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream (C$275 for 20mL) is the best eye cream I’ve ever used in my life. It is designed to treat dark circles, puffiness, dryness and lines with a lightweight cream formula. The texture of the eye cream is a smooth, lightly emollient cream formula that spreads out very easily on the eye area without tugging the skin, absorbs quickly with no residue, and leave the eye area feeling hydrating, and looking smooth and bright. I mostly use this in the evening for a high dose of moisture, but I also use a little bit of it in the morning if I need a pick-me-up. It works great underneath make-up as well, creating a smooth canvas that helps makeup adhere, but it’s not too emollient in that make-up won’t slide around. The best thing I love about this eye cream is that I have these deep smile lines underneath each of my eyes and this is the only eye cream that I’ve used that has noticeably smoothed out those two deep lines. The first time I used it, I was seriously wowed by how amazingly this works.
I highly, highly recommend this eye cream. After years of trying to find a good eye cream that’s effective to “cure” those pesky lines underneath my eyes, this is the only one that I’ve use that really helped to treat and improve my eye area.
The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (C$290 for 50mL) is an all-in-one serum that helps to target signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, skin texture, and overall improving the look of the skin. It has the texture of a lightweight gel serum that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaving the skin feeling ultra smooth. Again, for me this is a preventative product so I haven’t noticed any significant changes to my skin. I feel like if you were older and had more skin concerns, you’d notice more improvements, whereas I’ve mostly just been using it for the hydrating and smoothing properties. I do really like the texture as it is very lightweight and feels lovely on the skin.