La Mer's The Concentrate has been chosen by the Preview team as the Best Serumof 2019. This and 24 other products were reviewed by 25 real girls for this year's Preview Girls' Choice Awards to see if they truly deserved their title. Ahead, writer Jacqui Salonga gives us her thoughts on the product:
The Product: La Mer The Concentrate
What It Is
A restorative serum that claims to visibly calm redness, irritation, and inflammation to make skin look healthy and youthful.
I have combination skin that leans toward the dry side, so I need to make sure to put on an adequate amount of moisturizer regularly. I’m also prone to getting insect bites on my face, but thankfully I don’t get zits too often or see my dermatologist for a consult or a facial consistently.
When it comes to serums, I definitely look for a brightening or moisturizing serum since my skin is on the dry side, and one that absorbs quickly as I have quite an extensive skincare regimen. I always, always double cleanse and use a cleansing balm and then micellar water after. In the morning, I use a brightening serum before applying my eye cream, moisturizer, and sunblock prior to putting on any makeup. At night, I replace the brightening serum with a glycolic acid toner to balance my skin, followed with a recovery and moisturizing serum, then eye cream and moisturizer. I mask twice a week in addition to that daily regimen, and use an amethyst facial roller every night as well.
I've always loved La Mer’s Moisturizing Gel Crème, which I use together with their hydrating serum and cannot travel without. As for the La Mer The Concentrate, I haven’t had the chance to try it before this review since it’s quite expensive—although I've heard a lot of good reviews about it. I didn’t have any expectations but knew it would be a great addition to my routine because of the healing and restorative benefits behind it.
How I Used It
I love the packaging since the bottle is quite solid—this means that I won’t have to worry about it breaking easily in the event it falls or when I bring it during a trip. The scent is quite discreet, which is great! I love how the built-in spatula gives a good amount of product—not too much and not too little, and that it glides on my skin like a dream. It has a silky smooth finish, which makes for a great makeup primer, too! It does have a silicone-like texture, which might feel weird at first, but I eventually got used to it.
I don’t use it on a daily basis despite what the brand suggests. Instead, I used it about two to three times a week and only at night, given the stress that the skin experiences during the day. I felt that opting to use this at night would also be much better in order for my skin to have a little more time to absorb the product. I use this when I’ve cleansed, after toning, and before my moisturizer. I applied it by using the spatula attached to the bottlecap to get the product, apply it on the back of my hand, dab it onto my face before massaging it in. I start on the apples of my cheeks, dab onto my forehead and then on my neck as well before I spread upward, in a circular motion.
Anything by La Mer is definitely a luxurious skincare experience, and this was no different. I loved how this was so easy to use and that it glides onto the skin like butter. My skin felt smooth and silky almost instantly. Another significant observation was that when my skin had minor irritations, it didn’t agitate it and even helped calmed any inflammation that I had, most especially when I spent my day out in the sun. Plus, whenever I’d get insect bites on my face, the redness went away the day after and the bumps were not as prominent. I also noticed that a little product goes a long way—there’s no need to put so much.
Overall, I feel that La Mer’s The Concentrate is great to have on hand. Although it comes with a hefty price tag, if you have some extra cash and are willing to indulge in a serum that repairs and restores skin, then this ultimately delivers. I’d definitely recommend this for those who are prone to skin irritations or scars for its restorative properties, and will surely continue using it to address inflammation only whenever it occurs instead of incorporating it in my everyday routine.