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10 of the Most Expensive Skincare Products of All Time

Fancy a P74,000 face cream?
10 of the Most Expensive Skincare Products of All Time
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ILLUSTRATOR Jico Joson
Fancy a P74,000 face cream?

Good skincare products exist at every price point—and that's a fact. Many of our own favorites are from accessible brands and they work, so you don't always need to punch a hole in your pocket. That said, we can't deny that there's a whole world of luxurious skincare out there, and our curiosity has led us to take a peek at some of the world's most expensive and popular. Backed with unique and cutting-edge formulas, it's no wonder that buying these costs almost the same as purchasing a designer bag or shoes.

To give you an example, our finds include a 70,000-peso face cream, Kim Kardashian's favorite moisturizer, and a cell-renewing formula that Victoria Beckham swears by. Curious? Scroll ahead, and who knows, you might find your next luxury investment here.

Most Expensive Skincare Products

1. Augustinus Bader The Cream

You would be amazed to know that this award-winning cream was not made by a dermatologist or a celebrity. It was created by Augustinus Bader, a 60-year-old German doctor and professor who specializes in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Its breakthrough formula is made with a unique complex of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants called Trigger Factor Complex 8 that boosts the skin's natural renewal process. When used consistently, it makes the complexion look younger, firmer, and smoother. If that's not enough to convince you, celebrities such as Ashley Graham and Victoria Beckham swear by this cream. Victoria even collaborated with the doctor, launching a priming moisturizer with TCF8 for her brand Victoria Beckham Beauty.

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The Cream (50 ml), $265 (approximately P12,858), AUGUSTINUS BADER, augustinusbader.com

2. Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Light Cream

Believe it or not, it took Guerlain 15 years to analyze, select, and create this one-of-a-kind cream that unlocks the secret to cellular longevity. It boasts of extracts from a duo of orchids that helps regulate cell respiration, helping diminish visible signs of aging and promoting the skin's production of youthful cells. This decadent cream is also formulated with skin-caring ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and knotweed extract for additional strengthening and hydrating perks. No wonder it's Kim Kardashian's favorite face cream!

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Orchidée Impériale The Light Cream, P19,800, GUERLAIN, Rustan's

3. Babor SeaCreation The Cream 

Babor is not just your regular anti-aging cream. Its key ingredients are from the depths of the sea, having active ingredients such as MicroAlgae AP, Glycocéane GP3, and Babor thermophilus that work together to smooth wrinkles, restore firmness and structure while counteracting oxidative stress. Another plus? The cream itself has a silky texture that leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother.

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PHOTO BY BABOR

SeaCreation The Cream, $500 (approximately P24,262), BABOR, us.babor.com

4. Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème

Nothing says fancy like a skincare product with one of the world's rarest ingredients. This product from Estee Lauder is the perfect example, containing Black Diamond Truffle that boosts natural collagen to restore your complexion's radiance, firmness, and beat dehydration for skin that looks and feels younger. It's basically an energy drink for your skin's renewal process.

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PHOTO BY ESTEE LAUDER

Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème (1.7 oz), P30,000, ESTEE LAUDER, esteelauder.com

5. Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Honorstige Cream

Sulwhasoo is as a household name in K-beauty, especially in the prestige category. But out of all their products, this cream from their Timetreasure Honorstige line is their most luxurious. Each tub houses an impressive blend of the brand's Active Ginseng Cell technology, reishi mushroom (also known as the "mushroom of immortality") and the latest biotechnology called S-Phytoalexin. These help boost moisture levels, improve skin clarity, and treat visible signs of aging while leaving a soft and non-sticky finish to the skin.

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Timetreasure Honorstige Cream, HK$5400 (approximately. P33,780), SULWHASOO, sulwhasoo.com

6. Sisley Paris Supremÿa Baume at Night

Based on their claims alone, you can think of Supremya Baume at Night as a cream version of the fountain of youth. With the help of skin revitalizing ingredients such as hazelnut oil, kokum butter, and macadamia oil it instantly plumps, nourishes, firms and smoothens as it helps in repairing skin damage. It also features the brand's patented Phyto-Complex LC12, an elixir of four plant-based active ingredients that accelerates cellular regeneration for more visible rejuvenation. 

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PHOTO BY SISLEY PARIS

Supremÿa Baume at Night, P33,000, SISLEY PARIS, Rustan's

7. La Mer Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence

It’s fair to say that La Mer is one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the skincare world, but if there is one product you shouldn’t miss is the Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence. This opulent serum is backed with Crystal Miracle Broth, a pure, more concentrated form of the brand's signature elixir that they discovered by accident in their labs. This visibly boosts skin renewal and dramatically reduces signs of aging. It also contains the Genaissance ferment, a cocktail of rare red algae and refined 24k gold infused with waves of light to promote collagen production and renew the skin.

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PHOTO BY LA MER

Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence, P37,800, LA MER, Rustan's

8. Lancer Legacy Youth Treatment 

When it comes to revitalizing the skin, Lancer does not mess around. This 1000-dollar age-defying treatment is made with over 30 ingredients that are sourced around the world, all made to deliver five promising functions such as supporting the skin's rejuvenation, recapturing vitality, providing a moisture barrier, water saturation and antioxidant defense. Made to help users achieve a naturally fresh healthy looking complexion, this topical treatment promises to preserve the skin's intrinsic youth.

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PHOTO BY LANCER

Legacy Youth Treatment, $1000 (approximately P48,560), LANCER, lancerskincare.com

9. Kanebo The Cream

This face cream is a rich, concentrated and anti-aging concoction. It contains what Kanebo calls their Light Reflection Technology, which restores the epidermis while providing a veil of moisture to the skin. It also features a secret cocktail called Clear Botanical Complex that claims to improve the skin's radiance, texture, smoothness, and brightness. One 40ml tub of The Cream costs P60,000—an amount enough to get you two Le Chiquito bags from Jacquemus!

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The Cream, P60,000, KANEBO, Rustan's

10. La Prairie Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Cream

Trust us, the formula in this cream is just as fancy as its name. It contains La Prairie's patented Exclusive Cellular Complex, an extraordinary recipe that activates the skin's metabolism to prevent signs of aging. It promises to restore radiance, youthfulness and evenness that suspends time. This rich cream is also enriched by eons of pure rare platinum to sustain the skin's loop of rejuvenation. Not to mention, it also comes with a chic amethyst bottle that'll prettify your vanity.

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PHOTO BY LA PRAIRIE

Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Cream, $1525 (approx. P74,092), LA PRAIRIE, laprairie.com

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