La Prairie is well known for using a very uncommon ingredient: Platinum.
Yes, we’re talking about the same rare metal as used in jewelry! This is also largely the reason La Prairie comes at the cost of $650 per ounce.
To be able to be absorbed by your skin, this cream uses a micronized version of platinum called colloidal platinum, which is a suspension of platinum particles in water.
The big question that everyone asks of course is, what does platinum do in a skin care product?
How it works:
Jacqueline Hill, a chemist at the Centre de Recherches Biocosmétiques, a Swiss lab, was really the one to come up with the idea to use platinum to fight wrinkles. Her explanation for the science behind it was reported in W magazine as follows:
“The skin has an ionic buffer zone that holds in moisture while protecting against free radicals and other damaging force. One side of this zone is made up of positively charged electrons, while the other side is composed of those with a negative charge. When the balance between negative and positive becomes out of whack due to exposure to pollution, sun damage or stress, the buffer can’t do its job properly, leaving skin both dry and more vulnerable…Platinum re-establishes a good electrolyte balance, improving moisturization and helping protect the skin.”
What it does:
La Prairie works to help with fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and firmness, redness and discoloration, large pores, and uneven texture. It hydrates your skin, helps protect your skins DNA, and the platinum serves to slow down premature aging by maintaining your skins electrical balance.
It claims to have ‘Exclusive Smart Crystals’ that help guard your skin’s youthful appearance, though we could not confirm the exact combination of ingredients they are referring to by these smart crystals. We can tell you though, for example, that ingredients like mica in their cream can certainly help give your skin a glow.
They also have a blend of ingredients claimed to hydrate the skin by measuring the humidity in the air and providing your skin the adequate amount of moisture it needs.
This cream also contains a number of great anti-oxidants such as Resveratrol and Malachite, as well as a number of plant extracts and peptides.
However, it comes in jar packaging, which can make many of the ingredients unstable.
It also contains silver oxide, which is a germicide made up of alkaline hydroxide and silver nitrate. Silver nitrate can be bad for your skin.
A nice benefit to consider is you only need to use just a tad of the product on your face, so it can last a long time.
We think more studies need to be done on the effects of platinum on the skin, but we certainly commend La Prairie on this revolutionary use of platinum in cosmetics, and their cream does work! The only question is, is it worth $650 for an ounce?
$650 for 1 ounce
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Water, Butylene Glycol, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Myristyl Myristate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Mica, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tribehenin, Carbomer, Alcohol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycoproteins, Hesperidin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ceramide 2, Carnosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Peg-8, Lactic Acid, Poloxamer 188, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Hematite Extract, Malachite Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Platinum Powder, Silver Oxide, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides