I've always been skeptical of theüber-high-priced skin care lines. And when I say high-priced, I'm talking about hundreds and hundreds of dollars per jar. Like La Mer, with their $140 dollar 1-oz, $265 2-oz, and of course the bargain-priced 16.5-oz for a mere $1800 (holy crap, why would you need that much face moisturizer?! If you need to apply that much product, it must not work that well, y'know?)
But as is usual for me, I got sucked in at the counter and decided to give some samples a try. One of them was for the Hydrating Infusion, a thin, almost watery gel tonic meant to be applied to the skin under all other treatments. According to La Mer, the Hydrating Infusion is aimed at balancing drier skin types. It's also rather ludicrously priced at $95 for a 4.2-oz pump bottle. Of what amounts to a glorified toner. Yikes.
The Hydrating Infusion relies on the magic of dark green algae to do its magic. According to La Mer, this algae is a miracle-worker that can clarify, tone, firm, and hydrate the skin. The entire La Mer line relies on algae, actually, so if you have an issue with it, this isn't the line for you. However, if you don't mind rubbing ingredients of the sea on your skin, I can tell you this product does work. I fight a constant battle with flaky skin around my mouth and chin. I haven't been able to figure out the cause, but the result is not pleasant. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to go away...serums, lotions, creams, exfoliation (manual and chemical) and nothing has worked. Until the Hydrating Infusion. Simply apply a couple of pumps to the skin after washing and before adding any other treatment, and you're good to go. The directions advise to use a cotton pad for application, but I pump it directly onto my fingertips and press it into my face. Dousing a cotton pad seems wasteful to me. Besides saving product, my method makes it easier to spread product across the skin, and it feels as if I'm adding something rather than swiping it away.
Within a day of starting the Hydrating Infusion. my flakes disappeared. My skin was also overall less reactive and didn't flush as easily. It stayed comfortable and smooth all day long, without feeling tight and dry by afternoon. It was like magic!!! I fell in love with the results and scraped together the moola to purchase a bottle of my own. Will wonders never cease.
Bottom Line: If you've got dry, flaky skin and an extra $95 sitting around, this may be the product for you. Based on my usage, the bottle should last me at least 4 months, which is really only about $25 per month...not as painful when I think of that way! However, as happy as I am with the Hydrating Infusion's performance, I still intend to sample other products to see if I can knock some more off the price. Fact is, $95 for a glorified toner is hard to justify, no matter how you look at it.
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