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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a skincare guru who hasn’t used or at least name-dropped Creme de La Mer. The highly coveted moisturizer is a celebrity favorite known for its ability to heal and hydrate the skin with next-level potency. So much so, that those who can’t get a jar of their own will go as far as tracking down alternatives. But ultimately, there’s no replicating the luxe brand’s proprietary “miracle broth,” a potent anti-irritant that helps calm the look of redness and other signs of inflammation.
While the product’s efficacy is not contested, the steep price tag often is. So why this product so expensive? Well, it starts with the biannual kelp harvest off of Vancouver Island. Sea Kelp is the star ingredient in the cream, and the process includes fermenting the kelp for months using specific pulsed light.
While it does contain a slew of all-star ingredients, you’re undoubtedly also paying for brand prestige. In fact, La Mer has amassed millions of loyal followers who happily buy it on a regular basis without thinking twice about the $95+ price tag. But if you’re simply not willing to drop the big bucks on this cult classic, we found a strikingly similar product that may rival La Mer’s skincare offerings, but without the high-end cost.
You’ve no doubt heard of Mario Badescu’s amazing line of skincare products, and the Seaweed Night Cream rivals La Mer at just a fraction of the price. It normally goes for $22—in contrast to La Mer’s $95 for a measly .5 oz—but it’s even more discounted right now, thanks to Amazon’s Black Friday Sale for about $15. That’s a pretty stellar steal if you ask us.
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Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream
Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream hydrates skin while sleeping. Elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid work to nourish dehydrated skin and calm irritation. The main ingredient, bladderwrack, is a type of seaweed that softens and nourishes skin to achieve smooth, dewy, younger-looking skin overnight.