In the field of classic moisturizers, CrÃ¨me de la Mer is perhaps the most popular. As a beauty editor, I had the chance to try out several of her subsequent by-products (face oil, eye cream, etc.); Granted, I haven’t tried the cream that sparked the craze yet. Recently, however, I tried the “cream of the sea ritual,” which seems like the best thing to do.
As the legend (er, the brand) says, the technique “activates” the Miracle Broth – the hero ingredient and the raison d’Ãªtre of La Mer as a whole – thus unleashing the full power of the Cream. While I’m not entirely convinced by the ‘activator’ verbiage, the ritual as a whole has a lot to offer both from a sensory and dermatological point of view, says Geeta Yadav, MD, a certified dermatologist. Plus, the technique is compatible with any creamy moisturizer, La Mer or whatever, so you don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy it.
Below is a description of the CrÃ¨me de la Mer technique, including what it is, what it does, and how it can help you get the most out of any winter moisturizer.
What is the La Mer technique?
Using any thick and rich face moisturizer, follow the steps below. here is a video link, too much.
- Take a tiny bit of product between two fingers.
- âHeat the cream for a few seconds by smoothing it between your fingertips,â according to the brand’s website. (This is supposed to “activate” the Miracle Broth.)
- Rub between fingers until the product turns from milky white to translucent.
- Once the cream has become transparent, “press gently on the face and neck”, advises the brand, “taking care not to massage”.
Benefits of the La Mer Technique
1. Increases spreadability
Ultra-rich moisturizers are a gift for dry skin, but they also tend to feel thick, occlusive, and stubborn when it comes to spreading them. The La Mer technique can overcome this problem. By “warming the skin cream in your hands,” says Dr. Yadav, the moisturizer can “spread more easily on the skin.” Think cold, hard butter versus soft, hot butter.
2. Facilitates product penetration
In addition to brightening it, the warming moisturizer in your hands “facilitates its ability to penetrate the skin,” says Dr. Yadav, “by” melting “it into the complexion rather than letting it sit on the skin. “
3. Increases the sensory experience
If you’ve cleansed yourself with cold cream or hydrated with super-rich cream, you’ve experienced the specific shivering sensation that comes from slapping the stuff on your face. While refreshing in the warmer months, it’s much less refreshing in the dead of winter (which, of course, is the peak time for super thick creams). Warm the face cream in your hands before applying pads to the ice for an overall more pleasurable experience. By the way, take a look at this lotion warmer, which can turn your body lotion experience into an equally luxurious treat.
4. Prevents tugging
Remember how the La Mer technique advises you to “gently squeeze” instead of “massaging” the moisturizer into your skin. According to Dr. Yadav, this is wise advice: âApplying a formula to the skin is one of the most effective methods of [skin-care product] application, âshe notes, becauseâ it pushes the ingredients rather than spreading them out. “
Plus, gentle pressure can help prevent wrinkles; wrinkles which, according to Dr Yadav, can be exacerbated by rubbing and pulling on the skin, especially in delicate areas (eg around the eyes). On the other hand, pressing your product âavoids pulling on the delicate skin,â confirms Dr. Yadev. In addition, pressing “minimizes irritation that could be caused by a more forceful application such as rubbing”, Dr Yadav adds, “which is especially important for those with easily sensitized skin.”
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