The La Mer moisturizer guide: choose your match
One of the world’s most coveted skincare products, La Mer’s Crème de la Mer is famed for its power to visibly enhance the complexion. While beauty enthusiasts around the globe love this skin-rejuvenating moisturizer, few are familiar with the formula’s unique texture variations — each tailored to suit specific skin types and needs. La Mer’s global skincare advisor, Georgia Louise, decodes the five individual formulations.
The ultra-rich cream: Crème de la Mer
The deeply nourishing cream that needs no introduction — the original Crème de la Mer moisturizer blends the brand’s signature Miracle Broth, the legendary renewing elixir that flows through all of La Mer, with antioxidant lime tea to deliver hydration and daily protection. The key to maximizing its impact lies in application — lift a small amount with the spatula, warm between your fingertips to activate the Miracle Broth, then press gently into the skin to absorb its rejuvenating qualities. ‘I love how Crème de la Mer energizes the skin; you see dull skin become beautifully hydrated and dewy,’ says Georgia Louise. ‘And it has such a unique texture, the magical way it warms up to become translucent. I love that little ritual of warming it before applying. It's my perfect go-to for red carpet events as it [locks in] hydration and plumps the skin beautifully.’
A weightless blend: The Moisturizing Soft Lotion
A revolutionary lotion that delivers healing benefits in a lighter, fast-absorbing texture, The Moisturizing Soft Lotion is perfect for balanced and combination skin types. ‘If you have combination skin but still want a glowy finish, I recommend the lotion,’ Georgia Louise notes. ‘It infuses skin with moisture for a beautiful glowing finish, but it’s lightweight enough to absorb quickly.’ Its formulation is enriched with La Mer's unique Capsule Technology — a specialized process that sees the brand's proprietary moisturizing ingredients encased in microspheres, enveloped in a deeply hydrating gel.
An ultra-soft texture: The Moisturizing Soft Cream
A soft, supple cream, The Moisturizing Soft Cream offers a slightly thicker texture than the lotion and is lighter in touch than the original, making it ideal for combination to dry skin types. Applied to cleansed skin, it strengthens and protects while reducing the appearance of fine lines. With its power to renew the skin’s barrier, The Moisturizing Soft Cream strengthens and protects while reducing the look of fine, dry lines. Miracle Broth — the legendary healing elixir that flows through all of La Mer – infuses skin with sea-sourced renewing energies. ‘This texture is incredibly comforting to the skin and leaves it feeling so soft,’ explains Georgia Louise. ‘My clients who love a glowy finish always gravitate to the soft cream blend.’
A soothing formula: The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream
An ultra-refreshing formula best suited to those with oily or combination skin, The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream sees the original kelp-infused formulation underpinned with soothing qualities. ‘I like to recommend the gel cream to clients who live in warmer climates and during the summer months, as it's so soothing after the sun,’ says Georgia Louise. ‘It feels lightweight and refreshing, and their skin looks hydrated and healthy [after applying].’ The cooling, featherweight gel helps reduce the skin’s surface temperature while lime tea concentrate — a powerful antioxidant — strengthens its natural protective barrier to shield from day-to-day environmental aggressors.
Nourishing and mattifying: The Moisturizing Matte Lotion
Combining La Mer's revolutionary lotion formula and the natural mattifying properties of clay, sea minerals and kelp powder, The Moisturizing Matte Lotion uses innovative Capsule Technology for two opposing benefits — a nourishing glow and a soft matte appearance — to coexist. ‘This blend is ideal for anyone whose skin tends to get oily. It provides you with the hydration you need while giving a fresh, balanced-looking complexion. It absorbs quickly and leaves a matte finish by absorbing any shine,’ explains Georgia Louise.