Product Review: La Mer- The Concentrate

Product: The Concentrate, La Mer
Price: $375 ( Available at Neiman Marcus)

If you speak to most women who buy high-end skincare, they either swear by La Mer or they don’t- either way, it is the one brand that manages to illicit a strong reaction from the market. I grew up seeing my mom use the mini-tubs of their signature ‘Creme de La Mer’. To me, La Mer has always represented the epitome of high-end skincare. However, lately with brands such as Sunday Riley on the rise which emphasizes green-technology, and natural brands like Kahina which emphasis clean ingredients, La Mer’s products have been looking a bit dated.

In order to appeal to a younger generation, La Mer has diversified their product line launching cleansers, toners, sunscreens, makeup, and hero-serums. The Concentrate was the product that most appealed to me.

This product is regarded as the most “potent” in the entire line due to it’s concentration of their renowned active Miracle Broth derived from seaweed. It’s primary purpose is to treat scarring, and skin that needs to heal. As someone with mild acne scarring, I was interested in testing this out.

The Concentrate comes out as a thick, yellowish gel that smells a bit medicinal and minty. Like all La Mer products, you must heat it with your hands/fingers before you apply it on the face. This makes the consistency a bit more absorptive. I found that unlike some of their other products, this wasn’t that heavy and didn’t cause me to break out. It absorbed fairly well, and moisturized my skin. 

After 2 weeks of use, I’m not sure if it did anything for acne scars but my skin did feel more supple. Although I don’t agree with the product’s claims that it can be a considerable alternative for people considering chemical peels/laser, I do think it is a well formulated, versatile serum that is good for skin. But for acne scar treatment, not so sure.