What does it mean for a skincare brand to fall into the ‘luxury’ category, other than the price?
It’s a good question, and one I’ve often found myself wondering when standing in the skincare aisle bamboozled by choice.
The truth is there’s a lot more to premium cosmetics than their added cost and fancy packaging. The best luxury skincare brands also use certain ingredients that can bring about the changes you want to see in your skin.
That’s what sets them apart from conventional skincare products, whose lower prices come without the quality ingredients that luxury brands are able to put into their cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers.
So, to discern the pros from the posers, in this collaborative post here are 4 luxury skincare brands worth spoiling yourself with!
Created by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, 111 Skin is all about reconstruction and rejuvenation. The brand, which is named after the owner’s surgical practice in London, combines over 20 years of research with special ingredients including diamonds and NAC Y2, a patented formulation that brightens and protects the skin.
This pioneering brand focuses on natural botanical formulations that are free from the damaging ingredients commonly found in cheaper skincare products. Tata Harper’s line of moisturisers, masks, oils and serums contain no toxins, fillers, artificial colours, fragrances or chemicals. Instead, they’re filled with a selection of over 300 raw ingredients.
Sourced from nearly 70 countries, these ingredients are then combined with others grown by Harper herself on her farm in Vermont. You can explore and buy Tata Harper at SSENSE. The luxury online retailer also offers a wide range of other premium skincare brands, as well as a plethora of high-end fashion, footwear and tech brands for you to shop.
A revered name in the luxury skincare industry, Swiss brand La Prairie specialises in no-nonsense anti-ageing solutions. Their products comprise science-backed ingredients such as gold, platinum and even caviar.
If you’re wondering what fish eggs have to do with mitigating the effects of ageing, the ingredient contains a rich mix of amino acids and nutrients that are shown to enhance collagen and ceramide development. While their products are by no means cheap, they seldom need to be used on a regular basis.
For example, La Prairie suggests that their Platinum Rare Haute Rejuvenation Protocol only be applied four times per year, making it an investment that will outlast anything else on your shelf.
This fabled luxury skincare brand was started by a German scientist of the same name, who had spent decades on stem cell research. Augustinus Bader’s products are therefore backed by science and contain unique ingredients such as TFC8, a proprietary formulation that uses its vitamins, peptides and amino acids to promote healing and reduce dryness.
Other brands to look out for include Biologique Recherche, MBR Medical Beauty Research and NUFACE.
This is a collaborative post.