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Review > High-end Hydrating Moisturiser Comparison (Guerlain vs La Mer vs La Prairie vs Sisley)

Published by Jasmine Seo

I've noticed an increasing number of people talking about "anti-aging" skin care for the last few years, regardless of the age. It seems to me that it's just nothing but a popular trend among consumers and companies. But in fact, if we think about what real "anti-aging" skin care is, it's just a balance between inner and outer beauty. Meaning, you can't simply just pile on expensive products without a healthy life style and expect that you can delay aging of your skin.

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Regardless, the most basic anti-aging skin care is in hydration and sun protection. I'm quite certain that most people know about this, but there is something else that you should know. If your skin goes past a certain point and you can't possibly reverse your skin dramatically with over-the-counter products, you should see your dermatologist and discuss options. If you have done any dermatological procedures and want to maintain your skin or your skin hasn't shown any signs of aging, then just focus on hydration. If you are in none of these categories ie. just minor aging, then you can improve your skin through anti-aging treatments and hydration.

So it seems to be pretty clear now that we need at least one hydrating cream in our bathroom cabinet. Now the question is, how do you find the hydrating cream that is right for you?

I'm not going to discuss different ingredients here since there are so many out there already that you can search from. I will specifically talk about the different hydrating moisturisers from various luxury skin care brands. Because,

  1. there are not many thorough reviews on expensive brands,
  2. I don't like to write posts based on current trends,
  3. as years go by, I've found that over-the-counter service hasn't been as helpful or informative as it should have been,
  4. My family and I have been using luxury skin care brands for many years (myself since I was 17), so I can guide you on what is good for different age groups and skin types based on our collective experiences.

I'm not trying to say that luxury skin care brands are the best in all situations, I just want to share my experiences with them, as usual :)

Below is a comparison table, click the links in the table headers for reviews of each brand.

Guerlain Super Aqua La Mer La Prairie Sisley
Day Gel Day Cream Night Balm Creme de La Mer Moist. Soft Cream Moist. Soft Lotion Moist. Matte Lotion Moist. Cool Gel Cream Time Release Moist. Moist. with Cucumber
Day Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Night N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Face & Neck Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Eyes N N N Y N N N Y N N
Skin Types Normal to oily Dry to normal Dry to combo Dry to sensitive Normal to dry combo Normal to combo Oily Normal to oily All except oily/acne prone All except oily/acne prone
Weather All All All All except hot & humid All except humid All All All All except hot & humid All except humid
Flight safe (out of 5) 3 4 4 5 3 3 2 2 5 2
Texture Light gel Cream Thick cream Thick balm cream Cream Creamy emulsion Emulsion Gel Whipped cream Light cream
Dewy glow N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y N
Hydration power 24hrs 24hrs 24hrs N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16hrs N/A
Amount 50mL 50mL 50mL 60mL 60mL 50mL 50mL 60mL 50mL 50mL
Price (excl. tax) $135 $135 $155 $310 $310 $260 $260 $310 $200 $175
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