I used to use La Mer The Regenerating Serum quite often back when I lived in Brisbane, Australia, but I personally don't think that it lives up to the hype as I've used it for years. Nowadays, I prefer to use The Concentrate (also from La Mer), but I tend to still save up The Regenerating Serum samples given upon purchase mainly for warmer seasons as it still works fine for my skin. So, I thought I should write a review about it for those who are contemplating which La Mer serum is right for them.
The scent of La Mer The Regenerating Serum is coherent to their signature scent, but it has less of an alcohol smell than their The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum. Although there isn't much essential oil scent kicking through, the scent is quite therapeutic, which gives a calming and soothing sensation during the skincare ritual. That doesn't mean that the serum is kind to very sensitive skin as it still contains some skin allergens and fragrance. And if your skin tends to be reactive to essential oils and ferment extracts, you will need to do a patch test beforehand as it could potentially irritate skin although I never had issues with La Mer products in general.
La Mer The Regenerating Serum doesn't look that lightweight from the surface compared to their The Lifting Contour Serum, it surely is one of the fast penetrating serums in their range.
It absorbs into skin quick without heavy alcohol feel to skin, which makes The Regenerating Serum different from their The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum.
Instantly, skin feels very soft and smooth upon touch without any particularly oily or shiny look. It gives a subtle hint of glow as the serum doesn't feel that heavy at all, and I wouldn't say that it's that abundant in hydration, so you will need to follow with your regular moisturiser and/or use one of their treatment lotions before the serum application depending on how dry/dehydrated your skin is.
This powerful age fighter accelerates skin's natural renewal process to visibly diminish lines and wrinkles. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer's profound powers of transformation, skin is refined and rejuvenated for a firmer, younger-looking complexion. This potent serum is also powered by the Regenerating Ferment™, a bio ferment engineered with plant stem cells and the Marine Peptide Ferment, which help skin trigger its natural production of collagen, elastin and other "youth proteins." Skin looks revitalized on contact and, over time, the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores is dramatically diminished.
How to Use
To release key ingredients, shake gently, then tap several drops onto fingertips and sweep over face and neck morning and evening. For optimal results, follow with your Crème de la Mer moisturizer.
Water\Aqua\Eau , Algae (Seaweed) Extract , Dimethicone , Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer , Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride , Polysilicone-11 , Peg-8 Dimethicone , Peg-10 Dimethicone , Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure , Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract , Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul'S Wort) Extract , Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract , Saccharomyces Lysate Extract , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Sodium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice , Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract , Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract , Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract , Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract , Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract , Chlorella Vulgaris Extract , Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract , Laureth-4 , Corallina Officinalis Extract , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract , Micrococcus Lysate , Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait , Tartaric Acid , Glycerin , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Laureth-23 , Butylene Glycol , Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer , Sucrose , Coenzyme A , Acetyl Glucosamine , Caffeine , Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline , Linoleic Acid , Tetraacetylphytosphingosine , Alcaligenes Polysaccharides , Bifida Ferment Lysate , Pentylene Glycol , Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Peg-8 , Sorbitol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Eryngium Maritimum Extract , Sodium Hydroxide , Hydrogenated Lecithin , Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin , Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid , Cyclodextrin , Maltodextrin , Polymethylsilsesquioxane , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Glycosaminoglycans , Gold , Tourmaline , Linolenic Acid , Silica , Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride , Disodium Edta , Potassium Sorbate , Phenoxyethanol , Fragrance (Parfum) , Hydroxycitronellal , Linalool , Limonene , Citronellol , Geraniol , Green 5 (Ci 61570)
If someone asked me what might potentially be the most universally usable serum in La Mer, my answer surely will be The Regenerating Serum, at least for now. I'm not saying that the serum is the most effective one amongst all their serums, but I personally find the scent and the consistency of it to be quite neutral. I can imagine even men using the serum alone or underneath their moisturiser or sunscreen as the texture is something that most men would like; fast-absorbing yet barely there feel without any heaviness. Although the serum could work well as a 2-in-1 treatment (serum and moisturiser) for oily skin types, but I wouldn't suggest if your skin leans towards more young/problem-prone as some of their ingredients could potentially aggravate skin. Nevertheless, it helps healing post-popping pimple scars, and my skin never got irritated even during my cycle. It does seem to regenerate skin pretty fast, but I wouldn't say that it's very wrinkle corrective like they claim. I see the serum being more to do with improving overall skin texture and preventing wrinkles based on my observations. Though, it does have a limit to preventing smile lines, which makes sense as the serum has nothing to do with muscles and most importantly, it isn't an injectable.
Due to its velvety smooth finish, you could actually use it as a make-up base if you live in a hot and humid climate. The serum doesn't overly stimulate sebum production, so it's a nice one to use especially in Summer. If you have mature skin though, you may not be that satisfied with La Mer The Regenerating Serum unfortunately since it doesn't offer much of mature skin concern including firming and lifting unless you are eyeing on the product just for maintenance. For those with very dehydrated skin, you might want to try their treatment essence lotion instead to use underneath your moisturiser if you need to choose only one. Regardless, La Mer The Regenerating Serum is good for prevention for all-year-round as long as you don't have sensitivity with their fragrance and ferment extract.
Where to buy
- COSME-DE (Free worldwide shipping & discounts)
- Nordstrom (Free shipping & samples)
- Saks Fifth Avenue (Free shipping & samples)
- 111SKIN Y Theorem Repair Serum (Alternative to La Mer The Concentrate & The Regenerating Serum)
- La Mer Treatment Masks (The Lifting and Firming/ The Brilliance Brightening/ The Hydrating Facial/ The Intensive Revitalizing Mask)
- La Mer The Concentrate VS Genaissance de La Mer
- 7 Luxury Beauty Tools that Boost Efficacy of Your Skincare & Make-up (My Beauty Secrets/ Gift Ideas)
- La Mer Moisturisers/ Crème de la Mer