Most of the time, I have an issue with traditional brightening/lightening/whitening serums in regards to hydration. I just find them either sensitising or drying out my skin, so they tend to give me sun spots or dryness. So I hardly used lightening skin care until I discovered La Prairie Swiss Cellular White range.
THE SWISS CELLULAR WHITE COLLECTION
Swiss Cellular White Collection offers unprecedented translucency and glow.
What sets these whiteners apart is the unique Skin Whitening Complex which combines Ascorbyl Glucoside, a vitamin C derivative that helps inhibit the production of melanin, with Licorice Extract, to help reduce discolouration for a fairer, more even skin tone.
La Prairie’s exclusive Ozone Protection Complex fights ozone molecules that have a damaging effect on the skin similar to free radicals.
Brightening and lightening benefits are elevated to a new level of efficacy with the exceptional properties and remarkable effectiveness of these two whitening technologies. Your face is enlivened and brightened.
I was using La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology collection when I was 19, and I just wanted a change when I was turning 20. The counter manager recommended La Prairie Swiss Cellular White range to me since she knew that I was living in Australia so I get lots of sun. At the beginning, I was a bit skeptical about the whole brightening concept just because of the name. However, I’ve been very happy with La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology collection, so I thought I would try it out and see what happens. That’s when my mother got me Swiss Cellular White Repairing Emulsion, which was discontinued a few years after. I didn’t get much regular sleep back then, so my skin was normally looking quite dull and tired. And believe it or not, it actually brightened my face. It smelled beautiful and it was just a wonderful product. But.. they discontinued it regardless…sigh :(
I was totally hooked on it, so I got the entire Swiss Cellular White range with high expectations. A few of them are now discontinued, but they at least still carry my long loved Swiss Cellular White Triple Action Concentrated Essence. I haven’t used DiorSnow White essence for years, but the texture of Swiss Cellular White Triple Action Concentrated Essence is very similar to it when Dior first launched it. I think I was at around 16 or 17, not quite sure. Dior may have changed the formula, but I only used their very first DiorSnow White essence.
Regardless, Swiss Cellular White Triple Action Concentrated Essence is a gel serum that spreads beautifully. I know some of the gel serums on the market leave a slight matte/tight finish, but it doesn’t. It hydrates subtly, not deeply though, which is enough for warm and hot seasons. If you have dehydrated skin and want to try it out, then I recommend you layer some hydrating cream or hydrating serum on top for extra comfort. It does get absorbed into skin pretty fast, but not as fast as their Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (full review).
If you have been reading my blog, you might have noticed that I don’t have that many sunspots considering that I lived in Australia for over 8 years and never did any types of in-office laser treatments. Of course, I have always been good with applying sunscreens, but I think my skin has been looking pretty good thanks to La Prairie Swiss Cellular White range. As you can tell, my point is that it works to keep brown spots at bay as long as you are strict about your skin care routine. It isn’t a skin brightening serum, but it somehow helps even out skin tone in general.
To be honest, I didn’t see much change when I used the product just by itself, but when I used the entire range all together, yes, it worked. It even healed up my reddish pimple scars and reduced redness around them pretty fast. Although it’s not a tightening product, I think it somehow helps with firming skin in a very subtle way.
I feel Swiss Cellular White Protective Day Emulsion SPF 25 is the lightest SPF day moisturiser in entire La Prairie range. It’s a white emulsion that instantly brightens skin. It doesn’t last long, but once massaged in, my skin always looks more awake and glowy. It almost feels like it creates a film on top of skin, so you need to be very careful what kind of texture you put on next. If the texture is too rich or too mattifying, it will be rubbed off. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you may find Swiss Cellular White Protective Day Emulsion SPF 25 not enough. I have normal dehydrated skin and I always find it a bit drying about 4-5 hours after application. Obviously it depends on the level of humidity and dryness in your area. I suggest using it during warmer humid seasons.
- skin whitening complex
- ascorbyl glucoside, a stabilised vitamin C at a high concentration, helps inhibit discolouration and age spots
- tocotrienols, vitamin E encapsulated in protective beads to ensure full potential skin action that helps to inhibit discolouration
- anti-lipofuscin complex fights age spot formation caused by protein oxidation and subsequent lipofuscin colouring accumulation
- ozone protection complex removes ozone molecules that have a damaging effect on the skin similar to free radicals
- rejuvenating complex including glycine soja seed extract, reduces oxidation damage induced by environmental stress on the skin
- white tea extract boosts efficacy of other active complexes and reinforces protection from oxidative stress
Where to buy
- Saks Fifth Avenue (Free shipping & samples)