There is a saying: “You don’t always get what you pay for, but you always pay for what you get.” In other words, if you want really good cutting edge luxury skincare, you’re going to pay a premium for it. However, these products From EMK, La Prairie, and Rhonda Allison Pro-Youth Minus-10 are worth the investment to pamper you and offer you skin health and beauty.
Over 10 years ago the Advice Sisters discovered luxury skincare by EMK and wrote several stories about EMK’s exceptional products. This company has a wide range of luxe, green anti-aging skincare products loved by dermatologists and celebrities. I’m calling them “dream creams.” The formulas include biotech, botanical actives, skin-protecting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and peptides (see a list of EMK ingredients). They work to enhance your skin regardless of skin type, age, or ethnicity.
Unique to EMK is their use of pure, natural agave Bioplacenta®. It’s a botanically-derived extract the company says is virtually identical to human placental extract, but it is not from humans, it’s from plants. The reason for the placental extract is that the formula supposedly mimics the way your skin cells naturally re-charge. It not only speeds up the creation of new skin cells but somehow gets the older ones you have now to behave more as they did in your younger days.
Other key ingredients include something called “Synercell®.” This delivers antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, botanical essences, and other ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, amino acids, and bisabolol deeper to the dermis. Another thing I like is that every product includes an information pamphlet with all the ingredients, how to best use the product, etc.
Packaging & Eye Cream:
The packaging is an elegant white with gold and black accents and the products even have a slight vanilla scent. That hasn’t changed. But what has changed is for the better. When we first reviewed EMK’s Radical Eye Cream in 2014, it was in a gold jar. It looked elegant on a shelf, but sticking your fingers into a jar of cream exposes the cream to air, dust, other pollutants and can cause the product to degrade and possibly become contaminated. Now the Radical Eye Cream ($65/ 0.5 fl. oz) is in an oxygen-free pump which I greatly appreciate. The cream is paraben, colorant, fragrance, lanolin-free, and good for all skin types. Use the rich cream twice a day and let the BIOPLACENTA® and natural peptides do their work on thin and/or damaged, skin at the eye area.
The EMK Rescue Serum is touted as “the ultimate Repair Treatment ($180/ 1 fl. oz.). Sometimes serums can be smelly, or sticky, or they don’t absorb quickly so you’re stuck waiting to continue your skincare routine and makeup., No this one! It elegantly arrives in a hard-sided, slide-out box. Inside is a glass stopper bottle full of the precious serum. EMK suggests using 6-10 drops which I think is a bit excessive, but I tested this with 6 drops. It feels refreshing and immediately soaks into your skin leaving absolutely NO residue.
We reviewed the EMK Supra Night Cream in 2010 But the Supra Day Cream ($120/1.7 oz.) works for day and night so there’s no need for another product (and it looks as though EMK has eliminated the Night Cream). Key ingredients include Omega 2, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, oat kernel, Phyto actives vegetal oils, and of course bioplacenta. Although this cream is for everyone, EMK suggests that those with sensitive skin, reactive skin, mix Supra™ together with a few drops of Rescue Serum™ before applying to maximize penetration and soothe irritation. I tried it without the serum and I felt some tingling, but nothing more.
You may think cleansers are all alike, after all, you wash them off. But that’s not really true. For example, the EMK Aurora Cleanser is super-kind to the skin. Nice to also know it is paraben, colorant, fragrance, lanolin-free, and it has nourishing and hydrating plant extracts including bioplacenta and soothing shea butter hyaluronic acid. The cleanser left my skin feeling soft and clean, butnot irritated, or dry. ($32/6 fl. oz.).
Some of the EMK products are just for professionals, but there are plenty for at-home use as well. Treat yourself! Learn more on the EMK Website.
The Bottom Line: You don’t have to be a celebrity or a rock star to love EMK. It’s a real treat for your skin.
La Prairie, Leader of Luxe Skincare:
When it comes to the most unique, beautiful and luxury skincare, nothing beats La Prairie. Advicesisters.com has included their luxurious products in a number of our gift guides and skincare stories.
For this year, we’re starting out by suggesting the La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift ($690 1.7 oz.). This potent lifting serum is housed in two separate chambers, the iconic caviar beads and milky emulsion are freshly blended with a press of the activation button. It also has La Prairie’s signature cellular complex.
What Kind Of Caviar?
So what exactly is the “Caviar” in La Prairie’s caviar line? According to La Prairie, they harvest pure, nutrient-dense caviar (eggs sourced from sturgeon who swim in mountain-filtered water in the Swiss Alps). I guess that makes them very fancy fish eggs!
In the Liquid Lift, there are two highly-concentrated extracts—caviar oils and caviar proteins. These are combined with other biotech ingredients that also mimic natural caviar (peptides, lipids, minerals peptides, amino acids, and minerals). The liquid lift is a mix La Prairie’sCaviar Premier and Caviar Absolute that blends into one formula.
La Prairie says that over time skin will appear more firm, lifted, and with more volume. *however, this is if you use it regularly and properly with the rest of your (hopefully La Prairie) skincare routine. No skincare regardless of cost will do its best if you don’t use it the right way.
To use this gorgeous liquid lift, simply press the pump to dispense one to two drops into the palm of your hand. The luxurious ingredients combine. Smooth it on and you’ll feel a refreshing, lifting sensation. You won’t feel anything crazy (some lifting serums just make the skin crawl), but instead, it feels pampering. The product has that lovely La Prairie signature floral scent, which definitely is elegant and makes you feel special.
Find La Prairie products at authorized dealers. Learn more on the LaPrairie Website.
The Bottom Line: La Prairie is the ultimate in luxury skincare – find the products that work best for your skin type and you may never look back!
At-Home Spa Facial:
Rhonda Allison skincare address all aspects of aging with a ton of different products for a variety of skincare issues. The Pro-Youth Minus 10 collection helps deal with the signs of aging. The products are designed to build & strengthen while supporting the skin internally to increase the cellular turnover. This, of course, can help slow down the aging process.
However, whenever your skin feels tight, dry, or just looks like it’s losing some “oomph,” the Pro-Youth Minus 10 Hydra Facial can help bring some life back. I’ve selected the Hydra Glow Facial skincare facial routine as an example. The four products in this facial routine: cleanse, exfoliate, enhance, and hydrate –hence hydra glow
How To Use:
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Cleanse skin with the all-natural, probiotic essence of Foaming Peptide Cleanser for a thorough, deep-pore cleanse. Dispense 1-2 pumps into dampened hands and massage into skin for several minutes (don’t rush this step). Remove with warm water and soft cloth then pat skin dry. A key ingredient is milk protein
STEP 2: Apply ENZYME
Dispense 2-3 pumps of Derma Peel onto fingertips and apply evenly to the skin. Avoid the eye area. This papaya/pineapple enzyme will lift away dead skin cells and leave skin smooth and hydrated. Begin circular massage on face and neck until fine granules begin to form then let enzyme remain on the skin for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and soft cloth or gauze. Pat skin dry. key ingredients include aloe and hyaluronic acid. aloe, pineapple and papaya
STEP 3: Do A MASK
To firm and strengthen your skin, apply a thin, even layer of Grape Seed Parfait Mask to dry face and neck. Do avoid the eye area. This pro-youth, antioxidant-rich cream will firm and nourish while providing deep hydration. Leave on skin for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water and a soft cloth. This is a great step to do in a steamy shower or bath. key ingredients include shea butter, witch hazel while wine extracts add vital antioxidant support/
STEP 4: Moisturize/Protect
Finish your skincare facial with Hydrating Grape Seed Serum for deep hydration and antioxidant support. Dispense 1-2 pumps onto fingertips and apply to clean dry skin. Let absorb and remain on the skin. Key ingredients include oils of Grape Seed, Orange, Hemlock, Clove Leaf Oil, Cassia Leaf Oil, and Grape Seed Extract.
The Bottom Line: I liked this at-home facial and some of the other skincare products. Note that some products are sold only to professionals, but this one of the products for at-home use. Find A Retailer