Billions and billions of dollars is spent each year on research and development of skin products that will, hopefully, turn back the clock. Huge strides have been made in understanding the relationship between collagen, skin elasticity, and skin youthfulness. Some brands lead the way in developing new skincare technologies that take us that one step closer to retaining our youthful appearance; La Prairie is one such brand that has developed groundbreaking technologies for skin rejuvenation, care and maintenance.

But for many, these products are simply out of reach financially. A Channel 4 documentary entitled. “How The Rich Live Longer” presented a rather fascinating look at the lengths the wealthy will go to in order to increase their longevity and quality of life. If you thought that some beauty products are expensive, I can assure you that there are many, many other treatments, procedures, and bizarre rituals which cost far more than any cream or cleanser.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler

However, having said that, there persists a belief that the products developed by the handful of ultra premium beauty and skincare are simply too expensive for many to afford; and this is simply not the case. Yes, while La Prairie may have a R9600 Skin Caviar Absolute Filler (which is basically an incredibly good mini face tightener in a beautifully designed bottle), the brand also has a range of products that require less of an investment but which gives you access to their technologies.

While I am forever interested in trying new products, I, like any other skin care conscious individuals, follow the basics of skin care; my grooming ritual includes regular exfoliation, religiously cleansing twice a day, skin toning, applying a serum (depending on what I need on any given day), and moisturising (eyes, face, neck, and body – day and night) at every opportunity I can get. These are the bare minimums that people should be doing, if just to ensure that you remove dead skin cells from your face and neck, and that the skin is kept clean and dirt free, and that it is well moisturised. Just doing this will give you an significant advantage, but we must be aware that there are may things that impact on the youthfulness of our skin, such as skin damage from too much sun exposure, pollution, the food we eat, and a lot comes down to the programming within our DNA – how much collagen our body is programmed at birth to produce (but more about this in a later post).

But if you want to do the bare minimum using the best possible products to significantly increase your chances of having beautiful skin for longer, then I would suggest you consider these six La Prairie products that are affordable, and in some cases, far less expensive than other brands with similar products in the category.

1. La Prairie Swiss Foam Cleanser (My Must Have)
This cleanser has become a firm favorite. I have tried almost every cleanser and face wash under the sun, and I can state that no other compares to this foaming cleanser. Made from natural plant-based agents, the foam cleanser gently cleanses the skin while botanical extracts calm, soothe, and help retain moisture. The water-activated mousse purifies and sooths, leaving skin refreshed and smoothed. You really do not need to use a lot – a pea size amount is all you need to work up a wonderfully rich and creamy lather – which means that this cleanser (used twice a day) could last you up to 2,5 – 3 months, making this one of the most affordable super premium skin care products on the market today.
RRP:    R1200 (125ml)
2. La Prairie Swiss Purifying Cream Cleanser
Perfect for cleansing and decongesting the skin, the Purifying Cream Cleanser helps calm and alleviate signs of stress due to environmental factors. Following a cleansing, the skin feels refreshed and renewed. Its a gentle way to start your skincare ritual, followed with a toner, serum and moisturiser. As with the Foam Cleanser, a little goes a long way, so this 200ml tube should last you a while.
RRP:   R1300 (200ml)
3. La Prairie Swiss Age Management Balancer
To assist with refining the skins tone and appearance, its always a good idea to apply a toner after your have cleansed/washed your face in the morning and evening. As you get older, this become more important; the Age Management Balancer removes any residual impurities following the cleanser, before applying the serum and moisturiser of your choice. Containing gentle exfoliants and plant extracts, this alcohol-free formula helps to soothe the skin and provide a refreshed, energised sensation. The skin is left softer, smoother, and more radiant.
RRP:   R1500 (250ml)
4. La Prairie Swiss Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, you will have to include a good exfoliator at least once a week to get rid of stubborn dead skin cells on the face and neck areas. A build up of dead skin cells causes the skin to look weathered, dry, and gives the skin an uneven skin tone appearance. In addition, the new skin is not able to break through, leading to a list of clogging issues (black heads, pimples, acne, etc). So, just exfoliate please. La Prairie’s Mineral Face Exfoliator is a translucent gel, formulated with mineral-rich gem powders and La Prairie’s exclusive cellular complex for immediate and long-term benefits.
RRP:    R1900 (100ml)
5. La Prairie Cellular Eye Contour Cream

In 1978 La Prairie debuted its original eye care product, Cellular Eye Contour Cream, and ever since, its remained as a coveted, cult classic due to its line and wrinkle-fighting potency. It helps to maintain an ideal moisture level in the delicate skin around the eyes, soothes and minimises the appearance of fine lines. A rich fusion of hydrating components, amino acids and plant extracts, this delicate formula, especially formulated for the sensitive eye area, helps maintain the skins ideal moisture level as it soothes and minimises the look of fine lines. Apply ever morning and evening, dotting under eye and smoothing gently with fingertips from outer corner to inner corner.
RRP:   R2200 (15ml)

6. La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex with Caviar Extracts

This lightweight gel, enriched with caviar extract, helps to moisturise and re-energise the eye zone, boosting long-term moisture retention while helping to soothe the delicate skin around the eye. Apply this soothing gel serum AM and/or PM. Dot under eye with a tapping motion from outer to inner corner.
RRP:   R2400 (15ml)


La Prairie products are available at select Edgars and Woolworths stores, as well as leading spas (such as the Life Day Spa group).