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I keep on introducing to you German cosmetics. Today is the turn of La mer a German cosmetic company based in north Germany on the coast of the North Sea and producing cosmetics with sea products like sea silt, sea grass, algae and so on.
The brand was founded in 1981 by Paul Gojny. It often comes to a confusion of German La mer with the French brand Creme de La Mer. This brand belongs to Estee Lauder Companies and is more expensive. (Link: Creme de LA MER)
The main ingredient in La mer’s products is sea silt. Not salt – silt.
It is a sediment that forms in the seas or lakes or river estuaries and is very fine. Because it is a natural and very pure substance it is rich in such components like oxygen, sea salt, sea minerals, trace elements, sea mud and others. They say it has moisturizing qualities and prevents from dehydration. Furthermore it is nourishing and restoring the skin’s elasticity.
I found this mini set of La mer masks during my last visit to the pharmacy next to my place. It is my first experience with this brand and of course I am curious about the results.
Where to buy: La mer official website https://www.la-mer.com/en/product-ranges/flexible-specials/
The little set contains 3 different masks from the range Flexible specials each 15 ml: Mosturizing cream mask, Sea silt cream mask, Coral cream mask. The original tube contains 50 ml and costs 29,90 € each. As an owner of combo skin I thought it’s a great possibilty to try multimasking and I even got a 50% discount! Yay!
According to the producer all the masks are silicones-free, prabens-free, paraffin-free, PEG-free, suitable for all skintypes and can be mixed together. All masks should be left for 10-15 minutes and then removed with water (the moisturizing mask can be left on skin). The sea silt mask is perfumed, the other two not.
1. Mositurizing cream mask
A lightweight creamy texture. Spreads OK, feels pleasant. Just after applying gives a refreshing feeling. Has a very slight cosmetic scent.
Suitable: for dehydrated skin,
Can be used for the whole face and under eyes too.
AQUA (WATER), ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, MARIS LIMUS (SEA SILT EXTRACT), HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, SORBITAN STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXANEDIOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GALACTOARABINAN, XANTHAN GUM, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, SUCROSE COCOATE, UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA EXTRACT, CODIUM TOMENTOSUM EXTRACT.
( Contains palm oil )
Key ingredients are:
- Sea Silt extract moisturizes and strengthen skin’s barrier
- Codium Tomentosum (green algae) – works as long term hydrating booster, binds the moisture on the skin
- Undaria Pinnatifida (kelp extract) – for skin firming and reducing fine lines and wrinkles
2. Detox Sea Silt mask
2 in 1 mask with peeling and detoxifying effect for purifying, refining skin’s appearance, less sebum production.
Suitable for oily/combination skin with big pores and shihy T-zone.
Looks and smells like mud masks usually do.
AQUA (WATER), MARIS LIMUS (SEA SILT) POWDER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, PROPANEDIOL, PANTHENOL, MARIS LIMUS (SEA SILT) EXTRACT, DISTARCH PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, JOJOBA ESTERS, SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, POLYGLYCERIN-3, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CELLULOSE GUM, p-ANISIC ACID, RETINYL PALMITATE, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, ACACIA DECURRENS FLOWER WAX, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED WAX, TOCOPHEROL, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).
- Sea Silt extract – moisturizes and strengthens skin barrier
- Maris Limus (Sea Silt powder) – provides the skin vavueble minerals and trace elements
3. Coral cream mask
For improving the skin’s complexion, refining the pores and refreshing.
Suitable for dull, stressed skin
Texture is thicker than of Moisturizing mask, like a paste. Gives cooling and refreshing feeling.
AQUA (WATER), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, PROPANEDIOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, CETYL ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, MARIS LIMUS (SEA SILT EXTRACT), SODIUM CARBOMER, LECITHIN, MENTHYL LACTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, p-ANISIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, LAMINARIA SACCHARINA EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL.
- Sea Silt extract – moisturizes and strengthens skin barrier
- Corallina Officinalis (coral algae) – reduces redness and contracts cappilaries
- Laminaria Saccharina (brown seaweed) – restores skin’s balance
- Avocado oil and shea butter are rich on vitamins and fatty acids for extra hydrating, nourishing and soothing.
The producer suggests to apply the Detox on the T-zone, Moisturizing on cheeks and under eyes and Coral on cheekbones. And I did. No irritations so far.
Detox: Honestly, it didn’t work for me as I wanted. Saw not much difference before and after. The texture is very similar to my favourite mud mask from AHAVA, but compared with La mer’s mask AHAVA gives a WOW-effect at once. According to the producer can be mixed with both other masks, but I don’t recommend to mix it with Moisturizing mask can get very greasy.
Moisturizing: Feels like a cream. Very lightweight and rich. Absorbs on hands at once, but on face feels too greasy. Refreshes, soothes and hydrates very well, slight firming effect. Very good as under-eyes-mask. All in all a good mask for dry and dehydrated skin. For me too rich formula. Recommend not to rinse it off, but to massage into the skin.
Coral: Finally my fave amoung the 3 masks. This one worked for me very well. Refreshes and soothes. Refines and evens the skin’s appearance with slight firming effect too. Improves complexion, though it didn’t reduce redness and it tightens a bit. Not, heavy, not greasy, light to rinse off. Not bad. Maybe I’ll try some day the whole package.