Out of the entire beauty product encyclopedia that exists in the universe, there are a select few that hold down the fort as the most supreme, elite, expensive, and coveted skin-care finds. I’m talking about the La Mers, La Prairies, and Biologique Recherches of the world. Since I don’t quite have the means to stock up on all of these for the sake of a luxe beauty cabinet (I’m a writer… ), I’m always on the lookout for more affordable dupes.
And I’m happy to share my more affordable cult-fave skin-care alternatives with you. So far, we’ve found what’s basically a La Mer cream clone in the aisles of Trader Joe’s for a fraction of the cost (it’s a mere 9 bucks). We’ve also got your back on P50 alternatives that are equally effective acid toners—one of which costs only 15 dollars. Now, I’m on a mission to find a replicate of the all-hailed La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, a facial moisturizer that runs upwards of 500 dollars.
Shari Sperling, MD, board-certified dermatologist of Sperling Dermatology, spills the Skin Caviar alternative that you can literally buy at the drugstore. Her pick? Olay Regenerist Nightly Recovery Cream Moisturizer ($30). “While La Prairie’s Skin Caviar is unique in ingredients—and expensive—a great drugstore alternative would be the Olay Regenerist Nightly Recovery Cream Moisturizer,” she tells me. “It’s an incredibly hydrating and potent wrinkle cream, and promotes firmness and elasticity in the skin, just like the La Prairie option. It’s formulated with an amino-peptide complex that promotes cell turnover, skin elasticity, and healing.”
Sure, it may not have caviar in it… but you can still enjoy caviar on your dinner plate, if that’s your thing. As for your skin? It’ll be pretty much just as happy with the Olay cream. It even won’t know it’s not getting those expensive fish eggs.
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