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The Truth About Creme de la Mer: Renewal Serum And More

Updated on April 24, 2014

Creme De La Mer claims to be able to make skin softer, firmer and look virtually creaseless in a short period of time. It contains a number of beneficial plant based nutrients and oils, but these beneficial ingredients are in a base of mineral oil which is the second most abundant ingredient.

Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative and is harmful to the skin because it clogs skin pores. The skin cannot detoxify and is unable to absorb nutrients, making the beneficial ingredients ineffective which causes premature aging. Mineral oil is used in most skin creams today because it gives the skin a smooth appearance and is inexpensive.

The product also contains several synthetic ingredients including lanolin alcohol and isohexadecane, which are linked to toxicity of one or more body organs. Another chemical found in the product, decyl oleate can cause the formation of trans-fatty acids or trans-isomers which are linked to free radical formation. Although the company boast impressive results using Creme de la mer, there are no peer reviewed, large scale, double blind clinical trials to back it up.

For a skin treatment system to be truly “anti-aging" it must contain, pure, safe and beneficial nutrients which allow the skin to effectively absorb nutrients and dispel toxins. Ingredients will have been proven to help with irritation, protect the pH of the skin, promote normal exfoliation and prevent inflammation.

Recent studies have been conducted that show that the right combination of natural ingredients used in an anti-aging treatment system produces the following results: collagen production, a more youthful appearance, firming and tightening of the skin, smoothing and renewing of the skin surface to provide supple, soft skin, natural substances which support collagen to visibly firm and lift skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, proper skin tone, reduced puffiness and dark circles around eyes, proper skin moisture and healing of damaged skin.

For proper collagen support, the effective antiaging system should include an internal supplement with adequate amounts of vitamin A, C, D, E, biotin, zinc, selenium, copper. With the right combination and concentration of ingredients visible results are being seen within 24 hours after use.

Few companies offer a skin treatment of this caliber. There are presently two whose products meet many or all of these qualifications. The first one is Dr. Perricone’s anti-aging skin care. Although this system is highly effective it is also highly priced. The second is Arbonne’s RE9 advanced. The cost of this system is considerably less than Dr. Perricone and users find that the system last from four to six months.

Nourishing the skin is no different than nourishing any other organ in the body. It requires proper nutrition without other unhealthy and unnatural substances such as mineral oil present to nullify their effectiveness. To learn more about safe cosmetics go to and access the skin deep database for a complete list of cosmetic companies, their products and ingredients and the health hazards associate with those ingredients.


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      Bianca Ramsden 

      6 years ago

      Arbonne Re9 Advanced has been named no.1 for anti-aging results in it's clinical testings against tge leading network marketing brand & leading supermarket brand. At very low cost as a preferred client or consultant & no minimum orders like other brands (don't pay RRP for anything!) why would you waste your hard earned money on something that doesn't deliver the very best for you in both health & results.

      Great blog, thanks :-)

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      Healthy Mom 

      6 years ago

      I tried La Mer because I assumed that for the price tag this product would produce something darn near close to a mircle for my sensitive, acne-prone skin.

      WRONG! IT clogged my pores, cause a huge breakout and did absolutely nothing for my skin. My dermatologist laughed when I told her I tried this product. I even tried the "gel" version, thinking maybe the cream was a bit too heavy for my skin.

      Thank god I spoke with my dermotologist, and instead of La Mer, he recommended the Lady Soma Renewal Serum - because it has a better price and is AMAZING at making my skin look so healthy! I am obsessed with it. I recommend it instead of La Mer.

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      Gail Preston 

      6 years ago

      Do not waste your money on this! I have tried many different lines of skin care products, and this product is, without a doubt, the WORST moisturizer I have ever used. It is difficult to put on. It leaves a glossy, greasy sheen that never disappears even after several hours. The only way to get rid of that horrific sheen is to wear face powder, which is not something I want to do every day.

      I am not a young woman, so one would think that the product would be absorbed easily into my skin, but it doesn't. It stays on top of my skin like a greasy mess. I SWITCHED to using the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer from the Made From Earth skincare line of products. It moisturizes my skin, and it is absorbed easily into my skin - I see a major difference in how healthy my skin looks with the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer.

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      Edith Calem 

      8 years ago

      Amen! I'm glad someone shared Arbonne with me! Thanks for letting others know!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you very much for this information. It´s not easy to tell what´s really good for us these days.

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      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Cale! Nice to hear from you.

      Jojoba oil and vitamin C are great for the skin. I use a product that contains both those ingredients plus several others to provide total nutrition for the skin as well as protection from the sun. Many people are unaware that the sun ages the skin even on cloudy days and proper skin nutrition and protection daily internally and externally is necessary.

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      Cale Judd 

      8 years ago

      Hey Steve! It's been a long time since our days at PBC! I recently began adding a drop of Vitamin C serum to a small amount of jojoba oil in the palm of my hand and then applying that lightly to my face. (Hey, I'm 60 yrs old! lol) I could see a visible difference in the first 24 hours and the appearance of my skin has continued to improve as I use this simple and pretty inexpensive combination. The lines in my face are less pronounced, pores appear smaller, blemishes have healed, acne scars have smoothed, and my skin has a healthy youthful looking glow. Pretty neat! Interestingly, I have oily skin and most of my life used things intended to dry my skin. That never did seem to work very well, and since I began using jojoba oil, my skin has actually generated LESS oil and I've had fewer of the problems associated with oily skin. Who knew?

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      E M Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I shall just have to keep growing old disgracefully :)

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      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I get so uptight when business just mislead consumers to an even worse condition. Thanks for sharing this.

    • OldenbuzzDotCom profile image


      8 years ago

      Very useful and revealing hub. A lot of people may assume that because Creme de la Mer is upscale and expensive, it must contain high-quality ingredients. But as you showed, costly and legendary products are not necessarily safe or effective.


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