Is high-end skincare really worth the price tag? Here we share our pick of the best luxury skincare products that we believe are worth the investment.
Here at Cohorted, we love a good skincare collection and often find ourselves lusting over a luxury cosmetic cabinet via Pinterest. Despite the aesthetic of these products, from the paired back Byredo packaging to the iconic insta-worthy Chanel eye patches, we want to know if high-end skincare is really worth the price tag. Or is it all just a visual pleasure?
We’ve pieced together a list of premium skincare items that we believe are worth the investment. Your skin is going to LOVE them as much as we do.
First up is the MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C Corrective Serum. With a price tag of £250, we first got to trial the product through our Premium Beauty Box (you can subscribe to Cohorted here for £39.99 a month). MZ Skin is founded by Skin Doctor Dr Maryam Zamana, who created the brand on a desire for high performance skincare rooted in medical science, allowing women to achieve healthy, glowing and youthful skin.
MZ Skin is inspired by the women Maryam has met and treated; in other words, a doctor-led brand curated by a woman for women. Dr Zamani has focused on creating an exquisite capsule collection, one which translates into a skincare regime to enhance and protect your skin. Cohorted are huge supporters of everything Dr Maryam stands for, so we weren’t surprised when this product lived up to our expectations.
Containing a potent complex of actives and an optimal dosage of 10% stabilised Vitamin C, this serum is extremely fast-acting and after using twice daily for one week, the benefits were apparent. On the surface, this product addresses the visible effects of UV activated hyperpigmentation, age spots and skin tone imperfections. Working deeper, the serum improves elasticity, stimulates collagen synthesis, and creates a shield to protect against environmental aggressors, resulting in a strengthened, refined and brightened skin tone. An added bonus is the luminosity the skin is left with after use.
This product doesn’t come as a surprise – the iconic Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, one which we all need to add to our beauty stash. Awarded the ‘UK’s #1 serum’, this fast-absorbing serum reduces the appearance of multiple signs of ageing, particularly those caused by the environment and modern-day life. Every drop is assured to make your skin appear smooth, radiant, toned, youthful and most importantly, less lined.
Apply in the AM and your skin will be prepped for the day ahead; apply at night and wake up with a plump hydrated complexion. If you tend to avoid rich moisturisers and facial oils, this is the product for you. The oil-free texture keeps it light on the skin, while still providing up to 72-hours of hydration, bounce and vitality.
The Advanced Night Repair formulation is so effective and potent, it has been patented until 2033! All we can say is, add it to your basket and you will not regret it.
A skincare staple has got to be a cleansing balm. Luxurious, creamy but ever so effective at removing make-up and cleaning the skin. The list of high-end cleansers is endless, but one that we go back to time and time again, is the classic Elemis Cleansing Balm.
A No.1 Best-Seller for Elemis, this balm is incredibly unique, offering the ultimate cleansing and self-care experience. The texture begins as a balm; before transforming into a cleansing oil and finally into a softening milky finish. These textures offer different elements to your skincare routine – cleansing, removing, soothing and hydrating, through just one product.
Despite feeling incredibly rich and luxurious on the skin, the formulation is completely free of mineral oil, instead using natural rose, lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus oils. The invigorating scent allows you to drift off into a spa-like experience every evening.
La Mere Crème De La Mere Moisturising Cream has been rated 5 stars with over 4,000 reviews on http://www.cremedelamer.com. And we’re here to tell you, it is actually worth the hype!
For all you dry skin sufferers, this is one to invest in, and for those with normal/combination skin types, it’s ideal for winter when your skin needs that extra nourishment.
This is without a doubt a luxuriously rich cream. It can be used both day and night, but we tend to keep it for night-time, when our skin is doing most of the regenerating. Enriched with Miracle Broth™, the cream rejuvenates the skin, leading to a smoother and more radiant complexion, while also contributing to skin texture. This cream works to refresh, reduce wrinkles, creases and visible pores. All while immersing the skin in moisture, soothing and illuminating the complexion.
As an evening ritual, we like to warm the Crème de la Mer in the palm of our hands, before pressing gently onto the skin. Despite its thick creamy texture, the product absorbs into the skin effortlessly, working to target dry skin and problematic patches overnight.
It would be rude not to include a sunscreen in our list of the top luxury skincare products, because let’s face it, SPF is the most important step in our morning skin regime (even in the UK).
Zelens Daily Defence SPF is renowned in the skincare world, and has been highly accredited by several experts, including the one and only Caroline Hirons.
At £55, this product is a trusty investment, especially due to Zelens authoritative position in the field of skin ageing and skin cancer. Founder, Dr Marko Lens, creates powerful, effective skincare, using active ingredients and botanicals that support healthy skin and help to prevent visible signs of ageing. He reiterates the importance of sunscreen, stating “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” He reinforces sunscreen to be the most powerful weapon in the war against skin ageing, preventing the DNA mutations which accelerate the development of lines, brown patches, loss of elasticity and in some instances – cancer.
The product itself has been extensively researched and in the making for several years, ensuring it delivers super-charged skin benefits beyond regular facial sunscreens. Applying once daily has given us the reassurance that our skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. The formulation is exceptionally lightweight yet moisturising, offering a perfect primed base for make-up application.
If you’re going to invest in luxury skincare, make it a facemask, so you can indulge in the whole self-care experience whilst you’re at it! Our high-end facemask recommendation is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. A mask that really gets to work on your skin problems, leaving a visibly improved complexion.
We love treating our skin to a facemask once a week and recommend you do too! Targeted at all skin types and concerns, this product offers a chemical and physical exfoliation in one, through its powerful enzymatic properties. Different to clay or sheet masks, this one solves almost everything skin related – dullness, congestion, dryness and an overall lacklustre complexion. When your skin isn’t looking or feeling its usual perky self, pop on this pumpkin mask for 10 minutes and watch your face revive, thrive and come to life.
We couldn’t forget to mention the smell of this product, because it really does smell like pumpkin pie and we are here for it!
A good cleanser, toner and moisturiser forms the building blocks of your skincare regime. For our exfoliating pick, we’ve selected the Alpha H Liquid Gold, a powerful and highly rated product to add to your collection.
Alpha H Liquid Gold is initially an overnight treatment for the skin, therefore we would recommend easing yourself in, by using once a week until the skin has built up a tolerance. Containing the liquid gold ingredient for skin, Glycolic Acid, this product has SO many benefits and can virtually improve any skin concern you may have.
Key benefits include:
Alpha H Liquid Gold is a bestselling and multiple award-winning product for a reason. If you’re after a one stop skincare item that acts as an at-home facial, give this a go!
The queen of glowing, youthful skin: Charlotte Tilbury. How could we not feature one of her luxury beauty products on our list? Another award-winner, this dreamy eye cream is the best we’ve ever laid our hands on. No more skipping eye cream, we find ourselves reaching for this even when we can’t be bothered with an extensive routine. It is just too good to resist.
With one product sold every two minutes, the innovative formula is above all other eye treatments. Working to revitalise, reinvigorate and reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, revealing a bright, smooth and youthful-looking eye area.
Containing super-charged ingredients: red algae marigel to nourish, saccharide isomerate to moisture, winter daphne stem cell extract to sooth, vitamin c to brighten and even and time-released retinol and soy peptides to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
After using this product for a couple of months, we can see precisely why it has been named ‘Magic Eye Rescue’. Our eye bags developed through the course of late lockdown nights have significantly reduced and our dark circles are remarkably brighter.
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