Laugh lines, sun spots, wrinkles… they all represent a life well-lived, filled with adventure, laughter and tears.
While you wouldn’t want to trade these moments in, it is natural to wish we they wouldn’t all show up on your skin at once!
The options for smoothing, tightening and refining your skin are now endless, with countless products and treatments on the market.
Each offer different benefits and promises, and many come with a hefty price tag.
With the advent of cosmetic physicians and innovative laser technologies, we’ve been asking ourselves how the best-selling facial creams stack up against these new treatments.
Do they work the same? Would I see similar results?
So to help you decide whether to try the new high-tech facials or keep it light with luxe creams, we present you with a comparison:
The best-selling La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream versus the emerging technology that is Fraxel laser treatment.
About: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
Founded in the early 1930s by Dr Paul Niehans, La Prairie is renowned for their ground-breaking formulas and luxurious skin care lines.
The revolutionary La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is the ultimate in self-indulgence when it comes to skin care.
The hugely popular moisturizer provides intense hydration, while improving the elasticity and tone of your skin.
How to Use La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
For best results use morning and night, following the Skin Caviar Essence in Lotion, Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, and Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream.
Apply to the face, neck and décolleté, making sure to avoid the eye area.
What Makes the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream So Effective?
The secret behind the proven results of this product is the inclusion of caviar, as the amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals it contains refines and lifts the skin, so it appears firm and taut.
The La Prairie products also include ginseng root, horsetail extract and gycoproteins, all of which provide powerful healing properties.
Horsetail extract reduces the appearance of wrinkles because it contains silica acids, which strengthen the connective tissue in our skin.
Ginseng root helps regenerate our skin cells and improves the elasticity of our skin, making it appear plump and firm.
About Fraxel Laser Treatments
The Fraxel technology has been developed by a team of engineers, scientists, clinicians and physicians.
This treatment works to reduce the appearance of imperfections like fine lines, visible photo ageing, wrinkles, scarring and age spots, by stimulating skin cells below the surface, thus encouraging the production of collagen.
What to Expect in a Fraxel Laser Session
You can expect a session to last anywhere for fifteen to forty-five minutes, depending on your personal needs and treatment areas.
For best results, the team behind the Fraxel technology recommend up to five treatments; it works on the cells below the skin’s surface, so don’t expect to see instant results.
Individual results may vary depending on your circumstances, so ensure you book in for a consultation with an approved physician to discuss the best treatment strategy for you.
The reputation of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream speaks for itself, and in reading reviews, the effectiveness of this product does not come into question.
The few negative reviews we came across were from customers whose hesitance to re-purchase this product were related to only to the price.
Fraxel is a non-invasive, clinically proven treatment with minimal down time.
The level of discomfort reported by clients in reviews of the treatments is very manageable, with many comparing the sensation experienced following the treatment to a ‘light sunburn’.
On their official website, Fraxel promise ‘real change you just can’t get from lotions and creams’, and describe their treatments as the perfect solution for those people ‘who want to look good – and want real results – but don’t want extended down times that come with surgery.’
The La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is quite expensive, and requires daily and ongoing use, however the risk and any potential pain involved in Fraxel laser treatment is avoided.
Fraxel does promise results and ‘real change’ that it believes creams and products such as the La Prairie’s, cannot provide. It may only require a few sessions, with most patients reportedly only needing up to five appointments.
Ultimately, a women’s preference between these two approaches to skin treatments will depend on how much time and money she is willing to invest, and how comfortable she feels undergoing treatments such as that of Fraxel.
Both require commitment, be it to the cost of the La Prairie cream, which retails in Australia for $1,045.00, or the commitment to several sessions of Fraxel Laser, and the patience of waiting for visible results.