I didn't want to love La Prairie's Cellular Power Infusion ($475), despite the intrigue of La Prairie's advertising that it's their most brilliant scientific breakthrough to date. I already use a lot of very expensive skin-care products, and I wasn't keen on the idea of adding another to the bank account in my bathroom. Unfortunately, La Prairie knew what they were doing when they gave us a full vial of Cellular Power Infusion at the blogger party at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie. Who wouldn't try it?
After using it, I ask, "Who wouldn't love it?" I'll skip to the end of the story right away. After using the first vial, I purchased Cellular Power Infusion so that I could keep using it for the recommended course of 28-40 days.
If you don't have good skin, what good will makeup do? For many years, I have worked hard to have the best skin I can. I have tried many products, and I have adopted some permanently. Most of my keepers are very expensive, like Sisley's Supremÿa, which costs $750 and lasts about six months. I have recently added some superb products from RéVive, Natura Bissé, and Kate Somerville, all of them pricey. So I wasn't "looking for" another expensive treatment.
As we age, we lose energy (tell me about it!). The life cycle of skin cells slows. Tissues collapse into wrinkles. Firmness, bounce, and glow diminish because vital energy is being relentlessly depleted by time. To radically alter this downward spiral, La Prairie's scientists created Cellular Power Infusion, a cell energizer that protects the skin against aging in an entirely new way.
Born of three patent-pending biotechnologies, Cellular Power Infusion awakens, recharges, and helps renew the power of our cells, supposedly even on stem cells. As it boosts the cellular "power stations," newborn cells rise to the surface quickly, and our skin is enlivened and illuminated. It's a moisture and energy rush, designed to make you look younger and stay that way. La Prairie promises your dull, tired complexion will bloom with luminous clarity. You will be shielded against external stressors and free radicals. Irritation and redness will be relieved, and your skin will be charged with vital energy.
So what's in this miracle?
Skin Renewal Peptide - An energizing peptide (peptides are the darling of the skin-care world right now) helps activate the renewal processes of your own skin stem cells and cellular power stations. It ensures a fresh supply of newborn cells; excites cellular energy; and stimulates collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid so that structure, firmness, and elasticity are boosted.
Swiss Snow Algae - This amazing algae survives and flourishes in extreme glacial conditions in the Swiss Alps. Its super-power survival extract activates longevity in your skin cells. It helps protect the cellular power stations from UV stress and gives dull, tired skin luminous clarity.
Tissue Guidance Matrix - La Prairie's new biotech breakthrough supports the restructuring of skin tissue. It integrates younger skin cells with aging skin cells, guiding tissue renewal, firmness, and elasticity.
Phyto Stem Cell Extract - The remarkable stem cells of Swiss Red Grapes help protect your own newborn epidermal stem cells, making "timelessness" a quality of your own skin.
I went into my test skeptical. Often, claims made for skin care are hyped/exaggerated, so one should never take marketing materials at face value. Only a test can determine whether a product will work as specified. You activate a vial of Cellular Power Infusion (a few shakes), and then apply just enough to cover your face and neck morning and evening. I was afraid that my super-dry skin would slurp too much, as it often does with serums, but the first vial lasted 10 days.
Normally, when I awaken in the morning, my face is colorless - bland really. It's often a little wrinkled from my pillow, and sometimes fluid will have collected in my cheekbones because I sleep on my side. Not a pretty sight! The first morning I awakened after using Cellular Power Infusion, I examined my face in the bathroom mirror and had one of those "holy moly" moments. I had a glow! This was impossible, I thought at the time. How could this product have a positive effect in only one night? It takes many weeks to build new cells and renew skin! I have no idea. Since I had used the same moisturizer over it that I had used the previous night, I had changed nothing else. My use of Cellular Power Infusion was the only explanation. Naturally, I kept using it (I purchased it). I have now used it for three weeks, and I believe my skin looks great.
I have only one very minor criticism of Cellular Power Infusion. It does contain fragrance. I prefer my skin care to be unscented. That said, the fragrance is light and very pleasant. It dissipates quickly, so all things considered, the scent is not an issue for me.
Cellular Power Infusion is meant to be used intermittently, one month out of three, along with a regular skin-care regime. I don't think I can afford to spend $475 every three months, so I will see how this first regimen goes and how long the effects persist. I'll check back with you again. At that time, I will try to dig a little deeper into the science of the ingredients. For now, I have to conclude that La Prairie is onto something great. If you are concerned with aging and your skin needs a boost, you should visit your La Prairie counter and allow the product specialists to introduce you to Cellular Power Infusion.
Photos courtesy of La Prairie