I’ve never encountered such an iconic moisturizer as Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream ($ 265) or its slightly lighter sister The Cream ($ 265). Beauty editors, celebrities and makeup artists seem to strongly agree that moisturizer (as well as other hero products) quickly launched the brand for worship status since its debut in early 2018.
Naturally, my undying love for The Cream made me want to take over the brand’s latest addition to the family: The Serum ($ 375). Now available on Violet Gray and AugustinusBader.com, this everyday essential aims to focus on some of the more common ones. skin care problems we face as we age, such as loss of elasticity, stress, fine lines, environmental damage and dehydration.
Augustin Bader The Serum ($ 375)
Armed with the brand’s quintessential TFC8 technology, invigorating vitamin C, pomegranate seed extract, squalene and rice bran oil, the serum aims to tighten your skin barrier and prevent skin breakdown. future hydration loss. Looks like your standard serum, doesn’t it? Wrong. As with any Bader’s product, its unique cocktail of ingredients packs a punch. The secret lies in its patented TFC8, or Trigger Factor Complex, which is made up of natural amino acids, invaluable vitamins and key molecules already present in the body. It stimulates your skin’s natural renewal process, which will help you remove persistent environmental damage, hyperpigmentation, redness, etc.
Augustin Bader Cream ($ 85)
Of course, such an innovative complex (backed by over 30 years of scientific research) is also a key part of the brand’s two highly coveted moisturizers I mentioned earlier, The Cream ($ 85) and The Rich Cream ( $ 85). And once people get their hands on such an ingenious hydrating formula, it would seem pretty inevitable that they then ask for a serum. As any beauty editor would, I found it totally necessary to compare the two products to see if the serum could really outshine the iconic cream. (Reasonable warning: You might hear a soft sob come out of your wallet upon seeing the price tag. At $ 375 a bottle, it’s not for the faint of heart.)
Augustin Bader Rich cream ($ 85)
That said, it might be worth splurging if your budget allows. According to a press release from the brand, the new serum resulted in a staggering 291% improvement in skin hydration and an 85% reduction in wrinkles in a clinical trial with 30 participants from different ethnicities ( aged 18 to 70). Think of The Serum as the very concentrated sister of The Cream. In this case, I will be acting somewhat like a skincare mom by selecting her favorite child (frowned upon but it will be done for the sake of this review).
A little background: If I’m honest, my entire skin journey deserves its own novel (or more precisely, a melodramatic soap). But to save you the theatrics today, I’m going to provide you with the CliffsNotes version. I struggled with acne in my teens and into my early twenties. After trying just about every antibiotic and cream on the market, I decided to take an Accutane tour.–the big guns of acne treatments. Even after Accutane, I still experience hormone and stress relapses from time to time and use prescription retinoid cream.
In its most natural state, my skin is quite oily, but using a retinoid cream dries it out considerably. So now I would say I have combination skin. Going into this review my main concerns were acne, dryness, scars and fine lines caused by said dryness. You will notice in the previous photo that I was previously dealing with a few pimples here and there, dryness and a few dusty brown spots. While the product doesn’t necessarily market itself as a featured acne treatment, I was curious to see if it could help with breakouts given its highly advanced formula.
Before going into the details of the formula itself, we must first talk about the packaging. When I opened the box, I immediately felt like I was transported to the future (or directly to Zenon: Girl of the 21st century–you choose). The sleek rather than sleek glass container that houses the product is a display piece worthy of any vanity. It is carefully designed with recyclable packaging to minimize waste and is unlike anything I have ever seen before. The glass container box insert is also made from renewable plant fibers, and refills can be purchased separately to promote sustainability. However, I couldn’t let my shiny object syndrome deter me from my mission to find out if the serum is really worth the hefty price tag, and I decided not to use the cream in tandem with the serum so that I could compare. correctly both.
The brand recommends that you apply this product morning and night, as you would with most other serums. It was hard to part with my previous daily favorite–IS Clinical Pro-Heal Advanced + Serum ($ 155)–because it had become a staple food for me. But I have to say that after just one use of the new AB serum my skin felt extremely soft and supple, which is no small feat when using a retinoid cream on a regular basis. The serum has a much lighter texture than the cream and its feather-like consistency was absorbed into my skin so quickly that I almost forgot I applied it.
Normally my problem with most sera is that I have to apply a lot more than the allotted amount due to retinoid induced dryness. This was not the case with Le Sérum. In truth, I barely had to apply any to achieve my desired level of hydration before switching to my moisturizer, a welcome feature considering the price.
Right before I started using the serum I had a few particularly angry pimples around my chin due to stress (ugh). Not ideal but useful for the purposes of this review as I wanted to see if it would help with this extra skin issue. I was pleasantly surprised that it actually helps them calm them down significantly after about three to four days. I wasn’t exactly sure this would be the case since there weren’t any additional acne-fighting ingredients like retinol, but I blame Bader’s TFC8 technology for the acne-banishing magic.
After seven full days my escape had subsided, as you can see above, and all was well with the world. It is good to know that while this product does not contain traditional acne products, it still fits in this department. Not only did my redness increase tenfold, but my radiance level also skyrocketed, giving my skin a major sun-kissed look, on top of all the other benefits this serum offers. I dare say that this may be my new favorite product.
So, does this serum really outperform the iconic cream? I would say it depends on your skin care goals. I was completely impressed with the serum’s ability to reduce redness, deeply hydrate, and relieve pimples. If you share my concerns, I would say the serum will definitely be more of your jam. If all your worries are about keeping your skin hydrated 24 hours a day (you’re in luck!), I’ll stick with The Cream (or Rich Cream).
Overall, I think the serum will be a new staple in my routine going forward.– he just checks all my boxes. I can’t wait to use both simultaneously to double the deliverance. For my entire skin care routine and other current favorites, keep scrolling below.
Buy the rest of my skin care regimen
Step 1: Cleaner
SI Clinic Cleansing complex ($ 44)
Step 2: toner
Paula’s choice 2% BHA Skin Perfecting Liquid Exfoliant ($ 30)
Step 3: Serum
Augustin Bader The Serum ($ 345)
Step 4: Jade Roll
RoselynShop Jade roll ($ 10)
Step 5: Moisturizer
SI Clinic Restorative moisturizing emulsion ($ 95)
Step 6: Eye cream
Aunt harper Repairing Eye Cream ($ 130)
My favorite extensions
SI Clinic Tri-active exfoliating mask ($ 95)
EltaMD Clear UV SPF 46 Broad Spectrum ($ 37)
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