I Tried the Incredible New Moisturiser That Promises to Work Better Than Botox

Hallie Gould


As I dive face first into the world of anti-ageing and preventative care (I'm nearing my late 20s and desperately trying to avoid gravity and environmental stressors), wrinkles are always on my mind. The deep folds that appear as I instinctually furrow my brow, raise my eyebrows, and the fine lines that scrunch up each time I laugh are—to put it bluntly—not welcome here. Of course, ageing is a part of life, and with each line comes wisdom and experience. I'm just after a type of maturity and know-how that doesn't show up on my face.

The first ingredient that came up in my quest for all things youth-inducing was, of course, retinol. While it's considered one of the most effective options for helping reverse signs of skin ageing, there are a few possible downsides. "Retinoids can be damaging if you have a super-sensitive underlying skin condition like eczema or rosacea, notes Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. She adds, "Over-usage can cause drying and irritation of skin." As my skin can swing on the sensitive side of the pendulum, I dove back into research mode, thinking there had to be something else on the market that would be a better fit. I'm still on the fence about injections, so for now, skincare is my chosen solution.

Just in time for my anti-ageing Google search fury, La Prairie sent over their newest formula and, guess what? It's sans retinol. I'm already a huge fan of the brand, so I took it straight home for testing. La Prairie's Line Interception Power Duo ($450) houses two separate formulas—one for day and another for night. So yes, it's pricey. That's obvious. But to purchase a day and night cream that erase wrinkles from a clinically tested, prestige brand—it's a bit of a steal. I read up on each one and noticed it was also marketed as an alternative to professional procedures—check, check. But does it work?

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