Acne is a four letter word. And with good reason, don’t you think? Sometimes, I wonder who came up with the term. Did he or she sit around one day and think, “what is the worst word I can brainstorm to embody this horrible issue?” Well, according to my research, the word “acne” comes from a misreading of the Greek “akmas,” (i.e. “point” or “peak”).
For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with skincare issues. In fact, any time I try a new skincare product, my skin flares up immediately, followed by a bout of multi-week acne.
Therefore, I am very sensitive about trying out beauty and skincare products. Consequently, I rarely cave and try something new for fear the product may not work (or worse, cause a massive breakout).
The Nordstrom Beauty Team to the Rescue
Thankfully, the Nordstrom team has never led me astray. I’ve shopped there nearly my entire life, and their beauty team always have phenomenal recommendations – no matter your age, skin type, or beyond. I’ve turned to them for countless product recommendations to help me adapt to Chicago’s tough weather, travel products, acne issues, and dry skin.
My History with La Mer
Since I’ve struggled all my life with skincare, I’m willing to invest in high-quality products. When I hit my 30’s, my view of beauty products completely transformed. Instead of wanting expensive bags, designer dresses and shoes (although those are wonderful too), I often invest in skincare products – lotions, serums, oils, face masks, lip treatments and beyond.
Enter La Mer.
I remember the first time my mom brought home Crème de la Mer. Always curious and the ultimate explorer… I opened her beauty cabinet to see what she had inside. Scattered about was various premium beauty products, but a lotion that caught my attention along with a few lipsticks.
That day, she caught me scouring her bathroom, and instead of making me feel bad – she spent the next hour explaining each product in her cabinet. When she arrived at the lotion, I remember her saying, “Now Jenny, this is extra special. You need to be careful and you don’t need to use a lot – just a dab.”
She put a dot on my nose….and I kept it there for hours. I felt older, smarter, and like a woman. I never wanted the feeling to end.
La Mer has been on my radar ever since.
Crème de la Mer
In 1965, Crème de la Mer was born. It’s become the brand’s hero product and with good reason. It’s amazing and totally timeless.
The ingredients include seaweed extract, known to be an antioxidant, skin softener and moisturizer. According to the brand, it also contains several other ingredients, notably calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, Vitamins, C, and oils of citrus, eucalyptus and beyond.
I’ve used it for a little over one year now, and I never have any issues with breakouts or redness. I also use it on my neck and always a few dabs on my nose (reminds me of my mom).
The Moisturizing Soft Cream
With Chicago’s harsh winds, freezing temperatures and showy days, I’ve added La Mer’s The Moisturizing Soft Cream to my routine. The main difference between the two? The texture.
The cream is incredibly nourishing for my skin. Best of all, it doesn’t contain any sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. I especially love it for my face, hands, and neck.
Also, I was shocked to learn the jar is hand-filled by someone within eight hours of the cream being created. Isn’t that crazy?! LOVE that.
The Renewal Oil
After having amazing success with Crème de la Mer, I decided to invest in La Mer’s The Renewal Oil. This dual-phase oil is designed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, it helps with dryness – so very important in Chicago winters!
This oil was a phenomenal addition to my skincare routine. Trust me, I know the word “oil” scares any person who struggles with acne. But this is a GOOD oil. For me, incorporating The Renewal Oil helps temper some of the acne-inducing oils my skin would otherwise produce. In fact, I don’t just use it on my face, neck, and décolletage but I also on my nail cuticles. It’s incredibly hydrating!
The Final Result + Feedback
If you’re looking to invest in a new skincare product, I highly recommend La Mer. Stop by Nordstrom to talk more with their beauty team about the items that work best with your current skincare regiment.
All images by Aesthetiica Photography
Special thanks to Nordstrom for collaborating on this post and thank you to La Mer for gifting product. Also, thank you to The Peninsula Chicago for allowing us to take a few photos in your incredible pool; it was the perfect respite from the winter weather! All opinions are my own. Partnerships like these make Style Charade possible.