Fan of Augustinus Bader? You'll Love These 7 Luxe Skincare Brands

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If you love trying newer brands and see skincare products as a worthy investment, you’re in the right place. One of our all-time favorites is Augustinus Bader because of their science-backed (and highly sensorial) products like The Rich Cream. The brand, which was created by renowned scientist and professor, Augustinus Bader, has a secret ingredient called TFC8 that helps with cell turnover and regeneration to combat signs of aging. Since the brand’s launch in 2018, it has amassed a loyal following among A-list celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and beauty editors.

Luxury skincare typically takes longer and is more expensive to develop and package, which drives up the price. Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on products you hope will work, take a look at the science behind the brand and what they’re known to help with to see if it will be compatible with your skin’s needs. What are you looking to target? Is it dryness, fine lines, a loss of elasticity—or all the above? Based on your needs, you can figure out which ingredients you should look for in your skincare picks.

And if that seems like a bit too much work right now, these seven brands have won over many skincare aficionados because of their effectiveness and how enjoyable they are to use.

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1. nuface

Try: Trinity Facial Toning Device

NuFACE’s devices use facial stimulation to help tone your muscles and prevent sagging skin. The microcurrent technology increases collagen and elastin to have an overall lifting effect and soften any fine lines that you may have. Microcurrents penetrate through the skin’s surface levels all the way down to the muscle to effectively strengthen and tone them. In fact, these microcurrents are clinically proven to help with lymphatic drainage, tightening skin and improving circulation. The devices have been likened to Botox (without the needles and recurring cost).

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2. la Mer

Try: The Moisturizing Soft Cream Moisturizer

La Mer’s products are beloved because of their buttery soft textures and the intense hydration they provide. Their formulas use ingredients from the sea like their hero ingredient, macrocystis pyrifera, which is a sea kelp plant that has natural healing and self-regenerative properties to address dryness, fine lines, dark spots and more. The brand is often touted by A-listers like Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and so many others.

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3. sk-ii

Try: The Essence

There’s a reason why SK-II is Cate Blanchett’s favorite skincare brand. The brand was created after a group of scientists came across sake brewers in Japan, whose hands were noticeably more youthful looking than their age. The one ingredient that was making the difference? Pitera, which is a by-product of yeast fermentation that’s extremely nutrient-dense and packed with amino acids, vitamins, minerals and organic acids. The luxury line is best known for its essence, which is loaded with Pitera to brighten and plump dull, lackluster skin over time.


4. lancome

Try: Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Serum

Lancome’s generational products are a family favorite and have been for many years. Since 1935, the French luxury brand has focused their efforts on creating everyday skincare and cosmetics that are reliable and enjoyable to use. While their skincare line is fantastic (shout out to Advanced Génifique), their cosmetics are also not to be skipped. (One of our all-time favorites is their Monsieur Big Mascara.) And, as of 2018, they have also implemented a sustainability initiative to offer refillable products, recyclable packaging and rechargeable devices to reduce waste.


5. dior

Try: Capture Totale Super Potent Age-Defying Intense Serum

Dior Beauty is *almost* as high-end as their fashion line. Their skincare products are inspired by the essence of florals. As such, everything is formulated by a group of botanists and scientists who work together to create regenerative products using natural ingredients wherever possible. Their formulas are known to leave the skin extremely supple and brightened for a more youthful appearance. Not sure where to start? The Capture Totale serum is an MVP that has over 2,000 five-star ratings on Nordstrom alone. As one fan raves: “Dior never disappoints. I’ve been using Dior since I was 20 years old but now that I'm in my 30s, I changed from to the Dior Hydralife to the the Capture Totale collection and it’s just as good. The serum is non greasy and it absorbs beautifully. I highly recommend it!”

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6. 111 Skin

Try: Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask

This UK-based brand was founded back in 2010. Though they’re still relatively new to the States, they have quickly become known for their face masks that leave your skin looking basically flawless (fitting since their mission is to help their customers achieve a “no-filter confidence” for their skin). Loaded with antioxidants, the products are extremely healing for scars and dark spots and leave the skin looking more even-toned and rejuvenated.

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7. dr. Dennis Gross

Try: Alpha Beta Peel Universal Formula

Created by leading dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, this bestselling brand is formulated with gentle, but potent ingredients like alpha and beta hydroxy acids, so people can avoid the harsh reactions of strong skincare products, while still getting noticeable results (that is firmer, brighter skin). Fun fact: His famous Alpha Beta Peel was a product he used in his offices before he turned it into a take-home treatment because of popular demand.

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