Power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend pop up everywhere I look. I can’t open a magazine or turn on NBC without seeing Chrissy’s (flawless) face. And, now that I started following her on Instagram, her image is damn near burned into my retinas.
Hold on: you’re following me on Instagram, right? RIGHT? Click the icon below to make sure you’re following @katiegrayofficial and then come right back, okay? I’ll wait for you. [cue elevator music]
Hey, welcome back! That was easy, wasn’t it?
Anyway, back to my girl Chrissy.
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For you kind folks asking me to drop the skincare regimen, I will admit I am def proud of my skin lately and feeling myself! I kind of use whatever is closest but it consists of @shanidarden forcing me to use @isclinical cleanser and face lotion, @controlcorrective SPF 30, @lamer’s creme de la mer and concentrate ($$, I know I know but I gotta be honest) and a steady stream of @bioreus chin and nose strips. Mix that with anything anyone at @drjasondiamond’s office tells me to do facial wise and @simonourianmd1’s firm and fade cream when I’m feeling icks, and there you have it. A very simple (no) routine! But really. The IS clinical cleanser and the lotion is the only thing I use consistently and they’ve always been so good to me. Can find online – everything else just a bonus. Xx (edit: forgot one of my most important products, @drdennisgross alpha beta peel pads. So important for on and around my nose and chin. You’ll notice a HUGE difference!!)
That “Creme de la Mer” and “The Concentrate” she’s using? You can’t afford it. Or rather, *I* can’t afford it. An 8.4oz jar of Creme and 1.7oz of Concentrate will set you back a total of $1,750. That’s a mortgage payment, ya’ll.
But hey, shipping is free. You can even have your name engraved on the lid, in case you live in a mansion full of rich people, and you don’t want to get your Cremes mixed up.
Do you think Chrissy gets her name etched on the top of the jar so John doesn’t use it? Just wondering.
Maybe my middle-class Midwestern roots are showing, but unless this stuff is made from unicorn tears and liquid gold, I can’t fathom how these products are worth it. It made me wonder: what’s the alternative? What if I want my skin to look great WITHOUT going broke?
What I found in my research is that although there is no true substitute for this high-end product, there are several moisturizers that are close, and they’re a fraction of the cost.
Here’s the closest alternative I could find:
Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream
As the name implies, you put this one on before bed. While you sleep, the cream’s elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid combine with the vitamins and minerals found in bladderwrack extract to nourish dehydrated skin.
Hyaluronic acid is really good at helping your skin retain moisture, while elastin is good for keeping skin elastic and bouncy. Elastin levels decline as you age, and then you end up with sagging and wrinkling skin – no bueno.
Collagen is supposed to have a similar effect as elastin, but dermatologists say it’s pretty worthless when applied topically because its molecules are too large to penetrate your skin.
Bladderwrack, on the other hand, does promote collagen synthesis, and studies have shown it can delay premature skin aging.
And at $22, I just might try it. You can check it out here.
What’s your favorite skincare product? Tell me in the comments!