Spend half a minute scrolling Instagram and you’ll start recognising that same blue and copper bottle sitting in the bathroom cabinet of every celebrity.
The Augustinus Bader Rich Cream is the brainchild of German stem-cell scientist Professor Bader, housing 30 years of scientific research on the body’s capacity for self-renewal and healing.
And while Professor Bader has bottled his scientific breakthrough into a readily available, over-the-counter facial moisturiser, it will still set you back a cool $370 a bottle.
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But is it worth the hefty price tag? Speaking to her Instagram followers, celebrity facialist Melanie Grant admitted that this is the one question she is “often asked“.
Weighing in on whether or not she believes this luxe-moisturiser lives up to the hype.
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Melanie revealed, “the value is definitely in the TFC8 complex,” referring to the first iteration of Professor Bader’s medical-grade hydrogel which was originally used to treat the skin of burns victims. “His technology is unparalleled when it comes to skin rejuvenation and repair.”
And while the slim bottle doesn’t exactly scream value for money, the facialist believes “a little goes a long way. There are no fillers, synthetic fragrances or unnecessary ingredients. It’s a potent and concentrated formula.” Plus, the incorporation of this super-charged moisturiser into your regimen means you can skimp on other products.
“Both The Rich Cream and The Cream are infused with a host of actives, so you can streamline your routine by using just the moisturiser after cleansing,” Melanie explained.
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But if purchasing this exact hyaluronic acid-rich moisturiser just can’t be justified, Melanie still encourages the incorporation of a good quality moisturiser, labelling it an “essential step in any good skin care routine to lock in hydration, condition the skin and promote a healthy complexion.”
Our favourites that deliver results and won’t cost more than you’re weekly rent include:
Bioderma Sensibio Rich Cream
Formulated with Bioderma’s own patented formula, Toleridine, the Sensibo Rich Cream reduces skin sensitivity and reduces overheating sensations on irritated skin. And similar to the Augustinus Bader formula, it includes avocado oil for added barrier hydration and protection.
Read more Bioderma Sensibo Rich Cream reviews here…
NIVEA Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream
What NIVEA’s night cream lacks in cell-renewing technology, it makes up for in boosting hydration. And for under $30? It’s already ticking a lot of boxes.
Read more NIVEA Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream reviews here….
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness™ Correcting Cream
Delivering a supple and radiant complexion, this powerful dermatologist-approved formula is rich in anti-ageing peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and avocado oil. Plus, this colour-correcting cream is infused with micronised red-cancelling pigments that can be worn alone or under makeup.
Available at Sephora, $54
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Have you ever tried The Rich Cream from Augustinus Bader? What did you think? And if not, would you like to?