11/08/2011 07:54 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

La Mer Regenerating Serum: We Tried It

Photo: Bobby Doherty

For years, La Mer has been the gold standard in skincare. The original cream, Creme de la Mer, was developed by a NASA scientist to help treat chemical burns. Though it's more famously used for fighting signs of aging: fine lines, enlarged pores, loss of moisture in the skin. The cream with the cult-following (and the hefty price tag) contains what the company calls "miracle broth," which translates to a mix of bio-fermented sea kelp, along with other vitamins and minerals.

So if you are planning to spend some serious money on your skincare, why would you spring for the serum instead of the original cream? While it has the same ingredients as the cream version, it also includes a complex made of marine plant stem cells, collagen-boosting peptides and skin-firming gold. Yes, gold. Also, the serum, with its lighter, liquid consistency (as opposed to the ultra rich-cream) can be applied under makeup during the day, or layered on at night.

I've been using the Regenerating Serum for almost a week now, and what I immediately noticed was a difference in the way my skin felt: an even smoothness that I only really get with an exfoliating Clarisonic brush. But it was a few days later when I started to really see a brightness in my otherwise lackluster skin. (Blahness/general dullness is something that has plagued me forever; it's my number one beauty dilemma.) Not to mention smaller pores and less-noticeable fine lines.

Have you tried this serum or the original Creme de la Mer? Would you make this kind of investment in your skincare regimen?

La Mer Regenerating Serum, $250,

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