As you might know by now, a favorite thing I like to do is to review really hyped about items to see whether or not I think they’re worth it (examples: Away, Outdoor Voices, the Dyson Air Wrap, Tata Harper, and Glossier). I rarely will go out on a limb for really expensive beauty products since I don’t want to be burned by a bad product and waste my money (I haven’t purchased something expensive since my lesson learned with La Mer—it actually made my skin worse. You can read that review here). But I kept seeing Augustinus Bader The Cream talked about on blogs (like this post from Atelier Dore) and Instagram (especially by my two favorite grammers who are really into beauty: Eva Chen and Jennifer Fisher).
If these two gals who regularly get facials and have a plethora of beauty products swear by this product, then there’s gotta be something to that right? So I did it. I bought the $265 (before taxes) cream. I know, I’m crazy (I was also in the hospital back in December and feeling sorry for myself I think, which proved to be very dangerous for my wallet).
And well…do I regret it?
Lol, I am surprised as you are at how much I actually love this cream. I am very picky about my skin care after years (more like decades) of acne (read about that here). Plus I have very sensitive skin that’s prone to both rashes and clogged pores. Rarely do items work for my skin, so when I find one that doesn’t break me out (like the Elemis SOS cream I’ve been using for the last 4-5 years) I tend to stick with it. So when I say I love this AB cream and “this works” I am not exaggerating (and it works so much better than my Elemis cream).
First of all, I bought The Rich Cream which is the version meant for drier skin types. I actually have a combination skin type, but since I was looking for a night cream (and this one is better suited for the night while the regular The Cream is better suited for the day, or so they recommend) I went with this one. Plus it’s the winter time so I decided the more moisturizing version might be better. Both The Rich Cream and The Cream are the same price.
I’ve been using this cream every night since early December and I’ve noticed a considerable softening of my acne scars. Within the first couple nights my skin was generally softer, but that can hold true for a lot of other creams as well. This didn’t break me out nor cause any rashes, despite the fact that The Rich Cream is quite well, rich (the first couple night I put it on, my husband did comment that my face looked especially oily lol). I use this cream after cleansing and toning, and like Eva Chen mentioned in her story above, there’s no need for any serums under the cream (not that I’m one to using serums since I like my skin care to be pretty simple).
So back to my acne scars. I never had deep cystic acne, but instead a lot of little pimples. But with decades of acne along with the loss of collagen over the age of 30, my pock marks were getting deeper. So much so that I switched from powder foundations (that emphasize every single pick scar) to a very dewy sunscreen liquid foundation (that is so reflective it makes my skin look oily but then it also does a good job of hiding the small pock marks). A couple years ago I tried micro-needling to try to increase the collagen buildup behind the scars to make them less noticeable. It was only mildly successful but cost $600 a pop so I stopped. And I will truthfully tell you, the Augustinus Bader Cream has done a better job of smoothing my skin than the micro-needling. So much so that I have gone back to powder foundations (because you know, sometimes I don’t want to look so shiny) without being so self-conscious about my acne scars (they’re still there of course but my skin looks so much more even overall). I never thought I would go back to powder again so I know this cream is doing something.
The blurb on the cream attributes Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8¬Æ) for the power to change your skin. As soon as I hear “stem-cell technology” I automatically doubt the credibility of the description (stem cells are highly specific cells and they are not anywhere near your skin. Plus nothing applied topically to your skin could ever stimulate stem cells). But I have to say, there’s something to this formula. I tried doing some research on TFC8¬Æ but can only find Augustinus Bader marketing material so I can’t really speak to the soundness of the science. But having used it myself, I’m a believer that it works (though I don’t believe their jargon).
So would I repurchase this?
Yes, even for the full $265 plus tax. I would probably try the regular cream next (instead of the rich one). But I’m also going to wait a couple months after the current bottle runs out, to see if my skin is truly changed by the cream or if it reverts back to its past state. But so far it’s been almost 3 months, and it doesn’t feel like I’m running out yet (I use about 3 small pumps a night). But it’s also hard to tell how much is left because the container itself is made from a thick heavy plastic (I wish they didn’t make the containers so bulky with the plastic and their outer container is also a bulky box—what a waste of materials).
Anyway if you’re interested in trying this cream for yourself I would recommend purchasing it through ShopBazaar, which I did (The Rich Cream here and The Cream here). You get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for their email, plus if you purchase it through eBates you can get 4%-8% cashback. That was the best deal I could find and in the end I saved about $35. It’s still dang expensive but I love it!