La Mer The Concentrate Review – Truly a Miracle Product

October 6, 2016

If I could only have one skincare product, it would be the legendary La Mer The Concentrate (bought here in Australia). I first splurged on it about 5 years ago, and I’ve been hooked on it ever since though my heart bleeds every time I hand over my credit card.


We all know the story of La Mer, whose founder was severely burnt and he invented this legendary formula of ‘miracle broth’ that healed his burnt skin. The miracle broth can be found in most of La Mer’s skincare products, and one of the most famous is of course the La Mer Cream which people swear by its moisturizing ability as well as repairing and healing of sensitive and irritated skin.  I love La Mer cream (one of my staples), but the La Mer Concentrate is totally on another level for healing and regeneration that really blows me away. At my sad age where the natural skin renewal process has gone down drastically – you will notice that if the acne scars/marks from your breakout never goes away, then this is when I need to heavily rely on premium skincare products for stimulating the regeneration process.




It has a clear milky white elixir consistency with silicone feel. Once it is applied, it makes the skin feel silky smooth and velvety (almost like a makeup primer) without feeling heavy and sticky. It also has an interesting slightly powdery minty scent.  If you look at the ingredients list, you will find a list of common ingredients but what makes this product so special is the patented treatment and process of the fermentation of seaweed, and The Concentrate contains the highest dose compared to all the other La Mer products.


How I use it:

I use it sparingly, and 2-3 times a week due to the high price tag, and mainly along the lower jaw lines for a lifting effect, and the area of the skin where it needs to be ‘repaired’. If my budget allows, I really wouldn’t mind it using it twice a day like a normal serum.

My experience:

The most miracle serum I’ve ever used for skin repairing. If I get a new breakout, and the scar never goes away without using any skincare product. With the concentrate, I apply it for 3 consecutive days on the new acne scar and it completely diminishes the mark. On old acne marks, it also helps to heal and fade the marks visibly over time. If I am having occasional dermatitis, sensitive, and irritated skin due to season transitions, this serum heals my skin and brings it back to its normal state overnight. If my skin has been ‘traumatized’ ie. extractions from facial, laser treatment, then this serum calms it down within a few days. I don’t have any surgical marks on my body, but one of my girlfriends used it on her surgery scar from c-section, and it completely healed it as well!

Bottom line:

Truly a miracle product! As a loyal fan, I always go for the 1.7 oz (50ml), and the smallest size it has is the 0.5oz (15ml). If you only use it for mild acne scarring, a small bottle will last more than 6 months. A brief mention that please do not buy prestige skincare samples such as La Mer, La Prairie etc on Ebay, as 99% of time they will be fake.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Grace October 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

I knew this would be a dangerous post to read – now I’m so tempted to purchase it! The serum sounds incredible, but I almost don’t want to try it in case I get addicted!

Alice / Alice Grace Beauty



jeslynj October 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I’ve always been curious about this product. I’m sold! Thanks for the review 🙂


Godlove October 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

I want to try it.

Thanks for the review.


Georgia Grace October 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Hi Reika,

I’m wondering if you could give me an idea of the comparison between the La Mer Concentrate and SkinMedica Lytera. I had been using Lytera for awhile after my dermatologist recommended it to clear up the mottled pigmentation and acne scars on my skin after she prescribed a regimen that successfully eliminated most of my acne. It worked AMAZINGLY, within 2 months of using my skin was so clear that I could even consider going outside to run a casual errand without applying foundation, something that’s never been possible for me in my life since I hit puberty and developed consistently medium to severe acne.

However Lytera contains retinoids, which I now cannot use. As a result, my pigmentation is coming back and the stray scar here and there from occasional pimples I get isn’t fading away. I am wondering if you can tell me how good of a job the La Mer concentrate does at clearing up pigmentation compared to the Lytera, which I know you’ve raved about as the best product you’ve used to clear up pigmentation.

Would REALLY appreciate your thoughts on the subject!

xx Georgia Grace


Reika October 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

Hi Georgia,

I prefer La Mer The Concentrate for skin repairing. It’s not really made for fading the pigmentation, but if you have new acne scars (less than two months old), the concentrate helps to heal your skin quicker and diminish the scars. I would say it brings the metabolism rate of your skin back to the ‘younger days’ when your skin can repair mild scars itself.

I like the Lytera as well. I was impressed with the first bottle of Lytera which cleared up 50% of my pigmentations. However the second bottle did not work as wonderfully, and as you said, once you stopped using it, the pigmentation came back. Normally Lytera is used in conjunction with other prescribed products or laser treatments to prolong the result of clear skin. I still go for IPL laser twice a year, and in between my appointments, I use a brightening product such as Lytera to maintain the result.

Hope my experience with both products help!

Last but not least, thank you for the comment and I am a big fan of your blog!

xoxo Rei


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