The word ‘rich’ can be off putting. Depending on your skin type that is. It connotes images of a thick, greasy cream that sits atop your skin. But the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream PPC Cellular Renewal Rich cream is not this. A rich cream that soaks in easily to the skin to leave nothing but a hydrated base behind.
As the weather cools and the air dries skin will often respond with signs of dryness and flakiness. This is also a result of time spent indoors with heating and even hotter showers than usual. So in order to combat these effects it's best to switch from lightweight moisturisers to something, well, rich.
The cream is free from parabens, SLS and mineral oils. And most importantly - to me anyway - is that it is free from fragrances. I don’t mind a product that has a scent, just as long as it's derived from something natural and is not perfumed. Though this cream has zero scent. The richness of the cream comes from shea butter, as well as a blend of argan, avocado and evening primrose oils. All fast absorbing and hydrating.
The brand was developed by its namesake Augustinus Bader, a world leading stem cell scientist and has since become a cult brand. With celebrities raving as loudly as consumers. Famous for it’s Trigger Complex Factor (otherwise known as TFC8) which, though the specifics still remain unclear, is a blend of over 40 ingredients including medical grade vitamins, lipids and amino acids. The brand recommends you use the product for 27 consecutive days with nothing besides a cleanser in the evening. Whilst I didn’t exactly use no other products - opting to first apply an oil underneath the cream - I use very little regardless.
I’ve noticed a more even complexion from use. And any dryness is abated as the cream acts as a barrier from harsher conditions. It's perfect as a base for makeup or more simply achieving skin where no makeup is needed.
When it comes to price this certainly tips the scales. Coming in at $400 AUD, and available in Australia via Net-A-Porter, it is not a purchase to make on a whim.