I Tried the Incredible New Moisturizer That Promises to Work Better Than Botox



As I dive face first into the world of anti-aging and preventative care (I'm nearing my late 20s and desperately trying to avoid gravity and environmental stressors), wrinkles are always on my mind. The deep folds that appear as I instinctually furrow my brow or raise my eyebrows and the fine lines that scrunch up each time I laugh are—to put it bluntly—not welcome here. Of course, aging is a part of life, and with each crease comes wisdom and experience. I'm just after a type of maturity and know-how that doesn't show up on my face.

The first ingredient that came up in my quest for all things youth-inducing was, of course, retinol. While it's considered one of the most effective options for helping reverse signs of skin aging, there are a few possible downsides. "Retinoids can be damaging if you have a super-sensitive underlying skin condition like eczema or rosacea," notes Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. She adds, "Over-usage can cause drying and irritation of skin." As my skin can swing on the sensitive side of the pendulum, I dove back into research mode, thinking there had to be something else on the market that would be a better fit. I'm still on the fence about injections, so for now, skincare is my chosen solution.

Just in time for my anti-aging Google search fury, La Prairie invited me on a trip to learn about its newest formula, and guess what? No retinol. I'm already a huge fan of the brand, so I was excited to test its latest pick. La Prairie's Line Interception Power Duo ($350) houses two separate formulas—one for day and another for night. So yes, it's pricey. That's obvious. But to purchase day and night creams that erase wrinkles from a clinically tested, prestige brand—it's a bit of a steal. I read up on each one and noticed it was also marketed as an alternative to professional procedures—check, check. But does it work?

Next up, find out which product a celebrity dermatologist threw out of my skincare regimen.

This press trip was paid for by La Prairie. Editors' opinions are their own.