Augustinus Bader the Rich Cream has definitely reached cult status and is loved by celebrities and beauty devotees around the world. It was created by Professor Augustinus Bader who is a specialist in stem cell research, and he believes he has unlocked the skin’s healing code. Clinical trials and tests on mice support his claims, but I must say there is a real shroud of secrecy around how his products work. The range currently includes The Rich Cream, The Cream (a lighter formulation) and the Body Cream.
The Rich Cream boasts TFC8® (Trigger Factor Complex 8) which was originally designed by Professor Bader to treat burns in children. It contains 40 or so different ingredients including natural amino acids, vitamins and synthesised molecules naturally found in the skin to assist with activating stem cells. It’s basically a little wake up call for your skin to get back to doing what it’s meant to be doing. It stimulates everyday turnover and provides the skin with the right ingredients to help it work as it should be. One thing that I find a little unsettling is that there isn’t a complete ingredient listing for TFC8®, which is why I mentioned the air of secrecy and mystery.
The product is packaged in a big box and inside it is another smaller box housing the ingredients and instruction card in multiple languages. The cream also comes with its own little fabric pouch (why? – I have no idea). The airless pump bottle itself is plastic and it’s really big for a bottle that only contains 50ml of product. All of this, I have no doubt, adds to the whole luxury experience but I would have expected glass packaging and little bit more care when it came to wastage and recyclability. One thing I do like about the packaging is the magnetic lid and the fact that the pump dispenses only the required amount so you are not wasting any of the precious cream unnecessarily.
The texture of The Rich Cream is thick but it is silky and absorbs beautifully, leaving a glow and plumpness from the word go. I started applying it 6 weeks ago in the morning and evening and I used it in isolation. No hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C or eye creams touched my face during the testing period. At night I cleansed twice with my Jordan Samuel cleansers and once my skin was dry I applied two pumps of the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream to the face and neck, working upwards.
My skin is in good condition so I was already starting off with a good canvas. There is always room for improvement however and over the trial period of 6 weeks I noticed the following results:
- Reduction of bumps (keratosis pilaris) along my jawline and upper lip – this was the biggest and most noticeable improvement of all
- A general improvement in texture all over and reduction in clogged pores
- A more brightened and glowy complexion
- Minor improvement in the appearance of sun spots
- Improvement in hydration
- Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
I am impressed and annoyed that this cream worked so well for me. Why annoyed? Because it is seriously pricy. I purchased it at Cult Beauty when there was a significant discount on offer which made it within reach. I’m happy to see that they have added a travel and discovery size for those who are just not ready to commit big bucks to something they’re not certain will work for them. This product is up there with Creme de la Mer in terms of price so you have been warned. Cult Beauty are currently offering some discounts as part of the Autumn Overhaul so check out their website if you’re interested.
I would definitely considering repurchasing it again because I now know that I don’t need a 10-step routine to keep my skin happy. I’m certainly not going to ditch the actives that I know my skin loves, such as retinol and hyaluronic acid, but I am going to be simplifying my routine, that’s for sure. I have enjoyed gaining some time back in my day by just slapping this on my face and getting on with it. Certainly a good things for us time poor humans.
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Next week: A new body sunscreen I’ve been loving