Personally, I am very skeptical of La Mer. I've heard the story of Max Huber and the miracle cream that healed his burns, or whatever the story is. The fact is none of Huber's research was documented and we have no idea what he was using before or what else might have given the effect. Essentially, La Mer is water with some thickening agents and a little bit of algae. Now Estee Lauder, which owns the La Mer brand, has come up with a whole line of La Mer products that have nothing to do with the original problem. This was smart marketing given the loyal following of La Mer, but the prices are just exorbitant in my opinion. But I have heard enough positive stories to make me curious. Maybe I could score a sample one day. I'd never buy it though.