Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Review

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I exclusively tested Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream for more than a month, and I was very pleased with my results. Professor Bader suggests using his cream for 27+ days since that is the amount of time it takes for a full cycle of skin cell turnover. Therefore, for optimal results one should initially test this cream alone and avoid all other products except for your daily cleanser, and obviously your sunscreen. That is precisely what I did, and it was definitely worth following his advice.

As previously noted, this product has received a lot of hype since it launched, but I was honestly more interested in trying it after reading about the creator of this line. Augustinus Bader is a physician and biomedical scientist who created his products after more than 30 years of research and innovation in his field. He tracked the results  in test subjects over a 27 day period, and HERE are his results.
About Augustinus Bader:

Professor Augustinus Bader is a globally recognized biomedical scientist and physician and one of the foremost experts in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

In a career that has spanned the globe, the German-born Professor has spent over 30 years researching and developing technologies that activate and harness the human body's capacity to heal, with a focus on the reawakening of cells that become dormant due to aging or trauma. In 2008 he developed a groundbreaking Wound Gel that heals severe skin traumas without the need for surgery or skin grafts. It is this revolutionary technique that inspired Augustinus Bader skincare.

Professor Bader is currently the director of Cell Techniques and Applied Stem Cell Biology at The University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany where he lives with his family. 
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream is a very rich and emollient cream that is deceptively thin in texture, and yet its richness becomes evident as you massage it into the skin. The texture is heavier than expected, but it melts into the skin in such a satisfying and luxurious way. You can really feel the richness imparted by the presence of the nourishing Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, and Shea Butter. Therefore, it is no surprise that it is aptly called The Rich Cream, and that it was formulated for normal to dry skin, more mature skin and for skin subjected to colder and drier climates. My normal/combination skin would dictate that I should have tried Augustinus Bader's The Cream, rather than The Rich Cream, but my penchant for face oils made me more interested in the ingredients used in the latter, rather than the former. 

I was also very interested to learn more about his proprietary TFC8®, or Trigger Factor Complex, which is describes as "an exclusive patented technology comprised of over 40 ingredients and inspired by over 30 years of research, innovation and clinical study."

TFC8® Claims:

1) TFC8® technology guides key nutrients and powerful natural ingredients to the skin, creating and supporting an optimal environment for cellular renewal.

2) TFC8® turns potent base formulations into smarter, adaptive skincare capable of addressing individualized concerns - such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, redness, hyperpigmentation, cellulite, stretch marks, and damage caused by external stressors.

3) TFC8® nourishes and protects, training the skin for the long-term. Resulting skin looks and feels healthier, firmer, stronger, and more even over time.
I used this ultra-nourishing cream twice a day and I found it intensely moisturizing, without being in the least bit greasy. My skin had a pronounced clarity, and it was vibrant, luminous, soft and supple after about a week of use. I noted that going through the full month of use, to coincide with a full skin cell turnover cycle, was a very wise choice. My skin had the same freshness and clarity that I experience when I regularly exfoliate my skin, but without exfoliating a single time in that 30+ day trial period, and that is quite remarkable to me. I also noted that my little spot of hyperpigmentation had faded considerably and my fine lines were noticeably softened.

Worthy of note: this cream is fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.
About The Rich Cream:

Clean Science. Powered by TFC8®. An upgrade of our original award-winning daily moisturizer. Intensely luxurious, hydrating and nourishing. Supports cellular renewal to dramatically improve the complexion's appearance. Backed by 30 years of research and innovation. Powered by TFC8®. Housed in a recyclable bottle. Carton is FSC certified, carton, insert, and leaflet are 100% recyclable.

  • Clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging including the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation
  • Deeply hydrates, conditions, and renews for soft, even, restored skin
  • Promotes elasticity, supports skin barrier function, and prevents transepidermal water loss - for skin that’s supple, plump, and smooth.
  • Protects against environmental aggressors
  • TFC8® supports cellular renewal and guides key ingredients to the cells.
According to Augustinus Bader, in user trials:
  • 97% agree skin’s tone and texture looks dramatically transformed.
  • 96% agree skin looks firmer and lifted and feels more supple and elastic.
  • 95% agree the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles is dramatically improved.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Squalane, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ethyl Oleate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate, Zinc PCA, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Alanyl Glutamine, Arginine, Oligopeptide-177, Phenylalanine, Sisymbrium Irio Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Dextran, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8.
Overall Assessment: While this is no doubt a very hyped product, and brand for that matter, I am very impressed by its efficacy and my results. This is an ultra-luxe face cream, with a price tag to match, but I am elated by the results and by the way it makes my skin look and feel. If you have normal to dry skin, then The Rich Cream is the right choice for you. If you have combination to oily skin, then it will likely be far too rich for you. It is definitely worth trying to get a sample, or purchasing the smallest size to try, or you could do what I did and wait for a Sephora sale since this is such a luxury splurge. I guess the biggest question is whether I like it enough to repurchase it again, or to try more Augustinus Bader products, and the answer is yes to both. However, I will definitely wait for another Sephora sale since this cream is so expensive.

$89.00 for 0.5 oz, $175.00 for 1 oz. and $280.00 for 1.75 oz. from Augustines Bader, SephoraNordstromCult BeautyNeiman MarcusViolet GreyRevolveNet-A-PorterBluemercuryBergdorf GoodmanSpace NKSaks Fifth Avenue and John Lewis. Purchased (Affiliate Links). 

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  1. I need to try a sample from Sephora. The Rich Cream sounds remarkable, though you're right about the price

    1. I definitely would try to get a sample from Sephora, and if you love it, then you can pick it up during their sale! The price is definitely prohibitively expensive, but the sale takes a good bite out of the cost! I suspect that you would really like this cream, Allison, and I would definitely recommend trying it for 27+ days with your cleanser and sunscreen alone. That way you will really see how well this works!

  2. I've seen so many raves for this and was very curious about it. I never saw that they had the 0.5 size but with the upcoming 15% off it makes it worth my time to get it. And fragrance free makes me delirious.

    1. I was so curious about it as well, and I finally gave in and had to buy it! I bought it during one of their VIB Sales, and definitely recommend trying it that way, too! Buying the small size is a great way to see if it works for you as well as it does for me. I would definitely try it for the full month cycle per Dr. Bader's suggestion to really see how it works. Then if you love it you can get it during another one of their sales!


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