Never heard of Augustinus Bader? You might be the only one. Because every once in a while, a product comes along that not only shakes up the industry, but also is suddenly on the top shelves and Instagram grids of every beauty-obsessed cool girl out there—the P50s, Byredos, and Vintner’s Daughters of the world. Without a doubt, the newest among this elite class of It products is Augustinus Bader’s The Cream, which became a celebrity and beauty-editor favorite practically overnight.
While many of these cult products share similar traits, The Cream stands out. It’s not particularly Instagrammable—the regal blue tube certainly isn’t unattractive, but it’s not the usual pastel millennial bait. Also, it encompasses most of your routine in a single product instead of adding to an extensive lineup, and the brand’s founder has probably never opened a fashion magazine in his life.
The man behind the brand, Professor Augustinus Bader, is one of the world’s leading stem cell and biomedical scientists, and he has spent most of his career working to develop a treatment for disfiguring burns. Now, he’s has taken this topical wound-healing technology and applied it to a luxury skin-care line to rejuvenate and repair your skin.
At the heart of the products is Professor Bader’s patented TFC8 Trigger-Factor Complex, which is a blend of “natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins, and synthesized molecules naturally found in skin,” which essentially creates an ideal environment for your skin to repair itself. An improved appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and an all-around more even skin tone.
Since the success of the face cream, the skin-care brand has since expanded and includes its proprietary complex in various formulations that go beyond the average skincare routine—think hands, body, and hair, as well as a collaboration with Victoria Beckham. Seeing as Glamour editors are constantly asked if the brand’s trending offerings are as good as their steep price tag would indicate, we put the entire range to the test. Read on for the Augustinus Bader products worth the money.
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