5 Criminally Underrated Skincare Products Everyone Should Know About

When it comes to luxury skincare brands, we all know the iconic favourites that have a cult following around the world: La Mer Cream, Lancome Advanced Génifique Serum, SK-II Facial Treat Essence, and more. Their popularity is splashed all over social media, so we bet you've seen some of these iconic products before.

However, these same skincare brands have a few more amazing skincare products that you’ve probably not heard of or tried before, but can hold their own against cult favourites if you give them a shot. 

These amazing, yet underrated skincare products are from the same brands that have all our favourite best sellers - and we’re sure you just might find a new favourite!

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

What makes this a must-have skincare product? Well, we’ve waxed lyrical about how cleansing your face properly is the crucial first step of any beauty routine - and the SK-II Facial Treatment Oil is a great option for this critical step. The SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil’s silky, moisturising texture gently breaks down any lingering makeup and sebum-based grime that’s hanging out on your skin, rinsing it away for makeup-free, clean skin.

And it’s not just what the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil does that’s fantastic - just like the rest of the SK-II skincare products, it’s also packed with SK-II’s unique ingredient, Pitera, that helps to fortify skin against the signs of ageing!

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing OilSK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

La Mer The Hydrating Facial Mask

La Mer isn’t normally a brand that you might associate with underrated skincare products, but when you take a closer look, you might find a few other amazing must-have skincare products (other than the amazing Crème de la Mer, of course)!

If you ask me, the La Mer The Hydrating Facial Masks are even better at infusing your skin with all the same benefits as the La Mer Cream, except in a much more effective formula that's perfect for all skin types.

Like all other sheet masks out there, the La Mer The Hydrating Facial Mask is drenched with essence - and what sets the La Mer sheet mask apart from the rest is that it’s full of La Mer’s bespoke Miracle Broth, a vitamin-rich solution of fermented kelp extract that makes the La Mer Cream (and all the other La Mer products) such amazing skincare. 

When you apply a sheet mask, you basically supercharge any ingredients in your sheet mask essence, making them more effective by keeping them in contact with skin for longer - and La Mer’s Miracle Broth is no exception.

La mer the facial hydrating mask La Mer The Hydrating Facial Mask

Dior Prestige Le Nectar Serum 

When it comes to antioxidant serums, other must-have products with star ingredients come to mind: Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, Resveratrol, and more. The Dior Prestige line is formulated with one superstar underrated, yet amazing ingredient you won’t find in other serums: Rose de Granville Extract. It’s a powerful antioxidant that actively fights inflammaging, making the entire Prestige Line a range of must-have skincare products in the fight against ageing - for all skin types.

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Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Cream

The Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum has a cult following around the world (one bottle is sold every six seconds), the rest of the Génifique line can get pushed to the wayside and are, well, amazing but underrated skincare products for all skin types - even sensitive skin.

If you’re looking for an eye cream that’s fortified with many of the same active ingredients as Lancôme’s best-selling serum, the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Eye Cream: Vitamin C, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Hyaluronic Acid, and more to firm up the delicate skin around your undereyes, warding off premature fine lines and brightening dark circles.

lancome advanced genifique yeux eye creamLancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Cream

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion

This must-have skincare product is underrated for two reasons; first, SK-II totally dominates in the ‘Essence’ product category - so essences from other luxury brands are often overlooked. 

Second, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Moisturiser often gets chosen over the essence as an anti-ageing skincare product - however, what sets the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion apart from both of these skincare products is the incredibly high percentage of caviar water.

Rich in micronutrients that deeply nourish skin, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion is an underrated skincare product that belongs in your skin care routine! This lightweight essence is especially great for dry skin, providing essential hydration to be locked in with a rich moisturiser.

la prairie skin caviar essence in lotionLa Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion

If you’re still trying to figure out your skincare routine, try our skincare analysis - you’ll get a unique skincare routine that’s created just for you to take all the guesswork out of trying new skincare!

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Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne is a passionate beauty writer with over 10 years of experience. She’s incredibly keen on all things skincare, makeup and cosmetics, with a fingertip on the pulse of the latest global beauty trends at all times.

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