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Algae is kind of a big deal in skin care. Entire lines—e.g. La Mer and Algenist—have been founded around its benefits. Why? It hydrates and firms and protects skin against environmental damage. Those anti-aging benefits typically come at a high price, but you don’t have to resort to shelling out to get in on marine-based skin care. Mario Badescu makes a
that’s gained a reputation as the best dupe for La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream.
To be clear, this isn’t an identical ingredient list, made-in-the-same-lab scenario. La Mer’s notorious cream contains the brand’s "miracle broth," a combination of kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, iron, vitamins C, E, and B12, and citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, and alfalfa, and sunflower oils that’s fermented over the course of three to four months. While the Mario Badescu product isn’t quite so stacked, it shares the soft cream’s hero ingredient: seaweed extract. That tradeoff comes with a nice $153 difference in price. (And FWIW, Khloé Kardashian uses products from both brands.)