to me personally it's a miracle cream....especially when i was living in montreal for 4 years (i just moved back to UK last august). when nothing else worked to beat the dryness on my face during harsh montreal winters, only la mer saved my skin. it provides instant and lasting relief of pain to the skin of my face. i've tried various face moisturizers from dr.hauschka, sisley, elizabeth arden, clarins (various different creams/lotions), and clinique to combat my winter skin dryness and none of them helped. now i use la mer cream in the winter months and the moisturizing lotion during the warmer months.