It's meant to encourage regeneration and healing—Professor Bader actually discovered the formula while looking for solutions to help burn survivors heal quicker—and TFC8 is supposed to activate your stem cells, which go to work to repair fine lines, dark spots, and visible pores.
I would treat The Cream almost as a serum, applying it immediately post-cleanse and sealing it in with additional layers of moisturizer and oil (I'm not saying that you have to replicate my steps in order for this to work, but as you can undoubtedly tell, I enjoy marinating my face in as many things as possible).
The brand also sells a Rich Cream for dry skin, which contains additions like avocado and argan oil to aide with extra hydration, but I began with the original thinking it'd be enough.
I had heard that the ingredients within were enough to replace all other skin care, so I devoted myself to a one-step kind of lifestyle and waited for my skin to start looking like I had just walked out of a spa.
And yet, despite having none of the traditional resources that makes a beauty brand an overnight success—like paid celebrity spokespeople, $1 million ad campaigns, or millennial pink packaging—Augustinus Bader became a sleeper hit purely through word of mouth.
More investigation led to another epiphany: The brand recommends using The Cream for a full 27 days to reap what everyone calls its "life-changing" benefits.
And with the extra layers of humectants and oil doing the work of keeping every drop of moisture contained, The Cream was free to do its thing of imparting the post-spa complexion of my dreams.
In hindsight, after my skin was so used to being sandwiched in so many layers—I was very much an 11-step skin care kind of person—it stands to reason that it wouldn't take kindly to a single-step makeover.
The most raved about secret in beauty this year wasn't a magic facialist or Real Housewife-lauded injection, it was an unassuming moisturizer made by a 60-year-old German scientist who'd never worked in the industry, let alone had an Instagram following.
Such was my level of confusion in the face of everyone else's level of obsession. "I love it," she told me, delicately choosing not to answer the second part of my question.
Ashley Graham and Victoria Beckham are huge fans. https://t.co/z4G72UpdEh— Glamour (@glamourmag) January 14, 2020