3 Ways La Roche Posay Saved My Sensitive Skin
Posted by Rachael Wheeler in Skin Care
Generally my skin is fairly well behaved, a little on the dry side especially when the weathers gets cold and the odd hormonal blemish. But I can happily walk out the house without a full face of foundation and get by pretty uneventfully. However I also get sent a lot of stuff to try, and in my eagerness to I pile on product after product. From serums, moisturisers, masks, cleansers and oils, in order to see what is the latest miracle in skincare, and gives the best results. Sadly in the last few months this has literally made my skin go HAYWIRE. It doesn't know whether it's dry, oily, acne prone, sensitive or aging so it has basically been everything (and I’m not talking glowy, clear and spot free either).
There have been spots so deep that you can touch that part of your face, dry patches around my nose and chin and lots and lots of redness. Luckily I have a few dermatologists on speed dial (handy perk of the job) and they all gave me the same advice. “Stop piling on the products and give your skin time to recover”.
Which brings us to August’s brand of the month that couldn’t have come at a more life or should that be skin saving moment, and that brand is La Roche Posay, and we review some oftheir best products for sensitive skin. With over 30 years experience as a brand at the forefront of sensitive skin, ensuring high tolerance and safety at the heart of their skin care.
Legend has it that Bertrand du Guesclin, a Breton knight discovered La Roche-Posay springs on his return from the Spanish campaigns. As he stopped to quench his raging thirst he rode into the water, and his horse who was plagued by eczema emerged cured. Whether this is fact or fiction remains undecided, however we do know that in the heart of a French village, called la Roche- Posay lies selenium rich thermal spring water with beneficial properties for the skin. Selenium, a trace element is involved in the skin’s essential defense mechanisms against free radicals, and skin disorders. The water is so pure that it has almost a neutral PH and is entirely un-processed.
Which brings me to the recommended skincare system designed to coax my poor over sensitised skin back to it’s comfortable self. Which brings me to the 3 step Effaclar La Roche Posay routine review. First up is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel a gently foaming cleansing gel for sensitive blemish prone skin. Normally I wouldn't touch a face wash with a barge pole as my skin feels like it’s been put into a vice afterwards as its so tight. However this fresh gel actually leaves my skin feeling fresh, cleansed and soft. Not to mention the scent delivers you straight to the foothills of a french valley, with trickling streams, surrounded by fauna (or similar meadow like fantasy).
I followed this up by La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Toner which helps to elimitnate any excess oil you have lurking around the T Zone (especially on a hot day). 7 days in and I was asked if i’d had a facial, 14 days in and I had to double check that it was my face. Pores? What pores. This toner helps to keep skin clear and gets rid of those unwanted pores and blackheads.
As the final step in my pared back skincare routine I have been following up with the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo a small tube of gel-cream that only costs a tenner. (well £10.35 to be precise) which is probably one of the best £10 I have ever spent. This even includes the £7 vegan fudge brownie I splurged on the other day and can still savor the most delicious taste if I close my eyes and daydream hair enough. The light texture is cross between a gel and a balm, without the stickiness and sinks in almost instantly. Honestly if you just put this one my face I would think it would cost somewhere upwards of £50, so deliciously luxurious is the texture and scent. As an added bonus I didn't even need a moisturiser afterwards. Despite it technically being a "spot treatment" is can also double as a soothing a purifying moisturiser. As someone who usually has to slather on the thickest night cram ever to stop their skin form drying out, this is groundbreaking.
I’m 4 weeks into this skin saving routine with la Roche Posay and honestly, I’m smitten. My haywire skin is calm and clear, redness has faded and I haven’t seen a blemish for over two weeks.
I can’t wait to see what else this brand will bring this month, because if it’s anything like my experience with the Effaclar Range then I am in for a great August!