06 March 2014

I love La Roche-Posay

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La Roche-Posay are a blogger favourite, a French skin care brand from the La Vienne region. Their famed thermal skin water claims to be beneficial to the skin due to the high selenium content. My first step into their products was the cult Effaclar Duo product which was a miracle for my skin, shrinking blemishes but at the same time not drying my skin out. Since then the Efflaclar Duo + has been introduced with all the benefits of the original product but with the added benefit of helping the scars blemishes leave behind.

The Effaclar range is aimed to help oily, blemish prone skin. There are cleansers, treatment creams and a soothing moisturiser. The most popular is of course the Effaclar Duo +, I use this every night on my chin and cheeks and it keeps spots at bay! It is far too drying to smother your face in. Next up is Effaclar Mat which is my go to moisturiser in Summer. I don't tend to struggle with such oily skin in Winter, the drying weather takes its toll on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and matte and helps control shine all day. It is the perfect base for make-up. I have never really come across such a good mattifying cream that actually does leave your skin matte but also long lasting hydration. 

The Effaclar Astringent Micro-Exfoliant Lotion is  to be used after cleansing, it contains LHA and other cleaning agents to help ensure all pores are left unclogged and pore size reduced. I find this too drying to use every morning and night but like to use it when my skin is feeling a bit dirty after a night out or a long shift at work. It leaves your skin refreshed and completely clean. 

Effaclar H is aimed to be used on skin that has become victim to over drying spot treatments, it is all too tempting to strip all oil from blemish prone skin in a hope that drying out spots will make them vanish. This provides skin with lipids to help weak and fragile skin feel comfortable again. 

I have saved the best to last, not in the Effaclar range the Cicaplast Baume B5 is a truly wonderful product. It is a "Soothing Repairing Balm" which helps repair and soothe skin. I was recently in hospital and only had this in my bag when I was admitted. I used it on my face, on my hands, on my lips. The hospital made my skin so dry and this was just lovely to treat me skin to. The combination of copper, zinc and manganese in theory should also help with any scarring or marks on the skin. Next on my wish list is more from the Cicaplast range, especially the lip cream and Cicaplast Skin Recovery Accelerator.

La Roche-Posay is currently 1/3 off at Escentual throughout March, as are other French Pharmacie brands such as Vichy. Now is the time to give them ago! They can do no wrong in my eyes.


  1. I adore La Roche Posay! I'm a student nurse and I know that dry skin hospital feel! I need to buy that balm!
    Gold Dust

  2. I have only tried one or two products from la roche posey - I definitely prefer bioderma or avene x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  3. I´ve used effaclar duo and it was gooooood! But right now I´m really loving avene.


  4. I love the look of these. I may just need to go shopping now. Great post!
    Beth x


  5. I really want to give the effaclar mat a good try. I love the sound of it and I’ve heard such good things.

    Dejhana || Waite a Little

  6. I keep hearing great things about this skin care brand around blog world! Thanks for sharing :) I'm following your blog ♥ Don't forget to grab entries in my giveaway!

  7. I really wish that effaclar duo worked for me! Really like LRP in general though!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  8. The packaging looks gorgeous on all of these products! Having never heard of or seen these products, they do seem really good and something to try!
    Lovely Review and I love your blog layout too!