With my ongoing battle of canker sores lately, I’ve been feeling like a stressed raisin who needs more water, inside and out. La Roche-Posay has been on my list for some time now as I’ve passed by it many times at London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart. With their blue and white colour scheme and a plethora of great reviews on the interwebs, I had a feeling that La Roche-Posay has hydration done right without the crazy price tag. This is my first time experiencing with LRP and I started off with these three- Effaclar Mat, Thermal Spring Water, and Toleriane Ultra-Eyes.
Effaclar Mat | Daily Moisturizer for Oily Skin, Anti-Shine, Anti-Enlarged Pores ($30/40mL)
I never had real problems with oily skin, but it’s happenin’ and I can’t stop it like an avalanche coming crashing down. I’ve noticed that now (maybe it’s summer?) I feel a giant slab of oil on the areas around my cheekbone and the nose. The Effaclar Mat is a daily moisturizer that is meant for oily skin; it contains micro-exfoliating LHA with Sebulyse, which is an ingredient to fight sebum while giving mattifying properties and refining pores.
The tube is a bit on the small side, but I don’t need more than two squeezes to cover my face. I have to say, THIS IS SO GOOD for using under sunscreen. The downside of this product is not having SPF, but the upside is that it feels great under SPF. Sometimes my skin doesn’t feel hydrated enough or a bit too slicky when I layer sunscreen over moisturizers, but the Effaclar Mat keeps the oil under control. If you don’t have oily skin, this is also a great makeup base. Dimethicone is the third ingredient on the list; and while it doesn’t have that silicone-y feel, beware if you do react badly to them.
Toleriane Ultra-Eyes| Anti-Discomfort, Anti-Puffiness Care ($32/20mL)
There was a period when I used eye cream almost daily, then I stopped (it was so bad, even the makeup artist at Sephora once asked me why my eyelids were so dry), so when I mentioned that eye care is something I want to work on, the kind people from La Roche-Posay sent this lightweight eye cream to me. It contains “the patented [Neurosensine + Niacinamide] complex to target puffiness and discomfort of eye contour” and also thermal water for soothing and protection. This is something I’ve been using not only in the morning, but also before using makeup to make the under eye concealer apply better.
My eye puffiness is mostly due to genetics (thanks dad!) so it’s really hard to make them vanish. I have two layers of puffiness (imagine two mini puffy cheetos stacked on top of each other- that’s me!) and usually the puffiness is half a circle that goes from one corner of the eye to the other. I have noticed though that the corners of my outer eyelids (where the puffiness isn’t as drastic) is not as noticeable. I’m going to keep at it and see if more changes happen and will be sure to report back!
Thermal Spring Water| Sensitive Skin, Natural antioxidant, Soothes and softens ($14.50/150mL)
After visiting a hot spring in China, I kind of love spring water. LRP’s Thermal Spring Water is the ultimate product to have in your beach bag or to wake yourself up. I’m usually feeling like crap in the morning and giving myself a little spritz awake my sense a little bit more and takes away the temptation of hitting the snooze button. La Roche-Posay’s spring water spray contains mineral salts like Selenium, which is rich in antioxidants and also gives soothing properties. I don’t have sensitive skin, but this feels very refreshing after waxing or getting a bug bite; I’ve been spraying my neck a lot lately because a mosquito felt like it was a vampire one day.
Overall, these products were a great entry way for me in experiencing La Roche-Posay. Even though my skin type didn’t exactly match what the products were designed for (except for the eye cream,) they performed just as good as I hoped. If you’re looking for a safe skincare brand to spend on without the empty feeling in your wallet, I think La Roche-Posay is a good start!@ All their products can be found in drugstores (London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart,) as well as online.
If you used LRP before, let me know your favourite product and next time I’ll check it out (once I get some empties outta way…)
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Disclaimer: Press Sample provided, all opinions are my own.