AN ODE TO LA ROCHE-POSAY

A bright blue, white or orange packaging and the overall simplicity of French pharmacy brands, La Roche-Posay is quite straightforward, but it is also the only skincare brand I’m able to dedicate a full blog post to. I already know I’ve tried enough, but I would also recommend something I haven’t tried from them, that’s how much I trust the brand! This post, however, is all about my favourites, the ones I used to use as well as my current ones.

SKINCARE

I first stumble across La Roche-Posay  when I was a teenager, looking for skincare which was more respectful of my skin, La Roche-Posay is made with that intent in mind, even a range such as Effaclar will target acne and blemishes with an extremely gentle approach, my favourites from the range are the Purifying Cleansing Gel –foaming, but not drying- and the K+ Oily Skin Renovating Care. Hydrating and coolingthe Hydraphase range has to be my favourite: all the consistencies are extremely lightweight and would therefore suit any dehydrated skin, from the oiliest to the dryest. The Intense Serum is probably the affordable serum which comes closest to the high-end offer -it shares many similarities with the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum-, but the Hydraphase Intense Yeux –photographed- is the one item I keep repurchasing over and over again. If I use it in the morning, the cooling formula wakes my eyes up whilst I like to think of it as an under eye serum when I use it in the evening. Finally, the Toleriane range is very recent to me, but I already think of it as an essential for sensitive skins: the Ultra Intense Soothing Care -photographed- was my introduction to it, it is a simple cream which soothes and nourishes the skin without suffocating it. Only mine for a week or so, the Ultra Nuit Intense Soothing Care -photographed- also nourishes and soothes the skin, but with a consistency more headed towards a gel than a cream, it seems a little bit more effective at penetrating the skin, thus almost sitting in between a serum and moisturizer, it’s gorgeous.

BODYCARE AND SUNCARE

As a French child, I’ve spent all my vacation with some La Roche-Posay sunscreen on my face and body, it was an evidence, but it also remains so when I became old enough to buy my old skincare. The Anthelios XL range is really unique in the sense that it is a chemical sunscreens range which remains extremely gentle on the skin. The Ultra-Light Fluid -photographed- has a name which speaks for itself: it’s light and has the right amount of stickiness to beautifully work underneath makeup. The Stick –photographed-, on the other hand, is perfect to add a little bit of thickness on the vulnerable areas of the face. Finally, I would recommend the Lipikar range to all skins, not just the atopic or sensitive ones: the Lipid-Replenishing Cream Wash -photographed- has the lovely, reassuring scent of baby creams and bath gels and just as those, it doesn’t irritate or dry the skin out. It also adds a lovely sheen to the skin. The Balm -photographed- which goes with it is just as lovely, although it isn’t something to apply just before getting dressed -it’s thick, slightly sticky and it takes a little bit of time to completely penetrate the skin- it is deeply nourishing -I even use it as a foot cream- and it has healed my skin allergies more than once.

As I’m rereading this post, I definitely sound like a French cliché, but I believe it is fair to say that I’m not a huge French Pharmacy girl, I like the skincare but I wouldn’t necessarily write lots of posts and reviews about it. La Roche-Posay, on the other hand, offers a skincare range which I truly see myself using throughout my whole life.

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  • I really need to try more from La Roche-Posay, everything sounds amazing!! x

    • I sincerely believe that everything they do is amazing, you just have to find the ranges which speak to you and your skin the most 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  • I really need some more La Roche Posay in my life! I have loved anything I’ve tried from them and it is an affordable brand so I really should try some more xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

    • Yes, that’s the reason why I’ve tried so much from them, the skincare is effective yet it never feels like a huge investment 🙂

  • La Roche Posay plays a minor role in my skincare, but the products I use are staples. They aren´t sexy, but they are reliable and no-nonsense, something I really enjoy.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • clare⭐

    La Roche posts make some amazing skincare products 🙂 I used to love the effaclar duo when my acne was bad

    http://claresloves.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Yes, it helps so much whilst feeling as gentle as a classic moisturizer on the skin 🙂

  • You know I have been waiting for this post so thank you! And I’m glad you found the Toleraine Night and you love it!

    • You’re welcome, I really enjoyed writing it! Yes, I went and purchased it just after you mentioned it, I was just so intrigued 🙂

  • La Roche Posay suncare is some of my favourite – their Anthelios is the best. I need to get some more before our summer here in Canada starts back up!! Lovely post 🙂

    http://www.luxandvitae.com

    • Glad to hear that, it is definitely one of my favourite suncare ranges as well! Thank you 🙂

  • I haven’t tried much from La Roche Posay, just the toner, as I thought it was aimed for mainly congested/acne prone skin. I need to try their suncare though. X

    Toni | sheergloss

    • I highly recommend their suncare range indeed! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • I haven’t tried much from the brand before but did like their Effaclar cream when I was going through a spotty phase with my skin and I also loved their suncare range last summer. Must look intro their Hydraphase range in the future xx

    Beauty with charm

    • I highly recommend the Hydraphase range, especially if you suffer with dehydrated skin and like your skincare to really retain the water in your skin!

  • I do love their suncream range – I can trust it to protect my skin without making me look greasy! X

    Everything But The Kitchen

    • Yes, it’s a really good one, especially if your skin gets easily congested with the more usual and classic sunscreens, thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    So I want to try some of their sunscreen – which is the best do you think?
    People rave about the Ultra-Light and I was thinking I might give that a go but I am torn – they have so many.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

    • The Antheliox XL is quite wide indeed, the Ultra-light fluid is really good underneath makeup, but if you’re looking for something to wear on its own, the cream comfort is good as well and a lot thicker so even more protective (thickness is as important as the SPF factor when it comes to sunscreens), I hope it helps 🙂

  • I used to love the Effaclar range, I haven’t used it for a while as my skin’s needs have changed but I always recommend this range to people with oily or/and blemish prone skin. And I also like their Anthelios range! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • So do I, I use it a lot as a teenager and I always recommend it because it is very affordable and gentle at the same time! Glad to hear that 🙂

  • I’ve heard some amazing things about this French brand. I definitely want to try the range of products.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • I love this brand, their sunscreen skincare is supposed to be excellent! Great post. I have a sale on my blog right now if you feel like checking it out, it would mean so much to me xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin | Blog Sale

  • I’ve always liked La Roche Posay but lately I had some little spots on my face and I used the Effaclar Duo to try get rid of them. Well, almost no difference! 🙁
    But I think I need to try a different range before judging 🙂

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • It has actually been a long time since I last used the Effaclar Duo, but I do remember that it took a little while to have a huge impact on my skin, a diligent use is definitely a must with this one! Also, if your little spots are more skin texture than actual breakouts, then I’m not sure if it helps with that. Surprisingly, the Toleriane range really helps me with that at the moment! I hope it helps 🙂

  • Olivia Kiernan

    I’ve never tried anything from La Roche Posay but feel like I really should 🙂

    Olivia / Olivia Roses