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.
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 cooling, the 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.