So, this may be a pretty long post, but its ok because it’s full of facial goodness About 2 months ago, I skipped off to Boots one lunch-time (shock/horror!) to buy a new twisty clip for my hair and I left €65ish poorer. I had been thinking of trying the La Roche-Posay products for quite a while and since it was a Tuesday and a good 2 weeks before pay day, I thought to myself “What better time to spend the rest of my money?!”, so I did.
I wanted to give the products a good solid use before I rated them, so I have and here we are. I have also tried to review them in the order I would use each one.
The La Roche-Posay family consist of so many ranges that take into account pretty much any skin type you have. They are a french brand and from what I can see, each product contains their infamous Thermal Spring Water, which is sourced form a spring in the centre of France. I mean, just knowing that makes me feel clean!
Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser (200ml – €14.99)
The Toleriane range is formulated with minimum ingredients so as to limit the risk of allergies. I am the allergy queen, carrying anti-histamines pretty much in every pocket of my life (can’t wait til Summer! #Hayfever #Hives). It also contains glycerine, which is like a syrupy textured product and attracts moisture to the skin. Using this cleanser is slightly weird and I sort of use it a number of different ways, depending on what I am doing. It says to use it by applying to the face with fingertips and massaging with circular motions. Then you carefully pat your face dry with rinsing being optional. Now, I am usually a semi-full coverage foundation type of gal, so this to me feels odd. So, if I’m having my shower at night, I will massage it in to face, leave it for 10mins and rinse it off in the shower. Or, if I’m not having my shower at night, I massage it in and remove it with cotton wool. Either way I do it, it leaves my skin feel beautiful, soft and clean. I do use the Garnier Micellar Water over my face afterwards, but this is just habit
Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub (50ml – €14.99)
I have said in the past the facial scrubs have not been good for me and I had changed to the Elave Age Delay cleanser which contains 12% Glycolic Acid. This scrub however has such fine granules that it feels like it is simply polishing the top layer of skin and taking away any horrible dead cells that shouldn’t be there. It is also soap/perfume/paraben and alcohol free and it is so gentle that I use it 2/3 times a week in the usual way – apply to wet skin, avoiding the eyes, massage and rinse.
Hydraphase Intense Masque (50ml – €16.99)
So, this for me the pièce de résistance (get it? En Francais!). I use this straight after my scrub, so about 3/4 times a week. My skin is primarily combination but more often than not, it gets very dehydrated and dry. In the winter it’s the air-con and in the summer it’s the pollen. When I put this on, no lie, you can almost see it soak into the skin right in front of your eyes. It feels so nourishing and beautiful that its like you have just given your face a big pint of water and you just want to scream “Hydration – Yes!” It’s totally ok to do that with products that you love btw Apply a layer to your face avoiding the eyes, and leave for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove any excess gently with a cotton wool. Needless to say my skin drinks this up so quick there is nothing to remove. This product is a must!
Nutritic Intense Face Cream (50ml – €17.99)
Ok, slightly pricey for such a little product, but I was on a roll and felt I needed the entire La Roche-Posay skin care routine, so it was purchased. I had been using the Eucerin face cream which has pretty much changed my life in the past 2 years so I still occasionally use that (when I can’t find this one). This product includes essential lipids and proteins which are so important for keeping skin supple and healthy. And its true. It does. It takes a few minutes for it to soak in to the skin, but I have on many occasion used this on my face alone…with no makeup. For me, it keeps my skin preppy and fresh all through the day. Bonus!
Hydraphase Intense Yeux (15ml – €17.99)
The main problem I have had over the last year or so, is very dry eyes. On the lid, underneath, you name it, I had it! I had been using the Bobbi Brown eye cream which is so gooey and thick that it was wonderful, but at €55 a pop, when it recently ran out I knew I had to try this. Apply it with your ring finger in the usual way in the morning and/or evening. Not only has this gotten rid of my dryness, I think it may help with the puffiness and dark circles. I say I think, because I don’t reeeeally have those problems, like on a huge scale but it does make such a noticeable difference. Overall, it has made my eyes look cleaner and brighter and when applying my concealer each day, it not longer creases or gathers and looks cakey-ish. I shall be sticking to this cream for a very long time!
La Roche-Posay claim that this is the only skin care range you will need and I have to say, from what I have seen and used, I’m starting to believe them.
Thats it, I’m off to watch Les Mis….Vive La France
Love, P x
La Roche-Posay...My new love