My Pale Skin beauty blogger Em Ford puts La Roche-Posay products to the test in sunny LA and gives us the lowdown on her favourites.
After my first skincare video last year I know a few of you guys were slightly disappointed that I didn’t have more drugstore or affordable skincare brands in there. So I wrote up a big list of drugstore skincare brands that I wanted to try and test for you guys and on top of that list was La Roche-Posay, and funnily enough they actually got in touch with me late last year to see if I wanted to collaborate or try their skincare brand. So it kind of made sense to try them out and see how that works.
A couple of points to note is that I tried La Roche-Posay over three different periods. First of all over Christmas in a basic skincare set. Secondly I tried the SPF both in the UK and when I went to the States because I thought what better way to test an SPF than to take it to LA. And finally I used nothing but La Roche Posay on my skin for the past three weeks I think now.
1. A cleanser for sensitive skin: Effaclar H
A cleanser for me is probably the most important step in a skincare routine and there is definitely something satisfying about seeing your makeup on the back of a washcloth when you have a clean face. The Effaclar H is what I like to think of as those soothing no nonsense cleansers that you just put a couple of pumps out and then put it on and it does the job. It’s designed for oily sensitive acne-prone skin that has been weakened or damaged by products that tend to dry out the skin. To use the Effaclar H I’d first just pump a couple of times into the palm of my hand and then mix that with a small amount of water before applying it straight onto my skin. I’ll then cleanse my skin and wipe off the cleanser and any excess with a damp washcloth. It cleansed my skin, it removed my makeup and it did definitely feel soothing when I applied it.
2. Makeup remover for light applications: Toleriane Ultra Demaquillant
A makeup remover can always be tricky to get right, especially if you have sensitive skin. From the La Roche-Posay range I tried the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Demaquillant. So in the box you get 30 of these little 5ml pods and I think that’s really cute. Each pod, and you break one off; each pod has 5 ml of product. Break the top of that pod then I take a cotton pad, these are the rectangles from Muji, and I’ll just apply that pod all over there and that is then enough to take your eye makeup off from both eyes. It’s designed for sensitive skin so if you feel like eye makeup remover can sometimes irritate the skin around your eyes or your eyelids then maybe it’s worth trying this one out. However, if you are a fan of waterproof mascara, glitter, or like a gel liner, then you might struggle with this one because it did not remove those products from my eyes and is not designed to do that.
3. Keeping skin fresh: thermal spring water
Next up is one of my favourite from La Roche-Posay, and if you’ve been watching my videos for a while then you might have seen it popping up in quite a few videos, and that is the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water. I discovered this probably in the summer last year and I’ve kind of been using it during makeup application since then. I’ll initially dampen my beauty blender under the tap before I start to do my makeup and then I’ll top it up using the thermal spring water throughout my makeup application. I also love the fact that it comes in a 50ml size bottle because its airplane safe, you can take it in your carry-on and you can definitely freshen up when you need it. Literally just run into the bathroom, spritz my face with it, and feel slightly fresher. So for long-haul flights definitely look into the 50ml bottle. Technically it is just canned water; I really like it I love how it feels on my skin it makes me feel fresh. It’s full of selenium which can help sooth any irritated or blemishes or anything like that. And for ease of use, love it.
4. Reducing the appearance of skin problems: Effaclar Duo [+] cream
Next up is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] cream, and this is like an anti-blemish cream. It’s designed to help unclog your pores and help to reduce the appearance of redness, or dark spots or any kind of blemishes like that, that you have. I first tried the Effaclar Duo [+] over the Christmas period and it just wasn’t working for me because I can’t stand that feeling of really dry skin. After speaking to my dermatologist about it we worked out that it was really drying because I was using it too much. I went ahead and started using it every morning and every night and I didn’t let my skin build up to it. One thing my dermatologist explained to me is that some skincare products need to be counteracted to ensure that your skincare routine is balanced. I added the Effaclar Duo [+] into my evening routine twice a week and always made sure to use a hydrating moisturiser alongside it. By balancing the Duo [+] with a moisturiser I kind of got the best of both, so my skin wasn’t left feeling super dry but I did feel like my oily areas had disappeared almost. It definitely felt like my t-zone area was less oily and visibly less shiny.
5. Sun protection that won’t leave you feeling oily: Anthelios AC 30
In terms of SPF there were two that I tried from La Roche-Posay. The first was the Anthelios AC 30 SPF and the second was the Anthelios XL 50 SPF very high protection. The first one I had was the Anthelios AC and I took this one with me to LA. I didn’t have any issues with it, to didn’t break me out, it didn’t leave me feeling greasy and worked incredibly well on my skin. What I did find out in a recent dermatologist visit was that my skin is actually highly UV damaged and I was really surprised by that. I didn’t think that would be the case and I in no way had any idea that my skin would be 91% more UV damaged than other women my age, and that really really shocked me. Bearing all that sun damage and UV damage in mind I went and tried the Anthelios XL factor 50 very high protection sunscreen. I actually got on really well with this product, because it is a dry touch gel cream it’s incredibly easy to use. You literally just need a very small amount and that does go a long way. I do find that the whiteness blends into my skin and you can’t really see much of a difference between the hand with the sun cream and the hand without. I was really lacking a high SPF and I’m really glad that I’ve found this one now because it doesn’t break me out, it doesn’t make me feel greasy and most importantly it is protecting my skin.
And there we have it, those are my thoughts on some of the La Roche-Posay products that I’ve been trying recently. If you enjoyed this video, then please don’t forget to give it a huge thumbs up and let me know in the comments section which products you like the sound of the most. Thank you so much for watching don’t forget to subscribe, and I’ll see you guys soon. Bye!
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