Beauty Review: La Roche-Posay

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I was lucky enough to have received the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3 step set for Christmas and was so excited to get trying it because I have wanted to for so long. I thought that these products were going to be the miracle cure that would banish those pesky lingering spots that have been invading my face over the last few months. Let me tell you, the disappointment I feel is unreal!

Step 1 – The foaming gel cleanser is just ok. My face feels clean after use but it is definitely not a wow product. I pop a splodge on my hand foam it up between my fingers and then smush it around my face before rinsing with warm water. It definitely leaves my skin less oily, which is what it says on the package, but it doesn’t really do much else for me except leave me feeling exceptionally dry.

Step 2 – The clarifying toner is definitely a no from me. It is fragrance free which is good for those who aren’t a fan of certain smells or has sensitive skin but for me I like a toner to make me feel refreshed and clean. This just isn’t the one! By using this product I cannot say my pores are any different in fact, I think I have actually got more blackheads. This product is definitely the worst of the three and one I wouldn’t go back to when it runs out.

Step 3 – Onto probably the most well-known product of the three, the Effaclar Duo+. This product is actually not that bad, though I cannot say I see any improvement on my skin. The finish is nice, it sinks into the skin well and doesn’t feel greasy. It is nice to use before applying make-up as it doesn’t affect how it goes on. But sadly I would not repurchase because I think there are so many other great products on the market that have a better effect for a smaller price tag.

The other things that annoyed me about these are:

  •  It made my hands so dry and flakey from applying the product twice a day in their three-step routine.
  • I have used the routine morning and night religiously for the past month but have more spots!
  • The product came with a 30 day money back guarantee on the box which expired in May 2017 despite the set being purchased only a few days before Christmas 2017.

Overall, unless you have a frivolous budget I would not recommend these products. If, like me, you are suffering with quite the outbreak at the moment I would suggest a creamy cleanser which soothes the skin much like the Liz Earle cleanse and polish or the Superdrug equivalent and a toner from Mario Badescu – the Aloe or Cucumber Lotion is nice mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite products are for those times when you skin just isn’t your friend.

Thanks for reading.

H xxx

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