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Sunday, 21 January 2018

La Roche- Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, Duo + Moisturiser & Purifying Clay Mask | Review


 I can't believe this is my first post of the year! Being the third week in January it's definitely too late to talk resolutions (and to be honest I'm not really one for them anyway), so let's scrap that and go straight in with a beauty review!


Today's post is a skincare one, thanks to the lovely team at La Roche- Posay* who kindly sent me three products from their best selling Effacer range. The range is formulated for oily, acne and blemish prone skin, which pretty much sums mine up. Although it has settled recently, it can be oily and I’m all too familiar with breakouts, especially around my t zone. My skin has been temperamental since my teens, and as a result I am very careful about what products I use on it. Needless to say, if a brand has products that are specifically designed to target 'problem skin’, I’m sold.

 I've already tried and loved the award winning Effaclar Duo Moisturiser, so was excited to try the latest version which contains SPF30, as well as the Purifying Cleansing Gel and Purifying Clay Mask- 2 products that I've heard a lot of hype about.


I tend to use a cream cleanser day to day, mainly because I find it quicker and less messy than foaming cleansers, however I’ve been keeping the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel in the shower and using it twice a day, replacing my usual cleanser. The gel formula is clear, and works to lift dirt and sebum (the oily substance that can cause breakouts if the skin secretes too much) away from the surface of the skin, without disrupting it's balance, or making it feel dry. In fact, when I've used foaming cleansers in the past my skin has often been left feeling completely dried out, to the point where I've had to go overboard with moisturiser. After using the purifying cleansing gel my skin instantly feels squeaky clean- as if every last bit of dirt or makeup has been removed- it honestly feels really clean, as well as looking dewy and fresh. It retails for £12, and can also be used as a body wash.

One of La Roche- Posay's best selling, and most talked about, products is the Effaclar Duo- a gel based moisturiser formulated to not only target and help to heal spots and blemishes, but also to reduce the appearance of red or brown scars and discolouration that are often left by spots. In fact, it promises clearer skin in just 4 weeks. The latest update, Effaclar Duo + SPF 30 does all of this, as well as containing SPF for broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and protecting the skin from daily pollution. I loved the original duo moisturiser, but would always choose a product with SPF if possible, so I was really pleased to hear that the brand had worked to make an already amazing product even better. Although described as a gel based moisturiser, the consistency is in fact like a cream, and you need such a small amount to cover the whole face due to its thick consistency. Like all of La Roche- Posay's products, it has a clean, slightly medicinal scent, and although it takes a while to work into the skin, once absorbed, it instantly makes my skin feel so soft, a feeling that lasts pretty much all day, with or without makeup. The original Effaclar Duo moisturiser retails for £16.00, with the Duo Moisturiser with SPF retailing for £16.50.

The last product from the Effaclar range that I've been using is the Purifying Clay Mask. Now I've had a bit of a love/ hate relationship with face masks in the past, which I think stems back to being a spotty teenager and getting the little sachets from Superdrug that made my face sting constantly and break out even more (who else remembers these?) Thankfully things have moved on since then, and I now think it's really important to use a face mask regularly to give your skin a little bit of extra love now and then. This dermatological mask is clinically proven to unclog pores, cleanse and control shine, and it even helps to reduce inflammation, so is perfect for use when you have them dreaded skin flare ups I use a small amount and apply firstly to my nose and the centre of the face, working outwards, whilst avoiding the area around my eyes. I've been using this once a week, and leave it on around 5 minutes, before rinsing off with warm water. Afterwards, my skin feels so moisturised, and not at all dry, which I was so surprised about the first time I used it. I've added this to my Friday night bath routine and I definitely think my skin looks more glowing the following day. The clay mask retails for £13.00, and was named on the Glamour Beauty Power list 2017.

After using all three of these products for the past few months, I really feel that my skin's texture and appearance has improved- I haven't had any breakouts, my skin doesn't feel as sensitive, and the little patch of eczema that had popped up above one of my eyelids has now gone completely. I love the fact that all of the products in the Effaclar range are dermatologist approved, contain no parabens or nasties, as well as being perfect for oily, acne prone skin like mine. All are affordable, and despite using them regularly for a couple of months, they all still have a fair amount left, so are definitely value for money. I will 100% be re buying all of them once they run out so big ticks (and clear skin) all round!

Have you tried any products from La Poche- Rosay? What are you skincare saviours? 

* This post contains gifted products, but all views are my own.


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