La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo inside Box

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo hand swatch

Firstly – Is La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo a moisturiser? Yes. This is probably the most frequently asked question when it comes to Effaclar Duo and so right here, right now, I can confirm that it most certainly is.

OK, so, Effaclar Duo Moisturiser is probably the hottest product to come out of the La Roche-Posay labs. Everyone uses it: models,  bloggers , journos and PRs alike – people in the industry are obsessed with this product and I have to say, I don’t get it.

Now you may have just inhaled your own tongue in shock and outrage, but I’ve slightly led you astray; I think La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is excellent: the formulation, the proven efficacy and the innovation; it’s truly a masterpiece in skincare, but why does everyone insist on using this product?

The reason I’ve been so vocal over the last year in regards to my obsession with La Roche-Posay is because like brands such as Clinique and Dermalogica, their product wardrobe is infinitely vast with products designed to treat every skin concern imaginable. Effaclar is a range designed for oily/combination and blemish prone skin – no ifs, no buts, no coconuts. Therefore I cannot believe that every single blogger/journo/PR who raves and rants about Effaclar Duo lives with this skin type and concern; because reading their reactions when it comes to other products they use, it often seems quite far from the truth.

Anyway, Effaclar Duo is not the most effective treatment for my skin, and this is what I love about La Roche-Posay, because there are other products that really are, more so than pretty much any brand out there. For example I love Toleriane to tie in with my annual course of Retinoid (0.025%) and also Hydreane Light for the summer months when I’m riddled with dehydration and sensitive, prickly heat.

So La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Moisturiser is perfect if your skin is oily/combination and blemish prone. You know by now what an anti-marketing speak kinda’ guy I am but  Effaclar Duo unquestionably, hydrates, smooths, protects and perfects (my language, not theirs). It kills spot causing, p.Acne bacteria; unblocks pores; smooths the surface of the skin and hydrates its surface layers.

With the exception of Silica and Cyclohexasiloxane (silicones), the ingredients list makes my mouth water. To get this quickly out the way, silicones have been reported to cause sensitivity and have a good few question marks surrounding their use but to be fair, I’m rather sensitive and use a couple of products that contain them and have no adverse reactions. Oh, and, La Roche-Posay laboratories have one of the most extensive, pharmaceutical grade testing and development policies going.

What’s in it then? Well, as with 99.999% of skincare products, the highest ratio ingredient is water, but this is rather special and gorgeous La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water that’s rich in Selenium, a super anti-oxidant. There’s Niacinamide, one of my favourite anti-inflammatory ingredients, to calm and reduce blemishes. You’ll also find Salicylic Acid, actually my favourite ingredient, well, ever that breaks down the bonds of dead skin cells (also referred to as BHA/Beta Hydroxy Acid). Omega-6 helps maintain the natural, moisture-retaining cell barrier.  There’s a lot going on here.

You know how understated I am when it comes to how a skincare treatment smells and feels as you’d never be recommended a medical prescription based on how a tablet/cream/ointment smells, feels or looks. However, it’s a bit of an interesting one. It’s a gel, but it comes out almost split, with the thicker gel surrounded by a small amount of lighter, more watery liquid; therefore don’t think your product has spoilt or separated, this is how it’s designed. There’s that light and almost sweet Effaclar scent and as you apply the product, it almost immediately sinks in. You don’t need much, about the size of a 5 pence piece or a US dime and then rub into your finger ends and press it all over the face, avoiding the eye area.

You can pick up La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Moisturiser in-store from Boots but I don’t often recommend it (low stock, damaged boxes, etc), instead buy it from Boots Online at a bargain price of £9.75 or from Escentual for £10.12.

Posted at 18:38 September 19, 2013

I’m probably the only person who is not impressed with this product, and I have combination skin with quite oily T-zone. It simply does nothing for my skin – it doesn’t make it better but it doesn’t make it worse either. I’d say this is one of the most overrated moisturizers ever!

I do have to agree with one thing though – LRP thermal water really is amazing, I use it after shawing and that’s the only thing that calms down redness and prevents breakouts. And after the water sinks in I use NUXE masque frais hydratant instead of aftershawe balm – it’s a perfect combination for me ;)

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