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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skin Care

This post is also available in Spanish. Este artículo también está disponible en español.

I’ve always had fairly sensitive skin, something I think has been passed down to me by a mother who’s eyes periodically flare up and can’t wear most eye makeup. When I get a sensitive/intolerant reaction, my skin becomes very prickly and itchy, I go bright red and I actually start to perspire a little. It’s really not that nice. After the reaction has calmed down which can be anywhere from 10 minutes to a whole day, I get little patches of dry skin. If all this is sounding a little familiar, then you should definitely read on to what lead me to find La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skin Care.

The one problem I have with products for sensitive skin is that they’re often made for people who are sensitive and dry as this is the most common combination. I on the other hand, like many, have an oily/combination skin type. This then leads you to another dilemma as most products for a combination skin type contain ingredients, such as harsh astringents, that can cause reactions and flare ups.

After a particularly harsh reaction here in Spain, I went to the local pharmacy for a solution, all of which all appear to sell Be+, Avène, Vichy and La Roche-Posay. I’d read up briefly on the internet before going that La Roche-Posay do a range for ‘intolerant’ skin types called, Toleriane. There are a number of products in the range, and at the moment in the UK, they have a product designed for a very oily skin type, but I bought the ‘Soothing Protective Skin Care’ which is the standard moisturiser designed for a normal/combination skin type. The whole range is fragrance-free, preservative-free and paraben-free with minimal ingredients and a removal of those that are known to cause sensitivity.

The product is very light in texture and sinks in like a dream. It feels quite watery as you can tell from the picture, but it does deliver a very high level of moisture. When I applied it to the skin, it soothed and calmed it straight away and it’s felt beautifully moisturised all day long. The products are none comedogenic, so your pores won’t become blocked.

The whole range, as does the whole La Roche-Posay product line, contains La Roche-Posay thermal spring water which has amazing soothing and hydrating properties, and is the foundation for the whole company. Their products are created to a very high standard, by dermatologists and are dermatologically tested.

Feast your eyes on the ingredients: Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalane, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer and Sodium Hydroxide.

As you can see, there’s nothing in there that is a real cause for concern, with the possible exception of Sodium Hydroxide. This is often added to lower the acidity of a product, making it more alkali. It’s the last ingredient on the list, so is therefore in tiny quantities.

For the moment I’m in love with this product, it feels great, leaves me with no shine and has really helped soothe my skin. I’ll continue to use it over a much longer period of time to see if the beneficial effects continue, or I may use it when needed, we’ll see. If you try or have tried this range, or anything else from La Roche-Posey that you’d recommend, then please leave me a comment!

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 06:34 March 22, 2014
Hasnat
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I have been enjoying your reviews since they have been directed at men. You’ve mentioned in your LRP Effaclar Duo Plus review that you have a normal/combination skin type and here you have mentioned that you’re more of an oily/combination skin type. I am a little confused because I’m somewhat acne-prone/slightly oily so I don’t know what to do anymore! I have used LRP Effaclar Duo Plus with the foaming gel and I am getting these white-headed spots near the nose and upper lip and some in progress in the chin region. Do you think I have had a reaction and maybe this is not suitable for my skin type? Help me please!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 07:23 July 16, 2012
Revitoldirct
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This is a very good article for one who really looking for the perfect care for the sensitive skin there are a couple of thing that i liked most and can prove me the good source of information. definitely I would like to share the article.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 22:53 August 26, 2012
    Thom Watson
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    So glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for reading :)

Harvey Specter
Posted at 07:23 July 16, 2012
Revitoldirct
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This is a very good article for one who really looking for the perfect care for the sensitive skin there are a couple of thing that i liked most and can prove me the good source of information. definitely I would like to share the article.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:34 July 16, 2012
    manface
    Author

    Hey! Thanks for the comment. I’d love to know how else you deal with sensitive skin.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 22:53 August 26, 2012
    manface
    Author

    So glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for reading :)

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