There's always been something so elusive and romantic about French pharmacies and their wares.
The French take their products seriously and not just any old product gets the call up to stand amongst legendary brands such as Caudalie and NUXE.
But what makes brands like La Roche Posay – perhaps the most well-known and esteemed of them all – so desirable is their subtext. All contain dermatologist-approved ingredients to treat everything from ageing to acne but still at an affordable price.
Which is why when they drop a new product, you listen.
La Roche Posay is known for its gentle yet effective formulas, so I was quite keen to try out their latest product – Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum (€32.50), the follow-up to its best-selling Effaclar Duo and its latest innovation for adult acne and blemish-prone skin.
Effaclar Ultra Concentrated combines a blend of clinically proven resurfacing acids which are tailored to target decongestion and smooth the skin’s surface without causing discomfort.
It features salicylic acid, LHA and glycolic acid – meaning that is combats breakouts, exfoliates and brightens, respectfully – while niacinamide and La Roche-Posay Thermal Water reinforce and restore the skin’s natural barrier.
As someone who has sensitive skin and is prone to both acne and blemishes (especially as the seasons change), I felt like I slot nicely into the product's target market. The formula has an almost a watery consistency which is meant to be applied before moisturiser (rule of thumb for applying skincare in the correct order is that you go from thinnest consistency to thickest).
As per the bottle's suggestions, I applied it at night right after cleansing.
Also as per the brand's medical professionals, I was also advised to stop using any other acids while using the Effaclar Serum, lest we overload the skin with chemicals. So, I just used it with my normal oil-based cleanser and moisturisers.
And I wasn't disappointed: within a week my skin appeared brighter and less congested all the while not compromising my sensitivity.
It also caused several of my closest friends to compliment my skin's texture and radiance (over FaceTime, of course) – something I desperately needed after fighting a losing battle with maskne of late. More on that here.
All in all, this product managed to do exactly what it said it would – not something that always happens with skincare – while also providing benefits that I would usually expect out of three or four products. Three cheers for less packaging!
For more information on La Roche Posay's Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum, check out their website here.
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