REVIEW: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen

Sunscreen + primer has been my newest curiosity as of late, and I’m always looking into ways to cut a step out of my morning skincare routine. La Roche-Posay is known for their fabulous skincare and suncare products so I didn’t hesitate to try the new Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen. Now that the summer months are approaching and I’m trying to avoid layering on too many products during the day, this particular product peaked my interest.

The La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen is a product that “combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants in a primer that provides a blurring effect on skin. This innovative skincare product provides instant optical correction of aging and daily prevention of aging caused by the sun.” Initially these are some bold claims — and the best of both worlds.

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La Roche-Posay describes this product as a way to achieve “instant correction of signs of aging.” I don’t even think that that’s even possible; however, the product is described to be “colorless, lightweight [in] texture [that] fills in and smoothes fine lines, wrinkles and pores for an even complexion and an instantly younger-looking skin. Its formula is enriched with absorbing powders to mattify skin and eliminate excess sebum in combination and oily skin.”

There’s some truth to their claims. The sunblock does contain high SPF, but applying too much of the primer makes your skin greasy and wouldn’t help your make up stay on longer. In contrast, if you applied too little of it then you wouldn’t be getting adequate sun protection. For me, I realized a little bit of this went a long way — only a small amount of it was needed to spread onto the skin. For this reason, I relied on my regular sunscreen underneath and applied tiny dabs of this primer on my nose, forehead, and cheeks.

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Another truth is that the texture of this product is really nice. It’s lightweight and blends easily since it’s kind of moussey texture. It fills in lines and pores really well, which I was impressed with. It didn’t irritate my skin and didn’t interfere with my makeup application, so in that sense, it worked as a primer should. However, again, I wasn’t into wearing this alone and skipping my usual sunscreen since I felt that it wouldn’t be giving be the amount of protection needed based on the small amount of product applied.

Honestly, it didn’t reverse any major aging, nor did it all of sudden give me the sudden appearance of younger looking skin. While the “daily anti-aging and antioxidant protection” sounded nice I think this performed better as a primer more than anything else; and, I certainly wouldn’t rely on only this to protect my skin. Additionally, although La Roche-Posay’s “Advanced Anti-Aging Filtering System” and “Powerful Cell-Ox Shield Antioxidant Complex” are known to “protect from signs of skin aging caused by the sun,” you’d have to apply a hell of a lot to get that protection — in which case you’d be applying way too much primer on your skin.

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I think La Roche-Posay aimed to produce a multi-functional all-in-one kind of product. However, I didn’t like applying too much of this stuff too my face because it got so oily fast. I wore a separate sunscreen underneath this primer — just like I would for any other primer I would use. So, for me, this product didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. All the fancy shmancy words and promises sound great, but I think it’s more responsible to apply a good amount of sunscreen to your face and add on a primer only in the places where you need it. I don’t recommend this product, even though I’m a big fan of La Roche-Posay products and would recommend the line to everyone (depending on your skincare concerns). Unfortunately, this product didn’t wow me even though the concept was nice.

Made in France.
Retails for $39.99 USD.

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra

So, I’ve been re-vamping my winter skincare routine for the day time due to the strange weather we’ve been having in Texas. With the harsh winds and coldness that my skin is normally not used to, my skin had gotten rough and dry in some parts, while still being oily in the dreaded t-zone. In addition, with some recent stresses in life, my skin had gotten bumpy and irritated while breakouts had been surprisingly leaving me alone. When I have an emergency situation like this, I like to refer back to really gentle products that I know aren’t going to totally disrupt my skincare routine.

Lately, I’ve been using the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra and it’s helped my skin out tremendously the last few weeks. While I may stop using it once my skin clears up and returns to normal, it’s certainly a great product to have around for those “just in case” moments.

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The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra is a moisturizer designed for “daily care to reduce the signs of skin reactivity.” It “provides hydration and alleviates irritation and provides intense, long-lasting comfort for highly intolerant skin.” As for my case, with the weather and stress, my skin was inflammed, red, and irritated from anything and everything. Since this is “formulated with 0% preservatives, 0% parabens, 0% fragrance, 0% alcohol, colorants and 0% lanolin,” it was a super gentle and soothing product to use.

The “patented packaging technology guarantees a contamination free, ultra pure formula with every application.” And, in addition, “Neurosensine, a unique calming agent to help[s] reduce signs of reactivity immediately upon application and pure, natural shea butter acts as an anti-inflammatory to hydrate and soothe skin.” It was just what my skin needed at this time.

Key Ingredients:
Neurosensine: Helps reduce signs of reactivity immediately upon application. Ultra Purified and Minimalist Formula: 0% harmful, irritating ingredients.

The texture of the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra is thick and greasy on contact. Because of this, one pump of it is all you need. I just pump a little onto my hand and rub it in to warm the product up. Then, I take some a swipe it onto my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. I blend the product in — continuously warming it up on my skin — and then patting the product in afterwards to make sure my skin absorbs it. My skin feels instantly better and soothed, redness is reduced, and the bumps are still there but less noticeable. It’s surprisingly easy to work with, despite the texture feeling a bit difficult in the beginning.

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In the mornings, I’ve had to wait a little longer than usual for the product to absorb before applying my suncreen and then my base makeup. At night, I use two pumps to really get my skin safely coated in this stuff. In 3 days, my skin was pretty much back to normal. The bumps were nearly all gone, pimples that were in the process of healing prior were gone, and my skin was well-hydrated and plump from all the extra attention. However, it does get a bit oily and I noticed my makeup caking a bit around my nose and mouth — even when I didn’t have these tendencies before. After blotting a bit, it seemed okay. This stuff did wonders for my skin and seems to be soothing for my skin after a chemical peel. Although I wouldn’t incorporate it permanently into my morning routine as my daytime moisturizer, it’s great for healing.

I think this is just good to have around, even if I don’t use it every day. When my skin is pretty good and I get a pimple or two, I apply this moisturizer before applying a spot treatment and it’s worked wonders for me. I don’t need it every day, but when my skin really needs it, I really benefit from using it so I highly recommend it!

Made in France.
Retails for $36.99 USD.

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution

Warm, humid weather means that the skin will likely be more oily and congested. While my skin can be relatively normal most of the year, the summer months can make my t-zone unbearable. Lately, I’ve had some issues with blocked and congested pores, blackheads, and general oiliness on my chin, nose, and forehead. Ulta has recently expanded their La Roche-Posay range and I noticed the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution. I’m so happy with my purchase and I recommend it if you’ve been having symptoms like me.

This is a “gentle exfoliating acne toner that penetrates deep to unclog pores and smooth skin texture. Using an optimal combination of ingredients, the Clarifying Solution exfoliates without causing unnecessary irritation and drying, leaving skin soft and smooth.” This product is oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, dermatologist tested, and suitable for sensitive skin.

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A great way to try this product and the rest of the acne line, the Effaclar Dermatological Acne System can be a worthwhile investment for $29.99 USD. For me, I opted for the toner only since I already owned the Dual Action Acne Treatment separately. The toner smells very chemical-y, but it saturates a cotton pad well and applies soothingly onto the skin. For me, I’ve been concentrating the toner directly on my nose and chin area for the last two weeks. I have applied it every night along with the Dual Action Acne Treatment, and so far, I’ve seen great results. My pores are smoother and more clear, which has allowed it to look less congested and bumpy. The blackheads are diminishing slowly, but aren’t completely at bay. Small bumps I had on my chin are gone and have stayed away.

I’ve also been using this on my upper shoulder where I’ve noticed some unattractive “bacne.” The area has smoothed out greatly with minimal raised bumps. I’m left with some hyperpigmentation, but it certainly looks and feels better than before. I think in general it’s best to use the toner in conjunction with the Dual Action Acne Treatment, and results aren’t immediate but gradual. I’ve noticed great improvement in overall skin condition; and, I suspect after a few more weeks I’ll be happy with the results. I would recommend this toner and the Dual Action Acne Treatment; however, even the toner alone seems to do a great job as a preventative measure. The ingredients sound strong but are surprisingly gentle on the skin. I didn’t experience any redness, peeling, or burning when I applied this product.

Ingredients:
Active: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid. Inactive: Water, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Capryloyl Glycine, Phenoyxethanol, Benzyl Alochol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Menthol, Tremella Fuciformis, Polysaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract.

Retails for $15.00 USD.
Contains 3.4 fl. oz./100 mL

Update & Review: La Roche Posay Effaclar K

Effaclar K is 1.5% salicylic acid, 0.3% micro-exfoliating LHA, and 0.05% Retinyl Linoleate.

The box claims that this product is “an efficient solution to address the issue of oily and acne-prone skin” with “clogged pores, blackheads, and rough, uneven texture.” Effaclar K is formulated with a combination of LHA and Retinyl Linoleate, “a powerful retinol derivative” and helps to “prevent reappearance of skin imperfections.” The clear-ish gel formula dries quickly and is lightweight. I wear this at night, but this it totally suitable for daytime under makeup as well.

Because this product promotes “cell turnover” and “cell renewal,” it exfolites and sloughs off dead/damaged skin cells faster than the body can on its own. In doing so, the acne medication portion of this product is able to penetrate faster and deeper, delivering the goods to the core of your pimplistic problem. In many cases, if you attack the problem early on – a pimple won’t even actually surface fully. The results are quite amazing.

For minor issues (meaning – 1-3 red bumps), I can see results over night; and, if something doesn’t go away over night, then it’s significantly better the next day and disguisable with makeup. For more intense issues (meaning – hard, sore and raised bumps on the skin), there’s no such thing as an over night miralce. However, the results are promising and within a day or two, the SIZE of the monster is significantly dimished (which is better than nothing). And, a reduced pimple is better than a growing one.

1.5% salicylic acid: treats acne and allows the skin to heal;
0.3% micro-exfoliating LHA: micro-exfoliates the skin and stimulates cell renewal to “transform and smooth skin texture”;
0.05% Retinyl Linoleate: improves cell turnover and helps perfect the skin

My only complaint about this product is its scent. It smells strongly like cleaning solution or…like, toilet bowl cleaner?? Lol. The scent dissipates after some time but it does linger a bit. Since the product works, I don’t mind the scent; any thing for clear skin!

Try looking for this on Amazon. I’ve seen it at a few CVS locations, but most of the time, it’s hard to find. One tube is 30 ml and is made in France. Check the bottom of the box for its expiration date to check for the product’s freshness; my new tube will last until 2014.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)