Hello! It feels like ages since I have sat down to do some ingredient analysis – I blame my relapse into j-dramas. Today’s product under the microscope is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Multi-Compensating Soothing Moisturiser.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Multi-Compensating Soothing Moisturiser
£10.59 – Farmaline
La Roche-Posay Effaclar H moisturises oily skin that feels weak and fragile. It also provides skin with the lipids it lacks to reconstitute the protective hydrolipidic film. Contains Ceramide 5 to help reinforce the skin’s barrier function.
AQUA / WATER. SQUALANE (emollient/skin conditioning). GLYCERIN (humectant). DIMETHICONE (silicone – barrier/skin protectant). PROPYLENE GLYCOL* (humectant). BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER (skin conditioning). CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (fragrance/skin conditioning). PEG-100 STEARATE* (surfactant). GLYCERYL STEARATE (emulsifying agent). PEG-20 STEARATE (emulsifying agent). BISABOLOL (skin conditioning). CARBOMER (emulsion stabilising). TRIETHANOLAMINE (buffering agent). AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE (emulsion stabilising). HYDROXYPALMITOYL SPHINGANINE (skin conditioning). TETRASODIUM EDTA* (chelating agent/penetration enhancer). XANTHAN GUM (emulsion stabilising). CETYL ALCOHOL (emollient). TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E). SODIUM BENZOATE* (preservative). CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (skin conditioning). PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
Once again, I am guilty of product hoarding. I received the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H in a gift from Farmaline. What I thought was really thoughtful of the gift was that the products weren’t just chosen randomly, Farmaline chose products specific to the skincare problems I have. One of them was a damaged skin barrier that had been caused by using hot water and over-drying treatments. That is where this product comes in.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar H has been designed to treat oily skin that has been damaged or weakened by over-drying treatments. You know how it is, the first sight of oil and we rush to dry the skin out rather than identify what is causing the concern. It sounds shallow, but I realised my skin’s barrier was damaged when I realised that make up was no longer staying on my face. It was either being absorbed or simply sliding off. I also noticed that my skin was looking damaged; tight, dull, dry, red.
When I first received this product, I began using it twice daily and I noticed an improvement in the appearance and feel of my skin. Nowadays, I don’t use the moisturiser daily as over time I found it a little too heavy for everyday use. Whilst I do not use it everyday any more, I do like to use this product after I have used a face mask. There are times where I feel my skin feels dry and tight after using a face mask, particularly clay based ones, and this moisturiser soothes and smoothes my skin (is smoothes even a word?). However, I do have to hold my hands up and admit that some of the ingredients make me raise my eyebrows. Some of them are identified as irritants; not something you want to be putting on damaged skin, no? This is something I’m finding quite a lot with LRP products. Whilst I do like this product, I’m not sure I’d be okay with recommending it due to the ingredients. I’ve starred up the products that worry me slightly. I would say if you were thinking about purchasing it, perhaps do a little ingredient analysis yourself and decide if this is a product you want to purchase.