Monday, 21 November 2011

Wonder Product #2 La Roche Posay Effaclar K

 La Roche Posay Effaclar K Renovating Care For Oily Skin, £13 for 30ml

Since moving to Wales in July, I've been suffering with terrible skin. It is the worst it has ever been, I have quite an uneven skin tone but growing up I was really lucky with my skin; it wasn't sensitive, it wasn't spot or acne prone. I couldn't understand the changes it my skin, and it noticeably got worse September onwards. I hadn't changed my skin care routine, and was basically confused as to what was going on! I consciously changed my skin care routine, twice, but nothing helped. Feeling a bit of a lost cause, I decided to try La Roche- Posay because I'd read in a magazine that it had done wonders to others skin.

It's a serum like consistency, a milky liquid that absorbs into the skin within minutes. The packaging calls it a 'fresh, hydrating and non greasy cream-fluid texture.'
Smell; It's a hard one to describe. It smells like something that has been made in a lab. Good, right? Not too overpowering or chemically, though.

I've been using it twice a day for two weeks and I can honestly say that it has transformed my skin back into it's old self. For the first week of use I kept a diary to show you lot how quickly it worked.

Day One; I had a no makeup day and used this morning and night. 
Day Two; I've woken up and can see a visible difference. Blemishes seem calmer, and redness has toned down. I used this before my makeup (primer afterwards) and after I washed my face, before bed.
Day Three; No new blemishes or spots!! Skin looks clearer.
Day Four; No changes
Day Five; A slight disruption in skin but nothing like before, skin tone remains even!
Day Six; No changes
Day Seven; I look freshfaced and healthy. Today there are no spots or blemishes, and my skin tone appears more even.

The packaging states that this is for combination- oily skin, for irregular skin tone and blocked pores. It's a daily care product which unclogs pores and helps to transform and refine skin texture. Used daily it will help prevent a relapse of any former skin imperfections.
It says that the results should be a smoother skin texture, tightened and unblocked pores, clearer skin and a more radiant complexion.

The only downside is that from the way the products were displayed (in Boots), and perhaps the language barrier (it's all in French, and I ain't a French speaker), it wasn't clear to me if this product should have been used in conjunction with anything else, and I didn't even know if I was picking the right one. I found the process of picking and purchasing this quite time consuming and confusing, but I obviously (luckily) chose the right product. I wish there was some congruency/consistency/guidance in what other products to use with this one, so that I could have my entire skincare regime by La Roche- Posay!
At £13 I'd say it was completely affordable for how it has changed my skin for the better, so pleased to have found something that actually works for me!

What products have helped your skin? Do you use La Roche- Posay?


  1. Hi Emily!!
    Yes i've used and continue using effaclar k as well as effaclar m although i'm currently using a different moisturiser. I love the roche-posay products they're the best! Well the effaclar k contains LHA that is suppose to do a micro exfoliation and that's why it has a tiny tip/applicator to give that extra precision during the use! I don't think u're suppose to use all over your face just on the problematic areas or it'll dry out the skin, maybe...
    Well i love that brand!! try to go to their official website they must have it in English!

  2. this sounds great! the only thing that has ever gotten rid of my spots is st ives scrub but it gives me such a red face! think i need to invest in a product like this.


  3. Recently I went away this summer to Greece and ran out of foundation so I tried out their toleriane teint foundation. It's literally the best I've ever, EVER used and I love it so, so much. I haven't been able to find it anywhere in England though :-(? I'm keen to try this out, my skin's quite problematic at the moment! Lovely review. XO

  4. This product sounds great! I'm definitely going to look out for it. Thanks for sharing x

  5. I completely recommend the La Roche Posay range for bad skin - mine is 100 times better since switching my full skincare routine to the range! The only product I use not from them is my L'Oreal Micellar Water xx


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