Hey everyone! Hope you are well. Today I'm going to be doing a review of my new skincare routine. I have been having problems with my skin for quite a while now, I've had a lot of breakouts in the chin and temple areas and dryness across the cheeks so it has been really difficult to find products that can cope with both extremes. I also have very sensitive and very pale skin which means that any redness or irritation shows up like a neon sign! I have recently noticed that some of the brands that I have previously loved are no longer tolerated so it's been a mission to find something that works, but finally I have found something that is ticking my many boxes! The brand is La Roche-Posay and the line that I am using is Effaclar. It is listed for oily/sensitive skin and so it seemed perfect for me. The first product I tried was the purifying foaming gel. I love it! You only need to use an amount the size of a 5p and it foams enough to clean the face and neck, at £11 for a 200ml tube, it will last for ages. It smells like cut flowers, but the scent is really subtle which I like. My face feels really clean afterwards whether I rinse with just water or use a sponge, and I can also use it with my sonic facial brush for a deep clean which I do twice a week. There is no tightness on any part of my face which I expected there to be with a foaming cleanser and my face feels super soft afterwards. Surprisingly it's also fab at taking off makeup, I would normally use facial oil (Decleor or Elemis), but this actually even shifted my favourite Benefit mascara!
The next product I've bought from the range is the Effaclar Unclogging Purifying Sebo-controlling Mask. It has a helluva long name, but it certainly does what it says on the tube! It's a clay type mask that you apply to clean skin, as you would expect. There is no stinging or discomfort like you often find with purifying masks and so I don't get the redness that I would normally get. What I do get is beautifully clear pores (you practically can't even see them!), soft and even textured skin and any blemishes that you do have start to dry up almost immediately afterwards. It doesn't have an awful scent which is nice as many I've tried do, so it's not horrible to put up with for 15 minutes. I've been using it twice weekly for about 3 weeks now and have noticed a massive change in the clarity and texture of my skin.
The final product that I have bought so far is the Effaclar Mat Sebo-controlling moisturiser. This moisturiser has a completely matte finish and goes on beautifully. It feels so good on the skin, gives plenty of moisture but sinks in immediately. It leaves no oily or sticky residue on the skin at all and minimises the look of pores and fine lines. It makes a fantastic base to apply foundation, my makeup seems to cling really well to it without the need for a primer and it lasts all day. It smells lovely and fresh too. The only issue I have with it is that you can't use it around your eyes, it's just a small thing but I'm lazy so I like to not have to use a separate eye cream! That's just me though, I love a multipurpose product!
All in all, the products I have tried of this range so far have really impressed me. I am pleased with the prices and the products have all performed as I'd hoped. The look and feel of my skin has improved using them and hopefully will continue to do so. I intend to try more of their products and I'll probably do another review on those when I do. If you found this helpful or have any questions or comments please let me know, I'd love to hear!