review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

la roche posay effaclar duo [+]
la roche posay effaclar duo [+]


PRICE $24 – $29
FORMULATION thin gel cream
TEXTURE/FINISH quick absorbing, non greasy
PACKAGING Plastic standi-tube with screw cap and nozzle dispenser


This review will be short.

I love this product!

If you must know why then I suppose it is fair that I explain my skin type. It is normal and tends to head towards oily when I wear makeup. Moisturiser and my skin met for the first time when I was about 24 (I didn’t wear anything on my face until then, let alone makeup). I’ve been lucky in that my skin doesn’t ask for much by way of maintenance or care. It takes kindly to most products so a $4 moisturiser is just as effective as a $400 one on my face.

But come winter and my skin misbehaves. The dry cold air causes my face to break out. Not much, but enough to  bother me (I didn’t have any acne during my teens). When this first started happening a few years ago, I tried everything from different face washes, to masks to peels to moisturisers. Nothing worked.

Until I used La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+]. I read somewhere that this gel cream was a good way of keeping skin imperfections at check. Sold! French pharmaceutical products have a bit of a cult following what with their prolific use of thermal water and all the skin-friendly properties it brings.

I wear it under my moisturiser giving it a minute to soak in. It has a faint floral scent, nothing offensive, and absorbs easily as it is light and non-greasy. I don’t know how but it seems to do the trick. Ok, no I do: apparently it is the combination of something called Procerad (a ceramide), ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial plus lipo hydroxy acid, salicylic and linoleic acids which promote cell turnover.

If you read my post a while ago on my winter skin care routine, you’ll know I’ve waxed lyrical about this  moisturiser / skin treatment. And I know it is Effaclar Duo [+] doing the magic because when I stop using it, the breakouts reappear within a few days. So I always have a tube on standby and make sure I stock up when the 40% off sales are on at Priceline. Hey, it isn’t cheap!

Once we’re into spring, I’m ok to wean myself off Effaclar Duo [+] but it’s a must for me in the cooler months.

la roche posay effaclar duo [+]
la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

I’ve tried the other products in the Effaclar range such as the serum and toner (not available in Australia) but didn’t find them any special. i am keen to try the Mat moisturiser.

What is your winter skin care regimen?

review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

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