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I'd heard rave reviews about these product on a few blogs and after doing more research, I was tempted to try it. The deal was sealed when I realised that I needed one more product to get free shipping and a £5 discount on the Boots website, meaning I paid £8 instead of £13. This made the 30ml of product seem much more reasonable!
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR K 30ML is a daily renewal fluid gradually exfoliates the skin texture to reduce pores and regain a smooth and clear complexion.
Effaclar is the complete solution adapted for all types of imperfection prone skin. Naturally hyperactive sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of sebum. The skin tends to become shiny. Under the influence of environmental variations, sebum can oxidise and stimulate sebaceous glands even more. The pores get blocked and imperfections may appear.
La Roche-Posay is the dermatologists brand of choice recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.
Aqua, isononyl isononanoate, propylene glycol, dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, peg-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, salicylic acid, ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide, octyldodecanol, zinc pca, sodium hydroxide, retinyl linoleate, capryloyl salicylic acid, xanthan gum, cetyl alcohol, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, parfum.
The product lasts 12 months after opening and comes in a really easy-to-use metal tube. The cap comes off quite easily (i.e. useless!), so I normally just keep it in the box especially when I'm carrying it in a suitcase/makeup bag. The cap is clear and you need only a tiny amount of force to screw it off. The opening is small and pointed, which makes it really easy to just get out the desired amount. The cream is quite thin and white in colour.
I typically use it 1-2 times a day: morning and evening before bed. The product is meant to be a good makeup base, but I've not tried this before.
Even though the instructions tell you to use it on your whole face, I only use it on areas where my skin is oily, red and my pores are large. I used this in a pretty dedicated way for nearly 1 month until I got a cold recently. You're meant to see results within 2 weeks. The instruction leaflet also states that "skin texture is smoothed, pores are tightened and unclogged, imperfections are lastingly diminished, skin is clearer, the complexion more radiant", after using the product. I actually did notice that, despite having an oily T-zone, it had mattified a lot and I would even wake up and the oily areas would be completely non-greasy!...This was really surprising. The complexion looked more even as well. I didn't notice the pore size diminish though. I've not used this for about a week due to travel and illness, and it seems like my skin looks more like it normally does but a little better - Could be due to the product, but I can't be certain!
I didn't experience any discomfort in applying the cream and found that it absorbed into my skin really quickly. Results can't be seen overnight with this cream, but with repeated usage, I have definitely noticed a difference. I would highly recommend that anyone who uses it does a patch test, since the product is quite strong and can be very drying for some people according to reviews I've read on different websites. At £13, I have mixed feelings since it's done a reasonably good job, but I doubt my skin looks much better than if I didn't use it as my main concerns were pores and redness - this didn't change that much. I believe that it would make a good makeup base however due to how matt it's made me skin immediately after using. Overall I would give it 3.5 stars! Hope this helped!
I am always scouring the internet searching for free samples that I can try and test and last year I was delighted to obtain a few from La Roche-Posay who are a company that specialise in skincare. Amongst the products I received were two 5ml tubes of Daily Renewal Fluid For Oily Skin and this review discusses my experience with using them.
~~ A little about my skin type ~~
During my teenage years my skin was very oily and as a result, was prone to breakouts of spots. Since I have aged my skin type can now be described as T-zone where I will often suffer with an oily nose and forehead and dry patches on my cheeks and chin. My job involves me spending a lot of time on the road and as a result I find that my skin can become considerably grimy. I follow a strict beauty regime where I thoroughly cleanse, tone and moisturise on a daily basis.
~~ Using the Daily Renewal Fluid ~~
The claims are that the product will "transform and smooth the skin texture and prevent repeated pore blocking". I took a look at the La Roche-Posay website to find out why they were making this claim and to learn about the active ingredients. I discovered that the Effaclar K range combines LHA and retinol Linoleate. This information might as well have been written in code, as I have no idea what LHA stands for and there was no explanation on the website.
I am not intending to discuss packaging, particularly as my freebies differed slightly to the larger version of 30 ml. However, the appearance of the tube with its' white background, blue logo and black text creates a clean and fresh image although some may consider it to be a little clinical. The paraben free white coloured fluid is similar to that of a lotion in consistency and is offers a very faint clean and fresh aroma. I was a little unsure of when I should apply the product, particularly as it does not replace a moisturiser, so I used directly after toning and prior to moisturisation.
It was easily applied to my skin and soaked in almost instantly and I found that I needed very little to cover my entire face. Whilst it was not uncomfortable I experienced a slight drying sensation on my cheeks and below my lips, so I was glad to apply my moisturiser directly afterwards.
~~ What did I think? ~~
The fluid is intended for those with combination to oily skin, irregular skin texture and blocked pores and whilst I often suffer with blocked pores around the edges of my nose I cannot admit to noticing any difference after using the two free tubes over a period of approximately one month. It is claimed that the fluid contains micro-exfoliating properties to unclog the pores, but these must have been tiny, as I could not witness any particles within the fluid. I am glad that I didn't fork out hard earned cash for this product, as in my opinion it is a total waste of money and I can achieve better results from using a facial scrub. On a positive note, I found the fluid perfect as a base for my mousse foundation, as it seemed to glide onto my skin with minimal effort and gave me a matt and shine-free appearance for the entire day. Once empty I was able to place the tube with the recycling.
~~ Price and Availability ~~
Boots sell a number of La-Roche Possay products, but this particular one does not appear on their website. However, I have checked on Amazon and at the time of writing you can make a purchase of the 30 ml tube for £14.30 plus £2.90 postage and packing.
Unfortunately, I can only award this product two stars due to the fact that the fluid is an excellent base for make up, but as for any other purpose I found it a total waste of time.
I hope you found my review useful and thank you for reading.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Renovating Care For Oily Skin / Daily renewal moisturiser to help pores look clearer and refine the skin's texture / Both the skin's texture and pores feels smoother and tighter, while imperfections are visibly reduced.