I’m sure most of you will have heard about the latest wonder product somewhere in the blogosphere, but does it really live up to its skin saviour label?- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo.
Now, I haven’t got acne or particularly bad skin, but I am prone to the odd blemish. Drawn in by the hype, I totted down to my local Boots to test out but ended up eagerly rummaging through the shelves of 3 different stores before I managed to get my hands on a tube. At £13.00 for 40ml, you don’t get a huge amount for your dollar, but a little really does go a long way.
Effaclar duo is described as a solution, suitable for all skin types, which aims to reduce the appearance of imperfections and purifies pores using its 4 active ingredients.“Niacinamide and Piroone Olamine help reduce severe local imperfections by purifying the skin and protecting against breakouts developing. The LHA/Linoleic Acid combination helps unclog pores by eliminating dead cells responsible for their obstruction. These active ingredients are combined with soothing and anti-irritating La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.” (La Roche Posay Website) - Wow, that was a mouthful.
I popped a tiny pea sized amount of the light textured gel formula all over my face and neck before bed that same evening and left it to work its magic overnight. On application it did give a little tingly sensation, but wasn’t irritating at all.
I experienced immediate results the next morning; not only had my skins texture improved, but its overall appearance - it felt baby soft, and the slight redness around my nose had completely disappeared! My love for the product quickly grew as I continued using it religiously morning AND night for the next couple of months until it then became a staple in my skincare routine. I use the Effaclar Duo as a serum underneath my morning moisturiser and find my make-up applies flawlessly, whilst keeping any pesky blemishes at bay.
However, as a girl with “Normal” skin, I do find that the formula can be a little drying at times and therefore will often switch it up with a richer moisturiser or just pop the gel on specific areas where I feel I need it the most.
Have you tried the Effaclar Duo solution yet?