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Friday, 20 February 2015

"Effaclar: Not Just for Oily Skin"-

Guest Post by Malia, a lovely friend who blogs on "Malia Style & Life".

If you’ve been active in the beauty blogosphere, the name “Effaclar” or “La Roche-Posay” has probably made it into your vocabulary by now, if not or if slightly so you’ve probably heard it followed by “Duo”. Yes, Effaclar Duo, but I’m not here to talk about the currently most raved about anti-blemish cream for oily problem skin. I’m here to talk about its other family member 

So I shut out the raving voices of the skincare and beauty bloggers and went in for the Purifying Foaming Gel first. Since this was my first use and longest I decided that a thorough review was in order. 

My Skin Type 
I’m not one to pigeonhole myself into a skin type. For a long time I didn’t even know there was such as thing as skin type – shock horror – I know! And when I did, I remember immediately booking myself in for an appointment with a skin specialist to find out my skin type. She ran her fingers over my face and told me that I was combination. When I say that my skin is combination I mean combination in the most contrasting way. I can get slightly oily on my t-zone and very dry everywhere else. This line by La Roche-Posay is designed for oily sensitive skin so I was a bit wary at first.  

As stated, it’s gel based. This is common for products designed for oily-prone skin. It feels very weighted and concentrated to the touch, not sticky, too slippery or watery but yet very gel like. I run this over my wet face in circle motions and can almost feel the oiliness on my t-zone wiping itself off, before I’ve even washed the foamy loviness off! This is what is so effective about this face wash, most of the work is done for you. What’s more, there is no overpowering smell. It’s just so gentle. 

Squeaky Clean 
My face has that squeaky clean feel you get after you’ve used a toner. I’m not a regular toner user so this is ideal for me. You get that smooth toned feeling even without having exfoliated that week. 

Cleared out Skin? 
It’s still too early too tell, but the formula is so gentle and kind to my sensitive skin that it would give Simple skincare a run for their money. What I can say is that I am not breaking out as much as I used to. This product has just brought sheer calmness to my skin. 

Suitable for Combination Skin? 
The verdict. Yes. It probably depends on how much you use. I used a coin-sized amount and that suffices. I enjoy the toned feeling over my face and then follow through with my usual moisturiser 

Have you tried La Roche-Posay yet? Share your favourite skincare essentials in the comments below and check out my skin and hair care category  :)

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