🌻Love You, Love You Not… La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + & Anthelios SPF 50+
One of these products I like very much, the other… not. In fact, I can’t bring myself to apply the latter now, so I stopped using it, or rather, I don’t use it on my face, which is what is made for.
The product in question is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist. I bought this one at the end of summer, when days were still long, so when it was time for me to go home the sun was still shining bright.
Desperately seeking protection: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist
Those of you who have stopped by my blog before will likely be aware of my devotion for SPF, and my adamant refusal to submit to sun damage, inasmuch as that is possible; you might also know that two hours after applying, sunscreen must be re-applied, or it won’t really do its job of protecting you against the bombardment of skin-frying, melanoma-inducing radiation.
For this reason I decided to buy this face mist, mainly because I’d seen mostly good reviews about it, and at first sight it seemed like a convenient way to reapply protection, without having to smear SPF on my face prior to my sun-drenched way home; besides of the easy spray packaging, the can is rather small and neat, not taking up much space in my handbag.
However, this was disappointment at first spray, and my opinion didn’t improve with further use.
Why? Because between feeling like I’m actually applying hairspray to my face (not because its texture, but because of the aerosol dispenser), and the product’s intense fragrance, I can’t get rid of the impression I’m dosing my face with a potential case of pneumoconiosis.
Applying this product means that I have to hold my breath till the mist settles down on the skin (that is, when the skin turns purple from not breathing). On the can it even says not to use this product in an enclosed space, such as, say my office’s restroom… what a warning! If I’d noticed this before, I’d have left this product on the shelf.
At any rate, I just don’t like using this sunscreen at all: I feel like I need to be wearing a gas mask, à la Empty Child.*
I know, I know, I should have thought this before buying a can of hairspray for my face… I’m just like those ridiculous people who go to a pool and complain about getting splashed, or who go to a dance club and groan about all the people, and that crazy loud music.
In addition, the mist is so, so fine and impalpable, that I just can’t trust its protection. I got into the habit of walling myself up in sunscreen, since I learned that you need to apply lots and lots of it for the SPF to do its job, and this ever-so-subtle, invisible veil of sunscreen and propellent just doesn’t make me confident to go walking on sunshine (ooh-ooh…)
So, my search for the right SPF for this use continues, and likely I’ll opt for some kind of SPF in powder form, for when the days grow longer again. In the meantime, I’m using this sunscreen on my hands, mainly to finish it before spring is here, and keep from feeling I’ve thrown 14€ away.
I don’t even know how to rate it, since in any other format this might not be a bad SPF, but this spray mist is just not for me at all… so I won’t rate it at all, nada, zero points. What I do know for sure about La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ Invisible Face Mist is that I wouldn’t buy this product again.
*While I’m at it, I do think any moment is good to declare my crush on Christopher Eccleston.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +
This is the flip side of the coin in this review: I like this so much, that it’s the only moisturizing cream that I’ve EVER repurchased, which is saying something.
I’m a relative newcomer to moisturizers, and even now, they’re not really a product I feel much enthusiasm or loyalty for… in my dark, misguided youth, my skincare goals were mainly to subdue and punish my oily skin with aggressive, drying products, in an attempt to make it straighten up and fly right, so anything that could be construed as moisturizing – except for sunscreen – was anathema. To make a long story short, some years ago my derma gave me a tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +, and it made SUCH a difference.
This product is a light cream-gel, intended for decongesting oily skin, deal with breakouts, and make them go away faster without leaving marks; it can achieve this thanks to niacinamide, which is rather high in the INCI list, as well as antibacterial ingredients and skin-barrier nourishing ceramides.
All of this together might sound a little like strongish actives to some, but actually, I find this cream to be quite soothing and pleasant to use, besides being one of those rare cosmetics from which I can expect to provide a “good skin day” upon applying: the next day I feel my skin bouncy and elastic, with no drawbacks such as shine, it just looks nice.
It also works as a very moderate, lightweight moisturizer – during the summer, I need nothing else; in winter however, I do find myself reaching for products a little more nourishing in that respect. In any case, that isn’t really the main purpose of this cream: I like to use this especially when that time of the month is near, to help prevent unwanted guests from showing up.
However, a note to US readers! All of the above applies only to the version of this product for the EU market, which is the one I use.
Apparently, the version of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + for sale in the States (which may be also the same for the LatAm market, though I don’t know this for sure) has a different formulation, which among other differences includes benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient I’ve banished from my skincare.
This is because, even though benzoyl peroxide is known to be remarkably effective for fighting breakouts, it also has an oxidant effect (come to think of it, the name itself does clue you in…), which in the long run may have its impact (and not a good one) in the skin’s aging process; if you use this in your routine and find it works for you, I wouldn’t say stop it, but I would suggest to look into it; this post in the blog Beautiful With Brains is a pretty perfect place to start.
As a matter of fact, I seem to recall having run into a surprising number of negative reviews of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + in US-based forums and sites; many of those reviews were from users stating that this product had harmed their skin rather than helping it, causing irritation, peeling and such… which I find surprising given my experience with this cream, but is consistent with BP, which can be rather harsh on some.
So, always take a good look at the INCI list of everything before committing!
Would I repurchase La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +?
If I find nothing I like better, and I think that’s going to be difficult, yes, absolutely
Still, I must say that lately I’m not seeing the “wow!” effect I used to notice before upon applying this, but that happens often with cosmetics I like and work well for me; eventually my skin kind of “gets used” to them, and improvement reaches a plateau. Therefore, I’ll probably give it a rest before going back for more. Right now, I’ll give it 5 points, which this little cream has earned fair and square.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.