As the weather slowly heats up, now is the time to be getting your skin into shape for short skirts and beach season! I’m one of those people who tends to neglect their skin in winter as it’s rarely on show, instead it’s covered up by many layers in an attempt to stay warm. I also suffer from sensitive and eczema prone skin so I’m very cautious when it comes to trying new brands. When I was given the opportunity to try some La Roche-Posay products, I did some research on the range to find out whether it would be suitable for my skin.

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At the core of all La Roche-Posay products is the  thermal spring water. This miraculous thermal water was first discovered in La Roche-Posay, where the brand got its name. Legend has it that in the 14th century, a French nobleman stopped by the town on his sick horse who had severe eczema. As the horse stopped to drink from the source, it dipped its leg in the water and it was healed. The legend continued to build over the years with the King of France and Napoleon both utilising the apparent healing properties of the water.

In 1904, authorities decided to fully harness the medical properties of the water, launching Europe’s first ever thermal spa centre. Since its inception, it has treated more than 400,000 patients, making it the largest dermatological thermal spa center in Europe. In 1975, pharmacist Rene Levayer created La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Pharmaceutique, where the very first range of La Roche-Posay skin care was manufactured. This enabled the center’s patients to continue to treat their skin afflictions once they had left the center.

The stats don’t lie with the beneficial properties of the products proven in over 500 clinical studies. La Roche-Posay products have also been endorsed by over 25,000 leading dermatologists worldwide.

Armed with this information, I was keen to test La Roche-Posay on my eczema prone skin. With eczema, you have to be careful when your skin is severely dry as any products can irritate it, causing eczema to flair up even more.

First off, I tried the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser designed for cleansing and makeup removal.  In the past I have found that products designed for sensitive skin can be ineffective when it comes to removing all traces of makeup. It is often made so weak as not to irritate the skin that it does not remove makeup properly. I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of the Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser which not only cleansed my skin, but removed my heavy eye makeup with ease. You only need a small amount on a facewasher to remove all traces of makeup. After application, my skin felt fresh and significantly smoother.

After cleansing, I applied the Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care cream to my skin. The consistency was perfect, not too thick or not too runny. It absorbed into my skin very quickly, making it perfect to apply before bed or under makeup. I found that on sensitive patches of my face, there was no stinging, burning or general discomfort which I generally get from most products. This is due to the fact that La Roche-Posay spring water is the world’s only thermal spring water that contains a high concentration of Selenium which has demonstrated anti-free radical, anti irritation, and skin soothing  properties. It is also fragrance free, surfactant free, preservative free and paraben free, making it perfect for all skin types.

For those looking for moisturise their body, I can’t recommend the Lipikar Baume AP highly enough. After applying to the quick absorbing cream daily, after only a few days I could see a major improvement in my skin. It’s particularly good for applying before a night out, as the fragrance-free formula won’t compete with the scent of your perfume.

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The good news for all those suffering from sensitive skin in Australia, is that now you don’t need to make a trip to France to have your dry skin cured! For the first time, La Roche-Posay will be available in Australia. The price points are very reasonable (ranging from $8.95 to $37.95), especially given the high quality of the ingredients. La Roche-Posay have products to cater for all skin types, from normal and oily to extremely dry, so there is something for everyone, and no excuse not to give them a try!

For those looking for tips on how to deal with sensitive and acne prone skin, La Roche-Posay have created a great series of videos on their YouTube channel with their expert dermatologists.
Tips for eczema prone skin

Tips for sensitive skin

Tips for acne-prone skin

La Roche-Posay also give you a look into the life of a dermatologists, giving you an understanding of the work that dermatologists do and how important it is to ensure you use the right products for your skin.

Click here to check out the full range of La Roche-Posay products and to find your nearest stockist.

COMPETITION AND GIVEAWAY

Make sure you share your experiences with La Roche-Posay on Instagram and Twitter by hashtagging #betterlifelrp. By doing so, you will be sent out a free sample of La Roche-Posay and will go in the draw to win a trip for two to Paris, so there is no reason not to enter! Click here to find out more.

If you would like a free sample of La Roche-Posay, fill out your details here and tell La Roche-Posay about your skin concerns.

You can read about real people’s experiences with La Roche-Posay here. You can also check out La Roche-Posay’s YouTube channel for testimonials from customers who have found relief from even the most severe skin conditions after using La Roche-Posay.

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