The brand as a whole intimidates me with its ultra-pharmacy look to it, names i can't pronounce, multi-purpose products and lets not even talk about the fact that their ingredients seem to be taken directly from my inorganic chemistry textbook. In order to properly explore the La Roche Posay brand or even figure out exactly what it is I am buying I will need some guidance. Its high time I at least made an attempt.
My first purchase was easier than I thought, mostly because I already knew one of the things I was buying, Serozinc spray, while the other came in the form of an Toleriane introductory set.
The La Roche Posay Serozinc is a simple formula of water, sodium chloride and zinc sulfate, meant to calm, purify and lightly cleanse all kinds of skin imperfections. Essentially its a blue aerosol canned astringent, traditionally designed to purify and control oil production, usually in teenage or very oily skin. The old astringent formulas (remember Sea Breeze?) were almost completely alcohol and other irritating ingredients, meaning that they didn't do your skin any favors and removed oil by over-drying.
The La Roche Posay team figured out a way to keep the astringent properties without a chemical disaster with Serozinc, which not only controls sebum production but also acts as microbial by eliminating bacteria on the surface of the skin, hence controlling future breakouts.
Caroline (Beautymouth), the webs unofficial skin care guru, recommends using this as your second toner, on top of the exfoliating step (P50, Pixi Glow Tonic etc.) to completely prepare your skin for treatment and moisturizer. Despite the fact that this has sebum absorbing properties, the Serozinc works amazingly well on my combination dry skin and ironically hydrates my skin better than the "hydrating facial sprays" I am so keen on using. Even though I am a big fan of those refreshing mineral water sprays (like Evian) what most people don't realize that is that once the water evaporates from the surface it tends to take some of the skin's natural moisture as well. Completely counter-intuitive if you ask me!
My conclusion for La Roche Posay Serozinc toner treatment spray is a very positive one and I will definitively re-purchase! I am happy that I finally gave this brand a chance and as always with me, one great product leads to trial of others so the La Roche Posay team will definitively be seeing more of me in the future. If you happen to come across the Serozinc I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
However I will say that this is one of those skin care products whose benefits or results are not as obvious while you use it but chances are once you stop the fact that you are missing it will be loud and clear.
La Roche Posay's products can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada but selection of products varies from store to store.
I hope this was helpful!
Have you tried La Roche Posay and Serozinc?