Friday, 19 July 2013

Review - La Roche Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skin Care

La Roche Posay logo

A little more than a month ago La Roche Posay was a brand whose product complexities intimidated me so much that I actively avoided their skincare shelves and ignored the constant raves that flooded the blogosphere. Lets just say that things have definitively changed over the past few weeks!

I don't like to admit this too often but being an unapologetic girly-girl sometimes causes me to 'snub' some of the plainer products and I have been known to make purchasing decisions based purely on packaging details. If its pink, sparkly, shiny and smells good, chances are I will have a hard time resisting it!
Just one look at the La Roche Posay products will tell you that there is nothing about their packaging that could possibly reel me in. However when it comes to skincare we all need to remember that the only thing that counts is what is inside the tube and "pretty" designs should only be seen as secondary perks, at best.

My first La Roche Posay experience came in the form of the Toleriane introductory set which contained Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare Cream, Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser and their signature Thermal Spring Water. The Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser turned out to be a huge success (review here) so I was excited to see if the Toleriane Cream would yield good results as well.
La Roche Posay Toleriane
I am so happy to present you with yet another amazing La Roche Posay product. My skin loved it!


Description;
Its formula concentrated in La Roche-Posay thermal spring water soothes the tight, burning, pulling sensations found in intolerant skin. Its soft, fresh formula penetrates easily to restore skin comfort. Strict formula charter, with a minimum number of ingredients to limit allergy risks. Fragrance-free, preservative-free, paraben-free. Non-comedogenic.

Ingredients; 
Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalane, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide. 

La Roche Posay brand doesnt need much of an introduction these days. Its a classic French pharmacy brand whose claim to fame rests on their no-frills approach to skincare and the fact that all of their products are "spiked" by their unique source of thermal spring water. They don't make too many outlandish promises or claims about "miracle molecules" and instead focus on coming up with formulations that might not be glamorous but actually do what they say they will do. I respect that kind of stance very much!
Their products are fragrance-free, preservative-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, which is important for those of us with reactive, problematic sensitive skin.

The Toleriane Soothing Protective Skin Cream is essentially a comforting, calming hydration treatment for very sensitive, reactive or otherwise compromised skin. Its a simple formulation designed to literally soothe and moisturize, by building up the natural skin healing cycle and reducing both sensitivity and reactivity in the future. The ingredient list is short, fillers are kept at a minimum and the simple formulation reduces additional irritation, which makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. 

La Roche Posay Toleriane The texture is best described as somewhere between a lotion and light cream, never greasy, absorbs quickly and gives instant hydration relief. I love the comforting sensation as I can actually feel it working to heal and soothe my skin.
I will admit that the Toleriane Cream is not my everyday moisturizer but I do use it whenever my skin feels irritated, inflamed or particularly red. For me this works better as a hydrating treatment or a moisture mask when my complexion is in need of some serious TLC. 

My final verdict is very positive and I would recommend the Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare ($30) to everyone but especially my fellow members of the Sensitive Skin Care Club. 
La Roche Posay prices are a bit higher than your usual drugstore skincare selections however the formulation is far more superior and thereby worth paying for. 

La Roche Posay's products can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada but selection of products varies from store to store. 

Have you tried the La Roche Posay Toleriane line up? What is your favorite La Roche Posay product?

XOXO

ANJA

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