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I wanted to find non-irritating, gentle, and non-toxic skin care products for my combination, blemish-prone, and senstive skin. I visited the website http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/, where I learned about and researched some of the common and potentially harmful ingredients found in beauty products. Armed with this knowledge, I went to my local Shoppers Drug Mart and asked one of their Beauty Experts about the La Roche-Posay brand, who then advised me about these 3 products, which I will be reviewing in full detail with my personal recommendation below.
The Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily and Sensitive Skin does not contain any parabens, which are essentially chemical preservatives that are added into some of your personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria. However, parabens are a concern since there has been evidence of human endocrine disruptions, and human skin toxicity, as well as human gene expression interference. This cleanser does not contain soap or alcohol, which means it is pH balanced and will not cause your skin to feel dry, tight or flaky after use. Also, it is formulated with thermal spring water, which soothes the skin and prevents irritation.
The Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub is formulated without parabens, colorants, alcohol, and soap, which help to maintain the skins natural moisture balance without any harsh drying agents that can strip it away. The solution comes out of the tube with a clear consistency and tiny granular particles that remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This process helps your skin to better absorb serums, acne creams, and moisturizers after cleansing.
The Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care uses safe and minimal ingredients that do not irritate or induce an allergic reaction onto the skin. The skin feels supple, and comfortable during the day, since this product is free of alcohol, lanolin, soap, fragrance, parabens, and colorants.
+ Gently removes dirt, oil, and impurities from pores without irritation or excessive dryness
+ Pleasant fragrance
+ Pump bottle makes it convenient to dispense product
+ Improvement in the reduction of break-outs, and appearance of pores
+ Make-up goes on the skin more smoothly and evenly
+ Light fluid instantly hydrates and evens skin-tone without greasy-feel, which can be caused by mineral oil or petroleum
+ Contain Neurosensine, an active ingredient that targets irritation resulting from drying acne fighting agents such as benzoyl peroxide
+ Do not clog pores or aggravate blemishes (ie. inflammation, redness)
- Expensive (aprx. CAD $ 23.00, $ 18.00 and $30.00)
- Formulated with Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
4. Would I recommend?
I would definitely encourage other users to try this product if they are willing to invest in their skin care regimen. I have found that when I take good care of my skin by cleansing, hydrating, and exfoliating regularly to remove dirt and impurities I spend less time in front of the mirror applying foundation to cover up scarring or blemishes. When I run out of the products, I will switch entirely on to the La Roche-Posay Toleriane line, which has a lower toxicity level.
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