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- Best moisturizer: Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
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- Best serum: Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
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La Roche-Posay is a New York-based brand, but their roots are in France. The brand was founded in a French town of the same name in 1975, and it still manufactures products there today.
To understand the hype of the brand, it’s important to note two key features of the town of La Roche-Posay, France.
The first is the town’s thermal spring. The brand sources water from it for all of their products. They claim the water is full of minerals and antioxidants (namely selenium), which La Roche-Posay says helps promote smoother, hydrated skin.
The second is the town’s Thermal Centre, which is a spa focused on balneal — or thermal water — treatments. Balneotherapy has been used by various cultures throughout history to help soothe skin conditions such as
The Centre first formed in 1869, but it was dubbed the La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre in 1905. Today, it gets 8,000 visitors per year seeking treatment for various skin conditions.
While bottling the spring’s revered water in various formulas may not be as effective as soaking in it, La Roche-Posay remains one of the most dermatologist-recommended brands out there due to their mild formulas and special attention to skin conditions such as eczema, dryness, and acne.
La Roche-Posay claims that their brand is centered on “enhancing your quality of life through skincare.” Beyond their line of products, their Thermal Centre has been dedicated to helping people recovering from skin-related side effects of cancer treatments since 2009.
La Roche Posay’s skin care line includes a wide range of face and body products, including some condition-specific formulas. Some of the most common types of La Roche-Posay products are:
- serums, like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid
- eye creams
- Recommendations. Not only did I read more than 100 reviews on multiple retail sites, I polled my friends to see who used La Roche-Posay products and got an overwhelming response. For the products I tried myself, I took recommendations from the people in my life whose goals were similar to mine. I also included a few products that folks were enthusiastic about, even if I hadn’t tried them myself.
- Accessibility. I limited this list to products you’ll likely find at your local Target or Walgreens.
Skin care can get very expensive, and while these are often pricier than the products you can find at a drugstore, La Roche-Posay isn’t as expensive as some high end brands today.
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- $$ = $20–$40
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- Active ingredients: La Roche-Posay prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide, glycerin
- Best for: all skin types, but especially folks with dry skin
This is far and away one of the brand’s most popular products, and after using it regularly I can see why. Even though it’s definitely a thicker moisturizer — “double repair” is in the name after all! — it has a silky smooth texture and melts into my skin without feeling sticky or thick.
It’s fragrance-free and rather unassuming: Online reviewers and a few friends I polled all seem to agree that it’s excellent for folks with sensitive skin. Another friend called it the “fancier version of CeraVe,” and added that when she uses it before bed, her face “still feels dewy” when she wakes up. And I agree!
You can typically find this moisturizer for just under $20 at Target or Amazon, which might be more than some folks want to pay. But because it’s so thick, a dime-sized squeeze goes a long way.
- great reviews, with a 4- or 4.5-star rating on Ulta, Target, and Amazon
- mild, fragrance-free formula for folks with sensitive skin
- leaves skin feeling hydrated and dewy
- consistency might be too thick for some people
- costs just under $20 at most retailers, so it might be more than some folks want to pay for an everyday moisturizer