Friday, May 16, 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + (it's Holy Grail)

La Roche Posay is one of those brands that for years I ignored but they have created 2 products that I not only will never be without but 2 products I CAN'T be without.  Hiding in its simple packaging are some seriously impressive products.  Effclar Duo+* is simply a MUST HAVE for everybody (literally I have used it on spots on my body).  That is a bold statement but it's a seriously impressive product.  

When I was a teenager I didn't really get spots - I was one of the lucky few that didn't suffer, I didn't ever have to think or worry about them.  The odd yellow head would crop up and I would have great enjoyment popping those bad boys (I know you're not supposed to but who can resist? ).   Of course I am a woman and mother nature likes to throw up some spots every month but for the most part I would just get 1 which would be gone in a day or two.  As we get a little older our skin changes and at about the age 28 - boom my skin was a different creature.  I didn't get more spots BUT my skin's renewal rate slowed dramatically so while I would get that one spot it would not develop into a yellow head I could pop (the fun bit of spots) it was a larger red spot and it would take weeks for it to fade.  A spot no longer became a problem for a day or two.

That one month's spot would linger and so soon it was still a mark to be joined by another fresh spot - and so on.  I realise I am very lucky with my skin but I would like to live without the ghosts of spots past. 

Effaclar Duo+ really has to be tried to be believed (I could go into the whole science bit behind it if you like?)  - basically I put it on my massive red swollen spot on my chin and the next day the spot looked less mountainous (was less hurty too - you know how hurty they get when they are all massive and there is no sign of them coming to a head?) and the redness was reduced.  I was so impressed I started to put on Effaclar Duo+ morning and night and after a week the dark spots of past blemishes had reduced and no new (little feckers) spots had surfaced.  

I found myself getting a little amazed and addicted so I have been trying to use this only every other day, I was a little scared that something that offers such powerful results would be a bit harsh on the skin.  I need not have worried, one morning (I was up very very early) I accidentally applied Effaclar Duo + as my eye cream (I know, I'm an idiot). I was expecting my eyes to swell up or crust over but they were grand, nothing happened.  I think this shows how gentle but effective the product is.  When I think of all the remedies I used over the years that were harsh on the "good" areas of the skin.  One holiday I was away and trying to get rid of a massive red mountain so I used toothpaste, it dried out and cracked my skin so badly that my whole chin was raw and developed into a scab.  That was from a "natural" remedy.

Himself had a spot (or hive) on his side so I popped a bit of Effcalar Duo+ on it one evening and the next morning it was more or less gone.  FLIPPING AMAZING STUFF.  

My other MUST HAVE is Cicaplast Baume B5 which sorts out any redness or rash or bonkers skin - EVERY HOUSE MUST HAVE ONE.

This is my no makeup selfie (I didn't get the memo that I was supposed to look serious). You can see my skin has a few marks on the chin, nothing to put a paper bag on my head over, but I started using using Effaclar Duo the next day and was delighted at how much it reduced the redness from these old marks.  Not only does Effaclar Duo+ reduce current spots I have found that it prevents new spots, leaving my skin clearer than it has been in years.

Effaclar Duo+ costs €17.50 and it works - it really works and really is a must have.  I have found if you have any skin problem or allergy La Roche Posay really is the brand for you.  From extra sensitive skin care for babies to spotty old women (me) they have a simple, effective and AFFORDABLE cure for all skin complaints.   

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