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The Most Anticipated Skin Care Release of the Year?

19 July, 2018 - 08:39pm by - Head Pixie | 23 Comments

Here at BRHQ we’ve a few Francophiles on staff. They wax lyrical about French cheeses, wine, bakery goods… basically the food in general. They get excited for Bastille Day. They sprinkle a little French into their daily conversation. So, you can imagine their excitement when La Roche-Posay entered the office… Let’s just say there were squeals of delight, and even a little face-fanning. And not just by the Francophiles. You see La Roche-Posay has long been known for its quality skincare. It’s a range designed for sensitive skin, and it’s recommended by over 25,000 dermatologists worldwide. It’s been a long time coming to these fair shores of ours, and now that it’s here we want to know everything about it!

We got in contact with Sam the Assistant Product Manager for La Roche-Posay and she generously agreed to let us go Behind the Brand!

Thanks for chatting with us, Sam. Tell us about the history of La Roche-Posay…

Thank you for having me! La Roche-Posay is a small village located in the heart of France, and the home of the largest European Dermatological Thermal Centre – the La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre. The centre was opened in the early 19th century and has a staff of over 10 dermatologists who treat over 10,000 patients with various skin conditions every year. La Roche-Posay boasts a thermal water source rich in Selenium renowned for its significant soothing qualities. The natural content of rare mineral salts and trace elements provides the water with its unique calming and antioxidant skin care properties, that have been recognised by the scientific community for decades. Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, La Roche-Posay skincare is formulated with active ingredients in optimal concentrations, and all products are tested on the most sensitive skin.

What’s the philosophy behind La Roche-Posay? 

La Roche-Posay’s philosophy is underpinned by the brand’s mission to provide a better life for sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay is committed to supporting research in dermatology and is recommended by over 25,000 dermatologists world-wide. Benefiting from the latest advances in dermatology, the brand’s unique and stringent formulation charter enables optimal safety and efficacy across all products to enhance quality of life.  

Where does La Roche-Posay stand in the Beauty Industry?

La Roche-Posay is a dermocosmetic brand. Dermocosmetic products are applied topically to the skin and are formulated to maintain the health and beauty of the skin… they combine a cosmetic (beautifying) action with a dermatological action, such as soothing, repairing or reducing wrinkles. This is a relatively new space as this area has not quite yet been developed in the New Zealand beauty industry. Over the years, New Zealand consumers have become more and more concerned with what they are putting on their skin, and this is why La Roche-Posay’s dermatologist-recommended products play such an important role in the beauty industry.

What makes La Roche-Posay different from other skincare brands?

La Roche-Posay’s dermatological commitment and exceptional quality standards make it different to other brands. Inspired by a unique, Selenium-rich thermal water source, renowned for its calming and antioxidant skin care properties, La Roche-Posay products are formulated with few active ingredients, but in optimal concentrations to ensure optimal efficacy and tolerance for even the most sensitive skin. The brand’s primary partners are dermatologists and pharmacists… this provides consumers with the confidence that they are being recommended with simply the most premium dermocosmetic products to create a better life for their sensitive skin.

Why do you think La Roche-Posay is so beloved internationally?

That is a very good question. I think there are many reasons to why La Roche-Posay has been loved by so many people all over the world. I personally love the brand’s intriguing medieval history and its heritage stemming a world-class Thermal Centre. I believe many people love the brand because the products are dermatologically tested on the most sensitive skin and clinically proven to improve quality of life for those with more problematic skins. It is a brand that people trust and it has generated quite a following around the globe.

What about La Roche-Posay do you think will most excite New Zealand beauty lovers?

New Zealand beauty lovers can get really excited about La Roche-Posay because there is now a skincare brand with solutions for sensitive skin! As mentioned, La Roche-Posay’s products are formulated with few active ingredients, but in optimal concentrations to ensure tolerance by those with even the most sensitive skin. The streamlined formulas showcase elegant textures and are packaged hygienically to prevent contamination. Most importantly, the range is formulated to create a better life for sensitive skin.

What is La Roche-Posay’s best-selling product?

The Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid sunscreen. The Effaclar Duo (+) cream for problematic oily/acne prone skin would come in at a very close second.

What is it about this product that makes it so popular?

The product is absolutely amazing. Traditional sunscreen products can be thick, leave white marks, sit uncomfortably on the skin and just be unpleasant to use overall. However, the Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid is non-greasy and non-sticky, and has a lightweight texture that just sits beautifully on the skin with an invisible finish. It contains an incredible formulation of minimal active ingredients suited to sensitive skin types without compromising on a very high level of sun protection.

Do you have a favourite La Roche-Posay product?

My personal favourite La Roche-Posay product would have to be the Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid.

What is it you love about the product?

For me, it would have to be the sublime texture. It is super important for me to apply sunscreen daily as the UV levels are extreme in New Zealand. This product offers very high UVA/UVB sun protection, and I just love its non-greasy and non-sticky texture that disappears into my skin… It has been a real game-changer in my life! 

Finally, can you give us a hint about what is next for La Roche-Posay?

We are working on some pretty exciting projects at the moment and we are expecting new La Roche-Posay products to hit the New Zealand market very soon. That’s all I can say for now but definitely watch this space for some exciting news!

Sam thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions! We're so excited to delve into the La Roche-Posay range - and the Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid sunscreen sounds amazing! As does the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) cream, which is getting some serious love from our trial team, alongside the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel.

If you'd like to find out more about La Roche-Posay, check out their website here.

So beauties, have you tried La Roche-Posay? Do you have a favourite product? Is La Roche-Posay on your list to try? What is it about La Roche-Posay that captures your attention? Chat away!


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Oh this sounds super exciting. So sounds good to me. I'll be watching for it

I used to use their effaclar range back in Europe like 10 years ago, they’re a good brand and well respected and very good for sensitive skin. Their toleraine range is really good too. Their new micellear water is on my wishlist to try. :)

I haven't heard about La Roche earlier, do they offer any product for combination skin as well?

I haven't tried it. It sounds interesting.

This brand sounds intriguing! I saw an article today saying the sunscreen was one of the most effective on the market. :-)

Never hear of it before. Sound good to me.

I have tried La-Roche-Posay thanks to the Beauty Crew. I’ve written reviews on two of the products in this range. My favourite so far is Effaclar Duo (+) cream, which is a ‘little tube of magic’ in my opinion! It helps to reduce redness and imperfections on my skin and genuinely works well and does what it says it can do. I don’t have overly sensitive or acne-prone skin, but I can imagine this product range working exceptionally well for those who do! What captures my attention about this range is that it’s French and also that it’s dermatologist-recommended. Vive la France!

I haven’t heard of this brand until now. I want to read the reviews about the products

Yes I am very interested to read those too.

20th July, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Aww... Sounds like the Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid sunscreen is a must try. Always been using the same expensive sun care as I can't find any cheaper alternatives that is light with a soft finish. That's definitely added to my list to try. I've never heard of this brand so looking forward to hear more about it.

I've only tried one La Roche-Posay product and that was the Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF 50+ fluid sunscreen that I received in a Lust Have It box a couple of years ago. I don't usually use sunscreen but found this one to apply easily, absorbs fast into the skin and is non greasy. I did look at repurchasing at the time but couldn't find it. This is exciting news! I keep an eye out for this in stores.

Sounds amazing! Being allergic to plenty of sunscreens I now really want to get my hands on their sunscreen! Sounds perfect for my sensitive skin. I have heard good things about this brand but availability has been the problem so at least it sounds like it's becoming more readily available. Yay! Will be hunting that sunscreen down for summer.

You should watch Dr Dray on youtube. She is a sunscreen nut and goes into ingredients and why some sunscreens sting and others don't, the difference between chemical/mineral sunscreens etc. She has several Q&A videos on the subject.

20th July, 2018 at 9:33 am

Thanks imoshen I will definitely have a look. My derm did give me a list of some mineral ones but some are hard to find or really horrid to wear eek.

20th July, 2018 at 8:55 pm

I absolutely LOVE the duo plus cream!

Same here! It’s magic eh?

20th July, 2018 at 2:06 pm

It is pretty good sunscreen. Velvety, sinks in well but also protects. Cute flat bottle and excellent price point.

Good to know -Thanks

20th July, 2018 at 4:18 pm

I haven't tried it but with my sensitive skin it sounds like a brand I should be checking .

I love La Roche-Posay <3 Fantastic for my dry skin in winter! So soothing and hydrating xxo


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