Those who have sensitive skin, eczema, or any other skin condition can attest to how difficult it is to find a routine that works for them. (I certainly can.) It’s a lot of trial and error, but there’s one brand that always seems to end up front-of-mind: La Roche Posay. The brand garnered its cult-favorite status thanks to its approval of dermatologists and affordable price points.
La Roche Posay got its start 47 years ago in a French town of the same name. It began as a compounding vehicle by a chemist known as Monsieur Levier, describes Tyler Steele, Vice President of Medical and Media Relations and Emanuella Louis, Assistant Manager of Medical Relations.
La Roche Posay
Founded: By Monsieur Levier in 1975
Based In: While the USA brand is based in NYC, the brand still produces all of it's products out of their facility in La Roche-Posay, France.
Best Known For: The brand is known for developing formulas that can help cure a variety of skin conditions.
Most Popular Products: Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, and Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser.
Fun Facts: In their foundation, La Foundation La Roche-Posay, they fund a quality of life grant to send patients who need balneotherapy to their partner clinic in France for three weeks of treatment.
Other Brands You'll Love: CeraVe, SkinCeuticals, and Vichy.
Monsieur Levier began making gentle moisturizers from the town’s thermal spring water, which had natural, skin-soothing minerals and was often used to help treat skin conditions. He began with one moisturizer, but soon created other products due to the demand. "Soon, those patients began requesting there local pharmacies to stock his products so they could use them throughout the year," explains Steele. With the popularity, came word of mouth which helped spread awareness of the brand. “Consumers who had not even gone to the clinic began using the products to help treat various skin conditions," says Louis.
We’re in the 2020s and skin experts still find Monsieur Levier’s brainchild to be a cut above other skincare products. When we asked dermatologist Corey L. Hartman, MD, and Jeannette Graf, MD for their thoughts on them and they didn’t hold back. Ahead, their recommendations.
Keep reading for the best products from La Roche Posay, according to experts.
Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
Made for all skin types, this face moisturizer helps restore healthy-looking skin with its formula that mixes together barrier-improving ceramides and niacinamide, and moisturizing glycerin. “This moisturizer provides hydration for 48 hours and helps restore moisture immediately in a lightweight formulation, without clogging pores or causing irritation," says Dr. Corey L. Hartman, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL.
Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen For Face SPF 50
Since SPF is probably the most essential part of our routine, it's imperative to keep a high-quality pick in your rotation. "This one is great since it's super lightweight and goes on smooth with a silky application,” says Dr. Graf. "The titanium dioxide and antioxidants work to block UVA/UVB rays and protect the skin from environmental stressors."
Lipikar Wash AP+
Cleansers that keep extra-thirsty skin from drying out further can be hard to come by, which is one of the reasons why this one stands out among other options. "This gentle foaming cleanser effectively removes dirt, grime, and debris, but leaves behind the oil that our skin needs to stay hydrated," says Dr. Hartman. "Formulated with no fragrance, it is a great option for dry skin, particularly during the fall and winter. And, it's safe enough to use as a body wash, too.”
Lipikar Eczema Cream
If you have extra-dry skin or eczema that might need soothing, opt for this thick cream. "Eczema can be triggered by outside environmental factors like the weather, dryness, and allergies,” explains Dr. Graf. “The [niacinamide] in its formula helps improve the function of the skin and allows the DNA to repair, which is what causes skin concerns like eczema when it's deficient—and, while you can't cure eczema, a cream like this can certainly help soothe it."
Purifying Hand Sanitizer Gel
Dr. Hartman reaches for this pick because of how it keeps hands clean without burning, residue, or offensive odor. “I wash my hands throughout the day, but appreciate the way I can fortify my hand-washing with this product between patients for a quick, easy method of maintaining both cleanliness and skin hydration,” he says.
Micellar Water Ultra
"This micellar water is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and doesn't require any rinsing after applying if you don’t want to," says Dr. Graf, who suggests applying it to a soft cotton pad before gently sweeping away excess oil and dirt to keep from stripping skin of moisture.
Lipikar Balm AP+
According to Dr. Hartman, this balm is a go-to in his household because it helps repair the skin barrier and moisturizes. "It contains lipids, which help even my son's severely dry, eczema-prone skin to minimize flares and the ickiness factor." Plus, his 12-year old son enjoys applying it daily.
Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen
"It's an elegant sunscreen option for face and body that contains all-organic filters to provide a finish that has zero white cast," explains Dr. Hartman. Best part: It goes on effortlessly and seamlessly with no buildup, he says.
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