When La Roche Posay first hit the UK shelves I must admit I was sceptical (but hey, what’s new there!) Eventually I gave them a go and I really did enjoy using their cleanser. they know a thing or two about skincare and I do a subtle salute to them whenever I walk past the aisle.
Side note – their deep foaming effaclar cleanser is AMAZING at cleaning makeup brushes too.
La Roche Posay have recently released some very exciting new products to further expand their Effaclar skin care range and I was eager to give at least one of them a try. I have a ton of cleansers to work through so I didn’t dwell in the aisle for too long but then something caught my eye.
A mask! More specifically a mask formulated with gentle clays to help eliminate excess sebum and even invisible impurities (dust, pollution particles) and control shine. For someone who has acne prone skin and commutes every day this sounded very very appealing.
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Sego-Controlling mask comes in a tube packaging with a slight variation in the mainly white with a bit blue of the signature La Roche Posay colours. I suppose this is one of the reasons I actually stopped to look at it. The product itself has a very creamy texture. It’s a greyish white in colour and doesn’t have a prominent smell. Definitely a good start!
La Roche Posay recommend applying a thin layer of the mask once or twice a week (avoiding the eye and lip areas), and leaving it on for 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. You can then continue your usual skincare routine straight after.
Essentially it’s a mask of the simplest kind and I for one have no qualms about that. It’s easy to use and you don’t need to faff around with anything extra like face cloths or muslins.
Eager to give it a try I didn’t even wait a day and decided to give it a go straight away. It doesn’t specify whether to use it on wet or dry skin beforehand so I removed any traces of makeup with micellar water and then slathered it on.
During the whole 5 minutes my skin felt extremely cool but no dryness or tightness. Despite putting on a thin layer the mask didn’t dry either (which I prefer). There was no itching or burning either. It washes off really very easily leaving no residue at all. La Roche Posay is definitely a brand I’d recommend for those of us with sensitive skin.
Once I patted my skin dry I noticed that my face looked very matte and still my face didn’t feel at all tight. Loving it!
Although I was tempted to do the mask more than once a week, I didn’t want to over do it and dry out my skin (causing a reverse effect and thus unwanted spots!). Just one application a week is more than enough to keep sebum production at bay for longer. You don’t need to be really liberal with it so it will definitely last a few months and considering it’s priced at £13 it’s definitely affordable.
I’ve been using the mask for 4 weeks now and haven’t had any breakouts or adverse effects. It’s definitely a keeper!