When it comes to my enjoyment of make up there is really only one thing that can ruin it and that's neglected skin. We all know that there's no point in spending our money on make up, no matter whether it is high street or luxury if we're not looking after our skin. Our skin is the blank canvas for our make up whereby if your skin is looked after to the best of your ability it makes the whole process of applying make up so much easier.
Now by no means do I have perfect skin, in fact quite the contrary as recently after a rather long sugar induced coma from Christmas my skin took quite the nose dive. That was however quite the blip on the radar as up until then I would have to say that things were going pretty well. Upon evaluation over the last few months I would have to say that the La Roche Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System* has helped to play a role within that, although as you will read it hasn't been completely plain sailing.
La Roche-Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands to date, I'm a huge fan of Effaclar Duo + and have already alluded to how much I like their Anthelios XL Ultra-Light SPF for my face. Back in the beginning of November I started using the La Roche Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System twice a day morning and night and feel that now almost three months on that I can share with you my thoughts on it.
The three step system is based around a cleanser, toner and moisturiser which as a routine aims to help those who suffer from oily and blemish prone skin to achieve clearer skin over time. My skin I would say definitely falls into this category albeit it having issues of dehydration, particularly around my eyes which I haven't managed to combat completely.
Step 1: This involves the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel* which is unscented and is as the name suggests a gel that gently foams up on the skin. You can use this to take off your make up if you wish but I personally would refrain from that and would use this as your second cleanse as I don't think it removed my make up particularly well. Now I have to say that I have steered clear of foaming cleansers for over a year now and after using this I do find that I still stand by my reasons for doing so. I wanted to like this and at first I did however over the time period in which I used this I do think that this is the product which caused me my main issue: dehydration.
Step 2: The second step involves using the Effaclar Clarifying Toner* which I do believe is only available within this three step set. The purpose of this product is to help to reduce the appearance of pores, refine skin texture and to also help mattify the skin. Overall I liked this product as I think it certainly achieved some of its claims, particularly the mattifying aspect which is something that I noticed as soon as I applied it. Along with this I also believe that it helped to refine skin texture as my skin really did feel silky soft after using it.
Step 3: For the final step we have my favourite product which is Effaclar Duo +* , this for me is the star product of the whole system. This is a product that I think is sometimes stressed as an all over moisturiser however that's not how I like to use it, in doing so I find that it can be too much for my skin. Personally I like to use this on areas that I'm having trouble with such as my jaw line and forehead on occasion; for the rest of my face I simply opt for another product entirely. This has been a product that I have purchased myself in the past and will be one I repurchase again, I think it is brilliant at helping to reduce break outs in itself whereby this does make me question whether a system such as this is needed; although that is however just my personal opinion and experience after trialling this.
Over the time period in using this I noticed a couple of things. Firstly my skin did become clearer which is a positive as I noticed that break outs were reduced overall, and yet even when they did arise they were quickly diverted. On the other hand I also noticed that whilst my skin was clearer it was also a lot drier, my skin was visibly suffering as I think the system was just too much for it. A combination of products all aimed at tackling oil production had left my skin feeling quite stripped. I noticed this within three weeks of using it and decided to cut the whole thing down to just once a day, although I'm still convinced that it was just a little too much. The concept of this is great and whilst I really liked two of the products I can't help feel as though the foaming cleanser was a bit of a hindrance to me.
I'd like to quickly add that I'm aware that people can suffer with extremely oily skin in comparison to my own so this may work much better for them as a whole system than it did for me.