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Protect and perfect your skin day-after-day with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] SPF30. A cult favourite for almost ten years, Effaclar Duo is beloved worldwide for its blemish-busting abilities. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] SPF30 has all of the same acne-eliminating benefits as the original with added UVA/UVB and pollution protection, to shield skin from further damage and minimise the pigmentation of scars. Clinically proven to reduce the size and redness of spots and scarring whilst helping to stop future breakouts, the innovative Effaclar Duo [+] formula contains LHA, which micro-exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of scarring. Niacinamide helps to minimise redness and spot size, as well as soothe discomfort. Perfect for those that are regularly exposed to pollution and UV rays, Effaclar Duo [+] SPF30 by La Roche-Posay contains ACTIVE SHIELD XL PROTECT with SPF30, PPD (UVA protection) and Carnosine, an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage caused by pollution. Apply every morning after cleansing. Paraben-free, non-comodogenic, hypoallergenic.
 
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
light moisturiser with a good spf
Date:10 September 2019
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This is a great hot weather/summer moisturiser - very light in texture, it sinks in well, it doesn't break me out or make my skin look shiny - too light for me to use once the weather turns autumnal though, so I will have the tube in the cupboard now ready for next summer!
I've reached an age where as a general rule I need a bit of magic dust in my products now.... (unless its summer and its those few weeks of the year where its too hot to care!) so whilst this doesn't do anything amazing to my skin texture or anything else extraordinary... it doesn't claim it will do!
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Get all-around correcting and protecting care for your complexion with La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar UV SPF30, a fresh daily moisturiser. Created especially for those with both sensitive skin and pigmentation concerns, this comfortable and lightweight fluid combines the powerful Pigmentclar anti-dark spot complex with a high SPF to ensure a visible reduction in dark spots, and protection against new ones forming. With continued use, this moisturiser promotes a brighter, more even-looking complexion. Dark spots appear diminished, while the anti-pollution protection prevents greyness. Immediately, the complexion appears smoother and more radiant. Apply to the face, neck and hands in the morning. Avoid the eye contour. Non-comedogenic. No parabens. Tested on sensitive skin. Developed for people who are sensitive to nickel.
 
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
pretty good...
Date:10 September 2019
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positives - higher spf, has not made me break out, product absorbs well & feels light on the skin, precision.small tube 'mouth' is good for controlling the amount of product you dispense.
Other comments - as to the reduction of pigmentation - I have yet to see this benefit, but perhaps I need to use it for longer (been using it about a month)
For me personally, this a a good summer face cream, and is the tiniest bit richer that the Effaclar Duo [+] SPF30 (which I tried first as I break out really easily in the summer) & it then encouraged me to try the Pigmentclar as I was keen to reduce the little area of pigmentation I have developed.... so for me this is the only real negative as I've not seen an improvement... yet.
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Support your skin as you sleep with the replumping power of Avene PhysioLift Smoothing Regenerating Night Balm, an age-defying formula for sensitive skin. This smoothing and rejuvenating balm caresses your skin with a wealth of concentrated active ingredients. Ascofilline(TM), hyaluronic acid mono-oligomers and retinaldehyde work to boost firmness, reduce deep wrinkles and smooth your features, creating a fresher look upon waking. Added antioxidant care comes from star ingredient hesperidin methyl chalcone, which detoxifies the skin whilst helping to improve microcirculation and protect the collagen network. Lacklustre skin is rejuvenated and signs of fatigue are eliminated. Created with a sumptuous texture, this balm aids facial massage and promotes a rested complexion. Apply in the evening to clean skin, and pair with PhysioLift Eye Contour.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
good product
Date:10 September 2019
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I purchased this when the French pharmacy saving event was on & have only just gotten around to using it.
First impressions are good - the tube is sturdy & pump dispenser is great - Im being generous with the application & am using between 2/3 pumps to cover my face/neck
The emulsion sinks in nicely (no heavy residue) & feels soothing, as another reviewer has said, so I feel like the product is sinking into my skin well (rather than sitting on top of it & rubbing off on my pillow immediately) & it feels calmed & ready for a siesta.
(I'm using it on top of The Ordinary Hyaluronic +B5 serum at the moment)
I've noticed my deeper forehead wrinkles seem softer in the morning, so that's good!
Smell - something akin to baby powder or perhaps a bit like Lancome Hyrazen....
Colour - a rather unexpected mustard!
Overall Im happy with the purchase, it feels nice on my skin, does not cause any breakouts, & think its stands up well (and in some ways better than) against my usual choice Clarins multi active nuit
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Battle imperfections and wrinkles in one step with the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Ageing moisturiser, a complete treatment for oily skin. The skin-smoothing formula fights imperfections with LHA and glycolic acid, two active ingredients that work to gently exfoliate the epidermis while unclogging pores and encouraging cell renewal. Formulated to provide your skin with 24 hour hydration, the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Ageing moisturiser leaves skin clear and smooth, with an improved texture. To protect skin against signs of ageing, antioxidant Vitamin C firms and energises the skin. It acts inside the dermis to stimulate collagen and fibroblasts. Wrinkles are diminished, the skin is plumped, and pores are tightened for a perfected complexion. Smooth the unique gel-cream texture over the face both morning and night, avoiding the area around the eyes. The non-greasy, refreshing texture is soothing on the skin, and is tinted with a light green hue which counteracts the appearance of redness. Paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, infused with Vichy Thermal Spring Water.
 
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
good for sport
Date:25 April 2018
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
My skin type tends to be dehydrated/sensitive, and can be prone to breakouts.
The texture of this cream is light, almost cooling & sinks in easily.
I use it specifically on days when Im going to do a lot of indoor sports beacuse I feel hydrated enough without having to put a lot on/a thick cream on (as I would do in the winter months - Vichy Aqualia Dynamic Hydration rich cream is great for this!), & therefor dont feel like I am sweating it all out the moment I start moving.
It would also be lovely for the summer months, IF ONLY it had SPF protection.... as who has time in the morning to layer on all the products!?
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Transform the youthful look of your skin with Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme, Vichy's most powerful firming serum. As skin ages it recovers more slowly from daily aggressors, which can lead to accelerated appearance of ageing including wrinkles and a loss of firmness. This supercharged serum works to target 10 signs of ageing, from signs of fatigue and dullness, through to fine lines and a loss of plumpness. At the heart of the formula is a 10% concentration of rhamnose, which helps to accelerate surface skin cell renewal, whilst hyaluronic acid and fragmented hyaluronic acid works to hydrate and plump the skin. After use skin looks firmer, lifted and smoother, for a more youthful result. Apply both morning and evening before your moisturiser. For the most powerful routine, pair the LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme with the LiftActive Supreme moisturiser.
 
Overall Rating: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
terrible applicator
Date:25 April 2018
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Ease of use: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
I love Vichy products as a general rule but this is one product I will not be purchasing again.
There is nothing to write home about regarding the serum itself - I can't say Ive noticed any improvement in my complexion whilst using this (I'm now at the end of the bottle) & while the texture is fine, I feel that it 'sits' on the skin rather than truely absorbs in. I've only been using it as my day to day serum - I switch to a different brand for wearing under make up/special occasions.
The main thing that lets this product down though it the actual packaging; it is trying (& failing) to imitate Lancome serum packaging.
The dropper click lid is really flimsy & basically does not suck up the product, meaning I have had to use the dropper as a dip stick & wipe that on my face/fingers, which is not the most hygenic method of application.
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Hydration, softness and youthfulness; everything is combined in this anti-oxidant and deliciously fragranced cream filled with orange pulp. Your hands are rejuvenated, silky smooth and protected. Key benefits: 1. Anti-oxidant 2. Nourishing 3. Moisturizing 4. Strengthening Who is it for? For anyone seeking for a nourishing, anti-ageing treatment for hands and nails. Main ingredients:  Antioxidant patented grape polyphenols, strengthening and moisturizing Vinolevure®, nourishing fair trade shea butter, grape oil and avocado extract, sweet orange scent.  Our Cosm-ethics: 0% parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial colorings, mineral oils... No animal testing. How to use this product: Use as often as desired by massaging into hands and nails. Hot tip: Apply generously, rub your hands together then massage each finger finishing with the cuticles and nails surface. Your nails will particularly benefit from this nourishing motion, making them stronger and shinier.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Favourite hand cream
Date:25 April 2018
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This feels nourishing, but is light & easily absorbed, without a greasy residue. It is the best handcream I have found so far.
I like its smell, but it may not be for everone.
The product packaging is good for handbag etc, but I would love it to come in a larger bottle with a pump too!
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Stay safe in the sun with the Ultrasun Sports Gel SPF30, a fast-absorbing transparent sun protection gel for all skin types. Perfect for outdoor sports, Sports Gel SPF30 provides all day protection against UVA and UVB rays. Water and perspiration-resistant, the non-greasy and non-sticky gel requires only one application, allowing you to enjoy exercise outdoors with peace of mind. Gentle enough for the scalp, the Ultrasun Sports Gel SPF30 can be enjoyed by the entire family. Apply to clean, dry skin at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Apply once daily for long lasting protection. Free from perfume, mineral oils, emulsifiers, PEG/PPG, preservatives and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. Vegan.
 
Overall Rating: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
awful
Date:1 June 2017
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Ease of use: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
First off let me say how much I like Ultrasun as a rule & have tried a fair few of their products - the cream body & face versions spf 30/50 being my favourites, but was really keen to try this when it came out as I thought it might feel lighter than the creams (which actually feel pretty good considering how much I slap on!) I was also keen to convert my husband to the brand as he often gets prickly heat from wearing suncream.
We took it on holiday for him to try (we are shade bathers just as an FYI) - I then later tried it in the UK sun, & first of all, the texture is definately NOT non greasy - it is really slimy & doesnt really 'dry' so you just feel coated all day - niether of us liked it at all. My huband has previously used the Reiman P liquid & says that feels much nicer (but gave him prickly heat)
But more importantly, despite adhering to the application rules & quantity (I am very particular about this!) we both burnt though it - my husband usually wears a max of spf20, but I had convinced him to go higher & I may as well not have bothered given the poor results. He only used it for 1 day so I can't comment regarding suitability for prickly heat sufferers, as it take a few days to develop on him.
I then burnt whilst wearing it after going out into the sun at 4.30pm in the UK - as an interesting comparison, I had a lancome hydrazen face cream containing spf30 on on my face, & this ultrasun sports gel on the rest of my exposed bits & my face was the only thing that didnt suffer sun burn.
Extremely disappointed with this product, & also annoyed as I'd purchased the spf 20 version form my husband to use in the UK at the same time, as I never expected it to be this dreadful given how great the products are generally - needless to say, that wont ever be getting opened, so all in all £40 down the drain - I would give it zero stars if I could.
Stick with the cream versions if you like your skin as they are brilliant!!!
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Smooth, plump and protect your skin daily with the Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Day Cream for Dry Skin SPF15. As skin ages hyaluronic acid is lost, resulting in an increase of wrinkles and a decrease in youthful volume. This rich and comfortable cream aims to replenish what is lost, working to smooth and support your skin throughout the day. At the heart of this innovative formula is a 3 tiered innovation: high molecular hyaluronic acid to smooth fine lines in the upper spidermal skin layers, low molecular hyaluronic acid to reach wrinkles deeper in the epidermal layers, and bio-active glycine saponin to support natural hyaluronic acid production where the deepest wrinkles reside. Added SPF15 and UVA sun screens protect against premature ageing and the deepening of existing wrinkles. Apply to clean skin in the morning, and gently massage in. The silky cream is an excellent make-up base, and is clinically and dermatologically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Non-comedogenic.
 
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
soothing
Date:27 November 2016
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Fragrance appeal: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Ease of use: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
I purchased this during the French pharmacy offer, having previously tried the night cream - when on offer it is a good value product for the quality it offers, in my opinion.
The packaging is functional/doesn't blow you away, but that's fine as I care about the stuff in the pot - but it's not a 'pretty' addition to the dressing table if you care about that sort of thing.
The cream itself is nice & thick, with no real smell to speak of, & feels soothing on winter/central heating punished dry skin - however it doesn't fully skin in, & as the consistency is thick, it understandably goes on quite thickly too (ie it is difficult to spread thinly to allow it to fully sink in, which I feel is an issue when I want to put make up on over the top - but as I go bare faced most of the time this is not a day to day problem)
Love that it is non pore clogging - that is a big plus for me.
I would buy it again for day to day winter skin needs, however I still prefer my regular Clarins/Lancome creams overall - they feel nicer & sink in better so would stick with them when needing to apply makeup over the top.
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 Ultrasun Glimmer Shimmering Sun Protection SPF50+ 100ml
Ultrasun Glimmer Shimmering Sun Protection SPF50+ 100ml
Skin will shimmer safely in the sun thanks to the Ultrasun Glimmer Shimmering Sun Protection SPF50, a very high protection sunscreen for sensitive skin. Formulated with reflecting pigments, which deflect the sun's rays, the sun protection gel will beautify the skin as well as offer high UVA and UVB protection. Water-resistant, fast-absorbing and non-greasy, the deeply moisturising formula glides effortlessly over the body, leaving skin optimally protected and glowing in a single application. Suitable for the most sensitive of skin, the delicate sun protectant is ideal for those that want to enjoy the sun responsibly and keep their skin feeling moisturised with a beautiful shimmer. Apply generously 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Free from perfume, mineral oils, emulsifiers, silicones, preservatives, octocrylene and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. Vegan.
 
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
.... er, exfoliating!
Date:27 November 2016
Location: UK
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Fragrance appeal: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
I love Ultrasun & I have lots of different products from the range, including the 20 glimmer (which I only use on my legs as that is quite a low spf for my skin type) so I was really pleased when the 50 glimmer was released as I love the sheen from the 20, but would never use something that low on my delicate shoulders/chest etc - unfortunately the consistency was very rough/grainy (which I cant say I noticed with the glimmer 20) & brought me up in a bright red irritation rash on application, but once that calmed down the sun protection itself was brilliant, & the sheen was lovely. I mixed it down after a few days with the ultrasun normal 30 & that made it a little easier to apply without causing as much irritation. I will use up the bottle but I'm not sure I'll buy it again - however if you dont have sensitive skin then it would be a good investment probably, as I really do rate the sun protection from this one a day application, & it didn't feel as heavy or cloying as some factor 50's can.
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 Vichy Capital Soleil Milk for Children SPF50+ 300ml
Vichy Capital Soleil Milk for Children SPF50+ 300ml
Care for delicate children's skin with the Capital Soleil Milk for Children SPF50+, a maximum protection suncare product for young skin. Ideal for both the face and the body, this ultra protective lotion is formulated with the patented Vichy UV filter Mexoryl XL, which offers broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water and hyaluronic acid keeps the skin of the entire family soothed, calm and hydrated, while the large 300ml size allows for generous application. Apply the Capital Soleil Milk for Children SPF50+ generously and frequently, especially after swimming. The milk is visible upon application, but leaves no white marks after sinking in. Hypoallergenic, photostable, colorant-free, preservative-free, water resistant, sand-resistant, tested under dermatological supervision.
 
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
good protection
Date:1 October 2012
Age: 30-39
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Fragrance appeal: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of use: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
When I purchased this product, the description included that it was non-comedogenic, a quality which I look for in all products due to my skin type. When it arrived however, the packaging did not state that is was non-comedogenic, so I contacted Escentual to query this & they were swift to come back to me, which I appreciated. Vichy have since changed their description of the product (as reflected above - again well done Escenctual for updating the site so promptly) & it was indeed no longer listed as non-comedogenic. Escentual offered me a full refund & freepost returns address, but I was shortly to depart on my hols, so never having had a bad reaction to Vichy in the past, I thought I would try it, as it was still free from other nasties - parebens etc, which is also important to me.
As it was not non pore clogging, I did not apply it to my face, just my upper body. & I was using this for protection in the med at the end of September, where temps were on average 28C at the time.
100mls lasted me for 6 days of use - exactly as much as I needed. This was one of the reasons for me purchasing it - convenience of size.
It applies easily enough & I didn't feel too sticky after 1 application, which was enough to last me the whole day when intermittently seeking shade - but it did feel a little cloying after a second application on the same day.
It does leave a white film to the skin, which comes off on anyone who gives you a hug, but it was still visible after a long swim in the sea, so I am confident that its water proof properties were sound.
It did cause a small out break around my chest, but less that one of the supermarket brands would.
The smell is reasonably subtle & not unpleasant - but I am not of fan of heavily scented sun-creams - if you are, this may not be for you.
I did not burn at all. A definite plus!
Over all I would recomend it, however I will be trying a different brand that is non-comedogenic for my next vacation, as I would like the option of applying it to my face so save suitcase space!
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