This is an intriguing wrinkle filler whose silky, spackle-like texture (the company refers to it as "velvety", which is also accurate) temporarily smoothes and fills in superficial lines and more prominent wrinkles (but not deep lines). Like others cut from the same cloth, it relies on silicone technology and film-forming agents to achieve this visual trickery. Nice, but merely a cosmetic benefit whose longevity depends on how expressive you are and what you apply over this.
This "filler" does contain a good amount of vitamin C (5% ascorbic acid) and some water-binding agents to help plump skin with moisture, though not to a degree where someone with dry skin can forgo their regular facial moisturizer. The lecithin and hyaluronic acid are great anti-aging ingredients for all skin types, and 0.1% is a fairly standard concentration for each (so in other words, La Roche-Posay doesn't have an edge here, despite these being good ingredients).
For best results, apply a product like this over your regular serum or moisturizer, and skip your primer—you won't need it given the smooth surface this leaves, so makeup application should be a breeze. This wrinkle filler is suitable for all skin types except sensitive, as it contains a small amount of fragrance.
- (Temporarily) fills superficial lines and makes more pronounced wrinkles less apparent.
- Contains a good mix of vitamin C plus skin-repairing ingredients.
- Doesn't have a shockingly high price, especially given its size is larger than most wrinkle fillers.
- You know this isn't an adequate replacement for dermal fillers a doctor can administer, right?
- Inclusion of fragrance makes this a questionable choice for those with sensitive skin.
An anti-aging breakthrough that plumps, fills, and visibly reduces wrinkles. Formulated with a powerful combination of dermatological ingredients to visibly reduce the effects of aging; 01.% Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid, 5% Pure Vitamin C, Mannose and Neurosensine. Anti-aging innovation suitable for sensitive skin.
Aqua / Water, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Glycerin, Mannose, Ascorbic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose Tristearate, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Styrene/MA Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Steareth-10, Madecassoside, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance.
L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. Sound familiar? L'Oreal-owned Biotherm makes similar claims for the water in their products, yet their marketing niche is spas, while La Roche-Posay caters to doctors and consumers interested in effective, no-frills skin care. Regardless of the source of their water, or how many minerals there may be in it, or the other benefits they assert it has, water is water and skin can't tell the difference. Even if the water were somehow "special," it takes a lot more than water to create and maintain healthy skin. This is something La Roche-Posay is aware of, because they do offer a fairly broad range of products to address the various needs of skin.
Their thermal spring water is said to be a rich source of selenium. Selenium is a nonmetallic element that has potent antioxidant ability. However, almost all of the research surrounding its benefits pertains to dietary or supplemental consumption, not to topical application. According to the research, selenium is absorbed into skin and helpful when applied topically only when applied as l-selenomethionine (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2004, pages 149–155). It is unknown whether the water La Roche-Posay uses contains this form of selenium, but we wouldn't bank on it for a unique benefit.
For a dermatologist-oriented line like La Roche-Posay, most of the products are surprisingly devoid of state-of-the-art or other interesting ingredients. There are some standout products, such as those with retinol and stabilized vitamin C; however, most of them are one-note options that offer the help of their promoted ingredient but don't commingle it with anything else of value to skin. It's ironic that although there's not a jar package to be found in this line, most of the moisturizers lack light- or air-sensitive ingredients, so jar packaging actually wouldn't be a problem. In fact, most of the moisturizers are downright monotonous. For the money, these products will leave your skin wanting more.
If you steer your way to the well-formulated products La Roche-Posay offers, you will find some first-rate options. They're not as varied as what many other lines offer, but for a pragmatic, no-frills approach to serious skin care, they'll do just fine. In fact, among all of the L'Oreal-owned skin-care lines, La Roche-Posay comes closest to successfully competing with the best of the best. It's up to you to decide if "close" is good enough. However, if you need to avoid fragrance and a range of potentially irritating plant extracts prevalent in the products of many brands, this line may suit your skin to a T.
Note: La Roche-Posay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although La Roche-Posay does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.