12.30.2014
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Physiological Cleansing Gel
6.76 fl. oz. for $21.99
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Don’t let the medical-themed name fool you: This is a very standard, but good, water-soluble cleanser for all skin types. The claim about this product respecting skin’s “physiological balance” applies to any well-formulated cleanser—and if it’s so special, why doesn’t La Roche-Posay formulate their other cleansers this way? They didn’t really need another cleanser, so perhaps that’s why this one’s claims are too far-reaching. Still, as mentioned, this is a good cleanser, though you don’t need to spend this much for equivalent results.

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Claims

Cleanses, purifies and refreshes skin, while respecting its physiological balance.

Ingredients

Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Poloxamer 184, Poloxamer 124, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacryldiemthyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance

Brand Overview

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

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. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

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. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.