Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes
Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes earn our praise for conveniently cleansing skin. As for the "micro-exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acid" (capryloyl salicylic acid) there isn't conclusive research to determine whether or not it can function effectively in this formula's pH of 4.93 (regular salicylic acid functions best at a pH of 3-4). At best, we can say exfoliation may be possible, but it's not guaranteed, and especially not if you rinse this off.
The soft towelettes come in standard disposable wipe packaging, with an adhesive top that you peel back to open and then reseal to close. The cloths themselves are saturated, though not so much that they feel overly wet or drip during use.
It's important to note that La Roche-Posay advises you to avoid using these towelettes over the eye area (likely due to the capryloyl salicylic acid). If you wear eye makeup, that means you'll still need to wash with a regular cleanser or use a separate eye makeup remover. Otherwise, the fragrance-free formula is ideal for cleansing normal to oily skin and does a good job of removing makeup without feeling tacky, greasy or dry.
- Fragrance-free formula effectively removes makeup and oil.
- Doesn't leave skin feeling tacky, greasy or dry.
- Soft towelettes are gentle on skin.
- Should not be used to remove eye makeup.
- Exfoliation claims are iffy.
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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