Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer is said to be for sensitive skin, and it is; however, it falls short of providing everything this skin type needs for “double repair”, but it does have a great texture for normal to dry skin.
This opaque tube-packaged, fragrance-free moisturizer makes skin feel silky-soft and comfortable, especially if it’s dehydrated. While the packaging is great, this moisturizer contains few air- or light-sensitive ingredients save for one ceramide.
Speaking of ceramides, research has shown skin’s barrier needs more than one ceramide for repair, let alone “double repair”. In fact, there are multiple ceramides naturally present in skin, including ceramides AP, EOP, AG, and NS, all of which work in distinct and overlapping ways to keep skin healthy. That’s why it’s a good thing that this moisturizer’s niacinamide encourages skin to make more ceramides. Still, sensitive skin would be even better served with a more robust mix of ceramides and replenishing fatty acids (such as the omegas), both missing here.
Another omission is antioxidants, which today’s best moisturizers for sensitive skin contain in abundance. They’re not totally absent, but seeing vitamin E (tocopherol) as the last ingredient listed is hardly encouraging.
On the sort-of upside, La Roche-Posay’s prebiotic claims appear to promising--at least according to a June 2018 study they funded that was published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The study showed that the brand’s thermal spring water’s mineral content had a prebiotic action against certain strains of bacteria whose proliferation can disrupt skin’s microbiome.
Without getting too technical, when skin’s microbiome is out of whack, it’s barrier weakens, setting the stage for all sorts of problems stemming from inflammation and environmental exposure. Applying prebiotic ingredients to skin triggers it to make its own probiotics, friendly bacteria that keep the microbiome balanced.
Summing up, the water in this moisturizer is likely to have a beneficial impact on skin’s barrier, but we’d still prefer to see more soothing ingredients and more established prebiotic ingredients.
- Richly hydrating formula delivers barrier-repairing niacinamide and ceramide.
- Silky texture leaves dry skin feeling soothed and comfortable.
- The thermal water seems to be a source of helpful prebiotics.
- Fragrance free.
- Low amount of antioxidants.
- Lacks a robust mix of barrier-repairing ingredients.
Discover Prebiotic Skincare. This oil-free face moisturizer for sensitive skin works in two ways: replenishes moisture and helps restore the skin's natural protective barrier. The lightweight cream nourishes and soothes the skin.
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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