Three of my summer skincare essentials this year come from La Roche-Posay, a company well-known for its dermatological innovations. You may recall that I have been using one of the brand's sunscreens, but for the past few months I have also been testing out a few products from the Effaclar line, which is designed specifically for oily skin (hello, that's me!)
Effaclar Mat ($30 CAD) is a daily moisturizer with an instant mattifying effect. At first, I found this a bit weird since I'm used to my primers acting this way -- not my moisturizers, but I have since gotten used to the sensation. With regular application, this moisturizer is supposed to tighten pores, reduce sebum production, and redefine your skin texture. A pretty lofty claim, huh? To be honest, I haven't noticed much of a change in my skin. I still have to blot throughout the day, although perhaps a bit less than usual. However, what I do like is that it makes a good base for makeup in the morning and it has not broken me out at all.
As a spot treatment, the Effaclar Duo[+] ($25 CAD) is absolutely amazing. I have been using the Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment for years but one problem with that product is that foundation can look patchy if applied on top of it. Effaclar Duo[+], on the other hand, absorbs quickly and leaves a matte finish that works well under makeup. Plus, it really does seem effective in reducing the effects of blemishes. If I apply it before bed, there is a marked difference when I wake up in the morning!
Lastly, there is Effaclar BB Blur ($30 CAD), a new product described as an "anti shine unifier" with an "instant optical effect." What exactly does that mean? Well, unlike traditional BB creams which I often find leave my skin looking shiny and greasy, Effaclar BB Blur mattifies your skin and seemingly blurs any imperfections. Coverage is moderate; certainly not like a concealer or foundation but it's good enough for low/no makeup days. The texture is also unlike any I have ever encountered in a BB cream. It's hard to describe, but it feels almost like a mousse... light but "bubbly" if that makes any sense. Unfortunately, there is a downside. BB Blur only comes in two shades: Light and Medium. I am currently using the Medium, and although I'm more tan since it's summer, this definitely won't work for those with darker skintones.