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The La Roche-Posay brand name comes from a French village set atop a remarkable aquifer in the Poitou-Charentes area. Natural thermal spring water here contains rich reserves of selenium from the limestone bedrock. That selenium - concentrated at 53 milligrams per liter of the La Roche-Posay groundwater - is an element of important dermatological significance, as it is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin at the cellular level.
La Roche-Posay the community is also notable for harboring Europe's first thermal-dermatology spa, the Thermal Center, which dates from the late 19th century. The institution employs hydrotherapy to address a wide variety of skin issues.
The brand's philosophy is charging its formulas with the minimum number of powerfully acting ingredients. Those formulas are rigorously tested in the La Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratory to make sure each product keenly addresses the given skin type and condition it's aimed at while avoiding harsh side effects.
La Roche-Posay's Comprehensive Focus
The La Roche-Posay collection includes non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic products that address all the essential tasks of personal skincare, from cleansing to sun-protection. There are categories within the brand aimed at common skin types and conditions: photo-damaged, oily, breakout-prone, sensitive, age-impacted, sensitive, dry, and redness-prone. The underlying dermatological environments that create these conditions are highly varied, and often inappropriate for the use of standard, "one-size-fits-all" skincare products actually best suited for normal, well-balanced skin types.
Properly choosing skincare applications is essential to dealing with these issues. For example, a product geared toward addressing acne won't do much good against rosacea - a totally distinct condition with overlapping symptoms. Someone suffering from excess sebum production and breakouts doesn't want to use a cleanser or moisturizer formulated for dry, flaky skin.
The different product categories within La Roche-Posay address widespread dermatological needs with specially focused formulations. To combat aging skin, for example, the Active C and Redermic lines employ fortifying ingredients such as vitamin C and Madecassoside to tackle wrinkles and uneven skin tone. These issues stem from natural age-related declines in the production of collagen and the rate of cell turnover.
In addition to its many products restoring damage and mollifying visible symptoms, La Roche-Posay offers a complete arsenal of nourishing sunscreens. Given the dramatic cosmetic impacts ultraviolet radiation can wreak - not to mention the risk of skin cancer - it’s essential to protect yourself, particularly during the high-sun season and those hours of the day when sunlight is most intense.
Ensure your skincare protocol is as sharp-focused and dermatologically safe as possible: turn to the creations of La Roche-Posay and tap into that enriching limestone-filtered water at the heart of the brand's approach.
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