During my recent drugstore haul, I came across what looked to me like a new addition to the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum ($44.99), an exfoliating serum treatment which is packed to the brim with acids that help to slough away any and all dead skin cells, leaving you with smoother, softer, clearer skin. In theory at least.
At first glance, this seemed like it might be a good drugstore dupe for the Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfoliating Booster – while this serum can be used either during the morning or the evening, according to its description, I prefer to whack on products like this at night, leaving them to do their thing on my face while I catch a little bit of shut eye.
Sadly, this product doesn’t feel – or look – quite as luxurious as the Sarah Chapman alternative; this serum has quite a pungent chemical-heavy scent when you first apply it, and the formula felt ever so slightly tacky on my face after I had rubbed it in. However. that tackiness also served as an indicator that the serum had sunk into my skin quicker than you can say ‘La Roche’, meaning you won’t be hanging around for hours on end before cracking on with your moisturiser and face oils.
And while this product might not possess all of the luxury and glamour that its pricier counterparts can boast, I have to admit that, when it comes to the actual results, this bad boy really does deliver. Just once day after using this serum as part of my evening routine (pre moisturiser, post cleanse and tone), my complexion felt dramatically smoother to the touch, and a lot of the red and angry-looking blemishes that had been threatening to boil over onto the surface of my face were drastically reduced.
So, in conclusion, if you can bear to live without your spa-esque smells for this one skincare step, I really do feel like the LRD serum is worth giving a go. The results speak for themselves in terms of skin softness, and – as far as I’m concerned, more than make up for me having to put up with any kind of chemically fragrance.