La Roche-Posay cosmetics are especially loved by those with sensitive skin. All thanks to the impressive properties of thermal water from the spring of the same name - it is she who serves as the basis of the beauty products of this French brand
La Roche-Posay pharmaceutical laboratory was registered in 1928. Despite this, its history began much earlier and is rooted in medieval legends. How true they are, it is no longer possible to determine, but there is certainly a connection with today.
From the Middle Ages to the Future
According to one of the beliefs, in the XIV century, the French commander Bertrand du Guesclin, one of the heroes of the Hundred Years War, happened to be in a small town called La Roche-Posay. His horse is said to have suffered from eczema, but got rid of the ailment after entering the water of a local spring. This brought him his first fame. And it was France that later became the country producing La Roche-Posay products.
Over time, the popularity of miracle water began to grow. At the beginning of the 17th century (namely, in 1617), Pierre Milteau, an associate of Kings Henry IV and Louis XIII, who managed their affairs, went to investigate the properties of water from a source in La Roche-Posay. Apparently, his research was not in vain: in the era of Napoleon Bonaparte, a military hospital was built here to treat skin ailments. These historical episodes, one after another, confirm that the water from La Roche-Pose has a healing effect on the skin, helping it to recover.
At the end of the 19th century, in 1897, the La Roche-Posay spring received official recognition as an important he alth facility. Just a few years later, a thermal hospital was equipped here, which since 1913 continued its development under the auspices of the National Medical Academy of France.
Power of water
La Roche-Posay water is distinguished by a high concentration of selenium, a trace element that is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants with a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Its main function is to slow down the oxidation of lipids - and it does this task especially well in combination with vitamin E. Selenium strengthens the immune system in a complex way: it reduces oxidative stress, promotes the formation of antibodies, protects the body from heavy metals, helps it in natural detoxification, counteracts the formation of tumors and so on.
With all these benefits of selenium, it's no surprise that La Roche-Posay water had such a positive effect on skin suffering from ailments.
At first, recipes based on thermal water from La Roche-Posay were prescribed to those who underwent treatment at a resort in this town. The products were made in the La Roche-Posay pharmaceutical laboratory, the same one that was founded in 1928 and laid the foundation for the brand that is now known to the whole world. Dermatologists have prescribed them in addition to other treatments for acne, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and other skin conditions. The formulas have proven their effectiveness and won the trust of specialists; over time, the La Roche-Posay laboratory began to collaborate with dermatologists around the world.
It was impossible to hide the exceptional benefits of La Roche-Posay thermal water, knowing that it works wonders for the skin and can help many people - and not just those who are ready to visit the La Roche-Posay spa. Therefore, towards the end of the 20th century, in the 90s, La Roche-Posay products for home use began to appear. In the laboratory of the brand, constant research was carried out on thermal water, which made it possible to use its beneficial properties in cosmetics in the most rational way.
La Roche-Posay today
La Roche-Posay cosmetics are compatible even with very sensitive skin, and this is its main strength. Means are hypoallergenic. Each new La Roche-Posay formula undergoes multiple tests for efficacy and skin tolerance. Only upon reaching full compliance with strict requirements, the funds are released for sale.
In addition to the La Roche-Posay thermal water itself, which is available in a spray format, the brand offers products for different skin types (including atopic, prone to allergic reactions, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea) and for solving various problems. The Cicaplast line is aimed at restoration, Effaclar - at eliminating oily sheen and seboregulation, at narrowing pores, Hydreane - at moisturizing sensitive skin, Hyalu B5 - at anti-aging care. Nutritic provides nourishment, Lipikar soothes irritated skin, and Rosaliac helps with redness.
In these series there are funds even for infants, so you can not doubt their safety for a second. We talked about the bestsellers of the brand here.
In addition to care products, La Roche-Posay also produces decorative cosmetics. First of all, to even out skin tone. For example, Hydreane BB cream with thermal water and mineral micropigments, Rosaliac CC cream and Toleriane Sensitive Le Teint tinting cream with the "function" of sensitive skin care have shown themselves well.
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