One Editor Reviews the La Roche-Posay Retinol, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serums
Here’s the deal: I’m a 20-something girl with a full-blown obsession with skin care. While maintaining youthful-looking skin is my number-one prerogative, filling my face with fillers or wrinkle reducers isn’t on my radar — at least not yet. Rather, I prefer to load up on anti-aging skin-care products like retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to keep my complexion looking 20-something for as long as possible. Enter, the new La Roche-Posay anti-aging routine, which happens to have all three ingredients available in drugstore serums. To see how the serums stood up, the brand gifted me with the products to try and review. Ahead, find my review and thoughts on this set of anti-aging serums.
What’s in the La Roche-Posay Anti-Aging Product Lineup
The new La Roche-Posay anti-aging lineup contains three serums: Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum, Vitamin C 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum and one of our long-time favorites, the Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Together, they make up a powerful anti-aging routine that visibly reduces fine lines, wrinkles and addresses skin tone, skin texture and hydration.
The retinol serum, which helps boost collagen production and cellular turnover, is formulated with both pure and gradual-release retinol. That means your skin reaps the benefits of the product long after application. Given that retinol can be harsh, drying and irritating to skin, I was pleased to see that this serum also has vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacinamide, which is hydrating and soothing, in its ingredient lineup. Next, comes the vitamin C serum. The La-Roche Posay bottle is packed with 10% pure vitamin C, salicylic acid and neurosensine. With a powerhouse combination of antioxidants, exfoliants and hydrators, this formula is great for refining skin tone and brightening your complexion. Last but not least in my anti-aging routine, the Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The plumping, replenishing and hydrating serum is great for giving skin an extra burst of moisture, especially in the winter. This hyaluronic acid serum has been key in my routine for a while now, so including it in my anti-aging regimen was a must.
My Review of the La Roche-Posay Anti-Aging Line
Whenever I try new products, I keep the rest of my routine pretty standard. This helps me pinpoint what’s actually changing with the appearance of my skin. Another rule? Give everything a fair shot; it takes around six weeks for me to see real results with just about anything. So, armed with my shiny, sleek, new serum trio and a six-week observation period, I set out on my anti-aging skin-care journey.
In the morning, I washed my face and then immediately applied the hyaluronic acid serum — it’s a miracle worker. A few drops of the Hyalu B5 every day made my skin look plump and gave off the vibe that I got a full eight hours of sleep, even when that was far from the reality. Once I had given that a second to absorb, I followed with the new vitamin C serum. It’s definitely milkier in texture than the hyaluronic acid serum, but spread on and dried down just as nicely. As soon as I applied the product, I noticed a nice glow and sheen was left behind. My complexion was naturally glowier and dewier right off the bat. Plus, both the Hyalu B5 and vitamin C serums had fragrant scents. I loved how the scent perked me up in the morning. My complexion was naturally glowier and dewier right off the bat. I had no pilling, which is a major concern for me when testing out new skin care. I applied moisturizer and continued with my makeup routine.
Come nighttime, I cleansed my face and then gave the Retinol B3 serum a go. I saved this step for the evening because retinol can make skin sensitive to the sun. I put a few drops into my hands and then patted the product into my skin. The serum has a similar viscosity and milky texture to the vitamin C serum. I was thrilled with the quick-absorbing, non-greasy feel and pleasantly surprised that it didn’t cause irritation or dryness the next morning. That being said, I made sure to lock in hydration with a moisturizer before bed and lather on sunscreen in the morning due to increased photosensitivity.
While I immediately saw an increase in hydration, glow and radiance, the real benefits of this anti-aging trio started to kick in after a few weeks. I had some fine lines around my eyes and mouth that became less noticeable, thanks to the combination of antioxidants, retinol and hyaluronic acid. What’s more, my overall skin tone appear smoother and more even. I’m a huge fan of this entire line. Trust me when I say you should get on board with this anti-aging routine from La Roche-Posay; it seriously works.
I was gifted these products for the purposes of this review, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.