These days, it doesn’t take a virtual trip to Sephora or the department store to happen upon products that make your skin look night-and-day different. Instead, you just need to know the right places to look on Amazon. There’s the drugstore retinol serum that shoppers call “liquid gold,” a body lotion that rescues dry skin, and La Roche-Posay, a French brand that’s a bit like if CeraVe took an extended trip abroad and came back with flawless skin “thanks to the water.”
We’re half-joking, but mostly serious: The brand of French skin staples does in fact rely on thermal water from French springs to give everyone who tries it blissfully calm, rested, and younger-looking skin. It’s like a spa trip in a tube, but it only runs you $20 — and considering that the brand’s Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer has earned a five-star rating from over 10,000 Amazon shoppers and a spot on the site’s best-sellers list, we’d call that a bargain.
“Magic in a bottle. My face literally healed in 24 hours,” writes one formerly skeptical shopper, who was handed a tube of the moisturizer when their hormonal skin was bouncing from dry and flaky to greasy and breaking out. “18 months later, [and] I’m on my fifth bottle. My face is supple, even, and I barely wear makeup.”
Those with rosacea say the comforting formula dispelled redness and blackheads that wouldn’t budge, and shoppers with dry, sensitive skin say it’s the be-all, end-all skin product. So, what’s behind all the incredible results?
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
The thermal water is laden with prebiotics, which the brand says supports your skin’s natural microbiome to keep it looking and feeling harmonious. Add niacinamide, a potent skin brightener, and the same ceramides that make CeraVe such a failsafe, and you have a gold medal formula that easily diminishes deep forehead wrinkles. The multi-threat, fragrance-free profile is likely why dozens of shoppers say their dermatologist recommended the formula.
“My skin has improved so dramatically in the last few weeks of using this that I am tempted to believe it's a bit magical,” another shopper attests of their “visibly shrunken” pores, drastically evened-out skin tone, and redness-relieved skin. “And, most importantly, I always feel hydrated now and don't have any dry skin on my face.”
“This is, hands down, the best day cream I've ever tried,” a self-proclaimed “skin professional” with 20 years of experience writes. “Those peptides? Those are real, and they're super heroes. After two months I look younger, more rested, and with smoother texture than I have had in years! Your skin will literally drink it up.”