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How To Start A Better Relationship With Your Skin & Tips From La Roche-Posay’s National Trainer Emily Percival

la roche posayLa Roche-Posay products I’ll be test driving

What kind of relationship do you have with your skin? I paused as I thought about this question. Where do I start? It’s been a rocky relationship, I struggled with acne in my teens and 20’s. Now that I’m in my 30’s, the breakouts have stopped, but I continue to have daily challenges. Today I woke up and my face looked irritated and blotchy. The fine lines around my eyes and smile lines are much more noticeable. And no matter how much I sleep, my skin looks dull. That fresh faced look from my 20’s is long gone! That combination skin from my 20’s has turned into sensitive and dehydrated skin in my 30’s.

Even though the relationship with my skin hasn’t always been the greatest, I’ve learned that it IS possible to make that relationship better. After seeing a dermatologist, I now have a good understanding of what kind of skin I have and the types of products I need in my regimen. I’ve also learned that I need to be diligent and have patience to see results.

I chatted recently with La Roche-Posay’s National Trainer Emily Percival to learn more about skin and what makes a good regimen. It’s likely you’ve seen La Roche-Posay in the drugstore aisles, but did you know they’re the #1 most recommended brand by Dermatologists across Canada? Let’s just say, they know what they’re doing.

I was surprised to learn that 3 in 4 women have sensitive skin, what is considered sensitive skin?
General sensitivity can be allergic skin or intolerant skin and both produce the same results, redness, inflation and small bumps. Allergic skin is caused by a specific allergin, while intolerant skin is when you have a disposition to being sensitive. Allergins might be ingredients like retinol and Vitamin C, or could be environmental like pollen, plants and pets. You can be someone who has both intolerant skin and allergic skin!

I’ve noticed that my skin has changed when I’m in different cities and climates, what’s happening? 
The city you live in affects your skin, as there are different levels of pollution, which affects aging. In addition to environment, diet and hormones can affect your skin. For example, pregnancy also causes hormone changes, which can cause hyperpigmentation and acne.

How should your skincare routine change with seasons?
I always recommend having two skincare routines, one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter. Our environment will change in humidity levels, and in the Fall/Winter, there’s more artificial heat and we take longer showers and hot baths. This all affects our hydration level and skin. It can be as simple as switching from a light cream to a rich version or a gel cleanser to a milk cleanser. And always sunscreen, even in the winter, the sunrays reflect right off the snow!

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying out new products, how long does it take to see results?
You might see immediate results with some products, but lots of clinical studies are based on four weeks of use. Commit to trying it and let your skin adjust and balance out. Give it four weeks.

la roche posay eye makeup remover These are individuals vials of the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Eye Make Up Remover

I’ve been guilty of skipping my skincare routine – sometimes you just feel like you don’t have time for it! What do you say to someone who’s “just too busy”?
Make sure you’re using the right products, and it won’t feel like a task. It’s 100% essential to wash your face. I keep a little glass jar of no-rinse-solution and cotton balls right by my bed, so I can take off my makeup. I’m not damaging my skin by not washing my face. You need to wash, hydrate and use sunscreen. If you don’t want to layer on a lot of products, a face cream with a UV protection will suffice if you’re not outside for a long time. But if you are outside for a long time, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! It’s going to protect you from hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

I’m going to test-drive some La Roche-Posay products the next few weeks, including products from the Toleriane collection. Can you tell me a bit more about the line?
It’s a line for those with ultra sensitive and sensitive skin. If someone says they have highly reactive skin, I’d recommend the Toleriane Ultra Fluid. If you’re just sensitive, and looking for a really great cream, there are 3-4 different products depending on the texture you prefer. There are 2 cleansers and 2 makeup removers. A huge component of the line is the thermal spring water, it’s derived from the town of La Roche-Posay (a small village in central France). It’s hydrating and anti-inflammatory. There’s a lot of water in the Toleriane line.

Now it’s your turn to start a better relationship with you skin!
Take the La Roche-Posay quiz and find out if you’re skin sensitive or hypersensitive. And you can also Enter to Win a Romantic Getaway in a Fairmont Hotel (up to $2250 value).

Take the quiz & enter the contest here.

And stay tuned for a post on my results from using the La Roche-Posay products. 

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