The 9 best La Roche-Posay products, rated by our Beauty Editor

We rank the best La Roche-Posay products—including our beauty ed's desert island facial sunscreen

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I’m often asked what the best La Roche-Posay products are. Loved by many a beauty editor, the brand focuses on gentle, hardworking buys that are ultra effective. To say I’m a fan of the brand would be an understatement. I’m borderline evangelical. When my skin’s misbehaving, I reach straight for the best La Roche-Posay products. Dry skin? The Toleraine range sorts it right out. Sensitivity? The Cicaplast balm soothes instantly. Blemishes? Hand me that Effaclar range. 

Truly, much of their range is a staple in my skincare routine. It’s what I always recommend to anyone struggling with their skin, especially within skincare routines for sensitive skin. LRP's French pharmacy background means that the brand focuses on skin health before trends. These products are all about protecting your skin barrier and keeping your complexion calm, soft, and soothed. Which doesn’t mean that these products lack transformative powers. Active ingredients like retinol and the best Vitamin C serums are effective without burning a layer of skin off. 

Being a mega-fan means that I want the inside scoop from the brand. So I've spoken to a handful of dermatologists and experts who ran me through the French brand's top bestsellers. If you’re new to the range, this is the perfect way to get to know the best La Roche-Posay products before adding them to your cart. Your skin will thank you—and hopefully, me. 

The best La Roche-Posay products, in order of popularity

La Roche Posay SPF50+ in a white tube, picked as the best la roche-posay product

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1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Ultra Light SPF50+

Best La Roche-Posay sunscreen

Specifications

RRP: $30.99/£18
Product type: Facial Suncare
Benefits: Broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF50+

Reasons to buy

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The perfect daily SPF
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Hardworking, science-backed formula
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Not sticky or shiny
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Sits well under makeup

Reasons to avoid

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None, we love this

This is the best facial sunscreen in my kit. I use it every day, rain or shine, so it’s not a surprise that this tops the list as their number one bestseller. If you buy one product from this roundup, make it this one—it’s without a doubt, the best of the best La Roche-Posay products. 

Plus, it has been reformulated to make it work even harder. “UVA rays are present all year round, and, unlike UVB rays which cause the skin to redden, you don’t get a signal to let you know that they’re causing damage. So, by the time you see wrinkles and pigmentation, it’s too late." says Dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall, "That’s why, as dermatologists, we encourage year-round use of a broad spectrum product. Anthelios UVMune400 Invisible Fluid SPF0+ offers unprecedented protection across the whole UV spectrum—it’s great to see a product keeping up with the latest science in this area.”

There’s always a sense of dread hearing your favorite products have been reformulated, even if it is seemingly for the better. What if it’s shinier? What if the texture's changed? Thankfully, this remains absolutely brilliant. It goes on like a dream, sinks in quickly, and doesn’t leave a white cast. It sits nicely under my makeup and doesn’t give me any breakouts. In a word? Perfection. 

La Roche-Posay anthelios age correct cream, picked as one of the brands best buys

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2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF50+

Best intensive La Roche-Posay treatment

Specifications

RRP: $39.99/£25
Product type: Facial sunscreen
Benefits: Protects while improving appearance of wrinkles

Reasons to buy

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Blends in quickly
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Hardworking, multitasking SPF
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Protects skin while battling signs of ageing

Reasons to avoid

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Not necessarily for all ages.

Unsurprisingly, another SPF follows in second place. This one is slightly different, using more skincare ingredients to treat the skin while protecting from those UV rays. It also includes antioxidants, which help reverse and protect against damage from pollution, as well as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to plump and brighten the complexion. 

Consultant dermatologist Dr Zainab Laftah says it’s one of the best La Roche-Posay products in the range. She said, “My patients with melasma and sun-induced freckles love this sunscreen because it helps target the pigmentation whilst offering high UV protection. It’s a brilliant all-rounder, and it's kind to skin.”

As I said, I’m devoted to the Anthelios Ultra Light SPF, but having used this I would also include it quite happily in my daily roster of the best skincare products. My skin feels plump and hydrated and after a few days of using this, I did feel my skin looked brighter. I’d recommend it for mature skin, but really it would work absolutely fine on all skin types and ages. 

La Roche-Posay effaclar duo, the best spot treatment by the brand

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3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Best La Roche-Posay Acne product

Specifications

RRP: $30.99/£17
Product type: Acne treatment
Benefits: Purifying without drying

Reasons to buy

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Effective spot treatment
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Treats blemishes without drying skin
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Gets to work quickly

Reasons to avoid

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Spot treatments can be subjective

I really struggle with hormonal breakouts, and I often find myself going against all my better judgment and opting for intense, harsh treatments in an attempt to zap those zits. Does it work? Eh, sort of. Does my skin end up looking better overall? Nope! Those harsh stripping ingredients may dry out blemishes but they can also really irritate my skin and leave me with redness and dry patches. 

If you’re wondering how to get rid of acne, the sensible answer is that the best solution will be slow and steady. Although it can feel less satisfying, opting for gentle treatments means your skin won’t be ‘punished’ and can gently adapt to the ingredients, and focus on clearing blemishes without battling dryness and sensitivity. This is why this is one of the best La Roche-Posay products for treating acne. Dr Laftah explains, “The gel formula is light and non-comedogenic whilst the salicylic acid and niacinamide help unclog pores and reduce inflammation. This moisturizer is perfectly designed for those with blemish prone skin and my patients with acne or oily skin absolutely love it.”

My skin always feels clearer and calmer after using this—I couldn’t be without it. I start including it in my routine when I feel a breakout about to kick in, and the difference it makes is really noticeable. 

La Roche-Posay toleraine cream, the best product for sensitive skin on the face

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4. La Roche-Posay Toleraine Dermalergo Cream

Best La Roche-Posay moisturizing product

Specifications

RRP: $30.99/£18.50
Product type: Moisturiser
Benefits: Calming and hydrating

Reasons to buy

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A brilliant way to get skin back on track
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Soft and soothing
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Instantly calms inflamed skin
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Makes moisturizing easy

Reasons to avoid

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None, we love this

Even the most experienced beauty editors still make skincare mistakes, and this always comes to the rescue when I overuse the best retinol creams or get a bit too overzealous with skincare acids. A few months back my skin was acting particularly troublesome, and this was one of the best La Roche-Posay products for coaxing it back from the brink. 

This ultra gentle, soothing moisturizer makes an instant difference to sensitive, sore skin—in fact, I get a bit panicky when I’ve run out of it. The relief is instant when it hits my skin—it glides on, soothes instantly, and helps restore some calm. We’re all guilty of going a bit overboard with active ingredients—it can be tempting to try to ‘fix’ your skin problems speedily. But, Dr Hextall explains why gentle is best when it comes to your skin barrier. “It is becoming apparent that the delicate balance of our skin’s microbiome plays an important role in maintaining the skin barrier. Whatever your skin type, choosing skincare that protects and replenish this environment is the cornerstone of healthy skin.” 

She continues, “I have always recommended the Toleriane range to my patients. This ultra-gentle skin care is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating; tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. I cannot imagine any skin type that wouldn’t benefit from this unique formulation.” 

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume, one of the best products by the brand

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5. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

Best La Roche-Posay sensitive skin product

Specifications

RRP: $14.99/£14
Product type: Cream for face and body
Benefits: Soothing and calming

Reasons to buy

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Dermatologist-approved treatment
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Incredibly effective at soothing skin
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Makes an instant difference

Reasons to avoid

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Can leave a white cast

When things get really bad, this is the absolute best La Roche-Posay product to bring skin back from the brink. The Toleraine moisturizer is lovely and gentle and calm, but this balm means serious business. It’s thick, no-frills, and gets to work quickly.

I had a reaction to some particularly potent retinol recently and this balm was the only thing that made a difference. That’s thanks to the 5% panthenol, which helps speed up the skin’s natural repair process. It looks very white when you first start working it in, so it's not the best everyday face moisturizer, and you're unlikely to use it all over your face as it's a bit heavy and rich for that. But it’s great for instantly soothing any patches of irritation or dryness. A little goes a long way too so be cautious on your first application.

It’s also a great multitasker, working on face and body. It’s the perfect product to keep in your first aid kit or to keep handy in your best suitcase when you travel. It works on irritations, burns, and bites. You’ll always be thankful to have it on hand—I know I am.

La Roche Posay Hyaluronic Acid Serum, one of the best products as picked by our team

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6. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Seurm

Best La Roche-Posay hydrating serum

Specifications

RRP: $33.99/£38
Product type: Serum
Benefits: Hydrating

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly effective at hydrating skin
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Sinks in quickly
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Suitable for everyday use
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Works for all skin types

Reasons to avoid

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None, we love this

For me, LRP’s serums are the true superheroes of the range, and this Hyaluronic Acid is one of the best La Roche-Posay products that I know I can recommend to everyone. You can’t go wrong with HA—it’s the best ingredient out there for plumping and hydrating skin, and everyone can benefit from using it. 

I loved this from the second I used it. I’m all about hardworking, faff-free buys that just work, and this ticks all of those boxes. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling tacky or clogged. It sits nicely under both day and night creams, and you see a real difference in the bounce of your skin after just a few uses. You really can’t go wrong with it. 

Serums are also the best way of treating any skin concerns. The light formulas sink in more quickly and deeply into the skin than creams, letting those ingredients really get to work. If you’re wondering how to apply serum, always do it after cleansing, before moisturizing. You can use one morning and evening.

La Roche-Posay Niacinimide serum, the best treatment for pigmentation by the brand

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7. La Roche-Posay Niacinamide B10 Serum

Best La Roche-Posay dark spot treatment

Specifications

RRP: $39.99/£38
Product type: Serum
Benefits: Dark spot correcting

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant treatment for age spots
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Suitable for everyday use
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Can be used morning or evening

Reasons to avoid

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Not a necessity if you don't have age spots

If age spots or pigmentation are a concern, this is one of the best La Roche-Posay products to treat them. Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Consultant Dermatologist, explains why. “Dark spots occur on the skin for a number of reasons—sun damage, skin aging, acne marks or hormonal changes.” She explains, “Niacinamide is a great choice for pigmentation, because it’s a true multitasker, helping tackle the many underlying causes. I'm often asked how to combat pigmentation, and this is a brilliant option, as niacinamide is all about reducing both inflammation and pigmentation.”

This concentrated formula uses 10% niacinamide, blended with plumping hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin while helping those marks fade. This is a relatively new launch but its popularity means that the results really speak for themselves. I really enjoyed using this, even though hyperpigmentation isn't at the forefront of my skin issues. My skin looked brighter and refreshed within a week. 

La Roche-Posay effaclar purifying gel, the best cleanser by the brand

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8. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser

Best La-Roche Posay cleanser for acne-prone skin

Specifications

RRP: $19.99/£18.50
Product Type: Gel cleanser
Benefits: Purifying and oil balancing

Reasons to buy

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Purifying but gentle
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Brilliant morning cleanser
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Ideal for acne-prone skin

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for all skin types

Cleansing is so important for all skin types, but it’s an especially key element of the best skincare routine for acne. You need to make sure you’re using the best cleansers for your skin type, that will gently purify your complexion without drying it out. This is one of the best La Roche-Posay cleansing products for that exact job, working especially well for blemish-prone skin. 

Dr Laftah agrees, “This is one of my best cleansers for acne-prone skin,” she says. “Its soft foaming properties help remove the build-up of oil, debris, and dead skin cells and, as many of my patients report, it does not leave the skin feeling dry.”

Do you know that tight, dry feeling you get after cleansing? This doesn’t cause that. After cleansing with this my skin is fresh and clean without that almost itchy squeaky-clean feel. I always swap to using this if I’m in the midst of a breakout and I really find that it makes a difference to those pesky little under-the-skin spots. I also quite enjoy the massive bottle, I find it pleasing and strangely reassuring. 

La Roche-Posay retinol serum, the best product for transforming ageing skin

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9. La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum

Best La Roche-Posay retinol product

Specifications

RRP: $39.99/£38
Product type: Retinol serum
Benefits: Cell turnover and anti-ageing

Reasons to buy

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Hardworking retinol
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Effective, minus the irritation
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Gentle enough for frequent use

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly tacky texture
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Important to follow on with a moisturizer

I’m not surprised that another one of LRP's serums has sneaked into the top 10 list of bestsellers. The retinol serum in particular is brilliant, because it encapsulates exactly why the brand is so respected in the skincare industry—it yields results, without compromising your skin health.

We all know how transformative retinol is, but it can really come at a price, namely irritation, peeling skin or a faint feel of burning. You don’t get that with this serum—you really feel like you’re in safe hands with it. It’s potent, sure—but it’s not painful. As with all retinol I’d recommend easing in to using it every three or four nights, then working up your tolerance to using it more frequently—if you want to. The gentle formula means you can get away with using it frequently, without harming skin. You might also be quite happy to use this sparingly, or weekly, and that’s totally fine too! 

Dr Laftah agrees that it’s one of the best La-Roche Posay products for results without irritation. She says, “Recommending a retinol serum to my patients with sensitive skin to help address signs of ageing can be a challenge, however this serum due to its unique formulation is tolerated by all skin types.” It can feel slightly tacky on the skin after application, but that can be the case with a lot of serums. I always follow on with one of my best night creams, to keep my complexion balanced and happy. 


Woman & Home thanks Dr Justine Hextall,  Dr Zainab Laftah, and Dr Emma Wedgeworth  for their time and expertise. 

Rhiannon Derbyshire
Rhiannon Derbyshire

Rhiannon Derbyshire is the Senior Beauty Editor for Woman & Home and other publications. 


She started interning for magazines while working alongside her Fashion Journalism degree. There, she was lured to the beauty desk, seduced by matte lipsticks, posh shampoos and every skincare product imaginable. A first-language Welsh speaker, she can tell you why the best mascaras are always high street, why SPF is a non-negotiable all year round and how to find the exact right red lipstick in two languages.