La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Invisible Fluid VS Eucerin Oil Control – Review Of SPF 50 Used On Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve been a dedicated fan of Eucerin’s SPF since discovering it and think it’s highly underrated. I was quite content to just keep buying and using it. After all, it works well for me and is affordable but after I was fortunate enough to win an SPF bundle from La Roche Posay which included their Anthelios SPF50 I knew a VS review post was round the corner!

I’ve forever grateful for the acne and skincare community on Instagram for making me aware that so many acne fighting skincare ingredients make skin more sensitive to the sun. Wearing SPF every day makes me feel like I’m protecting my skin and caring for it for the future which makes up for the years I feel like I spent trying to nuke spots into oblivion.

Other VS posts which may be of interest:

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Price (as per brand’s website or best I can find!)£16 per 50ml£18 per 50ml
Labelled as suitable for
(as per brand’s description)
Oily and blemish prone skin with studies showing good tolerability on sensitive skinSpecially formulated for sensitive skin
Product claims (as per brand’s description)Oil regulating, gives skin immediate dry touch finish, mattifying for up to 8 hours, water and sweat resistant, non greasy with no white marks, not sticky, non eye stinging
Extras to noteLabelled as suitable for users of topical acne medication

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 Review

I’ve writing this having purchased 4 bottles. I picked up 2 last time they featured in Boots £10 Tuesday offer so I was well stocked and saving some pennies whilst protecting my skin. I have combination skin and find this a really effective product. It doesn’t cause any dryness on my less oily areas and doesn’t make me look shiny. It doesn’t have a typical sun cream smell or texture which is great. It’s never made me break out or caused any sensitivity. I haven’t had any major problems with this pilling.

I have experienced a bit of eye stinging with this but that’s generally only if I get tired and rub my eyes without thinking. This can then cause a bit of stinging that causes my eye to water but it isn’t a painful burning sensation. I’m incredibly pale and this doesn’t make me look any more ghostly so can confirm zero white cast for me.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Review

This was my first full sized bottle of this. I had previously bought a sample via Feel Unique’s Pick & Mix service. The first major difference with this product compared to Eucerin’s is the texture. It is very, very runny. Where I’ve been used to pumping a thick gel like cream texture and applying that squeezing this out of the bottle left it dribbling and running down my fingers. I found it quite hard to measure out an amount to apply and instead found it easy to squeeze 4 smaller sized helpings and dot these on my cheeks, forehead and chin before rubbing in.

I’ve never experienced eye stinging at all with this product, this is the only major perk it has for me over the Eucerin SPF. Upon application I find this makes me initially look a bit shinier than the other product but this does die down very quickly and I don’t find it off putting. In terms of similarities to my trusted Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 this also doesn’t cause me to break out, doesn’t make me look paler and has no white cast. I’ve also not had any pilling issues with this one.

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The Final Word

For me these two products have such similarities and do such a good job. Neither make me break out, cause sensitivity, give me white cast, smell bad or pill excessively when reapplying. I’ve popped into a table below the only real notable differences I’ve found.

Can I pick a winner? No. I honestly can’t. I think the Eucerin product is really underrated, it is slightly cheaper and I personally much prefer the texture as it’s less messy to apply. It is also very morning proof, if like me, you struggle to wake up and need something you can just throw on. The La Roche Posay requires shaking to activate which I have definitely forgotten to do a few times when dozy. I love that I can apply the La Roche Posay with zero concern about eye watering.

So which would I repurchase? It’ll come down to which is the best value for money at the time I need to restock but I’d happily buy both again.

Product marked with *** is a winner for me for each categoryEucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Texture***
More of a gel, cream texture, easy to apply with pump bottle to measure out
took some getting used to to avoid sticky fingers and it dripping into my rings when squeezing it out the bottle
Eye stinging
mild and very rare occurrences
***
zero eye stinging
Zero shininess on application***
I don’t feel shiny at all after applying this
I notice I look a little more glowy or shiny but this dissipates not long after application. It’s not enough to put me off or make me think I look like an oil slick

Acnecide, Cerave & La Roche Posay Made The Shortlist – The 3 Best Budget Friendly Cleansers I’ve Ever Used For My Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve used a LOT of cleansers since developing adult acne around 6-7 years ago. I went through virtually everything my local Boots and Superdrug stores had to offer like Garnier, Clearasil, Clean And Clear, Simple etc before transitioning to several ranges from The Body Shop. These led me to Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions and beyond. I used to think the higher the price tag on a product the better it would be for my skin after nuking my skin barrier with cheap drying formulas that were just too strong for my face. I thought it might be helpful to pop together a list of the best cleansers I’ve tried to date for specific reasons. All of which I’d naturally buy again or have already bought several times over.

Acnecide Gel Wash – £9.99 for 50g – For Tackling Breakouts

I’ve previously used prescription treatments with Benzoyl Peroxide and my skin hated them. They caused my skin to become red, swollen, puffy and very sore but I can use this product with no negative side effects. I’ve only ever bought one bottle of this and I’ll admit it took me a while to work through because it was too much for daily usage for my skin but I can’t deny how effective this is at taking the aggression out of spots. Whenever breaking out I’ve reached for this as the first port of call to calm any painful spots as it does such a good job without ever hurting. It is low cost, reliable and when used sensibly doesn’t cause dryness or irritation. If washed off really thoroughly it is possible to avoid bleaching towels too. My skin is in a position now where I don’t feel the need to rush out and buy another bottle immediately whilst I work through my stash of products but I would happily buy this again in the future if I felt I needed it.

Cerave Cream To Foam Hydrating Cleanser – £12.50 for 236ml – For Non Stripping Cleansing When Using Acne Treating Actives

I tried the original hydrating formula but just preferred the texture of this very lightly foaming product as I’m so used to gel cleansers, this felt like the perfect hybrid. It has never caused irritation even when my skin has been incredibly sensitised from easing in topical acne treatments like retinoids. It’s affordable, easily accessible, doesn’t leave skin feeling overly stripped, tight or dry. It feels soothing and caring whilst leaving my skin feeling clean. I see it as a no nonsense product that works perfectly for me so that I can use other actives to treat my skin like BHA exfoliants etc. I can’t comment on how good it is as a stand alone to treat acne as I’ve always used this in a routine with actives.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser – £ 18.50 for 400ml or £12.50 for 200ml – For Being The Best Gel Cleanser I’ve Tried

I bought the giant bottle of this cleanser whenever it was on offer for the better part of at least 4 years. Prior to this lots of products I used aimed at acne prone skin I found far too harsh and aggressive whilst the gentler formulas did absolutely nothing for my spots. I used this prior to discovering exfoliant toners, retinoids etc. When used morning and day because a little went a long way it would last me 11-12 months making it the most cost effective cleanser I’ve ever used. I’ve even seen the 400ml bottle featured on Boots £10 Tuesday before so at this price it would end up costing less than £1 a month to use. It is gentle, non stripping, non drying and leaves skin feeling clean but not overly squeaky. The only reason I stopped using this was because I was prescribed a topical retinoid and required a hydrating cleanser as a result. I significantly prefer this to the Avene Cleanance gel cleanser and find it more gentle than La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Peeling Gel. Although I haven’t used this now in nearly 2 years it will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first cleanser I ever found that I felt was making a positive difference to my skin without causing any negative side effects that needed balancing out.

My Decision To Ditch Dairy 1 Year On – Did This Dietary Swap Really Help My Acne Prone Skin & Improve My Life?

I’ve always been a hardcore lover of cheese so even writing the title of this, realising it’s been over a year, slightly blows my mind. I gave up dairy around the middle of 2020 as I was trying to find ways to help my skin that didn’t require medication I was uncomfortable with taking. I tried this once before for around 3 months in 2016, focusing mostly on lactose-free products, with no real difference but if I’m being honest with myself – I didn’t try that hard.

I Feel Better In Myself

If I put aside my skin for a second on the whole I feel better for not eating dairy. One of the reasons I decided to go without it for a time wasn’t based just on hysterical Google searches but the fact that dairy, particularly in the mornings, always made me feel sick. I’ve also never liked the taste of cows milk and could never drink it on it’s own, the idea makes me shudder even now. I could drink a cup of coffee no problem but it had been years since I’d been able to have cereal that wasn’t dry without feeling rough. Ditching dairy enabled me to rekindle a love for Cheerios, Fruit & Fibre, Weetabix and more. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed these. Prior to this switch every breakfast I ate was something toasted. In the last 7-8 months once I realised vegan products didn’t make me feel ill all I’ve eaten each morning has involved milk or yoghurt in some way.

There’s Very Little I Miss

On an almost monthly basis new dairy free or vegan products seem to be released with big brands like Petit Filous, The Collective, Kit Kat and more jumping on the bandwagon. Many products I actually prefer to dairy. I never really liked dairy creme fraiche, finding the almost sweet aftertaste odd in savoury dishes, but Oatly’s answer to this product completely converted me. The fact that it has a long shelf life and is incredible in pasta dishes makes it a fridge staple for me. Some products are so good now that it feels like zero compromise and I’ve had dairy-eating friends unable to tell the difference. Examples include Elmlea’s plant based cream, Magnum ice creams, Ristorante’s vegan margarita and the newly discovered plant based passionfruit flavoured yoghurt from The Collective. Brands like HiP – Happiness In Plants and Doisy and Dam mean I can enjoy chocolate without feeling disappointed at all. If I had to dig deep the only things I miss are Solero Exotic ice creams and that it’s harder to find a good coffee when out and about – Cafe Nero remain my favourite high street chain for dairy free coffees.

I Still Eat Cheese

After letting me skin run my life when I first developed acne in 2016 I vowed never to let that happen again. I still love cheese so I still eat cheese. I’ve tried two vegan ones and they just don’t cut it for me so instead I have it less frequently than I used to and I go for lactose-free options. Lactose free cheddar is easy to find, Lidl have very reasonably priced sliced edam and Tesco have an own brand mozzarella although sadly this is getting harder to find in stores. I’ve recently discovered Waitrose have lactose free Halloumi and Feta so rest assured I’ll be jumping on those very soon. I used to consume a family sized block of cheddar a week. Nowadays a small pack of lactose-free cheddar lasts me 2-3 weeks. I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate cheese more for not having it every day. Basic things I previously got bored of like cheese toasties now feel like the most wonderful self-indulgent treat.

I Cheat Sometimes Because I’m Human

I make occasional exceptions for things like Sour Cream Pringles, Dairy Milk and the odd Solero Exotic and I don’t feel remotely guilty for it.

Quitting Dairy Sparked More Of An Interest In Food

I’ve never cared for cooking and used to easily get stuck into a rut with eating the same things. Cutting back on dairy gave me the opportunity to try so many new things to find new favourites. Some have been real hits and there have been a few misses but I actually get excited about seeing something I’ve read about on a supermarket shelf whereas before I felt a bit like a zombie filling my basket with the same old things. Reducing my cheese intake forced me to up my lunch game from the default cheese and ham sandwiches I’d unknowingly become sick of. I feel like quitting dairy has hugely diversified what I eat which has been really good for me.

It Hasn’t Been As Expensive As I Thought

This is largely due to using cashback apps like Green Jinn. These have enabled me to get dairy free products either for free or hugely reduced. At the time of publishing I have 8 cartons of long life plant based milk in the cupboard which haven’t cost me a penny. I’ve been able to get free yoghurts, reduced vegan pizza, free plant based flapjacks and more all via cashback apps. It was a bit of a learning journey at first but I now know that some products are accidentally vegan so there’s no need to fork out for the “free from” section version. For example Tesco’s own brand dark chocolate digestive biscuits and Bakewell tarts don’t list dairy in the ingredient lists! I got into the habit of quickly scanning packaging labels. Lidl and Aldi now have vegan products which are reasonably priced, Asda also have some amazingly cheap desserts and free from products. I’ve found Home Bargains to be excellent for cheap snack bars which I see as dupes for Nak’d Bars and Eat Natural bars for half the branded price or less.

I Can’t Confidently Say Quitting Dairy Helped Me

I honestly tried so many things around a similar time that I can’t declare with 100% conviction that ditching dairy was the answer. I know for a fact that cutting caffeine did me a world of good and I’ve experienced less cysts since. Although I can’t say for certain that doesn’t mean I intend to jump back on the dairy wagon. I don’t really feel like I’d have anything to gain from doing so. I will say my skin is consistently in the best place it has been for years. I still break out from time to time because hormones exist but this now feels easily manageable. I put this improvement down to a combination of changes. I don’t feel restricted by my decision to reduce dairy and for as long as I feel this way I’ll stay as I am.

Review Of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum & Perfectionist Pro Brightening Serum Used On Adult Acne Prone Skin

Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair remains the most expensive product to have ever graced my face. Given the title of my blog “Forever Saving For A Rainy Day” I’ll forgive you for wondering why this product is featuring given that it isn’t cheap. I ended up using the ANR out of sheer desperation a few years ago when my acne was at it’s most aggressive and I was willing to try almost anything that might help me. Given its cult favourite status I thought I was in good, trustworthy hands. Read on for my thoughts on both of the serums.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Review – RRP £60 for 30ml

The disappointment of this product is real. I first used this 4 or 5 years ago and sadly noticed zero difference to my skin. It’s a sad story when the best that can be said about a product experience is that at least it didn’t make my acne worse but that’s all I can muster for this. Whilst I didn’t experience any negative side effects I didn’t notice any positive changes to my skin either. I never expected this to be a miraculous acne solution but I did expect to see some improvements. I’ve only struggled with acne across my jawline and chin area but didn’t notice any difference to even my cheeks or forehead when I applied this nightly until it ran out. I didn’t feel as though my skin was any more hydrated, nor were my oil levels any more balanced and I didn’t feel it gave me more of a glow. I don’t recall it providing any assistance with pigmentation either. It felt lovely to apply but truthfully I’m not sure what it did – not a whole lot.

Earlier this year I received nearly 2 weeks’ worth of samples of their newest formulation of this product. I did like the texture of it but again I didn’t find this did anything for me. I appreciate 2 weeks is a very short period of time but given I was experiencing drier patches caused by prescription acne treatments I had hoped this would help soothe my skin but it didn’t provide any real relief.

I know for many this is a cult favourite but for me it was not a hit – it was a hard miss.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Brightening Serum – RRP £64 (approx) for 30ml

Last year I took advantage of a temporary deal on the Estee Lauder website which enabled me to get a gift with a small purchase and free delivery. The free gift included a 7ml sample of this serum which I’ve been using most mornings for about 2 months now so a little goes a really long way. On their website the 7ml sample retails for £10. If it weren’t for the gift opportunity I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to try this product given my previous experience with Estee Lauder serums.

I have to mention the texture of this product because it feels incredible to apply. It is silky, smooth, doesn’t pill and feels incredibly luxurious but then I would hope that given the price tag. It also has what I can only describe as a high-end glorious smell that is subtle. This was my first experience using a Vitamin C serum. It didn’t cause me to break out, there was zero irritation and no dryness. I’ve been applying this across my jawline and chin where I often break out and as a consequence struggle with hyperpigmentation. This has helped improve dark marks left behind spots and I noticed positive changes around weeks 3-4 of using. Regrettably, although I’ve loved using this product, I won’t be purchasing it purely because I can’t justify spending £60+ on a serum but I’m so pleased I had the chance to try this. I’d happily use it again if I’m able to pick up another mini sample and shall keep an eager eye out on Feel Unique’s Beauty Kit products in case this makes an appearance.

Although it sounds like a bit of a tragedy to say until then I shall stick with my £5-8 The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum as I find this low cost formula helps me with pigmentation as well as active spots.

The Final Word

Estee Lauder will be a brand that always holds a special place in my heart despite the ANR experience. Their Double Wear foundation transformed my confidence and when my adult acne was most affecting my self esteem it helped me go from feeling down to ready to face the day. I would happily use the Perfectionist Pro serum again if I can get my hands on some well priced minis or an exceptional deal but I’m afraid I’m through with trying to make ANR work for me.

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July ’21 – A Round Up Of All The Samples & Free Items I Got This Month & How I Got Them

Somehow another month has flown by and it’s time to write a samples round up post. How we are halfway through the year already is completely beyond me. This month I received an incredible amount of products which I’m both really excited about and grateful for.

Beauty

Mac Mascara – via Boots sampling. I’ve previously tried one mascara from this brand and really liked it so am looking forward to giving this a go.

Paco Rabanne Fragrance Samples – I believe this was also via Boots sampling

Paco Rabanne Aftershave Samples – This was from a sponsored advert. I save up aftershave samples for several months and them gift them to a friend as a little something towards a birthday or Christmas present.

Burts Bees Lip Balms – Burts Bees really generously offered 2 lip balms to anyone on Instagram who shared a photo of their existing Burts Bees products using specific hashtags. I received two full sized tubes of their balms in the post a couple of weeks later. I’m a serial lip biter when stressed so always have a huge stash of lip balm so these are hugely appreciated!

Bite Beauty Mascara – via Boots sampling. Mascara samples save me a lot of money on make up so I’m always grateful when I can pick them up!

Chanel Liquid Lipstick & Perfume Sample – via the Boots apps. Under the events section of my inbox there was an invitation to pick up a Chanel goodie bag with zero spend required. I believe this was account specific so not everyone got it. I also had an offer to pick up a free sample from Elizabeth Arden but sadly there are no counters for this brand locally to me.

Space NK Birthday Gift – I got 4 mini products from amazing brands like Sunday Riley, Drunk Elephant and REN for free with no purchase required by being an NDuldge member. It’s free to sign up to this loyalty scheme and a fantastic way to try new products. I picked my gift up in store.

The Body Shop Birthday £5 Voucher – I received a £5 voucher for being a member of their Love Your Body club which I really recommend joining.

PR or Gifted Packages

I am always incredibly grateful to receive packages like these. When I first started my blog in the midst of the chaos of lockdowns in 2020 I didn’t see this coming at all so never take it for granted. A huge thank you to the individuals and brands which sent me products and have given me the opportunity to try even more self-care goodies. I appreciate every one of you.

Peace Out Skincare

I’m really humbled to receive this 3 product set from Peace Out. I was in no way obligated to share or review but naturally will be as I love testing out new skincare and sharing my reviews. First impressions are how much I love their holographic packaging with the message “make peace with your skin”. This really resonated with me as I used to feel like I was waging war against my spots when I was younger and found that real skin acceptance and trying not to nuke my face was life changing!

Avene Cleanance Cleanser & Moisturiser

These were really kindly passed on to to me by Kara Olivia Beauty as she found they didn’t quite suit her skin. To stop them going to waste she generously posted me them to try out. I’ve used the Cleanance Comedomed moisturiser before with no complaints and am one week into using the gel cleanser.

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF Products

Via La Roche Posay’s online skincare community I won a package of 3 SPF products. I believe I won this by uploading a photo to their gallery of my favourite of their products. I’ve previously tried a sample of their infamous SPF50 facial sun protection so am looking forward to opening a full size bottle to road test. Naturally in time full reviews will be on their way.

The Acne Pharmacist Gift Swap

I’m lucky to count Lydia, who is behind the amazing account The Acne Pharmacist, as a very good Insta-friend. Not only is her content informative and inspiring but she’s also incredibly supportive and always makes me laugh. We decided to have a little gift box swap. She sent me some wonderful vegan chocolate, non alcoholic cocktail cans, a conditioner bar and some new skincare products to try out. Regular readers of my blog will know just how perfect this package was given that I don’t drink alcohol, don’t eat dairy, am trying to make eco switches and frankly, I’m addicted to skincare. In return I sent her some dairy free chai latte cans we’d spoken about, some beauty and skincare samples and cans of Kombucha which I knew she’d enjoy far more than me.

Food & Drink

2 Litres Mighty Pea Milk – via the app Green Jinn. This stuff is long life, dairy free and whilst it isn’t my favourite milk it’s nice on cereal and I’ve totally got used to it in hot drinks. It retails at £2 per carton and I pick it up whenever I see it on cashback apps. So far I’ve got 8 stashed away in the cupboard. Once open a carton lasts me about a week so I’m covered for the next couple of months!

2 Vegan Sausage Rolls & A Sausage Bap – via Greggs and O2 Priority Moments. As this offer is available on a Saturday morning I tend to time running errands with this deal when it suits my schedule. It’s a nice mid morning treat. Sadly due to my intense work schedule lately I’ve missed out on the free Cafe Nero drinks this month but hopefully next month should be able to get back on those as I have some time booked off work!

2 Tubs Alpro yoghurt – via Green Jinn which meant I had some very cheap breakfasts. These cashback offers saved me £4.20 on a weekly essential I’d have bought anyway so this is amazing.

2 Vegan Probiotics / 1 Vegan Milkshake – again via the incredible Green Jinn app. I claimed the probiotics from Waitrose and the milkshake via Tesco. I love these apps for being such a great opportunity to try new products and they save me so much money on dairy free items.

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