La Roche-Posay is one of those rare drugstore brands that has an insane amount of research behind it, along with some of the best ingredients and effective formulations. Actually Vichy is the only brand that I can think of that even remotely compares. Yes they’re a bit pricier than the likes of Olay, but in both the short and long-term their products are way more beneficial to your skin (plus I love that they have expiration dates printed on the packaging…). They’ve just come-out with Effaclar AI Intensive Acne Spot Treatment ($29) which is formulated to visibly reduce stubborn and inflammatory acne in three days (it’s formulation combines Lipo-Hydroxy Acid (LHA), a pro-exfoliating molecule designed to micro-exfoliate the skin and stimulate cell renewal and Benzoyl Peroxide to treat acne). Knock on wood my face has been blemish-free, so I haven’t yet had a reason to try this, but I don’t doubt its efficacy given the clinical research behind the product. What I have had a reason to use is their Lipikar Baume ($25). Even though I use moisturizing soaps and body washes, my skin is so dry that I need extra moisture post-showering this time of year. This Baume works not only for dry skin, but even for red and irritated one (though use it now and prevent any of that messy dry-related irritation!). It has a 20% shea butter concentration so it’s on the thicker, non-greasy side, which for me isn’t as pleasant as a more greasy creme, but it’s what’s necessary for my skin to stay hydrated…uch I hate this weather! On the bright side, Happy and Healthy New Year!!