THE EPIDERMAL PROTECTION
VITAMIN

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Discovered in 1913, Retinol is the naturally-occurring active form of vitamin A, which plays an essential role in maintaining skin's barrier function. In fact, patients suffering from retinol deficiency could develop hyperkeratinized, dry and rough skin - features of a prematurely aged epidermis. Applied topically, Retinol has uniquely comprehensive effects on aged skin:

  • At the surface: Retinol smoothes and evens out the complexion, helping fight age spots and grayness.
  • In-depth: it safeguards the skin's support structures to attenuate wrinkles.
  • RETINOL: A SHINING STAR AT DERMATOLOGISTS'...
    BUT NOT WITHOUT CONSTRAINTS

    This dermatological reference molecule has also been synonymous with tolerance issues and formulation challenges. Indeed, up until recently, it simply was not a viable option for patients with sensitive skin. Women would complain of peeling, redness and discomfort. Besides, Retinol had been reserved for nocturnal application due to its fragile structure and photosensitizing effects. But not every retinol would be created equal...

    2010 – LA ROCHE-POSAY CREATES
    THE 1ST RETINOL SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

    A fundamental milestone in the history of Retinol was marked in 2010. La Roche-Posay dermatological laboratories launched the world's first Progressive Release Retinol for more controlled efficacy and unprecedented tolerance: Pure Retinol is combined with progressive release retinol, forming a reservoir of the molecule within the skin for slow release and perfect tolerance, even on sensitive skin.

    2016 - LA ROCHE-POSAY GOES BEYOND,
    WITH RETINOL FOR DAY USE

    Skincare engineers faced a final challenge in optimizing the use of this pluripotent molecule: formulating it for daytime use. Indeed it is during the day, when skin is over-exposed to environmental stressors, that the corrective power of Retinol is most needed.

    In 2016, Retinol has finally been captured within an active environmental multi-shield:

    • Anti-long UVA and UVB SPF 30 to prevent age spots, dehydration and roughness.
    • Anti-oxidant with Carnosine to combat in-depth damage leading to wrinkles and boost the energy metabolism of skin's collagen-making cells, fibroblasts.
    • Anti-pollution with an anti-adhesion texture to avoid complexion graying and dullness due to pollution particles.

    Protected against environmental aggressors, skin is free to channel its energy into maintaining healthy, youthful tissue as well as reap the full benefits of the benchmark corrective molecule.
    Recognized as one the best anti-ageing molecules, Retinol has been part of dermatologists' arsenal for decades.
    Committed to supporting advancements in dermatology, La Roche-Posay has made major breakthroughs in improving and facilitating the use of this reference molecule. It is far from finished unlocking its best anti-aging secrecy!

    TRUE
    OR FALSE

    RETINOL IS THE MOLECULE
    ALLY FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

    TRUE

    A precursor of pure vitamin A, it acts both on the surface and deep down to smooth and even out the complexion and visibly reduce the depth of wrinkles.Its plus point? Its strong soothing properties on clinical signs of aging make it an anti-aging ally of choice.
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    YOUR DIET HAS NOTHING TO
    DO WITH HOW YOUR SKIN AGES.

    FALSE

    Eating a balanced diet full of antioxidants (berries, apples, brocoli etc.), essential fatty acides and trace elements and leaving a healthy lifestyle actually helps your skin looking young.
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    CLEANSING IS KEY IN E
    YOUR ANTI-AGEING RITUAL.

    TRUE

    Cleansing removes not only make-up but all impurities accumulated throughout the day, such as pollution, sebum, sweat. Skincare products are most effective on clean skin. Without this crucial step, impurities would clog the pores and suffocate the skin, preventing the active ingredients contained in your skincare product from doing their job.
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    TIREDNESS CAN SHOW ON
    THE SKIN AROUND YOUR EYES.

    TRUE

    With tiredness or age, blood and lymph microcirculation around the eyes may slow. The very thin skin around the eye contour readily reveals the marks of poor vascularization or inadequate lymph drainage. This is what provokes the appearance of signs of tiredness, such as shadows or puffiness.
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    THE SUN IS YOUR
    SKIN'S BEST FRIENEMY.

    TRUE

    Multiple environmental aging factors stem from the very energy source that gives us light and life: the sun. The effects of UVB have been known for decades: sunburn and skindamage. But UVB is just one facet of sun-induced aging. Present all year round, even in cloudy weather, UVA and infrared rays penetrate deep within the skin, degrading its essential building blocks.
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    COMMITMENTS

    Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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    If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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    JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
    AT THE RIGHT ACTIVE DOSE

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    Developed in collaboration with dermatologist and toxicologist, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
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    TESTED
    ON VERY SENSITIVE
     SKIN

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    Our products' tolerance is verified on the most sensitive skin: reactive, allergic, acne-prone, atopic, damaged or weakened by cancer treatments.
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    OVER TIME

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