The Lowdown on La Roche-Posay's Serozinc

29 November 2015


The Serozinc toner from La Roche-Posay has received many a good review on the blogosphere, and with the product catering to oily and blemish-prone skin, I knew I had to try it out for myself. I had a break between toners after running out of my beloved Tea Tree Toner from Lush, and it wasn't until then that I realised just how important the skincare step was in keeping my complexion clear.

The packaging of this is sleek in an aliminium can and a no-effort-to-apply spritzer. It sprays into a light mist which feels a lot finer than the Avène Eau Thermale, yet does leave yout face feeling rather wet. You can then leave the formula to dry and set on top of the skin (the ultimate lazy girl guide to toning), or cotton wool pad and pat away the excess. The formula itself smells/tastes (yeah... I've managed to spray this is mouth before) rather sulfate-y, and although some reviews have said it's rather moisturising for a toner - I didn't find this to be the case.

Although the product does mattify my skin, I have sound it to be quite drying. When I first started using this toner, the skin around my eyes and lips in particular became very dry and even flakey - but this could equally be down to the change in weather and turning on the central heating. Using a more intense moisturiser for these problem areas has seen my skin return back to normal, but I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by this product. Considering all the hype around Serozinc, it's not really made any difference to my blemishes and it just feels a bit meh. The formula is refreshing on the skin and it is more gentle than the Effaclar toner, but otherwise that's about it.

This is a product that I really did want to love, but the hype just didn't accomodate to my complexion. I really want to try out the Pixi Glow Tonic next as I've heard it's both brightening and spot-fighting, but now I'm a bit dubious about hyped-up toners.

What's your favourite toner? Have you tried Serozinc? 
C x

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely talked about a lot and there is so much hype surrounding it - I just wish it had worked better for me! Aw thank you Katie and thank for stopping by :) x

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  2. I love La Roche-Posay but I'm not convinced about this toner! I use the REN Clarifying toner, which is gentle and helps keep my skin clear and fresh. I've also used the First Aid Beauty radiance pads, which if you keep using for a while helps fade acne scarring but there never seems to be enough pads!

    Hanh / hanhabelle

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    1. I love the Effaclar range particularly the Duo+ and the Gel Cleanser, so was disappointed that this didn't live up to my idea of the brand! Ooh I have heard about the REN toner and really want to get into their skincare. These radiance pads sound really interesting too so I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendations :) x
      Charlotte's Road

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  3. Ah that sucks you found it drying! I really like it and just found it to calm my skin down a lot! Different things work for different people though I guess, I hate Effaclar Duo and a lot of people love it! Pixi Glow Tonic is great, I find it quite gentle and not drying at all but it is expensive so I can see why you would be hesitant!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Ah really, I guess it really works differently for everyone. Ah see I love the Effaclar Duo+ and it's worked wonders on my complexion! Oh I think I'll have to pick it up then, I was thinking it would be quite harsh to give the results that it did. The main reason I'm hesitant is just because of the hypw after I was disappointed with this! Thanks for reading Danielle and popping back to my little blog regularly :) x

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  4. I recommend the Pixi Glow Tonic! It's great as I too have oily and blemish prone skin! I had heard great things about this though x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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    1. Oh goodie, glad you like it too, I'm pretty convinced that I'll buy it as my next toner! It's definitely worth trying this out as I have read a tonne of good reviews - it just didn't work for me sadly :( x

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  5. Really happy to have read this review, I've always wanted the Serozinc but they don't sell it in Australia and won't ship it here, so it's kind of nice to not hear a glowing review on it- then I don't feel like I'm missing out!

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Ah really I didn't realise they didn't stock it over there! Haha I'm sure it is refreshing to read that I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else did. I really wanted to love it as I love parts of the Effaclar range, but sadly this toner didn't work for me :( x

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  6. I agree with the above comment! I've always been really bummed out that it's not available here in Australia but now not so much... Which is a nice feeling :P

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Haha I'm sure it is! I do love the Effaclar Duo+ and Gel Cleanser by La Roche-Posay which made this all the more disappointing, but yeah for me this toner wasn't as it's cracked up to be - so you definitely aren't missing out on much with this :) x

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  7. I know exactly what you mean about the tea tree toner from Lush. Until the bottle is empty that when I realise how much it helps my face. I hadnt heard of this la roche-posay toner before but doesn't sound too great. I have the pixi glow tonic and it sure js brightening but not sure it's it's spot fighting. x

    Sara Ali | www.saraswonderland.com

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    1. Ah I'm glad I've found another Tea Tree Water lover out there! I really broke out when I stopped using mine, so it definitely did a good job at keeping my spots at bay. Yeah I was really disappointed with this but I definitely want to try out the Glow Tonic :) x

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  8. I've not tried anything from la roche posay before yet I know how much it is talked about! I always wonder about toners, especially since I read in Pretty Honest that they are essentially pretty useless and just a nice smelling step that isn't really needed. But I'm yet to make my mind up! Really lovely, in-depth review Charlotte :)

    Musings & More

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    1. Ah really, it definitely is worth checking out the brand - I do love the Effaclar range and it has seriously helped my skin clear up a bit! Yeah I read the article too, but after my skin's reaction to when I stopped using Lush's Tea Tree Water I really did notice the difference the step made to my skincare routine. Aw thank you Emily, I'm glad you enjoyed this :) x

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  9. I've only ever used the toner from simple which I think does the job pretty well! I'm always apprehensive of trying new things as my skin just seems to hate everything! you have a lovely blog :) xxx
    www.samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. Oh which one did you use? I used a Simple one for a while but didn't find that it worked that well for me. Me too! I don't have particularly senisitive skin but it will react to the odd unexpected thing. Aw thank you so much Samantha - that's so lovely to read :) x

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  10. That's exactly how I felt about Serozinc as well! It felt quite nice on the face, but I haven't found it did anything for my skin to be honest

    http://allure-square.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one to feel this way!! It is refreshing but definitely hasn't improved the condition of my skin like I was hoping it would :( x

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