History shows that in the 14th century a French nobleman, Bertrand Du Guesclin discovered the thermal springs of La Roche-Posay when he stopped to quench his thirst. His horse who suffered from severe eczema submerged itself into the water and according to legend was cured of its skin disorder.
During the 17th century the reputation of the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water spread and Pierre Milon, a doctor to Henry IV and Louis XIII, went there to conduct the first analysis. What he found was a thermal water that was naturally rich in selenium. Its natural content in mineral salts and trace elements provided the water with its unique soothing and antioxidant skincare properties. These have since been recognised by the medical and scientific community and despite some prostestations that water is water, this is certainly not true when it comes to this special water as studies have shown.
At the beginning of the 19th century, General Napoleon Bonaparte, on his return from Egypt had a thermal hospital built at La Roche-Posay to treat his soldier’s skin diseases.
In 1897 the site was officially recognised by the French Academy of Medicine.
In 1905 the first Thermal Centre was opened for the management of skin disorders, mainly eczema and psoriasis. Patients came from all over the world to be treated by a team of Dermatologists who worked at the centre.
In 1913, the French Academy of Medicine officially declared the town of La Roche-Posay, a Thermal Spa Town and recognised the unique skincare properties of the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
In 1975 the brand La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique was created with its mission being to develop skincare products, using this unique thermal water, that would provide dermatologists with effective skin care solutions for their patients, especially those with a sensitive skin. The value of the brand was to be efficacy and simplicity.
In 2006 the company revolutionized the sunscreen market with the creation of their innovative sunscreen, Anthelios that contained Mexoryl SX™, the only sun filter in a sunscreen formula to protect against both short and long UVA rays.
In 2008 the company added another innovation to their sunscreen that combined sun filters with antioxidants. This not only provided protection against both UVA and UVB rays but it protected the skin from free radicals caused by the sun, a known factor to accelerate skin ageing. Anthelios sunscreens with Cell-Ox Shield were born.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water is the result of rainwater flowing, for thousands of years, over vast expanses of limestone rocks containing natural reserves of selenium. It is of the highest purity with an almost neutral pH and it is protected from all pollution and is not treated in any way. .
The complexity and rarity of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water lies in both the stability of its ingredients, which maintains its high selenium content and the physiological balance of the skin. Selenium, is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect skin from oxidative stress (one of the causes of skin ageing) and plays a fundamental role in fighting against free radicals. This pure thermal spring water is used as an ingredient in all La Roche-Posay products.
La Roche-Posay is committed to making dermatological skin care accessible to as many people as possible. Valuable input and contributions are gained by working with Dermatologists worldwide in the countries where the brand is sold.
Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation La Roche-Posay has awarded more than 100 fellowships for dermatology research on four continents. The brand is also engaged, in partnership with Dermatologists, in several awareness campaigns on the prevention of skin cancer.
La Roche-Posay skincare products are developed according to a strict formulation charter to combine safety and efficacy. The company is committed to the development of minimalist formulas dedicated to sensitive skin.
A rigorous selection process of beneficial concentrated ingredients, recognised by Dermatologists, is followed to exclude any potentially irritating ingredients. They are strictly selected to make sure they are compliant with sensitive skin and all products are dermatologist tested on atopic or reactive skin for allergies, the results of which are shown in extensive clinical tests and trials.
The formulas are also paraben-free, fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic and they all include the soothing antioxidant thermal spring water
Packaging is designed to minimise any possible contamination and the quality is guaranteed by a use-by date.
The La Roche-Posay Thermal Centre located in the town of La Roche-Posay, France is seen as the leading Dermatological Thermal Centre in Europe. As an internationally recognized facility it has welcomed hundreds of thousands of patients from all over the world since its opening in 1905.
Through the exclusive usage of La Roche-Posay thermal spring water, a team led by Dermatologists manages various skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis, burn wounds and post cancer treatments.
Today La Roche-Posay is sold in over 50 countries and is trusted by millions worldwide. With its deep-rooted dermatological heritage, the brand continues research to push scientific boundaries in order to keep offering innovative dermatological skincare solutions to everyone but especially to those with sensitive, fragile skin.