The French Pharmacy must have- Serozinc

serozinc photo

The other day on my Paris trip I of course had to give the much talked/blogged about City Pharma a visit and pick up a few goodies (which is no easy feat as City Pharma is the most hectic shopping experience ever). One product I quite literally threw into my shopping basket was La Roche Posay’s Serozinc, first talked about by the skincare guru  Caroline Hirons and subsequently Amelia Liana. I still wasn’t entirely sure exactly what it was- a toner? a treatment? a hydrating mist? all of the above? but I remembered reading that it was great for oily and blemish prone skin so in to the basket it went.

Once home and after cleansing I had a little look at the bottle (a kind of aerosol can) and read that it is to be used as a toner after gently cleansing to soothe skin, as it was a zinc and sulphur formula. I sprayed directly onto my cleansed face and a lovely mist ensued which left my skin hydrated and lovely. I’ve only been using this for a few days, but I’ve had a hectic few days of the odd modelling job, copious dinners out and too much chocolate- things that usually play havoc with my skin…and yet- it’s flawless! I had a few blemishes that looked like they wanted to come out and play, but a few sprays of Serozinc and off they popped.

serozinc ingredients

Here comes the bad news….you can only buy this in France at the moment (not cool LRP not cool) and it’s under 5 euros–beautiful bargain.

I’m already getting a little worried as I’m not next in France for another 3 months, so I’m hoping the 150ml bottle lasts me but I’m not too sure as there’s something about the spray mist which makes me go a little over-generous with my usage.

I’d go as far to say that this is now a permanent fixture (France trips and stock permitting) in my beauty routine, and makes a lovely companion to my Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner (exfoliate tone first then hydrate with serozinc).

A French Pharmacy must have for any writing a wish list.

Have a wonderful Tuesday- I’m off to the library then on to go blonder at Daniel Hersheson Harvey Nichols followed by the BeautyMart beauty blogger event- conveniently just downstair from the hairdresser 🙂

Is anyone else going?

Have you tried Serozinc before? Please leave a comment if so- would love to hear your thoughts!

love Tijan xxx



    • June 26, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      Oh dear! No I wouldn’t risk buying online. Luckily between myself, friends and my family I always have someone going to France to bring back just as I’m running out. And it’s less than 10 euros there! My skin would not be happy if I ever ran out. Will give your post a read 🙂

  1. Nazmin
    June 26, 2013 / 10:48 am

    Have read great reviews on this too! Jus found this on a French Pharmacy website ( But 🙁 its not in stock, have emailed them asking when it will be back!

    • June 26, 2013 / 5:15 pm

      Ahh that’s annoying. Fingers crossed it will come back soon and you can give it a go 🙂

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  3. July 26, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    After reading this blog post, my friend announced that she was going to Paris this weekend with her hubby, so I quickly asked her to get me a few can’s of Serozinc, which are now in her posession *happy dance* – so will let you know what I think after getting my hands of them 🙂

    • July 26, 2013 / 9:33 pm

      What perfect timing! I just stockpiled a few more bottles as I’m in France atm- feel a little hoarder-esque! Let me know how you get on. xx

  4. February 1, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    Really, really love this toner! I just love how it’s so much easier to use since you don’t have to faff about with cotton pads and fingers – loved reading this 🙂


  5. February 27, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    I’ve seen so many people raving about this lately, so I was pretty shocked to find that it only cost 6€ in my local pharmacy. Definitely a bargain! And it’s GREAT for sensitive skin as well. If you read the recommend uses on the back they save it’s great as a toner for oily skin, preventing razor burn, and diaper rash. If it’s gentle enough for a baby’s bottom, it’s gentle enough for any skin type. Love it!

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