Naturium vs La Roche-Posay | Which Serum Is Better?

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: February 19, 2024

As a skincare editor who has tested my share of serums over the years, I’ve developed strong opinions on what makes for an effective formulation. Naturium and La Roche-Posay both […]

As a skincare editor who has tested my share of serums over the years, I’ve developed strong opinions on what makes for an effective formulation. Naturium and La Roche-Posay both offer science-backed skincare, but have differences that may make one serum better suited for your individual needs. Here’s my take on how these two popular options compare.

Active Ingredients

The star ingredient in Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% is niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that addresses enlarged pores, dull tone, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It’s combined with skin-calming zinc and moisture-binding hyaluronic acid.

Meanwhile, La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C contains 10% ascorbic acid, the purest form of vitamin C which brightens skin and protects against pollution damage. The formula also includes citric acid to optimize stability and absorption.

So while both are powerhouse serums, Naturium offers targeted treatment for aging and blemish-prone skin while La Roche-Posay aims to even out tone and impart radiance.

Formula Texture and Feel on Skin

The Naturium serum has an essence-like texture – slightly viscous but more fluid than a gel. It sinks in quickly without residue. La Roche-Posay has an ultra-lightweight, watery texture with a slippery feel that can be slightly sticky. For this oily skin-haver, Naturium provided more comfortable application layering better under additional products.

Suitable Skin Types

Due to its mattifying effect and inclusion of zinc, I find the Naturium serum performs best on normal to oily, clog-prone skin types, though it works for many. The simple formulation of the La Roche-Posay serum makes it ideal for those with sensitive or dry complexions, as it should not irritate or over-dry.

Customer Reviews & Satisfaction

Reviews indicate most customers see real changes in their skin concerns after incorporating these hard-working formulas. Some do experience pilling with the La Roche-Posay serum if applied incorrectly while others wish Naturium was sold in a pump bottle for easier dispensing. Overall most agree both deliver impressive results.

Pricing

Naturium clocks in at just $12.70 per ounce, and exceptional value given the quality. La Roche-Posay costs nearly five times more at $59 per ounce. So while Naturium is the wallet-friendlier option providing similar benefits, devoted fans happily splurge for La Roche-Posay’s elegant formulation.

At the end of the day, the Naturium Niacinamide Serum offers the most bang for your buck and targets the widest range of skin concerns. But those seeking an uncomplicated vitamin C serum backed by a prestige skincare brand can’t go wrong with La Roche-Posay’s glow-getting staple. Both should deliver brighter, balanced skin with regular use.

Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of TheDermDetective.com where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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