I must admit, La Roche-Posay was a brand which I actually wrote off after trying the Effaclar Duo, which every blogger and their cat praised endlessly last year. It just didn’t work for me and made my skin really dry, but considering my skin is actually just prone to spots and not oily in the slightest, it’s no wonder that this just didn’t work for me. After revisiting the brand though, I have tried several more products and now ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVE a few things from the range. Hurrah!
The base for all La Roche-Posay products is the very special thermal spring water which all of their products contain. This water is known as ‘the healing water’ in France and they even has specialist hospitals provided by the French NHS where patients suffering from skin conditions can go and be treated with the water directly?! Mind. Blown. The water is tested several times throughout the day to ensure that it always contains the right balance of minerals and apparently a vast area of land surrounding the springs is owned by the same company to ensure no contamination can ever take place. The power of water, eh?
My Favourites From La Roche-Posay
After whittling down the products I’ve tried from La Roche-Posay, I finally settled on four which I now use pretty much every day. Cicaplast Baume B5 is one of their best selling products and is an intense soothing balm which can deal with all minor injuries and daily skin aggressions, and what’s more – it’s suitable for all ages including babies. This was an absolute godsend when I finally got my tattoo finished just before Christmas. As my tattoo was a cover up of an old one, the skin was put through so much trauma, as it was tattooing over scar tissue and a pretty horrible old ink. Cicaplast managed to soothe the soreness within a few days and helped the healing process. However, too much of a good thing for my tattoo did turn out to be slightly detrimental, as I over moisturised and blocked a few pores, which just made some little spots under the tattoo. I lay off Cicaplast for a few days though and the healing is done. And I’m certain it was much quicker than any other healing product I’ve used on tattoos before!
Two products from La Roche-Posay which I do use on a daily basis are the Pigmentclar Eye Cream and the Hydraphase Serum. Every morning and night before I apply any other products (and after I’ve cleansed my skin) I apply the Hydraphase Serum. It absorbs so quickly that you don’t have to worry about it creating a horrid sticky base under your make up, and it’s so lightweight you can apply your usual moisturiser over it at night if you want to. Since using this, my whole complexion has seemed so much smoother and unlike a lot of moisturisers I’ve used before, it doesn’t create any spots. In fact, I don’t think my face has ever been this clear or fresh. Pigmentclar Eyes is a lovely creamy product which not only makes your under eye area feel really soft and smooth, but the light reflecting formula also adds a touch of radiance to the area making it look diffused and lovely all day long. The metal application tip also provides a cooling sensation which is perfect for those early starts. I love them both and will definitely re-purchase.
Finally, every other day lately I’ve used the Hydraphase Intense Masque. Although this provides such a lovely, thirst quenching impact on the skin, it incredibly light. You can either use it as a thick moisturising mask for around 10-15 minutes, or apply a thinner layer and use it over night as a sleeping mask. To be honest, there’s not much difference in either for me, but both methods to give me a more supple and hydrated complexion. Perfect for this horrid wind and rain which doesn’t half give me a dry forehead.
Have you tried anything from La Roche-Posay? What should I give a go next?!