INTRODUCTORY BEAUTY RANT: La Roche-Posay Skin care
At a glance I have pretty great skin (Is this a product review or a bragging session?), but it happens to be weirdly sensitive. I say weirdly sensitive rather than standard-sensitive because it is only certain products or formulations that will cause my skin to have a massive freak out — but once it happens, it goes haywire for weeks. Just the other week I tried out a new moisturiser and woke up the next day with a super itchy rash all over my face and neck (So, yeah, testing out beauty products for DDG is a hazardous profession for me!).
The itchy redness subsided but for the next couple of days, I had horrible scaly skin that felt rougher than a tradie's handshake. I also suffer from a very light case of rosacea on my cheeks and have a fear of developing psoriasis (my dad's had a terrible case for as long as I can remember) so I freak out when I get any sort of dry patch on my body.
So, long story short, I'm always looking for effective products that not only stop the bad things from hurting my skin, but can heal them if I am suffering from a reaction or general sensitivity. With my skin still going bizerko from my last bad experience, I had high hopes for the La Roche-Posay Dermo-Cleanser, Localised Anti-Redness Intensive Care and Soothing Protective Skincare that I had to trial. How did it work out for me? Read on to find out...
The French skincare brand is widely trusted by dermatologists and has been through rigorous testing before making it into my hot little hand. La Roche-Posay products are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic and are full of soothing antioxidant-packed thermal spring water. The products are all completely fragrance free — which is the first thing you look for when you have sensitive skin — so right off I was fairly confident that I wouldn't have a bad reaction to them.
The Dermo-Cleanser has a milky consistency and you simply rub it into your skin, then you can lightly pat it dry or rinse it off depending on how you feel. I found that the heavier parts of my makeup — mostly my eye makeup — weren't removed entirely so I had to follow it up with a separate, specific eye makeup remover (but this is a step I normally do anyway so it didn't bother me at all). I preferred it when I rinsed it off because I could feel the moisturising layer that is left behind and I felt like it helped the moisturiser to sink in faster like a serum.
I used the Localised Anti-Redness Intensive Care product on the lower parts of my cheeks (near my jaw) where I tend to suffer from light redness. It has a gel/fluid consistency that is non-oily and absorbed into my skin pretty quickly. After using the product for only a couple of days I haven't noticed a huge change, but I have noticed that the colour is slightly lighter and I don't have to use as much foundation in the morning (It is meant to take a couple of weeks to see full results). The product has a cooling effect when you first apply it so it was actually really refreshing for my stressed out skin.
Moisturisers are the hardest part of my skincare routine — every second product I try makes me break out, but the Soothing Protective Skincare was actually pretty good. It has a thin, fluid-ish consistency (I hate thick creams!) and absorbs into the skin really quickly. It has a very slight greasy feeling after application but that quickly disappeared. It soothed my skin and cleared up the last dry patches which was really all I wanted in a moisturiser.
None of these products gave me a bad reaction — in fact after a couple of days, my skin had definitely improved since my last break out. I'm definitely loving the moisturiser — it's the perfect consistency for me. They're really great if you have sensitive skin and I'll be putting the Dermo-Cleanser into my face wash routine for sure! As for the anti-redness properties, they say this can take a while for the benefits to show, so watch this space!
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