I've been trying a few bits out from one of my all time favourite skincare brands, La Roche Posay of late and thought I'd show you these three, which target specific skincare woes.
I myself have dehydrated skin that can verge on the sensitive so the first thing I had my beady little eye on was the Micellar make up remover* from the Rosaliac range (which you may remember came out with the lovely CC cream from the brand that I reviewed HERE). This is designed for "sensitive, fine and reactive skin, prone to redness". I myself don't suffer from Rosacea but again I'm in the sensitive skin department and it can definitely be reactive when exposed to anything too strong or products with too many ingredients. The idea with this is that you apply to your face either with your fingers or a cotton pad and gently wipe it off. It can be used on eyes as well.
This is a gel texture so because of that it feels very comforting on the skin, there's no discernible scent and it does remove make up (I generally have to use a separate eye make-up remover but that's more to do with my own issues with over use of mascara than anything else). My only gripe with this is that it's designed so that you don't have to rinse it off afterwards (less friction causing less irritation to the skin), which I physically can't do; I feel like I still have both make up and cleanser stuck to my face and that my skin isn't prepared for serum or moisturiser until it's washed off. So, I wash it off but that in itself is seriously time consuming; it's not easy to get it off as being a thick enough gel, this stuff really wants to stick around. Again though, that's me using it incorrectly. If you do suffer from Rosacea or very sensitive skin this would be well worth trying but for those of us just borderline on the same issue, a regular, less specifically targeted cleanser is probably a better option.
I've also been trying out Effaclar Duo +, a treatment for imperfection prone, clogged skin* that fights against marks and an be used in the treatment of acne. Now, again, I don't suffer from acne but I have plenty of old spot scars and I still get the occasional spot at certain times of the month *shakes fist at Mother Nature* so I've been using this for both of those issues and have found it excellent. This is again, a kind of gel/cream formula that blends into the skin remarkably well and smells amazing. It's been suggested out there on t'interwebs that you can also use this as a primer if you do suffer from acne and I can see how this would be amazing for that as it smooths the surface of the skin beautifully and gives a matte finish. I personally haven't used it as a primer as I feel it's so concentrated it might be too much for my skin but it's definitely worth a shot if acne is your primary concern. Like all LRP products, this is also paraben free.
Lastly and relatively new on to the market is the Hydraphase Intense Masque, a soothing, rehydrating thermal bath for sensitive skin. Ooh, doesn't that just sound heavenly? Well, it is. I picked this fella up in the recent Cara pharmacy sale because so many bloggers rave about the original hydraphase masque, I felt it was about time I got in on the action. So this one is obviously right up my street, considering I've been harping on about dehydrated, sensitive skin this whole time. Story with this is it contains Hyaluronic Acid fragments (they grasp on to any water in the skin and hold on to it for dear life, leaving skin as hydrated as possible) as well as a high concentration of LRP Thermal Spring water (a natural anti oxidant to soothe any irritations). This again has a gel/cream texture and feels incredible on the skin. I use it twice a week, applying a generous layer for ten minutes while I catch up on Coronation Street. After 10 minutes you just tissue off the excess; everything else has been absorbed and your skin is now left super soft! Magic! Definitely two thumbs up for this fella.
Have you tried any of these or any you're interested in? What did you think of them?
*indicates press sample, gratefully received but ALL opinions my own, as always!