A lot of us go through this long, tedious process known as 'trial and error' when it comes to skincare. But what if I told you that above all the lavish serums, eye creams, moisturisers, and face masks out there in the world, there was one particular skincare product that could change the game? Potentially, even, save your skin! Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, faces many harsh challenges in life. Pollution, sweat, dust, and the demon of skin, sun, all work together to produce wrinkles, dehydration, and irritation, all of which can lead to a compromised skin barrier. Therefore, it is not so hard to see how we end up in this cycle of constant repair, which may even lead to further damage. So, what is the magic product that can help with all of this, you ask? It is no other than La Roche Posay's 'Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm'.
Now, what is so special about this moisturiser/balm, and why do you need it? Though it has been developed for sensitive skin types, this moisturiser will provide benefit to dry, normal, combination, and even oily skin types (in some cases, which I will get to). It is a multi-use repair cream that can be used on individuals and infants of all ages (including babies older than 3 months) for the body and face. It has a very rich, thick and occlusive texture that is gentle enough for skin suffering from extreme dryness, inflamed and aggravated patches, cuts, mosquito bites, peeling, and skin that has undergone procedures such as IPL, chemical peels, and LED. It can also be used to treat burns and aid in scar healing.
The star ingredients in this product include:
Madecassoside: a therapeutic active derived from Centella asiatica, which is powerful in healing wounds and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. You may have also heard about this ingredient with the popular Dr Jart+ Cicapair Cream.
Copper, Zinc, Manganese: this delightful complex of minerals work to reduce inflammation to the skin, help provide a layer of natural sun protection, and reduce the scarring of acne.
5% Panthenol: also known as pro-vitamin B5, is a wonderful humectant that is is able to attract and hold onto moisture, thus preventing trans-epidermal water loss.
The full list of ingredients is as follows:
AQUA • HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE • DIMETHICONE • GLYCERIN • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER • PANTHENOL • PROPANEDIOL • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE • CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE • TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN • ZINC GLUCONATE • MADECASSOSIDE • MANGANESE GLUCONATE • SILICA • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • MAGNESIUM SULFATE • DISODIUM EDTA • COPPER GLUCONATE • CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE • CITRIC ACID • ACETYLATED GLYCOL STEARATE • POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE • TOCOPHEROL • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE
(This is the list of ingredients provided by laroche-posay.com.au).
In addition to these ingredients, you may have also noticed the other wonderful ingredients such as glycerin (humectant), shea butter (emollient), tocopherol (vitamin e), and titanium dioxide (physical/mineral sunscreen ingredient). And the best part about this product is that it's fragrance free! This power punch formula comes in a 40ml and 100ml tube and is priced at $17.95 AUD and $43.00 AUD, respectively. These prices in USD approximately convert to $14.99 and $30.00. However, you can easily catch this product on sale and score it for a much cheaper price.
Due to the thickness of this product, I would suggest only using it at night as a last step before bed. Reason being, though this sinks in beautifully throughout the day without makeup on top, it is not best to use in conjunction with makeup or other heavy creams, as it may peel or cause foundation and powder to break apart on the skin. Some people have also found it to appear white on the skin, and this is likely due to the small percentage of titanium dioxide. However, the beauty of this product comes in its use as a repairing balm, and works the best in this way. Use it to soothe dry, flaky and cracked lips, rough patches of the body, or slather it on thickly to the skin after a day at the beach to help repair sunburn. It also works really well as a hand cream after all that stripping hand sanitizer!
Though this product is best recommended for dry and sensitive skin types, it can also be used with combination and oily skin types. For dry and sensitive skin, this could also work as the perfect daily moisturiser. For combination skin, apply it to your most dry areas, and watch the natural glow peak through towards the end of the day. For oilier skin types, use it to prevent scarring, hyperligmentation, and irritation. For all skin types in general, use it at night as a thick balm to regenerate a tired face, assist in recovery of the skin barrier, and help prevent trans-epidermal water loss. This product also helps to heal and prevent any sort of redness. Due to the diverse nature of this product, you may find its use more beneficial in the colder, winter months, and sparingly in the hot, summer days.
So, why do you need this product? It's simple. It provides an array of services for your beautiful skin, to help protect and nourish it day by day. The beauty of this product is in its multi-use ability, and for its reasonable price, it is one of those necessity products that every individual needs. Chuck this little gem into your bag or carry-on. Its size is perfect to keep with you and on hand at all times, equipped for any harsh challenge that life throws at you.