Hi Sunshines, I’ve recently purchased this La Roche Posay Kit in efforts to try more from the brand besides their well-known Thermal Water Spray and Cicaplast, which I was actually in store to purchase. This set comes with the Cicaplast and 6 other travel and sample size products, which was perfect to get my first impressions on a few of their other products.
Between all popular French pharmacy brands, I usually pick up Avene for skincare. They’re products have always worked for me especially when my skin is feeling a little agitated. However, Jenny from the blog Geeky Posh did mention La Roche Posay in her year end favourites, which made me a bit more curious to test out more from the brand.
La Roche Posay Kit
» Size / Price :
7 Travel and Sample Sized Products – HK$ 125 available at Watsons
» Products Included:
Regular Size: 200 ml || HK$ 240 // US and GB market N/A
[ Expiration Date Once Opened: 12M ]
Regular Size: 30 ml || HK$ 290 // US and GB market N/A
[ Expiration Date Once Opened: 12M ]
» company history
Whenever I decide to explore more from a brand, I always like to do a bit of research on the company as well. La Roche Posay is no different and they have a long and interesting history.
Legend has it that in the 14th century a French knight, Bertrand Du Guesclin, discovered the wonders of La Roche Posay’s (an area in western France) thermal spring when his horse, suffering from eczema, dove into the water and was cured. In the 17th century, the first analysis was done when the healing properties of the water become more widely known; following this in the 19th century, Napoleon had a thermal hospital build in the area to cure his soldiers skin diseases.
Fast forward to the 20th century, a thermal centre was built where dermatologist and doctors worked to cure patients including children with skin issues. It was only in 1975 when French pharmacist, Rene Levayer, created the products and brand we know now; with their key ingredient being the thermal spring water in La Roche Posay.
Today, La Roche Posay is recommended by 25,000 dermatologists in the world focused on simple and effective skincare for sensitive skin made without parabens, fragrance and is 100% allergy-tested; since 2007 the company is a subsidiary of the L’Oreal group within their Active Cosmetics Division.
Now, being a sceptic, I’m not sure how true the beginning part of the whole branding story is, but what I can take away from it is, that the products do work and there is something about that thermal water; otherwise they wouldn’t have come so far.
Thermal Spring Water
The magic ingredient in their thermal spring water is selenium, a mineral and an antioxidant protecting your skin from cellular damage; and is associated with preventing partially sun damage and reverse some signs of aging like wrinkles and discolouration. Selenium can be found in water from mineral salts and various foods like beef, poultry, grains, nuts and fresh, saltwater fish.
» TOLERIANE DERMO-CLEANSER
Cleanses the eyes and face and removes make-up without the risk of irritation. Rinse-off or rinse-free.
This cleanser is very gentle with a non-foaming milky texture that can be either wiped away with a cotton pad/tissue or rinsed off. When I wipe it off with a cotton pad, I don’t feel much residue left on my skin but regardless I always prefer to rinse my face afterwards.
This is a very gentle cleanser, so it won’t remove any long-wearing makeup easily; hence I prefer to use this as a morning cleanse or second cleanse after my regular makeup remover. As this is more like a first impressions, I can’t give any long term benefits of this cleanser, but I will continue to use it. The cleanser doesn’t strip the skin so it’s perfect for dry skin types.
It isn’t in my favourite pile of cleansers and I won’t run out to get one if this is finished, but it’s definitely not a bad cleanser. If you wear very minimal makeup and are looking for a cleanser like this that is gentle, it might be worth to try, especially if you have sensitive skin.
» TOLERIANE cosmetic water
Dermo-soothing Hydrating Lotion for Intolerant skin.
When I think lotion, I think of a cream texture, not water. The bottle didn’t explicitly state that this was a water (but it did say it was a lotion), so I carelessly shook the bottle into the palm of my hands, wasting nearly a quarter of the product into my sink. Lesson learned. So this is actually a water, be warned when you try this and apply it either on a cotton pad and pat into the skin, or carefully into the palm of your hands before you massage it into your face.
I actually really like this lotion which I didn’t expect from the weird first impression of the texture. It hydrates my skin, probably enough for summer time on its own, but in the winter time, I do need a little extra help from a serum and/or essence.
The water will sit on top of the skin until you massage it in and after that the skin would feel slightly tacky until it’s fully absorbed. It doesn’t make the skin feel soft but it does plump and hydrate the skin. Since this is a decent sample size, I will bring this on my next travels but it doesn’t beat my other moisturisers, perhaps it is something I will look into again when it’s getting warmer.
» MICELLAR WATER ULTRA REACTIVE SKIN
Cleanses skin and removes make-up. Anti-tightness and anti-redness. Suitable for reactive skin.
I haven’t used a micellar water to remove my makeup in a long time and forgot how much time and cotton pads it took to remove makeup. The micellar water will leave your skin slightly tacky and you would definitely need a double cleanse if you’re wearing a lot of makeup.
So just like the dermo-cleanser, if you wear minimal makeup, have sensitive skin or use this as a morning cleanse, this might be sufficient.
» UVIDEA XL BB CREAM Spf50 ppd34 pa++++ uv daily protection (available shades 01/02/03)
The BB cream texture intensely hydrates skin while covering blemishes, fine lines and brown spots. Developed for Asian skin, its shades instantly melts in skin natural tone for unified complex and healthy-looking skin, without oily finish. Long-lasting wear. Excellent make-up base.
I’m not a big fan of BB creams so I knew I wouldn’t like this from the get go, however I still gave it a shot. As far as I could research, they only have three shades which isn’t enough but I do give a plus point for the high sun protection.
This leaves my skin with an ashy white cast, but besides that, it does feel more light weight than most of the BB creams I’ve tried. The finish is very natural; not overly matte nor dewy and absorbs quickly into the skin. It does take a while before it sets but after that it won’t budge. If you’re into BB creams and this is the right shade then you might like this, but if not, I would skip this one.
» TOLERIANE ULTRA INTENSE SOOTHING CARE
Intensively and long-lastingly soothes daily discomfort experienced by those with ultra-sensitive or allergic skin.
I was very impressed when using this cream, it’s plumps, hydrates and soothes the skin and is easy to apply with its lightweight texture. Too much product would leave my skin feeling oily, but a little does go a long way. It works great underneath makeup but I prefer to use it as a night treatment in a thicker layer.
If you have very dry skin that can be irritated during the winter months, give this a shot and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it as well.
» thermal spring water
Soothes sensitive skin irritated by outside factors (sun, dermatological treatments, etc.) and helps prevent skin ageing. Natural Antioxidant.
The thermal spring water is a classic and it refreshes your makeup and skin throughout the day whilst giving it a boost of antioxidants. I love the fine mist of this spray, but after misting myself, I feel like it doesn’t absorb quickly enough into the skin; rather it sits on top for a long time.
If I had to choose, I would prefer the Avene’s formula if available, but being that I’m not overly picky with hydrating mists, I wouldn’t mind picking up this one if the Avene one wasn’t available.
» cicaplast baume b5 soothing repairing balm
This soothing multi-repairing balm favors the recovery for sensitive skin after irritative dermatitis and epidermic alterations thanks to its formula associating Panthenol 5% with Madecassoside with a highly-cosmetic texture. Suitable for the entire family: babies, children and adults.
The Cicaplast balm has a thick white consistency but feels more like a cream that easily spreads and sinks into the skin quickly without leaving it feeling overly greasy but thicker layers can be applied. Having this Cicaplast on hand is essential because you never know when you’re going to need it. Whether your skin is feeling extremely dry, irritated, you got burned, have blisters whatever the case, this cream will help with the healing process. I personally don’t use it on my face but have seen people use it as a moisturiser. The balm has an expiration date of 6 months, which is fairly short but acceptable with the smaller size and I will, of course, repurchase this again.
» OVERALL THOUGHTS
I think this kit is of great value if you’re wanting to try out more from the brand. La Roche Posay does have so many ranges for different skin concerns and I do want to try out a few more products from their variety of product lines. Overall, as I expected, I like the brand but it takes more than a first impressions to get hooked on certain products and see long term results.
Are you familiar with La Roche Posay? What are your favourite products?