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Depressingly, I have rosacea, the severity of which fluctuates on an almost daily basis. I have used Dermalogica products for the past couple of years, but I had read good reviews on La Roche-Posay's Skin-Perfecting Anti-Redness Moisturiser, which was part of the company's Rosaliac range, which was developed for skin prone to redness. I decided to try it seeing as it was specially formulated for my 'ailment'. My skin is fairly bad at the moment due to the weather and stress, so I was pretty desperate to find something that would ease my irritated face.
'This soothing, moisturising treatment with La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water helps to provide lasting comfort and hydration to the skin, whilst helping to create a more even looking complexion.' Oh okay then. La Roche-Posay say they use minimal ingredients. Let's see...
AQUA / WATER
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII / SHEA BUTTER
CI 19140 / YELLOW 5
CI 42090 / BLUE 1
The moisturiser is packaged inside a white cardboard box. Inside is a leaflet which gives information on La Roche-Posay, such as how it is ultra-purified and free from preservatives, parabens, alcohol, fragrances and colourants. I had very high hopes as most products sting my face when I use them, so the less ingredients the better. The leaflet also lists the other products in the Rosaliac range.
This comes in a small bottle with a pump at the top, so it's really easy to dispense right onto your fingertips. I am not sure how easy this would be to dispense once the bottle becomes almost empty - at least with tubes of moisturiser you can always squeeze out the very last dribs and drabs. As you will see from the rest of my review, I will not be finding out what happens when the bottle is almost done!
APPEARANCE AND SMELL
The moisturiser itself is a light olive-green colour and is reasonably thick. A lot of products for rosacea/flushing are this shade because the green supposedly counteracts the redness. It does have a bit of a smell but it's not strong or unpleasant and comes, I assume, from the natural ingredients.
USAGE AND EFFECTS
The moisturiser goes on smoothly and I loved how easily it was absorbed into my skin. My skin didn't burn or sting either. It wasn't greasy at all, and within a couple of minutes of applying it, I was able to put my make-up on without concerns about the foundation sliding straight off again. Despite its green colour, when you apply it to your skin, it goes completely clear like a regular moisturiser. I definitely did think that immediately after application, my skin felt less bumpy, giving a more even surface for make-up application.
After day 2 of using this, I woke up the following morning and my cheeks looked extremely dry, with small red lumps. My skin also felt tight and slightly sore, as if I had used a very harsh product on it. I put this down to the cold weather and gave the moisturiser another shot.
I woke up this morning again and my rosacea was out of control. My skin feels tight and dry, and looks flaky. It was only thanks to my regular Dermalogica moisturiser, an anti-redness cream, and a lot of foundation that I left the house. To be honest all I wanted to do was sit indoors with a paper bag on my head. I feel itchy and vile and generally horrific to look at.
I would love to know if, over time, this decreases facial redness. I'd like to give this a shot for a few weeks to see if it does, but I fear if I did, my entire face would fall off. I don't mind if it doesn't decrease redness too much, because this can be helped by make-up, but at the very least I expected this to a) moisturise properly, and b) NOT bring my face out in red lumps. It's normal for the sides of my cheeks to be affected by rosacea, but now the area around the top of my cheekbones are also bad when they have never been like this before. The Elephant Man had better self-esteem than I do right now.
Prices vary for this product depending on where you buy it from. It's available from many beauty websites for around £15, but I got mine for £13.15 from lifeandlooks.com, which was the cheapest I could find.
This price is to be expected as it is a specialist product from a high-end brand, and if it had worked, I would not have minded paying this much.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
I can't make any recommendations on this product. Everyone's skin is different, particularly when it comes to rosacea, and what works for one person may not work for another - as I have sadly found out.
For me, this simply did not moisturise my skin enough, and the fact that my skin did get very bad with lumps and redness after a few days of use does lead me to believe that this product had no effects on my rosacea other than bad ones. How good my skin is can fluctuate depending on the weather, hormones, food/drink etc, so it's natural for me to have some bad days. The fact that these bad days came when I bought this seems like too much of a coincidence, unfortunately. Really disappointed. I will be putting this into the bin so I am never tempted to use it again.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Skin Perfecting Anti-Redness
I have quite red skin on my cheeks, nose and a bit on my forehead, it is really annoying and it especially emphasised when the winter months come around. I have looked everywhere for a solution to this problem, as it is nearly christmas and I don't want to be compared to rudolph! So in my quest I found this brand and from what I read about it, it seemed to be a great brand - especially for sensitive skin, which I have. So I bought it (against all of my bank cards protests) and I have been using it for about two weeks.
*About the product*
The product I have comes in a white, and quite clinical looking packaging as it is all white and it blue. It comes in a 40ml or 1.35 fl oz pump bottle. It also comes with a leaflet which is fully packed with information about the brand, the rosaliac product ingredients and it has a section about the tests they have done on patients and it displays their findings (which support the products abilities) - Which I really like as a lot of products don't do this, or not to this extent.
*My opinion of the product* - Packaging
Firstly I really like the fact that it is a pump dispensing bottle, it means that you are not putting your fingers into the product - so it is more hygienic and it is a lot easier to get the amount of product that you want out of the bottle. Which also means that you don't waste a lot of product and it is easy to dispense the product.
*Application of the product*
The first thing you should know about this product is that it is not like a normal moisturiser because...it's green! Yes, its not like other where they are white/creamy coloured, it is actually a pastel green colour. The green colour is supposed to reduce the redness pigmentation while the ingredients in the cream are supposed to get rid/reduce the cause of the redness.
It has a nice texture, it applies really smoothly and it absorbs really well too. It does not say on the bottle if the formula is light or rich but it does seem to be the latter, as it is really quite moisturising and it does seem to keep my skin moisturised for most of the day.
I have redness on my skin, this is partly due to eczema (but definitely not all the redness is due to this, just a small patch on my cheeks). I have noticed a slight decrease in my skins redness while using this product over time, but the immediate effects of the green pigment reduces the redness too. Overall, it is not a huge change in the redness of my skin, but it has decreased.
It applies really well, it moisturises my skin well - without leaving my skin greasy or oily. It has a green pigment in it which does reduce the appearance of the redness but it does not get rid of it all. It has a pump top which is more hygienic. The packaging is really nice, simple and 'clean looking'. Information leaflet it comes with has more information about the brand, the actual product itself and the results of their studies using their products (which support the products claims). Contains vitamin B3 and Vitamin CG.
I do have a bit of eczema on my cheeks and this moisturiser seemed to irritate my eczema slightly - not a lot it just seemed to make my skin (just where the eczema is) a tiny bit itchy and tingly when ever I used it. And unfortunately for me this is where I have the most redness. But it still works really well on the rest of my skin. It is also really quite expensive!
*Price and availability*
I bought this product from a seller off amazon with my amazon voucher. It cost me about £17 which is quite a lot for a moisturiser. And seen as though it does irritate my eczema a bit it does seem a bit like a waste of money for me - but I think if you don't have eczema it will work well for you, but skin products are very personal and product that say for sensitive skin may not be for you.
*Nice, clean, simple packaging
*non comedogenic - does not clog pores
*Very useful information leaflet
*Applies well, absorbs quickly with out leaving any residue or greasiness
*Green in colour - slightly reduces my skin redness
*Smooth and rich moisturiser
*Slightly irritates my small eczema patches - makes it slightly itchy
*Expensive - £17 for 40ml
*Smells a bit funny!
For more information: www.laroche-posay.com
Thank you for reading my review
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturiser / A daily care product to hydrate and comfort the skin and to help reduce the appearance of redness / This soothing, moisturising treatment with La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water helps to provide lasting comfort and hydration to the skin, whilst helping to create a more even looking complexion.