The £5 Moisturiser That Saved My Skin

By Elle.

All hail the French Pharmacy Skincare Gods…

Last week, two days before a business trip, my face decided to go uncharacteristically mental. Not long after washing it in the evening, my skin started to feel hot, itchy and tight, and erupted into loads of small red spots. Make-up managed to hide it the next day at work, but I was so uncomfortable and at a loss as to what had caused it (more on that later).

After much googling, I decided to take a punt on La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and there was nothing in the ingredients that made me worry about making the problem worse. After cleansing that night, I hopefully applied it, and felt instant relief. When I woke up the next day, the spots and redness were hugely reduced. I used the cream again under my makeup that day (it was actually a great base for my dry skin) and reapplied at night. By day 2, my skin was back to its best. My boyfriend has quite problematic skin that flares up easily and he’s now a convert too.

I think the key to its magic is the combination of antibacterial and soothing ingredients – it doesn’t worsen spots/infection by being too rich, but still eases dry skin. You don’t need a lot either, so value for money really is excellent. If you suffer from any kind of skin irritation – from acne to rosacea – you need this on standby. It’s usually cheaper online, but is in Boots too for instant skin-emergency availability.

As it turns out, I’m pretty sure the cause of my flare-up was a new cleanser. One that pretended it was all gentle and kind with its pink packaging and PETAL ON THE FRONT…Anyway, I’ll reserve my rage for a full post about my new skincare routine to follow soon…