Dry Skin? La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum Comes To The Rescue

by Gio

la roche posay hydraphase intense serum

In case you didn’t know it already (which means you haven’t been reading my blog regularly, you naughty girl), my combo skin has played a trick on me and got all dried out in the past few months. And, when skin is dry, there’s only one thing to do: use a hyaluronic acid serum, like La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum.

Why hyaluronic acid? This powerful humectant attracts, and binds to the skin, up to 1000 times its weight in water. It makes your skin practically drown in water. And, unlike most humectants, it works well both at high and low humidity conditions, so, now matter where you are, this WILL save your skin.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum contains a form of hyaluronic acid called hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid. Don’t be scared. This simply means that it’s made small enough to allow you to penetrate deep into the skin. Once there, research shows it can hydrate skin, reduce roughness, and restore softness and plumpness. And did you know that, when skin is well plumped up, your wrinkles look smaller too?

Hyaluronic acid is so powerful, I started seeing results a few days after I started using the serum. It deeply hydrates my skin, so that it feels softer to the touch, looks smoother and healthily plumped. And, these effects lasted till night, even on the coldest of days.

Its gel-like texture is very lightweight too, so it sinks quickly into my skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind. As it makes skin so smooth, it’s also the perfect base for makeup. And, it doesn’t cause breakouts.

I do have a small complaint, though. I wish the formula contained more antixodants. As it is, it only contains a sprinkle of them, and skin needs a lot more than that. I understand that most of these goodies can be too harsh for sensitive skin (the serum is designed for dehydrated sensitive skin), so that may be why they were left out.

Although that doesn’t explain why it’s loaded with alcohol. It’s true that a study I came across recently has found alcohol to be less irritating than previously thought, and the addition of hyaluronic acid will prevent it from drying out skin, too. But, it seems a weird choice to include alcohol (and fragrance), but not more antioxidants in a formula for sensitive skin.

Having said that, if you’re looking for a no-fuss, basic serum that gets the moisture-replenishing job done, you may like this. Just use it together with an antioxidant rich moisturizer, and your skin will get everything it needs.

Available at: £22.32 at Amazon and Escentuals

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Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Paraffinum Liquidum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Arginine PCA, Serine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

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Poppy B. March 23, 2016 - 3:22 pm

I am horribly ignorant when it comes to chemistry and biology, but I do know that there are a lot of different kinds of alcohols. Whereas rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) is extremely harsh and drying, others, like SD Alcohol 40, (ethyl alcohol–the kind we drink) allow active ingredients to be absorbed. I’m guessing the alcohol is in this serum to allow the hyaluronic acid to get into the skin.

Gio March 25, 2016 - 10:40 pm

Poppy, yes, the alcohol helps the hyaluronic acid penetrate the skin, and makes the texture thinner, too. Unfortunately, though, that’s also one of the alcohols that can be drying. 🙁

Rachel March 24, 2016 - 3:13 am

Very informative and great post as always! I wanted to ask if oily skin girls can omit the use of AHA and only use BHA.. Or should we use a combination of both?

Gio March 25, 2016 - 10:43 pm

Rachel, yes, you can use only BHA. I guess you could alternate them, but it’s BHA that’s gonna benefit your skin more, so just stick with that.


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