12 September, 2014 Face Mask Friday #7
Today’s post is all about an old favourite – the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque. La Roche Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands, and I absolutely adore their Effaclar Duo + treatment (read review here). The overall quality of their products, as well as their separate ranges to target individual skin concerns, makes them one of the most reliable and effective brands on the French skincare scene.
The Hydraphase mask is another standout example from La Roche Posay: it’s a hydrating, nourishing treatment that feels lightweight and gentle on the skin, and works to restore moisture without leaving skin oily or greasy. I’ve been using this mask for about a year now and love to use it in conjunction with more detoxifying or clarifying masks, such as the REN Glycolactic Radiance Mask (read review here), or the Sanctuary 5 Minute Facial Mask (read review here).
After applying a mask that works to purge oil, blackheads and sebum and remove impurities, this mask is brilliant at restoring the moisture that’s been stripped from my skin. Purifying masks can often destabilise skin, sending it into oil production overdrive, but this lovely mask helps to calm, soothe, and normalise the situation.
The main ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a property that works to retain water or moisture it finds in the air. This means that your skin is left looking plump, fresh and healthy – but definitely not greasy!
I like to use this once a week and incorporate it into my night-time routine, meaning it will replace my regular moisturiser after I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, toned and applied one of my more clarifying masks. Using this every seven days keeps my skin ‘topped up’ and hydrated, and means I don’t get the dreaded Sahara skin feeling of dull, slightly wrinkled skin and a general loss of brightness and elasticity which can often arrive after a week of public transport, air conditioning and general pollution and grossness.
The mask is (in my opinion) incredible value for money at £16. Considering French Pharmacy brands (La Roche Posay in particular) often deliver the quickest and most noticeable results, their prices are seriously competitive and appealing. I would recommend you check out the whole brand in general as they do brilliant SPF products and a range called Rosaliac for people who suffer from redness and rosacea, but if you want to try just one product from the brand, go for this one – you won’t be disappointed.
If you don’t know what I’m going on about when I say French Pharmacy, I’ll be posting a lengthy introductory post to the concept, as well as my favourite products and brands in the coming few weeks!
The mask is actually on offer at the moment for £13.60 – buy here.
Let me know what your thoughts are on La Roche Posay, the mask, and any other products you’ve tried and would recommend from the brand. I’d also love to hear of any French Pharmacy products you are enjoying (or have your eye on) at the moment!
Have a fabulous weekend!