So, I bought this moisturiser from La Roche-Posay to try as lots of people rave about it! You all know I adore my Cerave Moisturising Cream (see review here) for when my skin needs some TLC but I wanted to try this La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 to see how it compared!
It’s rumoured to be the damaged skin barrier saviour so let’s find out how it worked for me!
BRAND: La Roche-Posay
PRODUCT: Cicaplast Baume B5
INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (emollient/skin-softening – good), Dimethicone (silicone/emollient – good), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter (emollient/antioxidant – best), Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5/humectant – best), Propanediol (enhances the absorption of ingredients – good), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (texture enhancer/absorbent – good), Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone (silicone/skin-conditioning – good), Trihydroxystearin, (thickener/emollient/emulsifier/skin-replenishing – good), Zinc Gluconate (preservative/hydration – good), Madecassoside (antioxidant – best), Manganese Gluconate (antioxidant – average), Silica (thickener/emulsifier/absorbent – good), Aluminum Hydroxide (texture enhancer/absorbent – good), Magnesium Sulfate (texture enhancer – good), Disodium Edta (chelating agent – good), Copper Gluconate (antioxidant – good), Capryloyl Glycine (hydration – good), Citric Acid (pH adjuster – good), Acetylated Glycol Stearate (emollient – no rating), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (cleansing agent/emollient – good), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant – best), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant/preservative – no rating), Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide (F.I.L. B179256/1) (sunscreen active – best).
– Fragrance free
– Suitable for sensitive skin
– Multipurpose use
– Suitable for the whole family
- Glycerin – a humectant that works to pull water molecules to the skin’s surface. It’s naturally found in our skin. Glycerin helps to hydrate and replenish skin, defending against dryness and maintaining the skin’s moisture levels.
- Shea Butter – used as an emollient in products so it works to make skin feel more comfortable and less irritated. Shea butter is also a rich source of antioxidants and skin-replenishing fatty acids.
- Madecassoside – is a compound of the plant extract Centella asiatica. It’s an antioxidant that is non-sensitising and can help revitalise skin’s surface.
- Panthenol – alcohol version of the B vitamin that acts as a humectant. It has a great ability to attract and retain moisture. It works to improve the look and feel of the skin.
- Zinc gluconate – a zinc salt that has been shown to be effective against inflammatory acne (papules, pustules, cysts and nodules). It’s antibacterial, sebum regulating (so helps to regulate skin’s oil production) and has wound healing abilities.
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
LRP suggests this cream is suitable for dry to very dry skin types. I would more or less agree with this apart from saying, whatever skin type you have, I would say to have this in your cupboard. I say that because, we’ve all had times where we’ve overdone it on the acids/retinoids and our skin is dry/irritated with a damaged skin barrier and requires a little TLC. It’s those times that you will want to have this cream on hand!
If you have oily or combination skin, you may find this cream a little too heavy for daily use. I have normal-dry and I found it quite thick for day time use – night time was fine, however!
My Experience With It
I bought this cream in preparation of a laser procedure I had coming up (more on that another time), that was going to make my skin dry and tender. It also corresponded with the weather in the UK becoming very cold so this cream was a most welcome addition to my skincare cupboard! My skin was stinging because of the change in temperature and I had to back off my actives for a bit. This was the only product (as well as Cerave moisturising cream) that didn’t sting on application! I was also breaking out so wanted something that was fragrance-free and soothing for my skin.
In terms of texture, when I started using this cream I was surprised as I thought it would be on par with my beloved Cerave moisturising cream. However I actually found the LRP one to be thicker and less easy to spread around my face. I didn’t think much of it though as my skin was recovering from my laser procedure so I just got on with it.
In terms of repairing my skin barrier, it did work a dream! Within a week of using this morning and night, I was back to my acids and retinal! My skin was soft, visibly hydrated and soothed. My skin was also mostly healed from the laser procedure so I found myself wanting to reduce down to evening use only and go back to my Cerave Moisturising Cream for morning use. I would use it to top up any areas of my face that got dry and flaky throughout the day, however.
Overall, a great moisturising face cream for skin that is in need of some TLC or if you have very dry skin naturally. It didn’t make me break out, it soothed my skin and helped to recover my damaged skin barrier.
Only that I personally found it difficult to spread but that’s in comparison to the Cerave moisturising cream and the Allies of Skin peptides & antioxidants firming daily treatment. Both of those are ‘slippy’ on the skin, suitable for day time use and are easy to blend in. I did find misting my skin well with some rosewater before applying the Cicaplast Baume helped slightly.
However, I decided in the end to just use the Cicaplast Baume at night and so I wasn’t too bothered about the cream looking like it wasn’t blended into my skin too well. I do think this is very much a night cream though!
Gimme The Deets…
100ml = £14
40ml = £7.50
Where Can I Buy It?
I bought mine from Boots but you can also get it from Look Fantastic HERE, Superdrug and Feel Unique. It’s also often on offer!
Once opened it lasts 6 months and it requires nothing special in terms of storage.
Stick Or Spin Again?
I will legit always have this in my skincare stash! It’s value for money and I know it will 100% work as an intensive night treatment if I get any patches of eczema on my face or if my skin barrier is really damaged again. There’s also a lot of talk on Reddit about this moisturiser being great to use with retinoid products at night. So, I do plan to try it in this way and I’ll be sure to update you all on how that goes!
Have any of you tried this moisturiser? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments section!
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