La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque: Refreshing!

HYDRAPHASE INTENSE MASKI don’t know that I can post about this quickly enough! With one eye on my iPhone, threatening rain at the end of the week, I feel like I have to talk fast!

This is great! My skin has been feeling hard done by — this is not a total complaint! Don’t go away, sun!

Okay, hang on, clearly need to take a breath here.

Combined with the general stone-splitting conditions please add two doses of horseriding per week, and my face has been feeling like an old boot. I lashed on La Roche-Posay’s newest addition to the Hydraphase family, and basked in its cooling, soothing properties. And when I say ‘lashed’, I mean loads and loads of product. I am usually quite scabby when it comes to masques, in part because I am trying to make them last, and also because I feel like a thick layer doesn’t really appreciably make a difference. A thin layer ought to work as well, if not better, as it will absorbs more efficiently. Right?

Whether the depth of the lashings made a diff or not, I don’t know, but I do know that my sun-kissed, arena-dirt-encrusted, tired, hot face was transformed upon removal of the masque. Or what was left of it*: I let it sink in as directed, and there was just about none left — meaning that my skin was as dehydrated as I suspected it was. Glad to know we were all on the same page.

There’s hylauronic acid fragments in it, so: anti-aging qualities as well. That’s just icing on the cake — or face. LOL. < I am giddy from all the Vitamin D. I’m beginning to think it’s a hallucinogenic. Like, I am still living in Ireland, right? O.o

Quitting whilst I’m ahead,




*The masque, not my face. Giddy!


If You Ever Get Kicked By a Horse…

… and the bruise is not going away, then I highly recommend Cicaplast, by La Roche-Posay. If you want the whole story, it’s here.

This is not blatant blog-rolling on my part, I’m just too pressed for time to get into the details. Condensed version: got kicked by a horse, a glancing blow to the shin, very lucky I had been turning my mount away or else God knows what would have happened {or been broken}, it stung like m***erf***er for a couple days, was sore for a few more, and then… nothing much. Some discolouration, but no real bruising.

Then, two months later, it started to itch like a double mofo, and I grabbed the Cicaplast. I hadn’t used it before, as I don’t have sensitive skin, and this stuff seems to be for those who do. I read up on it, noticed on the website that there were images of other parts of the body besides the face, and slapped this on the dent in my leg.

It cleared it up in no time a’tall. The itching stopped within moments of contact –>foreals,  and the discolouration faded in days. A cursory wander round the web reveals that it is good for all manner of skin complaints, from nappy rash to use as primer by make up artists to the healing of scars. The tiniest bit of it works like a charm, it is light, fragrance-free, and I think it made by the fairies under the full moon, because it is pure magic.

Now, if only there was a topical that could do something about that dent, which is still apparent, almost a year later…

€12.50/£13.00(NI)/$36.50 list price on Amazon, down to $12.50, but still?!? See here, in the comments, for recs on where to buy Stateside.