If you have dry or easily irritated skin, you need the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 in your stash. Its 5% panthenol + madecassoside combo does wonders at soothing + repairing skin!
What is it
A rich cream with 5% panthenol (vitamin B5) and madecassoside to help soothe and repair severely irritated skin.
How I use it
As a moisturizer or whenever my skin is feeling like hell.
Best suited for
All types of irritated skin. Oily skin might find the texture a bit much as a moisturizer.
A hygienic plastic tube that’s actually easy to squeeze.
None. It’s fragrance-free!
A rich cream that is somehow very easy to spread. Doesn’t feel heavy or thick at all for my dry skin.
Lots of initial shine and a slight white cast. I’ll either wait for the product to absorb or powder to minimize the shine. White cast goes away after a bit. Skin feels soft and soothed.
Panthenol – A humectant that helps attract and retain moisture on the skin, studies have shown that it also exhibits anti-inflammatory and soothing properties when regularly used over a period of time.
Madecassoside – One of the main compounds found in centella asiatica, its anti-inflammatory properties not only soothe the skin but can help promote the healing process. Studies also suggest that it can reverse the signs of sun damage when used with vitamin C (source)
Zinc + Copper + Maganese – There aren’t many studies on the topical effect of applying these minerals, but the few available do show that they’re beneficial to our overall skin health (source).
Remember when I mentioned in my LRP Double Repair Moisturizer review that there were better options for sensitive/irritated skin within the brand? Well this is that better option, because the Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm is what will actually help with your skin’s healing process.
Unlike the Double Repair, this one contains absolutely no irritants and a good amount of skin-soothing and repairing ingredients to actually do its job. And boy does it get its job done.
I had an unfortunate experience testing out some Origins products a few weeks ago, and something in them made my entire face burn and get all splotchy. I was miserable…until I slathered on this cream.
Not only did it not irritate my skin at all (pretty much everything including water burned at this point), but my skin felt instantly calmed. The next morning the redness had gotten better (though not completely gone) and my skin no longer burned. It was then that I knew I’d always need this balm in my stash and when I traveled.
Even though it’s called a balm, it feels more like a rich cream, yet it’s not thick at all and is very easy to spread. It’s very nourishing and makes my skin feel buttery soft, but it also leaves my skin shiny and with white cast.
Personally I’m ok with it, as the white cast is very minimal and actually has a brightening effect (makes for a great makeup primer too!), but those who don’t like the finish should use the cream at night.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed using this product. I thought the rich texture would be off putting, but it was exactly what my irritated and damaged skin needed. Whether you suffer from occasional irritations or sensitive + dry skin year round, this is an excellent product to have in your stash, and I've already purchased a backup, just in case.
Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any questions (or comments) about this product let me know, I’d be happy to answer them for you! Otherwise enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with more posts once I return from my trip!