I’ve mentioned a few times, or more than a few times, how dry my skin is because of medication that I take. I’ve tried all kinds of lotions, creams, different soaps and shower gels, but haven’t had great results, especially not with anything that is reasonably priced. To just exacerbate the situation, I also have a slight problem with eczema, which gets highly irritated if I use the “wrong” products on my skin. I’ve been able to get some good products for my hands, like L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, but finding something for my entire body has been much harder. Thanks to the FeelUnique sale on French Pharmacy brands, I’ve found something that seems really promising. I’ve only been using the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras for a week, but I wanted to share how great it is with everyone, especially anyone else with dry, but sensitive, skin.
Lipikar was created 20 years ago in the laboratories of La Roche-Posay and has been saving adults and children from dry skin ever since. They have six different products in the line, all geared towards fixing up various dry skin issues, but mostly they are for body, except for the hand cream. I chose the Lipikar Surgras because it sounded like something that would help my skin but wouldn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or like it even had anything on it. Luckily, that totally turned out to be true.
Lipikar Surgras is a concentrated shower cream, which means that you put it on in your shower and then rinse it off. The cream is an enriched 10% lipid-rich concentrate with niacinamide and works to restore the skin’s natural barrier and replenish the skin’s lipids in the shower. All you do to apply it is put a bit in your hand then rub it into your wet skin and then rinse it off. I got the 200 ml tube which is easy to open, even with wet hands, and is a reasonable size for the shower. The cream is white and thick-ish, it’s thicker than a normal shower gel but not as thick as a body lotion. It has a bit of a fresh smell, but definitely isn’t strongly scented. It’s paraben and soap free too. Of course, it is also enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which is rich in the anti-oxidant selenium. The water has soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties which makes it perfect for this type of application.
After you put it on and rinse it off, your skin is softer and better moisturized. Gone is that tight skin post-shower feeling, but there’s no greasy residue, there doesn’t actually seem to be any type of residue, but my skin definitely feels better. A couple of times I followed it up with the Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser, just for an extra dose of moisturizer. However, I don’t really feel like that is necessary for the most part. It hasn’t caused a flare up in my eczema either, which is super, because that is not part of my Artful Appearance plan. I have found that this works really well for shaving my legs. I just rubbed a bit onto my legs, shaved, and then rinsed my legs and they felt probably the best they ever have after shaving. They were smooth and soft, plus, I’m pretty sure I got a better shave too. Since it is Summer, it is great to be able to have soft, well hydrated skin, but not actually have to have a heavy cream or lotion on, which is just going to make you feel hot. And I’ll bet this works so well for getting rid of that horrible dry, dry winter skin problem too.
I purchased my 200 ml tube from FeelUnique for £6.66, which is 33% off full price of £10.00. I think the regular price is really reasonable and will definitely pay that for the next tube, but luckily for me FeelUnique is having their French Pharmacy brands sale right now, so I didn’t have to pay full price to try it out the first time. Throughout the rest of the month you can get the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras for £6.66, and if you order more than £10.00 of stuff you get free shipping too. On the La Roche-Posay website they say they have a 400 ml pump top bottle of this too, so if I continue to like this as much as I do so far, then I’ll probably purchase the bigger bottle next time. The 400 ml bottle is currently £10.99 (though out of stock) at FeelUnique, but is regularly £16.50. If it were in stock, I would probably buy the big bottle now since it is on sale, of course, I’ve spent a small fortune already this month at FeelUnique, so my bank account is probably glad that it isn’t in stock. But really, if it keeps me from having horrible dry skin and needing to try different lotions all the time, then I am more than happy to pay full price.