La Roche Posay are a brand that I feel are obtaining almost a cult-favourite status. People seem to be going crazy for every new product they release and there is one reason for that; they work. I waxed lyrical over their multitasking Cicaplast Baume but this is different, meet Cicaplast Mains (or ‘Hands’ for those of us who need to brush up on our school-level French!)
I mentioned previously that I have been seriously trying to regularly apply hand cream. I suffer from dry, chapped and sore hands, particularly in this cold weather yet I somehow rarely think to reach for a hand cream to ease my suffering. From the first application of this, I knew I was on to a winner. While I have an entire drawer full of beautifully scented and colourfully packaged hand creams – this one is straightforward. La Roche Posay do not try and wow us with those type of things, they simply wow us with great products.
The formula is quite thick and waxy as opposed to creamy or greasy. It is made of 30% glycerine which acts like a barrier to protect against future aggressions against the skin. I like to apply quite a good dollop and really work it into the hands, although it absorbs almost instantly with absolutely no sticky or oily residue. All that is left behind is silky, smooth, supple skin. I literally could not stop touching my hands after using this. It has absolutely no scent which is fine by me as I have recently been stinking up Dublin Bus with whatever my hand cream du jour has been.
Cicaplast Mains also included Niacinamide which is an anti-histamine that stops the cycle of inflammation and cracks as well as boosting the skin’s barrier function. It is also paraben and fragrance free which is always a plus and it includes moisturising shea butter which I am a huge fan of.
Overall I cannot fault this product. From the moment it hits your skin, it feels soothing and the immediate effects are obvious. You only need to use this once to know it works and prolonged use promises to reduce visible signs of irritation and regenerate the skin.
What do you think? Are you a fan of hand creams? Will you be giving this one a go?