Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hallelujah, my skin is saved - La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche

I often hint at the state my skin is in - and I realise I never really explained what I was talking about. To be honest, it was embarrassingly bad. Very dry and flakey - hardly lasting a day with any moisturiser I tried and I was also starting to break out (and only in one or two very specific areas too). Anyone who has seen me recently was probably too polite to note the flakey concealer drying out my easily-dried out skin (I'm looking at you Collection 2000) or how my foundation was okay from a distance, but not that great up close. I only posed for pictures from a certain angle, and I've even avoided going out because I was having "a bad skin day" - but of course I'd never admit that.

So my skincare regime was undergoing an overhaul. While it was going well I had yet to find a moisturiser. Then were looking for participants for a trial of a new La Roche Posay product for people dry skin. I signed up, forgot all about it and then somehow made the cut! So I was sent out a pot of La Roche Posay NUTRITIC INTENSE RICHE and then something magical happened.

It worked.
La Roche Posay Nutric Intense Riche

When it came to the end of the 30-day trial and the final survey, I gushed. I got physically excited to write about how much I loved it. I know. Sad. But I couldn't help it. All the way through the trial I was catching sight of my skin and getting happier and happier with it. My make-up was looking better, and I was actually having good skin days for the first time in a long, long time. Now, it's not perfect - but it's still early days. (I;ve just slipped to the bathroom to check, I am that vein. Yep, we are looking pretty darn good today, and that's with wind and air conditioning)

La Roche Posay have a range of products for almost any skin complaint. Nutric is particularly targetting to dry and very dry skin. I used it with my Hydraphase Intense Serum, which helped with the dehydration my skin is alost prone to (sigh). Rather than telling you all about it - I'll tell you what I told them. This was my final review after using the cream through December and January (snow and all!)

I use the product twice a day, morning and evening. I usually use the La Roche Posay Hydarphase serum with it. I also bring a small amount down onto my face and chest. I also developed small patches of very dry skin on my shoulders to which I applied a small amount of cream and saw a noticeable the condition improve. I also like the packaging NUTRITIC INTENSE comes in, I like the glass pot for moisturisers and makes the product feel more luxurious - it's also easy enough to travel with too not being too big or heavy.

I haven't quite got used to the smell, but I don't notice it as much, it's a somewhat medical-type smell. The texture of it is lovely and rich without being greasy and spreads out really well.
I found I saw instant results with NUTRITIC INTENSE. It spread out well and absorbed into my skin quickly leaving it soft, subtle and smooth. I found the effects of the cream lasted for a lot longer than some previous creams I used. My skin felt comfortably soft for the day regardless of whether I wore make up or not.
Initially I had been sceptical that I could use an "intense" cream under my make up but NUTRITIC INTENSE absorbed into my skin quickly and did not leave any residue or greasiness which made make up application a dream. I felt the application and appearance of my foundation has improved since using the cream.

The lasting effects of NUTRITIC INTENSE have impressed me greatly. Even if I miss using the cream once or twice my skin does not revert back to its previous dry state. I have found that stubborn dry patches and patches of dehydrated skin cleared up quickly and effectively and show no signs or recurring which often happened with previous creams.

I would recommend NUTRITIC INTENSE to people who suffer particularly dry skin and dehydrated skin, especially in the winter - with all the cold weather recently it has really helped protect my skin and ward off any appearance of winter-skin. I will be interested in seeing how it performs during the summer months when my skin can tend to be a little more oily, I don't know if I will still continue using it twice daily or whether it will become a night-cream in the warmer months.

I find my skin is ready for make up application in a matter of minutes after applying the cream. When applying it at night I find in the time it takes me to get from the bathroom into bed it feels as thought the cream is almost completely absorbed.
My skin feels comfortable and soft after using NUTRITIC INTENSE and for hours afterwards. Even if I'm very bad and don't wash or moisturise in the morning, I find it's late afternoon before my skin starts showing any tell-tale signs
My skin is generally quite flushed, especially if a product irritates it. I find my skin reacts very well to NUTRITIC INTENSE and as a result there is now extra redness to my skin. As my skin became more hydrated over the weeks the redness in irritated areas reduced.

I used to suffer quite badly with flaking around my nose and on my cheeks which make make up application a bit more difficult but I haven't had the problem in recent weeks since using the cream.
Since the dehydration in my skin cleared out I noticed my skin is slightly oily which leaves me with a few breakouts. Thankfully NUTRITIC INTENSE does not aggrivate this at all, if anything it helps with keeping dryness somewhat at bay when blemishes are clearing up, but I find I need to use a targeted blemish treatment as well to treat and clear them up. But I think in a few more weeks as my skin adjusts more, breakout will continue to become less frequent and so I think my skin will continue to get smoother. 
I strongly feel this is my favourite moisturiser, and will be a permanent fixture in my skincare regime for years to come.
It seems to suit my skin perfectly, and I have been growing happier and happier with my skin since using it and look forward to using it in the future. 
Now I'm looking at things like all is not lost. If I have a problem, I can manage it and fix it. I feel like I really know what to do now.

One note on the glass pot - I have very long nails. I'm not even joking, they grow very fast without my noticing it and before I know it I have chunks of moisturiser hiding under my nails. I grabbed a cheap metal nail tool, it's horrible and pink. I use the flat end, I imagine it's meant to be or pushing back your cuticles, to scoop out a small amount of moisturiser and put it on the back of my hand. You only need a tiny  amount of this cream and this has helped me use it sparingly, as I should be.

La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche has just launched in Ireland. From what I saw online it looked like the launch itself was amazing.

Admittedly, it's a very bold claim to be making ... but I stand by it.

Have you had a mousturiser that saved your skin?
Until next time
Lots of love

Post by: Lisa Dunn


  1. This sounds just wonderful!!
    Another one for the wishlist!

  2. Wow I was totally absorbed in your story! Well, I'm almost feeling sad about not having a dry skin because you've made me quite anxious to try this product. I'm happy you found something that actually works with hydrating your skin.

    1. Aw thank you! It's nice to feel I'm on the right path now at least. You can always try out other products from La Roche Posay (I'd never recommend using a product what wasn't for your skin type) I should have a review up soon of a product that would suit more skin types :)

  3. Just starting to try this out and my boyfriend and I are both LOVING it!

    1. Fantastic. I'm telling everyone I know about it! It's great for this icy Irish weather of ours