In case you’ve been on #BeautyTok at any level prior to now 12 months, you’re most likely conversant in slugging—the Okay-Magnificence methodology of ending off your skin-care routine with a layer of petroleum jelly to seal in moisture. However until you’ve discovered your self as deep into the depths of French BeautyTok as I’ve, you seemingly haven’t heard of the French lady model of the observe, which swaps a pharmacie-favourite balm in for Vaseline to present your visage an easy, je ne sais quoi glow.
The product in query, La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($16), is mainly the Parisian drugstore equal of, say, America’s Dove Cleaning soap (in that just about everybody makes use of it and loves it). To be completely trustworthy, once I picked up the thick balm on a visit to Paris, I believed it was a hand cream. Then, whereas scrolling by means of TikTok late one night time (customary), I got here throughout a younger French lady lamenting about how her favourite ‘slugging’ night time cream has been bought out at her native pharmacy attributable to its reputation on TikTok. Wait—I believed—you utilize this in your face??
Apparently, sure, and I’m unsure how I didn’t put it collectively sooner. This wealthy cream is chock-full of emollients, humectants, and occlusives (aka the hydration trifecta), and as somebody who’s already a fan of slugging and ultra-thick moisturizers, it’s proper up my alley.
The hero elements within the ultra-hydrating balm are shea butter (an emollient that softens, smooths, and repairs pores and skin), glycerin (a humectant that attracts in water), and panthenol (an occlusive that seals in moisture). It pairs these “Massive 3” hydrators with La Roche Posay’s signature French thermal water, which is wealthy in minerals that assist the pores and skin microbiome, and the result’s a hydrating, non-greasy, non-sticky method that soothes irritation and redness.
So in idea, this needs to be a cream made solely for very dry pores and skin—but by some means (miraculously) individuals are therapeutic extreme pimples with it. Followers of the method have taken to TikTok to sing its praises and showcase its versatility (it may be used as a 15-minute masks, a spot remedy, a full-body moisturizer… the listing goes on and on), and as such, it’s been promoting out all over the place.
I’ve been utilizing the balm myself for the previous two and a half weeks, and my pores and skin is in an distinctive state proper now. Whereas I’m sometimes drier than the soil in Dying Valley and take care of a whole lot of pores and skin issues throughout the low-humidity winter months, I’ve just lately been in a glowy state of consolation with no flaking, peeling, or breakouts. Plus, the balm has helped to quell a number of the rosacea-induced redness on my nostril.
In case you’re additionally on the dry facet, use a skinny (or thick!) layer of Cicaplast Baume B5 over your whole face as a approach to lock in moisture in a single day. It’s not greasy like vaseline, and has extra soothing properties within the method to tug double obligation in your skincare routine.
And whereas it could be exhausting to get your palms on this ultra-popular cream at your native pharmacy (stateside or in any other case), you might be able to snag a tube on-line (together with on the model’s personal web site).
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