It is no secret that I am a huge fan of La Roche-Posay products and I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the new CC Cream in the Rosaliac (anti-redness) range. According to studies 65% of women over the age of 25 say they suffer from redness on their face and an astounding 75% of women find redness in their skin affects their confidence.
So what is Rosacea exactly?
Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial redness and sometimes pimples. Rosacea affects all ages and has four subtypes, three affecting the skin and the fourth affecting the eyes. Left untreated it worsens over time. It primarily affects people of northwestern European descent (nicknamed 'the cures of the Celts') and affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60.
La Roche-Posay have dedicated a lot of research and work to developing products that will treat redness in the skin and here are a few I would like to introduce to you.
Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel * This is a very good, gentle, calming & cooling cleanser that I would recommend not only for redness prone skin. It is a simple, no-frills cleanser that will leave your skin clean but still feeling supple and comfortable. It also has a cooling property, which is important if you suffer from redness and want to avoid heating up your skin. You can use this on your face and eyes with no risk of stinging. I love this product and particularly enjoy using it during the summer months and in the morning as my second cleanse.
Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel €15.99 from boots.ie
Rosaliac CC Cream * The star of this line-up is the brand new CC Cream specifically designed to not only cover redness but treat it at the same time. Formulated for those with sensitive skin that is prone to all types of redness, whether occasional or persistent, it is a fusion of skincare and make-up that provides both coverage and long-lasting correction. It has a nice light, natural & quite dewy finish, very flattering on the skin. The CC Cream also provides an SPF of 30, which is essential for everybody but particularly important for those of us prone to sensitive or red skin. The only little gripe I have with this product is the universal shade - it may be a little bit too dark for you if you are very fair skinned. Make sure you swatch it before you buy!
Rosaliac CC Cream €22.50 from boots.ie
Rosaliac AR Intense Serum * The third product in our line up is an intensive, localised anti-redness treatment that combines 3 active ingredients to reduce redness at source and prevent its reappearance. It has a fluid consistency and does not make your skin feel oily at all. This type of product should be worn over a moisturiser and under make-up. You could use it under the CC cream for optimum results. Like all Rosaliac products it has a cooling and calming effect and reduces skin discomfort immediately.
Rosaliac AR Intense Serum €23.50 from boots.ie
I was able to try the CC cream & I have used the cleanser but as neither Becky or I suffer with redness we couldn't give the Rosaliac AR a proper testing for redness treatment results (I have worn it to check consistency, how it sits under make-up etc.). We will now hand over all of the products to a friend who suffers with redness in her skin and she will report back in 6-8 weeks on how she got on with the products - watch out for the interview on pinkelephantbloggin.com!
Finally, here are a few tips for people affected by Rosacea:
- Always use sun protection! An SPF is essential all year round, even when it's a cloudy day.
- Watch out for common irritants: heat, alcohol, stress, essential oils, fragrance, face scrubs, etc.
- Cleanse your face gently, don't use a hot cloth and fragrant cleanser. Go for cooling gels that are unscented and designed for sensitive skin.
- Avoid wearing red and bright pink clothes near your face as they will emphasize the redness in your skin. The same goes for red lipstick.
- Make sure that you clean your makeup brushes often and keep your make-up products hygienic. Consider using a make-up sanitizing spray to minimize contamination of your products.
Do you suffer from redness? Have you tried the Rosaliac range? We would love to hear your thoughts!
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