Whether it’s the well-versed pharmacists or the fact that one can find a solution for almost every ailment within the well-stocked aisles, the allure of the utilitarian, almost clinical feel of a French pharmacy has pulled many a beauty fan to spend countless hours browsing each shelf every time a work trip (or a leisurely weekend) beckons them to the city of love.
Of course, the pharmacie is also home to some of the industry’s most well-loved products and brands. One notable standout is La Roche-Posay, much lauded for its expertise in sensitive skin, as well as its range of high-protection sun creams which not only feel like a second skin, but also suits every concern, tone and age range. While the brand's entire range is suitable for sensitive types, for those feeling especially fragile and irritated, there’s little that can match the healing prowess of La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast line. The original Cicaplast Baume B5 has long been a firm favourite with dermatologists and – alongside its newer iterations like the Cicaplast B5 Soothing Repairing Spray – is currently trending on TikTok as users are discovering just how much this classic cream helps with irritated and dehydrated skin. Indeed, the hero balm saw an uptick of 53 per cent in sales last year with reports that more than one tube is sold every minute.
What is the Cicaplast Baume B5?
Barrier repair may be a hot topic in beauty, but French brand La Roche-Posay’s been caring for skin with velvet gloves since its inception 40 years ago. While you’ll find clinically-proven active ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C in its product range, each formula is thoroughly tested to be kind on sensitive skin types. This makes the brand a great starting point for anyone who’s new to actives or simply prefers a gentle-but-effective approach to skin and body care.
The Cicaplast balm began its journey as ‘Cicaplast – Epidermal Repair Accelerator’ in 2005, launched with the aim to speed up scar repair and provide skin barrier protection. As a company that prides itself on innovation and proven efficacy, a clinical study on the original Cicaplast was conducted in 2008 which showed just how well-tolerated the formula is on sensitive skin types. Three years later, the Cicaplast Baume B5 - a rich, creamy moisturiser - launches.
What’s in the Cicaplast Baume B5 formula?
The two key ingredients to know are madecassoside and panthenol. The former is derived from the centella asiatica plant which boasts the ability to calm inflammation, soothe irritation and encourage skin healing. It’s also packed with antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors. Often shorted in the skincare world to 'cica' (hence the product's name), Cicaplast Baume B5 was one of the first products to bring our collective awareness to the benefits of centella asiatica, which can now be found in many skin-soothing products.
Meanwhile, panthenol – which is made from vitamin B5 – works hard to ameliorate redness and is a humectant that helps keep hydration levels in check. The Cicaplast Baume B5 formula also contains antibacterial agents zinc and manganese, along with a prebiotic complex to balance the skin's microbiome. To minimise risk of irritation, the formula is free from fragrance, lanolin or artificial colouring.
How does Cicaplast Baume B5 work?
Essentially, the ingredients in Cicaplast Baume B5 create an ideal environment for skin to heal itself all while providing a barrier that "soothes and hydrates dry, compromised skin," says Dr Justine Hextall, consultant dermatologist for La Roche-Posay.
Who is Cicaplast Baume B5 for?
Everyone can benefit from La Roche Posay's Cicaplast range. It’s made for all, including babies above three months and those prone to skin conditions such as acne and eczema and even those undergoing cancer treatments. The cream is also an essential for post-procedure skin that tends to be extra reactive and fragile. The multipurpose formula works to prevent nappy rash, dry patches, itchiness and minor wounds such as those caused by mosquito bites.
How to use Cicaplast Baume B5?
For those experiencing aggravated skin, Dr. Hextall recommends a straightforward routine. "Simply apply it after a gentle and hydrating cleanser to help repair weakened skin barrier on the face or body. It can be used at any time of day," she tells Bazaar. It’s also useful as a targeted treatment on affected areas and as a rich moisturiser for parched skin. If blemishes are a bugbear, a tiny amount goes a long way in minimising the redness and soothing painful spots. It’s also great for adding extra glow under make-up too as it imparts a dewy sheen, rather than a greasy finish.
What’s new in the Cicaplast range?
Following the success of the hero Cicaplast Baume B5, La Roche Posay launched a lip treatment, hand salve, cleanser, mist (which keeps selling out thanks to its TikTok virality) and now a lightweight serum to improve hydration (tests were done in various climates for good measure) and maintain a strong skin barrier. Like everything else in the Cicaplast range, the serum is especially great for soothing delicate, post-procedure skin and those prone to sensitivities. It’s also a great alternative to the original cream for anyone who prefers lighter textures, especially in the summer months. Simply layer it underneath sunscreen or a lightweight moisturisers for sensitivity relief lasting hydration.
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