Wednesday, March 16, 2011

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP - a miracle in a bottle?

Sometimes the best products are the ones you run into by accident. About a month ago I just placed my Haus of Gloi order for some body butters and scrubs (I received the products this weekend and I love the smell of Satyr!) and at about the same time I ran out of my previous body milk so dry-skinned I went to the pharmacy looking for a good body milk for sensitive skin and got the La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP.

According to the La Roche Posay website, this body balm is formulated specifically for extremely dry, irritated skin subject to itchiness and it's fragrance-free and paraben-free. 

The ingredients don't really sound all that special - a mixture of oils, waxes and butters with one exception: niacinamide. Niacinamide - a water soluble vitamin, part of the vitamin B group, is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient. It is supposed to strenghten the outer skin layer, help with discolorations and increase the hydration of the skin. Very often niacinamide is mentioned as a good ingredient for rosacea and acne-prone skin. (you can read more about the benefits of niacinamide at Skincare for Men, Paula's Choice, Livestrong...).

Niacinamide is used in many Olay and NIA 24 skincare products but as far as I know it hasn't really been used in body products. And it might be the niacinamide or some fairy dust thrown into the balm but this product has really made a difference to my skin. My skin gets very dry, red and itchy and because of the dermatitis I need to use corticosteroids very often.

The texture of the balm is creamy and thicker than your average body milk and the scent is a bit odd because of the lack of any artificial fragrance or essential oils. Even though it doesn't feel sticky I apply it only at night and honestly, my skin is incredibly smooth the whole day after. And I don't know if this is a coincidence but the eczema and redness on my arms has substantially diminished as well.

I highly recommend this product - especially if you have sensitive or very dry skin, problems with redness, itchiness etc.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP usually comes in a tube and costs 14€ for 200 ml however, there was a special offer at the time I bought it and I paid less than 20€ for a 400 ml bottle. And yes, for me it's the closest thing to a miracle.


  1. That was a very good purchase. :)
    I am always on the lookout for something for dry and sensitive skin so thank you for the recommendation.

  2. That sounds very interesting and will be cheaper than my currant cream I use for itchiness, I'll see if they have that in Boots tomorrow, thanks for the review x

  3. Hi Ines, you're welcome! Maybe you can try and ask if they have some samples first, I know that at least in my local pharmacies they are always very generous with LRP samples. x Klara

    Hi Replica, you were using the Elemental Herbology, if I remember correctly? If you decide to get the LRP balm I hope you like it as much as I do. x Klara



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