Tuesday, April 9, 2013

La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense & Nutritic Intense Riche review

In our family there is an oily faced sister and a dry faced sister.  Joanne is the dry one and I'm Ms Oily McOilerson who is also prone to bouts of dryness on my cheeks for my sins. Over the years, I've found it hard to find good moisturisers that work on my dry bits without making my oily bits oilier.  So I had to embark on a Goldilock-esque search for moisturisers.  The traditional gel based formulations that are aimed for the likes of moi don't quench my visage at all and thicker moisturisers can make me look like I'm in a perpetual sweat.  So what is an oily faced person with dry bits supposed to do?  She's supposed to try the Nutritic Intense moisturiser from La Roche Posay but not expect it to work as well as it does.

When I first read that Nutritic Intense was aimed at dry to very dry skin, I thought I'd give it a go and see how I got on.  Em, very well indeed as it turns out.  So much so, I brought it to Spain with me and the mother ended up using it too and loved it.  This is unheard of in the Constantine house.  If it's not Clarins, Lovely Mammy Bits isn't interested, but she loved Nutritic Intense so much and felt an improvement in her skin after one use and eyed it up for the rest of the trip.

Now, you hear dry to very dry and you think it's going to be really thick and greasy.  Not so.  And here's how I know that the cream is being absorbed into my skin and doing it's job; my foundation routine hasn't changed a bit.  I don't need any extra powder or primer or anything else that you'd associate with needing to keep shine at bay.  I'll be repurchasing this again and wait until you see the price at the end of the post.

The Nutritic Intense Riche from La Roche Posay is aimed at very dry and sensitive skin, which Joanne has, but shhh, don't tell her I used it a few times as a night time treatment before giving it to her to review it.  During the winter, my skin audibly rustles when I brush my hand against it despite it's oily nature and layering on a thick balm like this before bed time ensures I wake up with skin as smooth as a baby's bum.  On my face. 

Time for Professor Bailey to teach you a few little factoids about Nutritic Intense Riche.

Did you know that this is the first moisturiser from La Roche Posay to come in a glass jar?  No, me neither.  Usually they come in squeezy tubes but the balm is so thick that if it came in a tube, you'd be purple trying to squeeze it out.

Did you know that you don't have to worry about cooties having to dip your finger into the same pot over and over again?  No, me neither.  Jars of stuff have more contact with air and increases the risk of contamination.  So usually products will have to have more preservatives in them to reduce that risk, but not here.  Bacteria is formed from free water molecules and they've reduced the number of those and the active ingredients are in the lipidic state.  What does that mean in the grand scheme of things?  If they were to put the active ingredients, the stuff that does the actual work, in the aqueous phase of the formula, they'd get attacked by bacteria, so the lipidic phase of the formula protects them.  They do their job.  We're all happy with hydrated faces.

Did you know that this cream uses a breakthrough ingredient MP-lipids?  Nope, they got me there.  These guys stimulate the formation of ceramides and cholesterol.  Wait, isn't cholesterol bad?  Not in this sense as you need these to keep your skin's barrier working properly.  A good barrier is one that keeps the moisture in thanks very much.

Since this is essentially a family blog post at this point, here are Joanne's thoughts on the Nutritic Intense Riche.

When Karen asked me to review the Nutritic Intense Riche cream from La Roche Posay, I admit I was dubious.  I love my Hydraphase and it took me so long to find a cream that worked that I was afraid to stop using it to try a new cream, even if it was also from La Roche Posay.  But I should have known I had nothing to be worried about.

Nutritic Intense Riche cream comes in a glass jar and has a much thicker constancy than the Hydraphase, but a little goes a long way.  The cream smells gorgeous, very light but fresh and it is easily absorbed into the skin.  I had a small dry patch on the side of my nose that was taking a little longer than expected to clear up but in a matter of days Nutritic Intense Rich had done its job and my skin is no longer dry, flaky or red.

So what's the damage to your purse?  The tube of Nutritic Intense is a mere €17.  And as for that big jar of Nutritic Intense Riche?  Only €20.50.  So completely wallet friendly for something that works, is packed full of active ingredients and everyone knows La Roche Posay knows their stuff when it comes to skincare.

The Nutritic Intense range is available in chemists nationwide, so what are you waiting for!


  1. Professor Bailey is too cute! And well done LRP, you've done it again.

  2. Aww the lil woofy!! Heat review too but Bailey is too distracting :)

  3. I think this is going to be my favourite moisturiser FOREVER. Lovin' the B Man :)

  4. I love La Roche Posay, this sounds excellent! Bailey is ridiculously cute and I had a little chuckle at Oily McOilerson, great post :)

  5. I didn't quite get the difference between these two. Could you please explain it in a nutshell?


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