I have mentioned La Roche Posay Cicaplast in passing, which isn’t really fair. It is a miraculous product I can’t be without and deserves a solid mention. Cicaplast was created to deal with several different skin irritations like dry patches, chapped skin, and skin that is tender and healing post-dermatological procedures like peels and resurfacing. I use it for skin injuries- most recently my daughter badly sliced her foot on a broken OPI nail polish bottle (beware!) and we have been using Cicaplast to speed healing, reduce scarring and relieve the itching that comes with healing skin. The thing I use it for most often though is healing acne blemishes that have been picked ruptured. A sore pimple is bad enough and can take ages to heal. Once it scabs up it becomes almost impossible to camouflage with concealer, and may even have dry flaky skin around it due to any drying acne treatments one may have used. Well, Cicaplast to the rescue. I use this nightly on healing acne pimples to speed up the process and see a dramatic difference in healing time. It is soothing and comforting and easy to apply thanks to it’s silky smooth texture. Cicaplast also makes a perfect “primer” for a healing pimple before applying concealer. It creates a soft smooth canvas as well as soothing the poor spot.
Here is what La Roche Posay says about Cicaplast – which is concise and to the point.
Cicaplast accelerates reconstruction of the skin barrier thanks to a formula that combines: - A copper/zinc/manganese mineral complex to stimulate the production of new cells, - Madecassoside to encourage proper cell organisation and procure fast, high-quality epidermal repair, - Its insulating texture is enriched in anti-bacterial agents to protect the skin. Invisible and non sticky, with easy spreading. This soothing, moisturizing treatment relieves itchiness and tight sensations. Paraben-free formula.
I get La Roche Posay at my drugstore for under $20- a tube used on spots and injuries will last ages. Like, so far I’ve had it a year and it’s not finished yet. Verdict? A must-have.
I’m a huge fan of La Roche Posay products. Cicaplast is actually miraculous at healing skin issues of any kind, and even though I used it on my lips, it really isn’t heavy enough. So while standing in front of the wall of delicious La Roche Posay beauty products, I spied Ceralip. I whipped out my iPhone and used my handy dandy Make Up Alley product reviews app and wouldn’t you know- Ceralip had a great rating. Do you have the free Make Up Alley app? Or, if you don’t have the app, do you read reviews there? They are amazing and I don’t go shopping without reading there first.
I can’t really find any scientific explanation as to what it does and how other than it has “considerable lipid replenishing powers”. It is recommended for people on Accutane or retinoids, which can cause extreme dryness and peeling, and apparently its designed to stop the peeling. I have been using it at night and LOVE it. My lips are definitely smoother and amazingly, the product is still noticeable on my lips in the morning. It is fragrance and paraben free, so perfect for sensitive skin as well. This will be amazing after a day in the sun this summer.
I got my La Roche Posay at the drugstore for around $15.
My oily acne prone skin drives me crazy. I won’t complain too much, as oily skin tends to age slower and my mother’s smooth lovely skin is proof of that. At any rate, I still don’t like breakouts. Taking cod liver oil capsules has made a huge difference (thanks to Beauty Editor’s amazing post ) but a bit of topical help is still good. A lot of acne creams make my skin dry & flakey which is a drag. When I have a zit that need healing, or dry flakey skin, La Roche Posay Cicaplast has proven miraculous. Makes sense that another La Roche Posay product would help those little zit buggers before they become a wound.
I saw La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo at my local pharmacy, being sold with the Effaclar cleanser as a bonus. I decided to give it a try, based on my love of the Cicaplast. From the website: Effaclar Duo is a complete skincare product that combines 4 active ingredients to act on the two main symptoms of skin with imperfections: Severe localised imperfections: Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine to fight against bacterial proliferation and eliminate imperfections. Pores clogged with sebum: the combination of LHA and Linoleic Acid unclogs pores while eliminating the accumulated dead cells responsible for blockage. These active ingredients are combined with soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to reduce redness.
The first thing I notice is the texture. It is creamy and milky and quite thin, a light liquid that just melts into the skin. Not thick at all but nor is it drying. It has a fresh clean scent that I quite like, it feels fresh going on. It doesn’t build up or ball off (like some salicylic acid gels) but seems to sink right into the skin. I feel my skin is clearer and brighter since using it. The main thing I really like about Effaclar and La Roche Posay is that they recognize that acne prone and oily skin are also sensitive skin. It took me a long time to realize that by using harsh nasty stuff on my face, it would often freak out and break out even worse. I’ve found the gentler I am, the better my skin is. Basic gentle cleansing, no violent scrubbing and no harsh creams. Effaclar Duo is very gentle- trust me.
The Effaclar Gel cleanser that came with the lotion as a bonus is also terrific. I am just as happy with my usual cleanser but this one came in a smallish tube that will be perfect for travel.
I got my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $25.00, with the cleanser as a free bonus. US buyers can get La Roche Posay online here.
Music: Well, its a pretty mainstream choice but right now I am thoroughly enjoying Adele. I “liked” her first cd and recognized her as quite the talent but “21” (also her age BELIEVE IT OR NOT) is transcendant. She writes songs with the feeling and intensity one would expect from a long lifetime of heartache. There is a mellow jazzy-y meets country vibe to her music that makes Adele’s 21 a perfect soundtrack for whatever you are doing. This particular video is a brilliant modern dance interpretation of this song by CaseyFord Alexander. LOVE
Book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This is her debut novel (2005) and is based on stories her father told her as a child…about Dracula. There is nothing cheesy or done-before about this book. It is a terrific read and somewhat of a metaphor for evil deeds in history that cannot be undone, and the role of history, and how it is recorded for future generations. Her writing is wonderful and just draws you in. It is a dense and heavy book, both literally and figuratively, and I’ve picked it up to read twice and put it down again each time. This last time hooked me and I cannot put it down. Not light reading, yet it pulls you in as if someone was telling you a bedtime story you didn’t want to end…
Food: Well, I finally mastered a homemade peanut sauce! I adore spicy peanut sauce and have always been intimidated to try to make one. Thanks to my Dad’s recipe I have finally achieved it. He is a mean cook, as long as there are no vegetables involved. I make sure to add the veggies as I love them, but they only serve to make his amazing recipes better. Here is his recipe, I added tons of different coloured peppers, onion, carrots, and celery. The great thing about Dear Old Dad’s recipes is they take well to customization. Enjoy!
500g Ground pork (I used lean ground beef, you can add meat of your choice)
3 T Soya Sauce
2 T Dry Sherry or Saki
Ground white pepper
2 T Oyster flavored sauce
4 T Peanut butter, chunky if available (I used smooth…yum)
1 T Rice vinegar
1¼ cups Chicken stock (I was all out & used vegetable stock)
1 T Peanut oil
1 inch Fresh ginger root, minced
2 inches Leek, white part, chopped finely (I had no leeks…it was fine)
6 Medium garlic cloves, pressed
3/4 t Red chili flakes
1 t Sambal oelik (Chinese red chili sauce, Indonesian actually)
1 t Sesame oil
350 gm Dried noodles
3 Medium Scallions sliced thinly
1 cup Bean sprouts
1 t Sichuan peppercorns, toasted & ground ( didn’t have these…seemed ok)
1) Combine pork, 1 t of the soy sauce, sherry and white pepper in small bowl, stir well and set aside. Whisk together oyster sauce, 2 t of soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, good pinch of white pepper in medium bowl. Whisk in chicken stock.
2) Bring 4 L water to a boil in large saucepan. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil separately.
3) Heat oil in nonstick pan, gently saute ginger, leek and garlic. Add pork and fry til cooked breaking it into small pieces. Add red pepper or sambal and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add peanut butter/chicken stock mixture; bring to a boil; reduce heaat to medium and simmer til reduced somewhat. Stir in sesame oil.
4) Add noodles to4L boiling water; cook until tender. Pour 2 cups boiling water over bean sprouts and leave for 1 minute.
5) Drain noodles and bean sprouts, ladle noodles into bowl, cover with bean sprouts, ladle ½ sauce over each bowl; sprinkle with scallions and ground Sichuan pepper corns; serve immediately.
Fashion: Ballet flats! These are simply something we cannot have enough of, and for me, soft pliable comfort and the perfect neutral tone is something I am constantly on the search for. Repetto have so far been my fave flats, the leather is like kid-glove leather so they end up fitting your foot like a glove, and I have yet to find a colour I like more than their soft metallic gold. What are your fave flats? Share!
Skincare du Jour: Thanks to Janine at Beautygeeks for introducing me to La Roche Posay Cicaplast. This is a miraculous healing cream/balm/lotion intended to heal post-chemical peel (ouch!) skin that I have been using for my blemishes (I try not to pick…I really do!), sunburn and any irritation or cut I have (bad cat!). It also works miracles on chapped lips when I use it at bedtime and let it soak in. This probably deserves it’s own post but I just had to share!
Perfume du Jour: It’s definitely a tie between two gorgeous new faves. I have been LOVING Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia- wow this is drop dead gorgeous with creamy white flowers that just wrap around you like pure silk. I also have the body lotion in this which I love to use on my hands at bedtime and to layer with the eau de parfum, it just makes it last longer. The other one is Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta. Ok. This line has several concentrations, Intenza, Essenza and Assoluta among them, and shopping for one can be “confusa” to quote my perfumista friend Kevin. Seriously. All I know is the Assoluta is the most floral of the collection- read a nice review here. Acqa di Parma is just your basic, classic eau de cologne and Assoluta is my personal favourite version. Refreshing, clean and gentle and totally unlike what I usually go for. Dane at Pere de Pierre laughed at the thought of me in such a butch scent but it is pretty, sexy and understated and works for me. Go figure!