La Roche-Posay

Hydraphase Intense Riche

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 35.99
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The description for this product states that it reinforces "your cellular cohesion to water, so your skin stays hydrated all day long." That's an incredibly fancy way to say that this product puts a layer of emollients over your skin. Shea butter, silicone, mineral oil, and urea prevent water loss, which is great, but hardly unique to this moisturizer. Too bad the rest of the formula isn't as fancy as the claim. This adds up to a very rich moisturizer for very dry skin, but it is really a basic, merely adequate cream that would have been better if it contained antioxidants and more skin-repairing ingredients. It also would have been helpful to leave out the fragrance, especially for compromised skin. If you have very dry skin, this is definitely worth a consideration, but be sure to pair it with a serum that is loaded with state-of-the-art beneficial ingredients for the best skin care possible.


  • Rich texture contains some excellent ingredients for very dry skin.

  • Lacks a sophisticated blend of antioxidants and wide range of skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Contains fragrance, which isn't the best for very dry, compromised skin.
  • Amount of called-out hyaluronic acid is almost too small for skin to benefit.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche Facial Moisturizer reinforces your cellular cohesion to water, so your skin stays hydrated all day long. The paraben-free formula features hyaluronic acid and seals in moisture, which promotes a supple and glowing complexion. The fresh, silky texture quickly absorbs into the skin, instantly restoring comfort and moisture.

Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Liquidum / Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Urea, Glyceryl Linoleate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Oleate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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