Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash
La Roche-Posay’s claim to fame for Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash is that it’s extra gentle for those with dry, sensitive skin. While that’s somewhat true, we didn’t find that it was quite as hydrating of a formula as the brand makes it out to be.
Packaged in a clear plastic pump bottle, Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash has a fluid gel consistency that produces a lightly foamy lather. The blend of mild cleansing agents adequately removes oil, makeup and other debris. The fragrance-free formula also contains replenishing ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter intended to offset drying effects of the cleansing process.
As promised, this can be used on the face or body. Truthfully, you could say the same for most fragrance-free cleansers but at least here you’re getting a generous amount of product without breaking the bank.
While all of that sounds good on paper, in real use, this cleanser doesn’t feel as moisturizing as we expected given how La Roche-Posay advertises it. It’s not ultra-stripping, but it does leave skin feeling slightly thirsty for hydration (something that’s more noticeable on the face than the body, especially for those experiencing dryness). For that reason, we recommend it for oily/combination as opposed to dry skin.
Long story short, Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash lives up to the “gentle” part of its name, but we wouldn’t count on it for 24 hours of hydration as promised.
- Mild cleansing agents + fragrance-free formula is gentle for sensitive skin.
- Adequately removes oil, makeup and other debris.
- Large size is conducive to face and body use, as promised.
- Not as moisturizing/hydrating for dry skin as it’s made out to be (better for oily/combination skin).
Moisturizing body wash and face wash for extra dry, sensitive skin provides 24 hr hydration starting in the shower. This comforting foaming wash helps protect skin from the drying effects of water and leaves the skin clean, soft, and instantly soothed.
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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