Review: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras Shower Cream

A skincare range with a huge choice of products for all skin types.

I was recently approached by a PR rep from La Roche-Posay to review some of their skincare products. I am always happy to review sensitive skin products but when doing this review I had to battle in the back of my mind that that they are a brand owned by L'Oreal, makers of patronising and heavily airbrushed adverts aimed at women. This blog isn't the place for that kind of rant however, so let's focus on the product itself!

The La Roche-Posay range
I hadn't heard of La Roche-Posay before but it is a very extensive collection of skin care products each aimed at different skin types. There's almost an overwhelming choice of sub-ranges, each with a name that's a blend word of something recognisable and something scientific sounding. The booklet I was also sent helps you to identify your type of skin reactivity and then recommends the best moisturiser for your skin type. While I admire the approach of trying to create different skincare solutions I did find it a little confusing, as you could easily class your skin as intolerant, sensitive, dry and irritated (4 of their categories) in which case, which one do you choose? I think what they need to do on their website is develop some sort of a quiz on your skin type that then recommends the right products for you at the end. There is so much choice on their website that it can be hard to know what's right for you.

The Lipikar range
I was sent some products from the 'Lipikar' range; Lipikar Balm AP - a lipid-replenishing body balm, and Lipikar Surgras - a shower cream. The former is categorised under 'extreme dryness/ atopy prone skin', and the latter under 'dry, uncomfortable skin'. I think if it were my range I'd make everything under one sub-brand for the same kind of skin - it's confusing enough as it is! However, once you've found the combination that's right for you, I guess you don't have to worry about it - but there are so many to try!

Lipikar Surgras Shower Cream
This is a soap-substitute product that's free from soap and parabens, aimed at restoring moisture in your skin and avoiding that 'tight' feeling you often get after washing. I was surprised to see that it contained perfume and sodium laureth sulfate but there are other options in the range that are perfume free. Whatever was in it though did not irritate my eczema (my eczema's quite under control right now though) and it left my skin feeling soft, almost coated in a protective layer after showering. I am not sure whether it is the castor oil or the shea butter that has this effect.

The verdict
Although I find the range a little overwhelming, what La Roche-Posay are trying to do here is great and this is certainly a very good soap alternative if you have very dry skin. Review of Lipikar Balm AP to follow.
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