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Happy 2010!

January 14, 2010

2009 had been quite a year for La Roche-Posay.

The market for dermo-skincare products have grown, c0nsumers are becoming smarter and we are growing fast. In mid September, this blog was launched as a communication initiative to reach out to our end consumers more effectively. Its purpose was  to educate, inform and interact.

And we have been very happy with the number of responses and feedback.

So our team here at La Roche-Posay would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of those who have been supporting us! We will definitely continue to work hard.

Best Wishes,


SKIN FOCUS: Dehydrated skin

December 24, 2009

This week’s Skin Focus brings you a topic not so commonly discussed about in Singapore – dehydration.

Water and the skin

The skin is a living organ that accounts for 20% of all the water in the human body. The dermis consists of 70% water supplied via the network of blood vessels that runs through it. The epidermis contains 15% water which is fundamental in the creation of the hydrolipidic film which acts as a protective barrier. As the epidermis contains no vessels, water is absorbed via the dermis, which acts as a reservoir from which the epidermis draws the water it requires for hydration.

Causes of dehydration

When the water content of the epidermis drops to below 10%, the hydrolipidic film cracks, and becomes rough and permeable. The epidermis hardens. The skin loses its elasticity and becomes less supple. Dehydration occurs.

Dehydration can either be intrinsic or caused by external factors related to climate (heat, cold, wind). If this condition is not corrected, the barrier function of the skin is altered. The skin becomes fragile and more vulnerable to all types of aggression.

Signs of dehydration

Dry skin is very often dehydrated evenly over the whole face. The reason for this is a lack of natural moisturizing factors, elements situated at the surface of the skin and whose role is to retain water. In people with normal and combination skin, dehydration is more marked in areas where the skin is the finest and most frequently exposed to environmental factors such as the sun.

Some of the common signs of dehydrated skin are:

  • Fine lines at the cheekbones and forehead
  • Rough skin surface
  • Flaking and scaling
  • Feeling of tightness

Who are vulnerable to dehydrated skin?

The term dehydration often evokes dry skin. Yet, all skin types can be dehydrated.

Dry skin often becomes dehydrated. This is because they lack the natural moisturizing factors normally found at the surface of the skin and whose role is to retain water. Dry skin is finer and particularly sensitive to the sun.

However, oily skin can also become dehydrated: anti-seborrhoea (excessive secretion of sebum by sebaceous glands) cosmetics and locally irritating anti-acne treatments can damage the skin barrier and thus increase moisture loss.

If a normal or mixed skin becomes dry, this is generally the result of extrinsic or environmental factors such as cold, dry weather or frequent exposure to UV rays. Oxidation of surface sebum makes this skin more sensitive to the sun.

Can water dehydrate the skin?

As surprising as it may seem, prolonged or repeated contact with soft water, especially hot water, is a major cause of skin dryness. The hydration of the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of the skin and epidermis) from daily baths or showers is very short term (a few minutes), followed by reactive dehydration that lasts much longer. Prolonged contact with water removes natural moisturizing factors elements. This causes a reduction of the ability of the stratum corneum to retain endogenous, or internal, water. Therefore, it is always necessary to dry the skin well to prevent dehydration.

Dehydrated skin versus dry skin

Dry skin lacks lipids (oils) and needs to be nourished. Dehydrated skin lacks water. Dry skin can also be dehydrated and therefore need to be both nourished and moisturized.

Caring for dehydrated skin

  • Remove your makeup and hydrate your skin daily.
  • Drink at least 1 litre of water per day; a good way to prevent skin dehydration.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Smoking and drinking excessively dehydrates and damages your skin, accelerating the ageing process.

La Roche-Posay’s recommendations

The Hydraphase range of products offers triple rehydrating efficiency by providing intense, long-lasting and targeted hydration to the skin.

  • HYDRAPHASE XL Light offers intensive rehydration combined with the highest level of protection against daily UV rays.
  • HYDRAPHASE Masque is an intensive rehydrating treatment for the face to be used once or twice a week.

Take the SensiTest! (Part 2)

December 21, 2009

Have you taken the SensiTest?

Knowing the type and degree of sensitivity of your skin helps you identify the right products to use and minimize the risk of uncomfortable reactions on the skin.


Toleriane offers purified formulas with a minimum of ingredients to calm even the most sensitive, intolerant skin. Free of the principle causes of such reaction, which include fragrance, preservatives and alcohol, the Toleriane range is clinically proven to reduce the three major signs of intolerant skin: rash, stinging or burning and tightness.

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, rich in the antioxidant selenium, soothes and strengthens skin.
  • Glycerin retains water in the epidermis to ensure a long-lasting hydration
  • Squalane, an emollient that gently moisturizes skin, protects from external aggressors.


Rosaliac is the first skin perfecting anti-redness program for thin, redness-prone skin. The moisturizer works synergistically to neutralize rednes, relieve discomfort and restore luminosity.

  • Glycerin retains water in the epidermis to ensure a long-lasting hydration
  • Vitamin CG, a collagen synthesis activator, helps to strengthen fragile blood vessel walls
  • Vitamin B3 fortifies the skin against external irritating factors and climatic variations
  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, moisturizes and soothes for restored skin comfort

Rosaliac is clinically tested to reduce breakouts and redness by 34% while restoring the skin’s moisture.


Hydraphase offers targeted, long-lasting hydration for dehydrated skin. The products helps restore skin’s moisture balance, while soothing and protecting with a cool, refreshing texture.

  • Time-release polymer traps water and releases it throughout the day
  • Glycerin retains water in the epidermis to ensure a long-lasting hydration
  • Patented filtering system with Mexoryl XL protects the skin against UV rays
  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, rich in the antioxidant selenium, soothes and strengthens skin

The Hydraphase product line is clinically tested to provide a 11% increase in hydration immediately, and after 12 hours continues to provide a 10% increase.

Uses of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

December 16, 2009

Take the SensiTest!

December 11, 2009

Backed by 10 years of expertise and 6000 patients worldwide, La Roche-Posay’s patented SensiTest is the first scientifically-assessed diagnosis tool to determine the type of sensitive skin one has – type of reactivity versus degree of sensitivity. By knowing one’s sensitive skin profile, La Roche-Posay offers a complete skincare solution to remedy the specific needs of the different skin types.

Take a few minutes to complete the SensiTest now!

Check back next week to find out which products are suitable for your sensitive skin!

SKIN FOCUS: Sensitive Skin

December 11, 2009

Stood in the sun and turned red few minutes after? Tried a new cosmetic product and developed rashes the next morning? Drank alcohol and became flushed immediately? If you have experienced such conditions before, then you may have sensitive skin. However, little known to many, the generic label of “sensitive skin” hides a far more complex reality. This week’s Skin Focus tells you all.

Sensitive skin

Cutaneous sensitivity is characterized by an extreme reaction of the skin to factors which are normally well tolerated: skin is more vulnerable to external aggressors. This hyper-reactivity does not stem from allergic origins; it is linked to the irritability of nerve endings which are present in the upper layers of the epidermis. 

Signs of sensitivity

Sensitivity can manifest itself through several different symptoms:

  • Stinging sensations
  • Tightness
  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Burning sensations associated with redness

Types of reactivity

La Roche-Posay’s Laboratory has found out, through its research, that four types of reactivity stem from the generic label of “sensitive skin”. Each sensitivity type is not unique to a person; sensitive skin can suffer from several types of reactivity.

  • Reactivity of Environmental Origin

Your skin reacts to certain environmental factors such as wind, heat and pollution.

Your skin reacts to sudden changes in temperature.

Exposed to heat, cold or sudden changes in temperature, the skin can suffer stinging and burning sensations, redness or inflammation. It is also sensitive to the wind, sun and atmospheric pollution.

  • Reactivity of Vascular Origin

Your facial skin is subject to temporary or permanent redness.

Your facial skin reacts to spicy or alcoholic drinks.

This is linked to a fragility of blood vessel walls. Under the influence of certain external (sudden changes in temperature) or internal (overly spicy food, alcohol) factors, it causes the onset of flushing, redness and heat sensations.

  • Reactivity of Contact Origin

Some cosmetic or toiletry products make your facial skin itch, sting or burn.

You avoid certain cosmetics which you feel may cause your facial skin to react.  

The triggering factor for a cutaneous reaction could be the application of a product containing a poorly tolerated ingredient, contact with very hard water or with certain textiles. In the moments following contact, sensations of discomfort i.e. itching, stinging, pulling or redness develop. This reaction does not correspond, however, to an allergic phenomenon.

  • Reactivity resulting from Atopy

You are currently suffering from eczema or dermatitis.

You have ever suffered from eczema or dermatitis.

Atopic-type skin which is prone to eczema is particularly delicate and reactive. You must, therefore, be very careful when choosing skincare products and toiletries.

Degrees of sensitivity

Sensitivity can manifest itself through several different symptoms:

  • Very sensitive
  • Sensitive
  • Slightly sensitive
  • Barely or not sensitive

La Roche-Posay’s recommendations

La Roche-Posay establishes the first complete hygiene and skincare program for all intolerant skins. Rigorously tested on all signs of sensitive skin in a clinical environment, all products in the TOLERIANE range are made with purified formulas containing a minimum number of strictly necessary ingredients, with 0% fragrance, preservatives and alcohol content.

  • EAU THERMALE Thermal Spring Water, with its soothing and therapeutic properties, is a good alternative to toners for those with hypersensitive skin.
  • TOLERIANE Purifying Foaming Cream safely cleanses without over-drying the skin.
  • TOLERIANE FLUIDE Soothing Non-Oily Emulsion soothes irritation and provides long-lasting hydration.


Celebrate this Christmas with LRP!

December 10, 2009

Make this Christmas a merrier one with La Roche-Posay’s Christmas value sets. Enjoy your favourite products at a discount of 25% and more! With a free Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water worth $9.90 thrown in every set, these are excellent Christmas gifts for your family and friends!

While you’re enjoying the festive season with your loved ones, join us in the spirit of sharing and spread your love to the less unfortunate by donating to the KKH Health Endowment Fund. A donation as little as $10 will make a big difference in the lives of the needy patients this Christmas. For more information, click here.