La Roche Posay: Physiological Cleansing Gel
I’ve been a big fan of La Roche Posay’s “Rosaliac” cleanser for years now but lately I haven’t been able to find it in my favourite stores. That is online stores, La Roche Posay is no where to be found in brick-and-mortar stores in Australia at all. If I’m wrong please correct me as I would love to be able to buy it from Australian stores if I need it in a hurry.
Rosaliac is a gel cleanser, and it has a beautiful soothing, cooling feel to it which is perfect for (as the name implies) anyone with Rosacia. If you have Rosacia I strongly recommend it for you, it may be the best cleanser you’ve ever tried. As for me, I am prone to Rosacia but if I avoid alcohol, sugar and spicy food (which is not always) my main skin concern is sensitivity and a compromised lipid barrier that can turn into eczema if I’m not particularly careful with my skincare. Even though Rosacia isn’t my main concern, La Roche Posay’s cleanser for it is simply a favourite for my skin. Living in a hot country made me appreciate the cooling quality as well. So I am pretty annoyed that I can’t find it easily anymore.
Due to the difficulty finding it I tried another of La Roche Posay’s gel cleansers – their “Physiological Cleansing Gel”. This one is indicated for normal to combination sensitive skin and even though the skin on my cheeks and neck can get uncomfortably dry I am also prone to combination skin making finding one single cleanser that does a good job at removing grease and not drying out skin incredibly hard.
My first impression was that it felt exactly like Rosaliac, with less of the cooling feel (but still a fresh and slight cool sensation). So I was very happy about that – no irritation and quite soothing like my good old favourite in a blue bottle. The next two things about it have almost made me think that this trumps my all time favourite. First, it completely removes make up and grease without stripping the skin of oils. There is no rubbing and scrubbing, light circular motions with your finger tips do the trick and I can even use it around the eyes to get rid of some eye make up (although I do recommend using an eye make up remover for that, especially for water proof mascara which this doesn’t remove). The next thing was how smooth and soft my skin feels after using it. It’s like the effect of a retinol cream almost at making the skin feel smoothed out.
Although I use a few different cleansers at any one time to avoid sensitising to ingredients; Physiological Cleansing Gel has become the staple of mine. I have been using it for over a year now with no diminishing returns in it’s ability to smooth and cleanse the skin amazingly. I’m very happy with this one and have broken my posting drought to let readers know about it and how good it’s been for my skin. If you have sensitive skin that can be both quite dry but also a little combination-oily like mine this might be perfect for you too. Great for Rosacia prone skin (like me) but if you suffer from full-blown Rosacia do try to get your hands on the Rosaliac cleanser and give it a try too.