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How to Soothe Your Family’s Dry Winter Skin

How to Soothe Your Family’s Dry Winter Skin

In winter, cooler temperatures, harsh winds and artificial heating can strip the skin of precious moisture, causing dryness, irritation and discomfort. While no skin type is immune, those with an impaired skin barrier and dry, sensitive and atopic skin are particularly vulnerable. Which can make the cold season a time of uncomfortable flare ups and itching. 

Extra care is therefore essential to rehydrate, rebuild the skin’s barrier, and ease irritation. Read on for your action plan to relieve the stress and discomfort of dry skin for the entire family this winter. And put an end to those sleepless nights spent scratching.

Action Plan for Extreme Dryness & Atopy-Prone Skin

While genetics dictate that many of us are born with atopic skin, sun exposure, over exfoliation, shaving and harsh skincare ingredients can also contribute to a weakening of the skin’s barrier. With an impaired barrier function, the skin becomes vulnerable to external factors and susceptible to dry skin conditions like eczema. Irritation and redness can occur, alongside unwelcome sensations of itching, burning and tightness.

The Lipikar range is La Roche-Posay’s solution for such ultra-dry, atopy- and itch-prone skin, formulated to break the flare-up cycle in babies, children and adults. Replacing essential moisture, rebuilding the skin’s barrier, and providing immediate soothing relief.

Step 1: Gentle Cleansing

With a neutral pH, Lipikar Syndet AP+ is a soap-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free cleansing body cream/gel that delivers soothing daily relief for very dry to eczema-prone skin. Suitable for babies through to adults, it helps to relieve cradle cap, extreme dryness, and the incidence of eczema flare ups.

With a minimalist formula that’s safe even for newborns, Syndet soothes with Niacinamide, while a unique lipid-replenishing complex helps restore the skin’s barrier. At the same time, patented active ingredient Aqua Posae Filiformis works to balance the microbiome and fight inflammation.

Step 2: Repair & Relief from Itching

Free from fragrance, parabens and phenoxyethanol, Lipikar Baume AP+ provides intensive lipid-replenishing care for atopy-prone skin, from newborn to adult. Active ingredient Niacinamide supports skin barrier repair and targets the triggers of inflammation. With 24-hour anti-scratching efficacy, the minimalist balm provides instant relief from tightness and discomfort, while breaking the vicious cycle of itching. A 2011 quality of life study supports this finding, with 94% of children reporting reduced itching.*

Applied once or twice daily to the face and/or body, the non-greasy balm restores lipids with 20% shea butter, while 50% La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes, and powerful active Aqua Posae Filiformis promotes a healthy microbiome. Skin is left supple, soothed and restored.

Action Plan for Dry & Damaged Skin Zones

For all of life’s little irritations, from infant skin redness and nappy rash, to minor burns, cracked heels, chapped skin, scratches, cuts, localised eczema and itchy patches, La Roche-Posay has developed the Cicaplast range. An all-year-round family essential, it is especially useful during winter, instantly nourishing and relieving the discomfort of chafing, chapping and intense dryness.

For Multi-Purpose Skin Repair & Healing

Providing all-purpose care for common irritations, Cicaplast Baume B5 is a soothing repair balm that promotes healing with three key actions. Panthenol (Vitamin B5) is anti-inflammatory and soothing; antibacterial Madecassoside and lipid-replenishing shea butter promote skin repair and enhanced barrier protection; and antibacterial agents facilitate faster wound healing.

Non-greasy and hypoallergenic, the nourishing balm is free of fragrance, parabens, lanolin and phthalates, and provides fast-acting relief to irritated zones. In a review of 2243 patients, 96% of individuals felt immediate relief.** Suitable for cracks, rough skin, infant redness and wound care, apply Cicaplast Baume B5 twice daily to areas of irritation on the face, body or lips.

For Hand Repair

With near-constant exposure and frequent washing, the hands can also be subject to extreme dryness and cracks during winter, while atopic dermatitis may flare up. Cicaplast Repairing Hand Barrier Cream instantly soothes and strengthens with Niacinamide, while Glycerin creates a protective friction- and wash-proof barrier to lock in moisture.

For Targeted Lip Relief

Winter is also a time when many of us suffer from dry lips, due to sudden changes in temperature, reduced humidity and cold winds. Free from oil glands, dry, chapped and cracked lips require extra nourishment and protection in the form of a soothing balm.

Suitable for children and adults, Cicaplast Lip Barrier Cream is formulated with soothing actives Neurosensine and Vitamin B5, and shea butter for barrier support. The ultra-comfortable, non-greasy formula creates a protective film to lock in moisture, providing immediate relief from dryness and discomfort.

For more information on La Roche-Posay’s solutions for dry and atopic skin or localised irritation, visit the website, or speak to the staff at your nearest Priceline pharmacy.


*2011 quality of life study of 2010 children <18 years.
** Observational study conducted in France, 2011-2012. 2243 patients.

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