Friday, April 29, 2016

Repair My Skin - Ho Seh!

[Sponsored Review]

The first thing I did when I was introduced to La Roche Posay, was to google how to pronounce the brand coz it looked rather like Ho Seh (good or great)! If people ask me and I dunno how to pronounce, also damn paiseh. Anyway for those dunno know to pronounce it accurately like me, you can click on the youtube video below to listen to the pronunciation -

Next I wondered to myself, why the hell would I want to review some beauty cream? My face already no cure, cannot repair unless I use some plaster to smoothen out the pockmarks on my thick skin. That was until I sat through the presentation, and realized that La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is not a beauty cream but a balm meant for a myriad of common skin problems, for the whole family. It works wonders on sensitive, itchy or irritated skin, so said the super convincing product executives at their head office. They also mentioned that the product is absolutely safe, even for toddlers and babies below the age of 3. Perfect for nappy rashes and infant redness too I was told.

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The Product

Cicaplast Baume B5 is not free (although you should read on to find out how you can snag a tube from me), but it is fragrance-free, paraben-free, lanolin-free and steroid-free! With its triple-action complete formula, it is supposed to -

  • Optimize skin recovery with the [Madecassoside] + [Copper - Zinc – Manganese] 
  • Soothe dry, irritated areas with the [5% Panthenol] 
  • Protect the skin with the [Shea Butter: Rich, nourishing texture] + [Antibacterial Agents]

Comes in 40ml and 100ml tubes.
Self Test

So that is where I come in, as a parenting blogger with kiddos who may encounter skin problems, such as rashes or dryness at times. The first thing I did when I went home that evening, was to look for a suitable subject. I know my kiddos may get heat rashes or nappy rashes sometimes. At other times they might have allergic reactions or even itch too. But this time, everyone had PERFECT skin. How to test?

This blob of balm covered the entire surface of the top of my hand.
Thus I tested it on myself, just so to try out how it feels after application. I am someone who HATES putting any cream or lotion on myself as I hate the feeling of greasiness. As much as I love foot reflexology, I also hate the oily feeling on my feet, be it Nivea cream or whatever oily concoction. However after applying Cicaplast on myself and although it left a little shine, my fingers didn’t feel that greasy and it was absorb by the skin pretty easily. No strong smell as well.

Kiddy Test

I had a break late one night when the wife shouted to me to get into the room. She then pointed at Stacci’s back and said, “there, do your stuff!”. You see, Stacci happened to have a case of rashes and her skin flared up. I applied the balm on her that night and instructed the wife to apply on her again in the morning. By the time I returned home in the evening, the redness had fully subsided on her skin!

The balm worked well on the rashes on Stacci and took merely two applications to see visible results.
Alright this is the end of my review on Cicaplast and thank you for reading. You must be thinking WTH right? Like that also can? Or course cannot lah! It definitely worked well on our simple case of rashes on my little gal, but how would it perform on more serious cases of eczema, chapped skin, itching or sensitive skins that the company executives claim it is effective on? This is why I need you to help me out on testing the efficacy of the balm too, and I will send you a tube to try out!

The Challenge
This is what I need you to do –
  1. Post a recent photo of your problem area (no suggestive photos hor) under the comment of this Facebook post before 2359hrs on Fri, 06 May 2016.
  2. I will contact you if you are selected for the review.
  3. Take a BEFORE photo of your problem area (good resolution but don’t need to show face)
  4. Commit to 10 days of slapping on of balm on your problem area twice a day.
  5. Photo-document it over the period, with the same angle and lighting condition.
  6. Pass me all the photos via Email and give us your verdict / review on the balm.
I sure hope that the balm works as well for you as it did for my little gal. Meanwhile you may also wish to check out their official website for more information or follow them on Facebook for any promotions.

Where to buy?

Watsons and Guardian stores sells Cicaplast Baume B5 at $21.90 for the 40ml and $45 for the 100ml tube. But you can generate a special promo code here, that will entitle you a free gift worth up to $15 with any purchase. This offer is valid till 31 May 2016 and valid for purchase at the following stores only -

Watsons Ngee Ann City 
Watsons Toa Payoh 
Watsons Bugis 
Guardian Paragon 
Guardian Vivocity 
Guardian NEX 
Dermacenter @ Westgate

Instagram Photo Contest

To enter, all you need to do is to purchase Cicaplast Baume B5, use it, and then show the results on Instagram by hashtagging #repairmyskin. Well if I were you, I will probably show the product as well of course. You stand to win a La Roche-Posay hamper worth $200!

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