La Roche-Posay Hydreane Light Cream for Sensitive Skin

La Roche Posay Hydreane Light Legere Ligera with Eau Thermale and Lipikar Lait Milk La Roche Posay Hydreane Light Legere Ligera Hand Swatch

Finding a good moisturiser that’s suitable for both oily and sensitive skin is a nightmare.

Now I’ve various debates in the past but I stick to my guns when I say that sensitivity is a skin concern and not a skin type. The rationale for this being that you can have oily, dry, normal or combination skin but still be highly sensitive. Therefore when you see a range on your local beauty hall shelves labelled ‘for sensitive skin’, it’s often highly unlikely it’ll be designed for your skin type.

La Roche-Posay to the rescue with their Hydreane Light Cream for Sensitive Skin.

For those who haven’t met La Roche-Posay before, well they’re a French dermatological skincare brand and a subsidiary of L’Oreal. They specialise in products that effectively treat dermatological concerns and problemed skin. La Roche-Posay is available in Boots here in the UK (and a few online retailers) but on the continent you’ll find the brand in most of the local pharmacies.

I bought mine at the Spanish cosmetic store, Druni, where I received a free gift box containing the Eau Thermale water spray and Lipikar Milk body lotion [pictured] in celebration of the 100th anniversary of La Roche-Posay.

Hydreane Light Cream for Sensitive Skin is a pretty descriptive title to be honest. It’s a lightweight cream that’s perfect for oily and sensitive skins whilst delivering deep, nourishing and non-greasy hydration.

Many products for oilier skin types, particularly those aimed purely at men, tend to be exceedingly lightweight gels that often mattify but don’t hydrate as well as you might want. This can lead to visible flakes, blackheads/blocked pores and even blemishes. Whilst regular, gentle exfoliation is important in keeping such concerns at bay, deep and oil-free hydration makes an enormous difference.

Hydreane utilises Hydrolipids that help bind water to the skin and I really must emphasise the great, non-greasy texture of this product. Not only does it deliver hydration but it actively reduces sensitivity with a reported 73% reduction in skin sensitivity in just 4 weeks.

As far as sensitivity is concerned, I only suffer with it on contact to certain ingredients; if I avoid these ingredients and formulations, I stay sensitivity-free. I can safely say that La Roche-Posay Hydreane Light leaves my easily irritated skin completely itch and redness free but also mattified and deeply hydrated.

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Light Cream for Sensitive Skin is available in-store and online for £14.30 from Boots or for just £9.35 at

Posted at 10:40 August 14, 2013

Great review Thom. I like the sound of this! I have looked at this online a while ago but wasn’t too sure if it will work for me. I am now more convinced to give it a go. :-) – A blog for the modern man

    Posted at 16:55 August 14, 2013
    Thom Watson

    If you do, be sure to let me know or send me a link; I’d love to see how you get on with it!

Posted at 09:30 August 13, 2013

Dearest Thom
There seems to be no stopping these ‘French pharmacy brands’.
Though they are more available over here now, I still hold that the best place to buy them is at Monoprix in rue St Paul, le Marais, Paris.
Or at least that’s my alibi for frequent visits and I’m sticking to it!
Yours ever
The Perfumed Dandy

    Posted at 16:55 August 14, 2013
    Thom Watson

    I know right! But it’s about time that the british skincare market had a bit of a shake up. These brands deliver real efficacy designed for a platitude of skin types rather than just for the dry / normal / combination / oily. Maybe other brands out there will learn, and with Garnier launching their range of 4 textures recently, I think they’re starting to!

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