Meet the soothing serum that completely calmed my skin sensitivity

Hydration without irritation

August 27 2020

Up until recently, I would’ve called myself ‘lucky’ in the skin department. Aside from the odd blemish and an increase in dryness when seasonal changes roll in, I didn’t have much to complain about.

But in recent months it began quite clear that my skin decided to throw a tantrum, and boy, was it a big one. All of a sudden I was experiencing sensitivity to products I’d used for years, my complexion was feeling more uncomfortable than ever and redness was beginning to appear.

I was having to rethink my entire skin care routine, something of which I’d never had to do before. Fragrance? First thing to go. I was becoming more and more aware of other common irritants too. Or at least, my skin was making me aware.

It’s what led me to begin trialling La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Serum. I’d done my research and found that a skin change such as what I’d been experiencing is often due to a compromised skin barrier, and so, I needed a product to repair it.

For the past month I’ve been using the new Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Serum every morning and night (that’s commitment right there) and here’s what I liked about it.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Serum

#1 My skin felt instantly more comfortable

Once you know what it’s like to have skin that’s tingly, itchy and just plain uncomfortable, you have a newfound appreciation for when it’s not. This serum has a beautiful texture that feels instantly soothing and hydrating on the skin and as I patted it into my complexion; my skin soaked it up without any resistance or red flags. It cooled and comforted my post-cleansed skin (which I’ve since learnt is thanks to the caring active Neurosensine™), but what I didn’t expect was the level of hydration it provided too. It helped to combat dryness while it soothed, which meant I didn’t have to follow with any heavy creams and my skin could breathe and be happy.

#2 It was fragrance-free

As mentioned, fragrance became a big issue for me. It was as though my skin could sense it and would instantly rebel. The fact that this formula had no scent and also didn’t contain any preservatives or alcohol, meant zero irritation. Plus I loved the fact I could recommend it to other sensitive-skinned friends without hesitation! It’s even been tested on skin types prone to allergies.

#3 My redness was visibly reduced

Prior to my skin’s tantrum, I had never experienced redness and had no idea what a nuisance it could be. At the time I was working from home and enjoying the makeup-free life, but soon found myself having to bring in the help of a concealer to feel confident on a Zoom call. Not the world’s biggest problem, I know, but don’t we all just want to feel (and look) comfortable in our own skin? I noticed after the first week of using this product that my redness had calmed and my skin was slowly going back to its healthy self.

The final verdict

It’s been an uncomfortable and unexpected ride, but I was glad to find a product that seriously helped and soothed my newfound skin sensitivity. I now have a true sympathy for those who experience such discomfort throughout their lives and whose allergy-prone skin seriously impacts their product choice.

After one month of using this serum, which seamlessly slotted into a simplistic (and fragrance-free!) routine, I can tell that my skin barrier has strengthened and my skin is experiencing less sensitivity because of it. Here’s hoping my complexion behaves itself going forward.