Wednesday, September 19, 2012

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum Review

For over a month I've been using this new hydrating serum from La Roche Posay and I wanted to share my review with you guys.

It comes in a slim glass bottle with a pump, I just love how sleek it is, in my opinion it has better packaging than many high end serums I've seen. The only problem is that the glass bottle makes it heavy to carry it with me and it's not so travel friendly, but hey I can live with that.


The serum is a concentrated formula with highly performant hydrating ingredients:

-Hyaluronic Acid Fragments: to immediately infuse and retain water in the skin for optimal hydration
-Arginine + Serine: naturally present in the epidermis, they capture water so that the perfect NMF ( Natural Moisturizing Factor) balance is restored
-Highly concentration of La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, a natural anti-oxidant that is soothing and anti-irritating.

Also it's paraben-free, but I noticed that the third listed ingredient is alcohol, and that confuses me a little since it's a hydrating serum targeted for sensitive and dehydrated skintypes, but I haven't notice any irritations on my skin, but I don't know if that would be OK for super sensitive skins.

It has a clear gel texture, it's not too watery as most serums are, it's like a gel moisturizer. When I apply it on my face it melts in, it's not greasy at all, and it has a slight cooling sensation, propably because of the alcohol it contains. But because I'm oily, it can be a little greasy after 2 hours around my nose and chin area. 
You are supposed to apply it moring and/or evening under your skincare, but for my oily skintype that would be too much so I apply it on it's own, mostly at nightime. I started using it right after I came back from my vacation and my skin was a little dehydrated from the sun, I have to say it helped my skin a lot within only a few days.

It contains 30ml of product and here in Greece it retails for 25 euros. You can find it in pharmacies.

-I don't why but I was never a serum person, maybe because I'm lazy and I just want to put a moisturizer and be done with it. But a hydrating serum for me it can do the job on it's own, because I have oily skin, I can just use a hydrating serum without using a seperate moisturizer after.  So that's a plus!

-After one month of use, it didn't cause me any break outs, and I'm very acne prone, so I think that says a lot!

-It's lightweight, and it can be used under make up.

-Even though I haven't tested it on more cold climate, I think it will be perfect for fall and winter time when my skin dehydrates the most.

-Even if the company claims that it absorbs fast into the skin, it leaves my face sticky for at least 5 to 10 minutes, so I would suggest first wait a few minutes before applying any foundation on.

-It contains alcohol, so for those who are super sensitive to alcohol, be careful.

-For some people the price may not be that cheap, and I agree, but it costs something between a lower end brand and a high end one.

Overall Rating: 8/10


* I would like to thank assetOgilvy who sent me the product on behalf of L'oreal Cosmetique Active.
* This review is my genuine honest opinion about the product.


  1. Πολύ ωραίο review!Θα το δοκιμάσω κάποια στιγμή αν και είμαι ικανοποιημένη από αυτό της Apivita που χρησιμοποιώ τώρα!απορροφάται άμεσα από το δέρμα μου και ενυδατώνει τέλεια!φιλιά

    1. Thanks! Εχω κ εγω ενα δειγματακι της Apivita, λεω να το δοκιμασω.

  2. Great review hun! Atm, i'm using estee lauders advanced night repair and im very pleased with it! xx

    1. Thank you! I used that EL serum 2 years ago but unfortunately it broke me out :-(

  3. Είναι το πρώτο serum που δοκίμασα και το έχω λατρέψει. Το χρησιμοποιώ μόνο κάθε βράδυ πριν την κρέμα νυκτός.

  4. Το δοκίμασα κι εγώ αλλά δεν ταίριαξε και πάρα πολύ με το δέρμα. Χρησιμοποιώ πάλι της Lierac και είμαι πάααααααρα πολύ ευχαριστημένη από το πόσο αποτελεσματικό είναι. :)