#Skin Care

The One Product That Gave Me the Softest Summer-Ready Skin

by Jess Preciado

The One Product That Gave Me the Softest Summer-Ready Skin

Wondering how to get soft skin ASAP? We’ve found the answer in a drugstore hero. 


I’m rarely one to brag, especially when it comes to my skin. I can always find a sun spot, blackhead, dry patch, acne scar, or really anything that makes my skin everything but perfect. (Plus, haven’t we all heard it’s better to be humble, anyway?) Well, I’m giving myself a pass for the sake of the general public because I have the softest, most plump skin I’ve ever had, and people need to know about the super affordable French pharmacy favorite responsible for it.


If I could only use one skincare product for the rest of my life (a lofty statement, I know), La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body Cream would be it, without a doubt. The funny thing is, I initially bought this body cream for my boyfriend to treat his eczema — but decided to repossess it when I noticed all of his cracked skin had disappeared. After about a month of using the ultra rich balm myself, my skin has become soft to the touch and plumper than ever — so much so that I’ve even started using the moisturizer on my face. I did some digging to understand just what makes this moisturizer so perfect, and it turns out the folks at La Roche-Posay really are legendary skin healers. 


La Roche-Posay is a town in France known for its thermal spring water. The water’s reputation for containing healing properties pre-dates all of us, believed to have benefited people like Henry IV, Louis XIII, and General Napoleon Bonaparte, according to the brand. In the early 1900s, the first thermal center was opened to the public, and in 1975, a French pharmacist decided to leverage the thermal water in topical skincare. La Roche-Posay products have been gracing pharmacy and drugstore shelves ever since, and the Lipikar Balm AP+ is a testament to the brand’s simple, yet magical formulations.


How to Get Soft Skin: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body Cream

To buy: $19.99; ulta.com or amazon.com.


Lipikar Balm AP+ is your one-stop shop moisturizer, rich in the vital properties a good moisturizer needs: humectants, emollients, and occlusives. Humectants are water-attracting ingredients that draw in moisture to the body. Emollients address skin texture, smoothing and repairing skin. Occlusives, which are heavier substances that form a barrier over your skin to stop water from leaving, seal the deal. According to Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu, the brains behind educational skincare site Chemist Confessions, finding the right balance of the three is key. Sometimes, moisturizers can be humectant (think hyaluronic acid serums), emollient (like oils), or occlusive (i.e. petrolatum). Because of this, layering skincare products is common to ensure you’re getting the benefits of all three — or you can opt for a moisturizer that does it all.


La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Balm AP+ covers all three components, featuring nourishing ingredients that come together harmoniously. The glycerin in the formula holds onto water, while dimethicone, mineral oil, and shea butter — ingredients with both emollient and occlusive properties — improve the skin’s texture and lock in moisture. The formula also contains niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 known to brighten skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and restore the lipid barrier. What more could you ask for in a moisturizer? 



Because my skin tends to be on the drier side, I use this cream twice a day: after my morning shower and before bed. Applying a moisturizer right after you shower when your skin is still damp actually amps up the hydration benefits even more because it traps the water left on your body and prevents transepidermal water loss (which can lead to dry skin and more visible fine lines).


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No, the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ isn’t the only moisturizer on the market that has humectant, emollient, and occlusive properties — but I’ve tried a lot, and there’s just something about this formula that makes the cream feel like magic on my skin. I’m far from alone in my viewpoint, too: the multitasking product boasts near-perfect ratings on both Ulta and Amazon from thousands of happy shoppers.


Maybe La Roche-Posay has perfected the levels of each type of moisturizing agent, or maybe it’s the fact that each bottle brings you a little piece of the renowned La Roche-Posay spa town. Whatever it is, this is luxury in a $20 bottle you’ll have to experience yourself.