Pure Vitamin C10

Beauty,17 February 2021

Maksettu kaupallinen yhteistyö La Roche-Posay :n kanssa// Paid collaboration with La Roche-Posay

I have found a new La Roche Posay favorite that is launching now! The La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C10 serum has become an essential part of my skin care routine. If you are unfamiliar with what Vitamin C does for the skin or haven’t used Vitamin C serum before, I suggest you continue reading.

Little did I know about what a little jar of glass can do until I tried this serum and let me tell you I have tried a lot. In all honesty, I opened it like every other new beauty product I try, which I do quite often due to it being an essential part of my job. I applied it and enjoyed the nice scent it has, and the smoothens it gave, but didn’t have time to reflect more over it, knowing it usually takes weeks or even months to get any visible results from new skincare products. However, just a couple days after I looked myself in the mirror to get started with my makeup routine when I realized I had a wonderful new glow I wasn’t familiar with from before. This La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C10 serum is seriously insane because of the instant glow it gives without being sticky or wet and has given me something completely new I didn’t know existed skincare -wise.

The serum best suits skin that has lost its natural glow or for us who want a lot of glow. It helps to renew the skin because of its unique combination of ingredients that contains 10% Vitamin C and softly peeling salicylic acid.  Vitamin C helps to protect the skin against free radicals that comes from for example pollution and sunlight, and it’s perfect to use if you want to fight signs of aging. It helps wrinkles and fine lines; the skin feels smoother and more hydrated and it gives an incredible radiant glow – instantly! Please head over to my stories to see my skin completely makeup and filter free on film, here!

La Roche Posay is a pharmacy brand suited for sensitive skin, recommended by dermatologists. The Pure Vitamin C10 serum also contains neurosensine, My skin was actually really dry and felt tight just a week ago, so the effect has been quite immediate.

I use this serum as a part of my skincare routine. Serums are concentrated goodies for the skin so layering up on what your skin needs is totally ok and something I do but remember to check if your serums are ok to combine. Apply the serum on a cleansed face and neck avoiding the eye area and always remember to wear sunscreen on top. The clear serum smells fresh, feels smooth with a gel-like consistent leaving my skin feeling calm and soft. I have other favorites by La Roche Posay as well, but this serum is for sure in my top 3!

Read more or shop La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C10 serum here!

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä

Understanding dry skin – Interview with dermatologist Ville Kiiski

Beauty,8 December 2020

Maksettu kaupallinen yhteistyö La Roche-Posay :n kanssa// Paid collaboration with La Roche-Posay

I’ve had very dry skin with tendencies to atopic skin all my life. I’ve managed to keep mine somewhat in check, but it has required getting to know my skin thoroughly as well as dedication and good, regular skincare routine.

I’ve added La Roche Posay Hylau B5 serum to my skincare routine to get that extra hydration and glow. This gel like formula is easy to apply, makes the skin feel fresh, firm and plump and adds glow! It also reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

La Roche Posay is a pharmacy brand recommended by dermatologists and specialized in sensitive skin, which many of us here in the Nordic countries possess.

I know many of us have the same skin type and suffer from dry and sensitive skin which can cause discomfort; therefore, I now present to you my interview about dry skin with Ville Kiiski, MD, Dermatologist. I wanted to ask him about the causes of dry skin, how to care for it in the best way possible and clarify some myths. I learned so much, so hoping you’ll learn something new as well.

What can cause dry skin?

Ville Kiiski: The skin has a protective shield called ‘skin barrier’. This barrier acts as a defense mechanism against harmful microbes, irritants, and sun. It also locks moisture in to the skin. Any factor damaging this skin barrier can cause dryness:

– Soaps usually have a higher pH than the skin and they disrupt the skin barrier which can cause dryness and irritation. Too much scrubbing and exfoliation can lead to dryness, as well.

-Fragrances and some (beneficial) skin care compounds, such as retinol, AHA, and vitamin C, can trigger your sensitive skin. Irritation leads to dryness.

-Environmental factors. Low humidity (freezing winter months), extreme temperatures (both low and high) and sun exposure all can cause or worsen skin dryness.

-Some skin conditions/diseases. The most common of these is atopic dermatitis, which is very common in Finland. The tendency often begins in the childhood but atopic dermatitis can appear at any age. Atopic skin is dry and prone to irritation and rash.

-Aging always leads to dryer skin. A healthy, no-smoking lifestyle with good sun protection can help to slow down this effect. Hydration is a must!

-Household chemicals. Many common household cleaners can irritate and dry out the skin on the hands. These include such as laundry detergents and oven/stove cleaners.

Why do some people have sensitive skin?

Ville Kiiski: Sensitive skin is an extremely common problem. Sometimes there can be a skin disease behind it, such as atopic dermatitis, rosacea, or contact allergy. Often dry skin is sensitive skin. This means that any factor weakening the skin barrier can make the skin more sensitive. Genetic factors play a role: sensitive skin is more common in lighter skin types and atopic skin – which is always sensitive – is hereditary as well.

Is it true that people with dry skin are prone to get more wrinkles and more visible signs of aging?

Ville Kiiski: Yes. Skin dryness can make fine wrinkles appear earlier and in larger amounts. Aging itself is making the skin more prone to dryness. Extra effort should be taken in moisturizing aging skin. It’s also important to use sun protection, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, and have a healthy diet and sleeping pattern.How can you help soothe dry and sensitive skin?

Ville Kiiski: Be kind to your skin.

-Use gentle skin care designed for sensitive skin. For skin cleansing, prefer mild soap-free cleansers.

-Avoid products with a high pH or that contain alcohol.

-Use moisturizers with good hydration capacity and barrier-strengthening properties. Look for ceramides, urea, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin.

-Prefer fragrance-free products.

-Avoid triggers of skin dryness.

-Remember sun protection.

-And of course, if you suspect an underlying skin condition, visit a dermatologist for evaluation.

Are people with sensitive skin more likely to suffer from dry skin?

Ville Kiiski: Yes, the sensitive skin is more prone to dryness. And especially the other way around: dry skin is sensitive skin.

How do you strengthen the skin barrier?

Ville Kiiski: Use moisturizers with good barrier-strengthening and hydration properties (containing ceramides, urea, hyaluronic acid, glycerin). Avoid any drying factors (harsh cleansers, excessive exfoliation/scrubbing, sun exposure and other environmental triggers). Once again, be gentle to your skin.

For people with atopic skin, I’d also suggest trying products that help to maintain a healthy skin microbiome – the normal amount and balance of beneficial microbes in the skin. Maintaining a healthy skin barrier helps to maintain the healthy microbiome.


Pictures by Juuli Rönkä