Review: Lipikar Gel Fluide

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Lipikar Gel Fluide by La Roche-Posay is a wonderful, lightweight moisturiser. Lipikar

Lipikar Gel-Fluide is a new body moisturiser from French brand La Roche-Posay, which – in France at least – is sold through chemists. La Roche-Posay products are heavily based on spa water and Lipikar is specifically a hydrating range. 


The local chemist gave me a 15ml sample a couple of weeks ago and that sent me rushing straight back to buy a full bottle (something that hardly EVER happens, believe me). In my local chemist, it’s available for about 16 euros-odd for 200ml and 23 euros-ish for 400ml, though you might find it cheaper online. I bought the larger bottle. 


I was using this product on my face rather than my body when I only had the small bottle and it’s extremely lightweight and pleasant on the skin. Once I’ve cleansed my face or got water anywhere near it, I have about 15 seconds to get moisturiser onto it or it will begin to blotch and itch and generally play up. I’m finding the gel fluide fantastic for quickly moisturising my face as soon as I step out of the bath – it sinks straight into the skin and leaves a nice matte finish, and it holds any itching at bay until I have time to apply a bb cream or heavier moisturiser. It’s also handy to keep on my side table in the living room: since I sit near a very drying woodburner, I find it useful to add a bit of lotion during the course of the evening to keep my skin soft. 


On the body, it works superbly – silky and light, it sinks straight in and is not remotely sticky, thanks perhaps to its dimethicone content. You can get dressed straight away without having to drag your clothes up sticky, clammy skin, and yet it leaves your skin feeling moisturised all day.  


For want of a better term, it seems to refresh the skin, attracting water to the surface like a magnet – possibly due to the presence of glycerine. 


Lipikar Gel Fluide has an extremely light, clean fragrance that won’t interfere with your perfume – in fact, I can hardly smell it at ll.  


I am seriously impressed by this product and give it 4.5 out of 5 – it loses half a star only for the quite medical-looking packaging, which doesn’t look great on the bathroom shelf.


Ingredients, as listed, are below: 


Glycerin (a humectant)

Niacinamide (anti-irritant)

Dimethicone (silicone)

Mineral oil

Caprylic/capric triglyceride (silky oil, usually made from coconut oil)

Stearath-25 methacrylate crosspolymer (increases viscosity)

Propylene glycol (humectant)

Rapeseed oil

Dimethiconol (derived from sand, it imparts silkiness to the skin)

Isohexadecane (emulsifier)

Disodium EDTA (stabiliser)

Caprylyl glycol (preservative)

Xanthan gum (emulsifier)

Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier)

Acrylamide (thickening agent)

Shea butter

Phenoxyethanol (fixative)


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