The mysterious case of the visiting mother-in-law… And the disappearing La Roche Posay Cicaplast

By Lynnie | June 9 2011 | 13 Comments


Himself’s mammy was over visiting us in The London a couple of weeks ago, and after she departed I noticed a great big gaping hole in my skincare regime.

My beloved little tube of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast (around €13) was nowhere to be found. It was as though it had vanished into thin air.

Or, y’know, a suitcase.

It didn’t take too much sitting around with a pipe and deerhunter to realise what had happened, and it was my own stupid fault. In practically the same breath that I insisted Himself’s mam take home a nearly new bottle of foundation that was miles too dark for my glow-in-the-dark phizog, I’d enthused/raved at length about Cicaplast and its wondrous ability to soothe and protect even very seriously irritated skin. I produced it for her to try, and never mentioned needing it back.


Cicaplast, in case you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, is a hydrating, soothing pro-recovery fluid gel that’s indicated for the treatment of flaking, chapped skin. It’s used to aid the recovery of skin that has undergone a cosmetic peel, since it contains active ingredients to stimulate the production and organisation of new cells while preventing the adhesion of bacteria and acting as a protective barrier.

I know of a beauty editor or three who swears by this stuff for cold sores, but I love it because it is the only thing other than steroid creams that can relieve the itchiness and tightness that accompanies a bout of eczema, in my experience, and as it’s non-comedogenic it doesn’t leave my face a spotty mess when I need to deploy it on my forehead. I only wish I’d known about it around the time of that DIY face mask.

Anyway, the good news is that Himself’s ma is now a convert to Cicaplast. And that I probably won’t press charges since I’ve procured a fresh tube for myself.


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13 Replies to "The mysterious case of the visiting mother-in-law… And the disappearing La Roche Posay Cicaplast"

  • Kirstie says:

    heh heh, this made me laff, because I ALSO KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES THIS!

  • Gee Gee says:

    Mine would be the mysterious case of the visiting sister, or sisters, everything goes missing.

  • Twinkletoes says:

    I love the pic of a “MIL” you chose :lol:

  • Typography Queen says:

    ha ha my mother always does this, kinda. Except she take stuff out of the bin. Let me explain. She’d take an empty btl of foundation out and by god would she get an extra week out of it! literally scrapes the bottle empty does it with everything! waste not want not i suppose!

    On a related note can i ask about le roche posay, for combination skin prone to spots on the chinny chin chin. What would be the recommendation here. I got one before and it was lovely till i put on make up and it destroyed it! the make up would all gather in areas of my face, was cat.

  • Amárach says:

    My Aunt takes my nice things, I don’t think it’s as innocent as your MIL. Dresses and everything disappear never mind the make up. I’ve stopped asking her around. I think she might’ve been adopted because no one else in the family has such sticky fingers haha.

  • Fiona says:

    Gee Gee – yes! Cosmetics, food, drink, clothes and worst of all – CDs – have gone missing when a particular one of the sisters visits. BANNED.

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    Typograhy Queen, this stuff might be good for smoothing out the surface. Lisa Eldridge (aka THE GODDESS) posted an Amazeballs tutorial on covering acne spots on YT and she used this stuff underneath as a primer. Then she did an unbelievable make up job on covering up the spots – it’s like she airbrushed the model or something. She’s stupendous.

  • Catho says:

    Can anyone tell me where I could buy this stuff in Dublin, city centre preferably? I have extremely sensitive skin & eczema so might work for me.

  • Banjaxed says:

    SJP: I’ve been doing the Lisa Eldridge way to cover spots and no matter what I do I can’t get such a good result as she gets. Now don’t get me wrong, I find it a very good method, but I don’t get that perfect look that she gets. One problem though, I now have to get another MAC 217 brush for blending my eye shadow… :-)

    That video is well worth watching!

  • Typography Queen says:

    thanks SJP! will have a sconce at that there now.

  • jessieXbean says:

    ha jesus I have 3 sisters and NOTHING is sacred. I had to get a TOOLBOX to keep all m best beauty booty locked up or else it goes missing.

  • jessieXbean says:

    @Banjaxed get yourself a NO7 eyeshadow blending brush its a perfect dupe fpr the MAC 217 brush and its only 7 beans!!!!

  • Gee Gee says:

    Fiona – when one of my sisters was moving home last summer I moved all my food to my boyfriends house and plan to do the same before she comes home this summer. And I lock my room whenever I’m going anywhere cos otherwise she steals all my makeup and dvds and toileteries.

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