La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Legere

Dee and SinĂ©ad made me do it.  I had been lamenting the absence of any form of SPF from my morning skincare routine when I heard/read rave reviews from both the Viva Adonis gyals about La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Legere (£14 from Escentual).  They were right.  As per ushe.

This is a very light daily moisturiser with SPF 20 which I deem just about an acceptable level of protection in the winter months; however, I'm scoping out some moisturisers with SPF 50 (hi Kiehl's) as we're coming into 'summer'.  I digress.  I am really impressed with this stuff.  It is light, hydrating, and plays nicely with makeup on top.  I have an endless appreciation for the pump action packaging because moisturiser in a tub is honestly a bit nasty (casting mega shade at you, Origins) and I like to minimise my chances of breaking out.

I really enjoy using this over Hydraluron, they're a pretty nifty duo and compliment each other well.  For me, it's important to have a moisturiser that doesn't leave my face looking shiny before I've applied any makeup because that does not bode well for the rest of the day.  I wouldn't consider this mattifying per say, instead it just seems to seep into the skin and disappear.  8/10 (probably would be 10 with a higher SPF).

I'm putting an SPF 50 version of this on my list of things that La Roche-Posay need to get a move on with, right after bringing Serozinc to the UK & Ireland.  Come on now lads, it's about time you got your act together on this one.


  1. Viciously trying to use up my current moisturiser just so I can purchase this! Bit confused about which one to get though? I know there is an intense and a lighter version I think? Any thoughts? Thank you!


    1. I think there is this one and then Hydraphase Riche? I would say this would be perfect unless your skin is really dry and needs a serious moisture boost in the morning. Fairly certain they're both called 'Intense' something so that complicates things!