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I know I’m repeating myself, but every VoxBox I receive from Influenster makes me feel very special. They keep their selection process secret, so I never know when and what I’ll get – and then they send me a box of products from one of my favorite brands! Vichy has recently released reformulated Aqualia Thermal collection, and I was lucky enough to receive the Rehydrating serum and the Rich Cream for testing! This old/new line of products is now made with 97% ingredients from natural origin, and I am very happy to hear that Vichy is going that way. Also, considering how hot it is outside, it absolutely makes sense to use skincare products with lighter textures, especially the ones that bring much needed hydration to my skin. I’ve been using these products for a couple of week, and I am completely in love!
Even the box the products arrived in was designed to showcase Vichy products and what the new formulation has in store. Just seeing the box made me want to go to some Alpine lake and enjoy the combination of warm sun and cool water…one can dream, right?
The Aqualia Thermal Serum comes in a small-ish glass bottle with a pump, and gets a straight up 10 for design. I don’t like oversized bottles, and this one is just perfect. Glass makes it look classy, and the pump makes it very easy to dispense the product.
I fell in love with this serum! Just one pump is more than enough for my face. The serum feels very hydrating, a bit cooling, and it absorbs IMMEDIATELY. It simply makes my skin bouncy and looking fresh and even. I love the thin texture, which makes it perfect for hot days, or for layering in the evenings.
The serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and Vichy thermal water for hydration and plant sugar mannose that reinforces the moisture barrier to help prevent water loss. What I am surprised to see is alcohol and salicylic acid – I really didn’t expect these two ingredients in a hydrating product. Even with them, the serum works for my skin, but you may need to be careful if you have any skin sensitivities.
The product is unfortunately scented, but it’s a nice scent, not too strong and not noticeable a lot once it absorbs.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mannose, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum /Fragrance.
Aqualia Thermal Cream comes in three varieties, and I have received the rich one, formulated for dry to very dry skin. My skin is normally dry/combination, and I was a bit reluctant to use this cream in the summer, thinking it may make my T-zone oily. I am happy to report that I had no issues whatsoever.
This cream is named “rich”, but it still surprised me by how rich it really is. It takes a few minutes to absorb, because I layer products (who doesn’t). My skin is smooth afterwards, a bit shiny, but natural looking, not greasy. It looks like it gives me that “glow from within”. The cream is very hydrating, and coordinates with the serum perfectly, to seal in hydration. I am using it in the evenings only, since it’s so rich, but when the weather becomes colder I will happily use it in the mornings, too.
The cream has the same main ingredients as the serum – hyaluronic acid and Vichy thermal water for hydration and plant sugar mannose that reinforces the moisture barrier to help prevent water loss. It also contains shea butter, which is probably what makes it so rich. Again, I was surprised to see alcohol and salicylic acid in the ingredients, so thread carefully if you have sensitive skin. I have no issues using the cream.
The product is also scented with the same light and fresh fragrance as the serum, but it is also not noticeable a lot once it absorbs.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Isocetyl Stearate, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat, Cetyl Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 MethylGlucose Distearate, Mannose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium PCA, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Parfum /Fragrance.
Here you can see the textures of the serum and the cream. The serum is a very thin liquid, while the cream has a rich texture that melts easily into my skin.
I love that Vichy is reformulation some of their products to make them more natural. I can still see a few things that can be improved, but I am happy with the results I got from using this combination of products.
These products are available online and in some retail stores (I normally buy Vichy products at Shopper’s Drug Mart). The prices are as follows (in CAD):
What are your favorite hydrating skincare products? Have you tried and loved any Vichy products? What do you think about the ingredients in these two reformulated products?