03.26.2015
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Aqualia Thermal Cream Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Care
Rating
1.69 fl. oz. for $29.95
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:03.26.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an extremely ordinary moisturizer that contains mostly standard ordinary ingredients to “fortify and soothe” dry skin. The formula is typical of the moisturizers that most L’Oreal-owned lines (of which Vichy is one) launch, and that’s bad news for anyone who wants brilliantly formulated anti-aging products.

Normally, we’d comment on the jar packaging being a problem for preserving the efficacy of air-sensitive, state-of-the-art ingredients, but this moisturizer has so few to speak of that the packaging is irrelevant, save for the hygiene issue of repeatedly sticking your fingers into a jar.

One more comment: The “ceramide-like” polymer referred to in the claims sounds intriguing, but Vichy would’ve been wiser to include real ceramides because these are substances your skin can recognize and put to good use.

Claims

This refreshing, lightweight cream is formulated with unique “ceramide-like” polymer mimics the shape of skin’s natural ceramides, allowing for instant penetration. Skin feels soft, supple and comfortable.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ammonium Polyacrylate Dimethyl Tauramide (Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate), Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Ethylenediamine Peg-15 Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Disodium Edta, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Acrylates/C12 22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Vichy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some fragrance-free products; all the sunscreens but one contain either avobenzone or titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection; some commendable moisturizers with sunscreen; some good, inexpensive cleansers, and scrub for dry skin.

Weaknesses: Repetitive moisturizer formulas that rarely rise above the median for excellence; jar packaging is pervasive; the at-home peel/scrub kit is mostly disappointing; a couple of irritating moisturizers; no products for those with skin discolorations; limited options for oily skin.

Health is vital. That's the opening line on Vichy's catalog, followed by "Start with your skin." Perusing the opening pages of this catalog, it's easy to see how someone could get wrapped up in this L'Oreal-owned company's belief in listening to the signals skin sends us and then choosing products to address whatever problem skin is signaling you to correct. That might include acne, blackheads, eczema, discolorations, broken capillaries, and even excess oiliness. No surprises there, and it is sound advice to adapt your skin-care routine as your skin's needs (and signals) change. The problem is that Vichy's products, though well intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems, including most of those listed above. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.

A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radical–quelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehl’s, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?

As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.

Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) 378-4249 or visit www.vichy.com.

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