04.26.2012
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Aqualia Thermal 24Hr Hydrating Fortifying Lotion SPF 30
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1.7 fl. oz. for $29.95
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.26.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is short on anti-aging ingredients (beyond the sunscreen, of course), it has a silky, lightweight texture suitable for normal to oily skin.

Critical UVA protection is provided by avobenzone, which is stabilized by the sunscreen active octocrylene, and the finish of this moisturizer means it works great under makeup. If only Vichy had also included a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients! As is, despite its great aesthetics and sun protection, the formula doesn’t deserve better than a neutral rating. Please see our list of Best Daytime Moisturizers for superior options.

Claims

Immediately, the skin is intensely hydrated and fortified. It feels refreshed, smooth and free of sensations of tightness all day long. Hydration lasts all day for a 24Hr continuous effect. The skin appears more resilient, with increased suppleness and radiance.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Polysorbate 61, Peg 12 Dimethicone, Peg 6, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Arginine Pca, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Phenoxyethanol, Voandzeia Subterranea (Bambarra Groundnut) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Ammonium Polyacrylate Dimethyl Tauramide, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, 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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07.08.2013
not for oily / combination skin

My previous experiences with vichy aqualia left me thinking they moisturize quite well. This product does moisturize but it immediately leaves a lasting shining film on my oily skin. It is gentle though, doesn't irritate my eye area.

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