Aqualia Thermal Mat Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Gel with Anti-Shine Effect (Discontinued)

by Vichy   Aqualia
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$27 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying
Last Updated:
4/27/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes
This silky, oil-absorbing moisturizer contains precious little in the way of beneficial ingredients. The silicones and film-forming agents create a soft matte finish, but the amount of alcohol is a potential concern.

Alcohol can help de-grease oily skin, but it also causes irritation and can stimulate more oil production at the base of the pore. It also hurts the skin’s healing process, and causes flaking and dry skin. This moisturizer cannot regulate excess sebum beyond the formula’s absorbent action; oil production is controlled by hormones, not skin-care products.

On balance, this moisturizer is not preferred to a mattifying serum that treats oily skin to the ingredients it needs to look healthier and function in a younger manner.
For the first time, a mattifying ultrafresh moisturizer combines the cellular hydra-mist of mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Spa Water, to help soothe and visibly fortify the skin, and Diakalite sebo-absorbing microspheres that regulate excess sebum to intensely mattify skin.
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Peg 20 Stearate, Methylsilanol (Silicate Crosspolymer), Peg 100 Stearate, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Ammonium Polyacrylate Dimethyl Tauramide, Laureth 7, Citric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance

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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