04.06.2015
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Neovadiol GF Night Densifying Re-Sculpting Care
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1.7 fl. oz. for $54.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Whether you wait one month or years, there is no way this moisturizer (whose formula is stunningly basic) can do a thing to redefine a sagging jaw line or neck. We wish this wasn't the case, but skin-care products (even the beautifully formulated ones) cannot address the multiple factors that cause skin to sag.

All you're getting with this night cream is a boring formula that's marginally acceptable for slightly dry skin. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened.

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

It is also bad news that this moisturizer contains a higher-than-usual amount of alcohol. Alcohol is an irritant that hurts skin's healing process and can interfere with healthy collagen production, which won't help your skin look one second younger!

Claims

Instantly, the skin is nurtured and features look smoothed out. In 1 month, firmer neck, redefined jaw line and smoother wrinkles. Pillow wrinkles are smoothed out the next morning.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denatured, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Tauramide BHT, C13-14 Isoparaffin, FD&C Blue 1, Caffeine, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Magnesium Gluconate, Cinnamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Phloroglucinol Trimethyl Ether, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Laureth 7, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) Bud Extract, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates Copolymer, 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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