Neovadiol Intensive Densifying Brightening Cream SPF 15
1.35 fl. oz. for $50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.06.2012
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains stabilized avobenzone for all-important UVA protection. It has a lightweight, silky texture suitable for normal to dry skin, and works well under makeup.

What about the skin brightening claims? First, don't confuse "brightening" with "lightening". This products contains mineral pigments for a cosmetic brightening effect, but it doesn't contain enough of any ingredient proven to lighten skin discolorations.

In terms of discolorations, the only ingredient of note is kojic acid, but it isn't the best or most reliable option around (it definitely isn't preferred to the gold standard skin lightening ingredient hydroquinone).

This product will provide broad-spectrum sun protection to help discourage further discolorations, but it is not aces for treating the discolorations you're seeing now. For that type of improvement, you need to use one of the products on our list of Best Skin Lightening Products.

Note: Nothing about this product is preferred for "mature skin". Age isn't a skin type!


Daily care to help visibly reshape sagging skin and reduce age spots.

Introducing a NEW brightening technology, Ceramide White, that helps reduce the appearance of age spots and discolorations, resulting in a more even complexion. Broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen helps prevent signs of premature skin aging such as wrinkles and age spots caused by UV exposure.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Mica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Kojic Acid, Silica, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Tauramide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Xanthan Gum, 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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