Although this product is sold as a corrective option for large pores, it's really just a lightweight moisturizer for normal to oily skin that contains one intriguing ingredient, discussed below.
The silky texture has a soft matte finish and contains an OK mix of water-binding agents (including the AHA glycolic acid, though in this amount it cannot function as an exfoliant. The same is true for the form of salicylic acid this moisturizer contains).
The sole intriguing ingredient is zinc PCA, which is a salt form of zinc. Although there is some research linking zinc with improving acne and reducing inflammation, no viable studies exist to support the topical use of zinc PCA for these issues or for reducing enlarged pores (Sources: The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2010, pages 20-29; and Der Hautarzt, January 2009, pages 42-47).
This is an OK lightweight moisturizer to consider, but it's the soft matte finish that helps minimize the appearance of pores, not some special ingredient.
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Water, Isononylisononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG - 10/1 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Silica, Nylon-12, Propylene Glycol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Algae Extract, Zinc PCA, Glycolic Acid, Methylparaben, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Copper PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Tristearin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, 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.