It seems like every couple months I come back to say, “it’s no surprise I have a love affair going on with Vichy” or something to that effect. Essentially, I’m obsessed and #sorrynotsorry. As you may have read my previous review of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Moisturizer you’re already well aware of this fact. So once my beloved moisturizer ran out I was left with a serious need to purchase more.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer $40.00 CAD
The original Aqualia Thermal products are extremely moisturizing and very rich, and anticipating a hot summer with humid weather I opted for the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light moisturizer rather than the extra-sensitive one I had been using prior. To be honest I had no idea Vichy made a light version until they tweeted me!
While on the hunt for this moisturizer at Shoppers I noticed they had a set of products including a sample size jar of the night cream and power serum for the exact same price as the moisturizer alone. Obviously being a thrifty and smart shopper I opted for this pack (they had the same deal for the Idealia and Liftactiv range too!)
[Left to Right: Power Serum, Night Cream, Light Moisturizer]
Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid for plumping, AquabiorylTM a patented molecule that is ultra-moisturizing and amplifies the feelings of comfort, softness and soothes during and after application and λ-carrageenans extracted from red algae, it locks in hydration to keep the water well-distributed – Vichy Canada
The Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer is definitely not as rich as the extra-sensitive one I was using before this. Rather than the rich moisturizer which claims to provide 48 hour hydration, this has a claim of 24 hours. It does have the same signature Aqualia Thermal scent which doesn’t bother me too much, but could be irritating to someone who hates lightly perfumed products.
I must admit that I hate the jar with a passion. The reason I opted for the extra-sensitive moisturizer originally is because it was the only one available in a pump format- I like the pump for two reasons: it’s more hygienic than sticking your finger into every day, and it’s easier to get the proper amount with one or two pumps. It goes to show that I love this moisturizer if I can get over the fact it doesn’t have a pump. To get around this I simply use a small spoon borrowed from the Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask.
How it performs in the heat is still somewhat a mystery, but due to it feeling much more lightweight on the skin I don’t think it will be an issue. We’ve had a couple of hot days here that I spent outside and I didn’t notice any problems with my foundation.
Vichy Aqualia Power Serum (Full Size $42.00 CAD)
This tiny little tube has gone a long way! I’ve been using it for a couple weeks in the morning before applying my moisturizer. It helps to seal the hydration into your skin before the application of moisturizer and claims to hydrate skin for 48 hours.
Does it work? Yay and nay. I don’t mind the consistency but I’m not sold on whether it is a must-have product. I don’t think my skin feels much more hydrated with or without so it’s more of a pampering step instead.
Vichy Aqualia Night Spa Mask (Full Size $44.00)
This jar is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while! Why are small things always so cute? Are we programmed as humans to have this predisposition to think that everything tiny is adorable?! (I think the answer is yes.) When I opened this product I was a little blown away with the colour – the blue is reminiscent of day and night cold medication, at least to me.
Similar to the Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer and the Extra-Sensitive, this has the same scent and also applies on very lightly and absorbs into the skin within minutes. I have the same hatrid for the jar format for the same reasons stated previously.
Is it a winner? I’m on the fence. I like having a dedicated night and day cream because for some reason I think it makes me seem more adulty on the other hand it does seem superfluous.
**Until this moment I thought this was just a normal night cream and I was applying a thin layer every night… and then I read on the website this is a sleeping mask! Apparently you’re supposed to apply a thick layer to your face 1-2 times weekly, so I guess it needs more proper use before I decide if it’s a winner or not**
Have you tried the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Range?