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Vichy AqualiaThermal Light

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!)

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cream Swatches

[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.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

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)

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum

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)

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Cream

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**

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Value Pack

Have you tried the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Range?


  • You know I was on the fence about the ExtraSensitive version too but this normal version sounds really good! I hope to read an update on the sleeping mask, I’m about to run out of my Laniege Water Sleeping mask and am looking for a new one to try.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • So so good! I wrote this post last week and I’ve tried it since then and it definitely gives your skin a nice amount of hydration. I think during the winter I’d really love this!

  • I don’t understand why the jar packaging is still so popular with brands, I wished everything came with a pump.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I know! It really sucks. It’s so difficult to know how much to pick up on your finger too! I always grab way too much.

  • I haven’t tried this range but sounds quite decent. Let us know how that sleeping mask actually works when you try it for a longer time 🙂 And I love when a products has pump, it’s so much more convenient!!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I wrote this post last week – and so I used the sleeping mask the way it’s supposed to be used and it works REALLY well! Definitely leaves your skin nice and hydrated. I really wish this was a pump!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever tried any vichy products, but I’ve seen a lot of people use them. My skin is so temperamental with face products, so I’m always so afraid to try something new. The light version sounds really good for my oily skin though.

    Katherine || The Green Bows

    • Oh really?! If you have super sensitive skin then I can definitely understand! All Vichy products are hypoallergenic I believe, so you shouldn’t have any adverse reactions (but who knows!) The light version is fab.

  • Amen to the pump! I’ve only every tried the Vichy Idealia line. THEFACESHOP sells spatulas for $2 if you need a scoop – I use mine for body butter ;).

    Maria | Pink Petals

    • Ohh that’s awesome! I’m not sure if there’s a Face Shop nearby though – I’ll have to keep it in mind! Thanks 🙂

  • The sleeping mask looks and cool and sounds interesting! I’m starting to use a sleeping mask from Shiseido and love it!! I never tried any vichy moisturizers before but I do hear they work really well . I do like the pump option a lot better; I had a few origins moisturizers before and really didn’t like the tub design.

    • Have you been using the Ibuki one!? I have it too and I find that the Vichy one feels a lot lighter on the skin. However, they both perform really well in terms of hydration! So funny – everyone agrees on the pump design and yet brands still put them in jars!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Really enjoyed this thorough and honest review, hun! I’ve never tried anything from this range – I’ve actually been staying away from Vichy products for a while. They always seem to irritate my skin, and just don’t do anything for me. Their cleanser gave me proper burns and I’ve been afraid to use anything from them since! x


    • Oh no! That’s a shame. I’ve never tried a Vichy cleanser. I guess it was too harsh or you might have been allergic to one of the ingredients! I don’t blame you for not wanting to try it out based on your experience!

  • Hanna

    I’ve never heard of this product before. Thanks for sharing –Hanna Lei

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  • Rbc Mrm

    thank you so much for your feedback on my design! I actually haven’t tried any Vichy products yet, maybe I’ll go check them out sometime soon 🙂

    xx, rebecca

  • Alya Mooro

    Ooh this sounds fab! xx


  • Nadia

    You are so right, hon – anything tiny & cute just seems super adorable and we are automatically drawn to it 🙂 Lovely review of the good ol’ fantastic brand! I haven’t tried this range as I have normally used their Normaderm series (and it never disappointed). I have heard amazing things about Aqualia Thermal & your review sells it to me once again! Strange how they love their jars & tubs so much 🙂
    xox Nadia

    • It must be instinct 😉 The Normaderm line is awesome as well (at least from what I’ve heard and the limited products I’ve tried.) I guess the products are good enough for the brand to not bother putting most of them in pumps haha

  • I absolutely love the serum but haven’t tried out any of the other Aqualia stuff. I usually just use whatever I get for free through work, lol. (That’s how I got the serum!) The sets are always such a good deal though – we can’t keep them on the shelves when we get them in.

  • Bernadette

    This brand sounds very interesting, I definitely need to look into it.

  • Sarah Laird

    I see Vichy quite a lot but I’ve never tried any of their products. This range does look fantastic though. I totally agree with your thoughts on jars vs pumps – its the same reason I prefer tubed moisturiser but I often worry about air getting in? Interested to see how you get on with the night mask now! x

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  • I’ve never actually tried any Vichy products before but have been reading so many positive reviews lately. I’m SO glad I’m not the only one who positively HATES jar moisturisers! Give me a pump any day!

    Katie. xx La Coco Noire

  • Yiotou_La

    I didn’t know that Vichy had a sleeping mask! I am currently using one from the Body Shop which is great! I love Vichy products, I bought a foam cleanser last week and it is so great to my skin! x


  • I’m such a big fan of the Aqualia Serum – in fact it’s my all time favourite serum! xx

    Gemma • Miss Makeup Magpie ❤️

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