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Vichy Aqualia Thermal | Skin Saviour


I’ve had a long-time love affair with Vichy products. It started with the Normaderm Hyaluspot treatment, then onto the Proeven BB Cream… So really I’ve only tried three Vichy products, but they’re all different categories of skincare, that seems like a pretty good track record.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Extra Sensitive Moisturizer

I want to provide honest opinions for everything, so I’ve been using this for almost a whole two months now, both morning and night. I bought this on sale for $29.50 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart, I think the regular price is about $10 more? (I wish Shoppers put their prices online!) Okay, I verified on the Vichy website it’s $39.50.

Is a $40 moisturizer a bit pricey? I want to say yes and no. Yes, because if I play the ‘I’m a student’ card then there are other purchases which are probably more important than moisturizer… like food. No, because skincare is extremely important and moisturizers tend to last for a decent amount of time. I like to think of it as cost per day of use, if it’s under $1 a day it’s worth it. At least on my budget.

To put it in perspective, almost a whole 60 days divided by the price I paid puts me at $0.50 a day right now… but it’s not empty yet! So I’ll make sure to give you an update once it is.

Anyway, enough with the math stuff…

First Impressions

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Extra Sensitive


The Vichy Aqualia Thermal products that come in a jar look nice, but for hygiene reasons I wasn’t feeling it. The pump was my deciding factor. Sure, it’s not as pretty as the jars, but at least the product isn’t getting contaminated each time I use it. I just wish I could see how much was left.


When I first used it I thought it was going to be way to heavy for my skin and I could just imagine how many pimples were going to crop up from it. For the first week I was right, my skin needed some adjustment. It wasn’t as bad as I imagined, and the reason I kept using it is because I paid so much money for it. Even though the first week wasn’t my best in terms of acne, my skin was the softest I’d ever felt it. Remember, skincare can take an adjustment period- so having a minor reaction for the first couple weeks can be normal. If it persists after a month, then you should trash it. In this case, my skin has never felt more healthy!


I wish I hadn’t thrown out the box now, because I can’t find an ingredient list anywhere. So I’ll just have to refer to the website.
Apparently this moisturizer has Vitamin B3 which helps soothe and hydrate the skin as well as Vichy’s fancy Thermal spa water which has hydrating properties. I know for a fact that this also contains Squalene which helps retain moisture.

It’s Preservative-free, Paraben-free, Alcohol-free, Colourant-free and Hypoallergenic.


I love this moisturizer for the winter time. I think it would be way too heavy to use in the Summer. I have to admit that my skin has never felt more moisturized since I’ve been using this and I completely regret not taking proper steps to moisturize my skin sooner. Long gone are the days with flakey-skin. 

I would say that this is suited for dry skin, it might even be too rich for oily skin especially if you plan to wear it under makeup. I usually let it absorb into my skin for about 10 minutes before applying foundation over top. It doesn’t smell overly perfumed, but it does have a bit of fragrance to it which becomes less noticeable after a few minutes.

Repurchase? If I am able to get 3 months out of this bottle, then I will definitely repurchase!

What’s your go-to moisturizer?

  • Rae

    Thanks for the review – sounds like an interesting product! I never realized that skin products sometimes break you out but actaully may be good for you! I don’t think I often make it past the adjustment period to be honest!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • lindseyelyse

      It’s hard thing to push through the adjustment period, for sure! But after about two weeks you start to know whether something is going to work for you or not!

  • I love your reviews, Lindsey! They are so honest and informative. Also, this looks like a really good product. I admit, I am not the best when it comes to moisturizers, I do forget to use them and I am not one for trying out many and usually stick with the one I am using rather then going and looking for other options. But now I think I will give this one a go as it does sound very good and promising to me 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks Leta! The winters here in Canada are really harsh on the skin (because the air is so dry!) I can’t imagine not using a moisturizer. My face would be flake-central, ahh. Definitely good for cold weather- not summer!

  • I feel pretty much the exact same way about this moisturizer as you do. I’m a little bit in love with it. I’m hoping to stretch mine to last through the last gasps of winter and then will probably hold off on repurchasing it until the spring, but it’s so good that if I run out I’ll probably buy another one! I love the lack of irritants, because it’s so gentle on my skin!

    • lindseyelyse

      It works so well! I don’t think it’s a summer product, way too heavy! But yes, once I fell…I fell hard haha

  • I was sent this for review and as you already know, initially I hated this because it was sitting on top of my face even though I have dry skin. But this was a savour when I had an over exfoliating accident. I agree that this would be great for winter and I don’t see how this could possibly work during Summer.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • lindseyelyse

      Yes, I read your review as well! Oh man, it would be awful in the summer…way too heavy!

  • Thanks for a great review. I am currently in the market for a new moisturiser, I’ll definitely consider this too!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other on Bloglovin?

    Deepti xx

  • I always thought I´d be the only person doing the maths like this for skincare!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • lindseyelyse

      Haha glad to know I’m not alone! 🙂

  • Haha! I never looked at like you do…I might have to start doing the math on certain products. I have super oily skin…staying away from this for sure!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Ela

    $40 for a moisturiser might sound expensive, especially for a student (I’d been there) but then you can use it for a long time. If it works then, it is worth splurging on a skincare product. I’ve only used a few products from Vichy, I’m impressed with the quality and how good they are.

  • I’ve never tried anything from Vichy but I’ve seen so many glowing reviews about their products. I should give them a go. I also LOVE your justification on $40 moisturiser. Mine is around the $50 mark which is pretty $$$ but then again it is pretty vital and I know I waste more money on other frivolities anyway. Moisturiser is a wise investment for great skin!


    • lindseyelyse

      Yes! Haha, when it comes to taking care of your skin I think it’s not too bad to splurge… Especially because you need a nice base for makeup anyway!

  • This sounds like an interesting product, I love the Vichy brand in general ♥

  • Oh this sounds like an interesting moisturiser, I’e never tried anything by Vichy. My skin is so dry during the winter so I’m still on the hunt for a winter moisturiser.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • lindseyelyse

      This would probably be amazing for you- as long as you don’t have oily skin.

  • haha I justify so many purchases with food! I haven;t tried vichy moisturizers but so far the vichy products I’ve used deliver really well! $40 for a moisturizer is not too bad imo!

    • lindseyelyse

      Not when you look at it as cost per use, definitely! I can justify some skin-love <3

  • I still need to hit up on some Vichy! This is an expensive price so you got an amazing sale on it 😀

    • lindseyelyse

      I know! The sale was pure luck, although I do appreciate it! Hehe

  • I really like the Aqualia Thermal line. The serum is one of my favourites! I sell a tonne of the line at work – it’s nothing too fancy, but it does the job.

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh! I haven’t tried their serum so I’ll have to look into that. The moisturizer works well for sure!

  • Angela

    I’m using this right now as well. It may sound crazy but my dry skin might need MORE hahaha I usually use a bioderma serum + lotion which keeps flakey skin at bay. I don’t find the vichy too heavy at all and will probably use it in the spring to be honest. Also, you mean $.50 per day!! That’s not too bad at all. 😀

    Raincouver Beauty

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh.. yeah, I may have screwed up the math… but you get the idea LOL… (I blame it on thesis killing my brain!)

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