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…
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?