I seriously need to try more Vichy because I’ve tried skincare products from them and there’s never been a product I’ve not liked. In fact the only product I disliked was the Normaderm concealer (too orange) but their serums are always top notch. I have combination skin that leans towards the drier side so I was on the hunt for a serum that could hydrate my skin without causing it to break out – enter the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum.
Starting with the packaging this is absolutely lovely and I love how the colours and materials have been thought about. The bottle is glass which isn’t the best for travel but at the same time it feels very luxurious. The blue is perfect for a hydrating product and I like how you can see how much product you have left. Considering serums are usually very expensive (Sunday Riley anyone?) the price of £25.00 is more than reasonable especially considering the effectiveness of this product.
Vichy describe this product as the following:
“Aqualia Thermal Serum is Vichy’s most powerful hydrating serum and soothes and restores the feeling of comfort to the skin. A lack of water within the skin causes dehydration lines to appear, the complexion to look duller, and the skin to look less plumped.
– Intense hydration
– Soothes and restores dehydrated skin
– Fresh and radiant complexion
– Skin looks plumper and feels energized
– Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Sugars”
From first application this feels incredibly lightweight and a tad cooling (not freezing but pleasantly soothing.) This spreads really easily and just sinks into the skin with a quick massage that leaves the skin feeling plump and fresh. It does feel very hydrating and moisturising and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated at all – bonus is that it smells lovely.
“Aqua,Glycerin,Dimethicone,PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol -8/5/3,Glycerin,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Dimethiconol,Sodium Hyaluronate,Phenoxyethanol,Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan),Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide,Poloxamer 338,Disodium EDTA,Caprylyl Glycol,Citric Acid,Biosaccharide Gum-1,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Parfum.”
This is a list of ingredients, sadly this does contain fragrance however, I haven’t notice it irritate at all. Even when my skin is sore, inflamed and red this hasn’t ever given me a reaction which is great. I’m also pleased to see a lack of parabens and a lack of alcohol, both ingredients can be harsh on the skin and alcohol in particular can be quite drying so it’s nice to see those omitted.
It’s not often that I use a product and see a noticeable difference in my skin. Granted this won’t instantly give you airbrushed skin however, with regular use I have noticed that my skin looks clearer and my dry patches have cleared up.
Overall, I like this a lot it’s nice to see an affordable serum that actually works and I’m really enjoying using this, I definitely want to try more from Vichy especially the Purete Thermal Toner (inserts shifty eyes). Let me know in the comments if you have any serum or Vichy recommendations I’m happy to be enabled!