Vichy is a brand that I never took an interest in until now. Probably because I I used to think it was a brand that was more suited to an older, more mature skin. You know, a bit fuddy duddy like Olay or something, a brand that focuses on fighting the signs of ageing. But I couldn’t be more wrong.
When I took the product out of the cardboard packaging, I was surprised to see how beautiful they look. In my mind, I expected it to be quite boring and clinical. The packaging design is lovely which makes me want to use the products even more! I know, how fickle am I?!
Pretty packaging aside, I’m actually impressed with how the products work. Vichy caters their skincare to help you solve problems, so it’s not all anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle. I’ve been trying a few things from their Purete Thermale and Idealia range.
Purete Thermale is a range of cleansers and make-up removers that are suitable for sensitive skin. Music to my ears! I do love a good cleanser!! Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, it’s a hydrating range that comforts the skin.
Idealia is a great range for ladies my age (30’s) because it’s formulated to target wrinkles, dark spots, lack of radiance and more importantly, visibly smooth the appearance of the first signs of ageing. It re-awakens for the skin’s natural radiance to brighten and freshen it’s complexion.
Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel, £12
Is there any cleanser out there that would prise me away from my fave Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish? I am often on a look out for a cleanser that works just as well because my skin needs something different from time to time. I was a bit apprehensive about Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel, like I am with most gel based cleansers, especially if it foams up. This did in fact foam up quite a lot, but it actually moisturised my skin and kept to it's promise of boosting hydration.
Purete Thermale Perfecting Toner, £12
I don’t say this a lot about toners but… I LOVE THIS TONER! Recently, I noticed how big my pores are and I think it’s because I skip the toning step of my skincare routine. I’ve realised now how important it is to use a toner after cleansing to close the pore up, and I’ve been desperate to find one that works with my skin type. Vichy Purete Thermale Perfecting Toner contains glycerin for a moisturising effect and it does indeed leave me skin feeling soft and moisturised! I will definitely continue using this! It is formulated without alcohol.
Idealia Life Serum, £31
If your skin is exposed to daily excesses such as stress, pollution or unbalanced diet, this is the serum for you. I’ve been using it after a cleanser and toner but before moisturising. The serum is lovely and light, and it smells kind of peachy. There’s a pearlescent finish to it that helps to brighten skin with a radiant glow. It’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin and is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
Idealia Eye Cream, £23
This targets tired-looking eyes, reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. The unique silicone applicator is shaped like a small paddle is designed to help you apply the cream on with the precision of a brush. At first, the eye cream worked well. The cream absorbed quickly, and the skin around my eyes were brightened and soft, but sometimes, when the cream has dried, it would leave a residue that would roll and flake off if I rubbed my eyes. Perhaps I’m using too much and not patting it in to my skin enough. I love how it felt when I first used it so I will persevere!
None of the four products shown here contains parabens. Vichy Skincare are available from Boots.
Have you tried anything from Vichy before?