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I simply cannot overstate the extent to which I am a huge fan of French pharmacy products, and I have been since I was a teenager living in Paris with family. Vichy, an iconic French pharmacy brand, is among my very favorites. Therefore, I thought that I would feature a few of my current favorite Vichy hero products that I absolutely love.
Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask ($20.00 for 2.54 oz. from Vichy, Target, CVS, Dermstore, Walgreens, Ulta, Amazon, Escentual): This double-peel mask is formulated with a combination of volcanic rocks to exfoliate, AHA Fruit Acids to peel and dissolve dead skin cells and Vitamin C to brighten and even skin tone. Simply apply the peel to your face, avoiding your eye area, and leave it on the skin undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Gently massage in a circular motion to dislodge and exfoliate any remaining dead skin cells, and rinse thoroughly. Skin is left soft, smooth, brightened and luminous. This mask does contain fragrance, which I would describe as a pleasant fruity floral, but I do not find it overpowering, and it does thoroughly disappear when you rinse it off.
According to Vichy,
Vichy's first face mask with volcanic rocks and AHA fruit acids to gently peel off dead cells through a double-peel action for refined skin texture and luminous skin.
Vichy's Double Glow Peel Mask is formulated to brighten dull skin through a double-peel action. First, the chemical action of AHA [fruit acids] helps remove dead cells. Then, the mechanical action of volcanic rock crushed into ultra-fine powder gently exfoliates skin. Combined vitamin CG to help illuminate skin tone and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water to help strengthen the skin's moisture barrier function and protect against aggressors. Paraben-free.
Directions: Apply peel mask on face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it set for 5 minutes for the chemical action of AHA. After 5 minutes, gently massage with circular movements to exfoliate.
Rinse off with water. Use one to two times a week.
Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Glycerin, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethanesulfonic Acid, Ci 14700, Ci 19140, Carbomer, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Pumice, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Mannose, Ascorbylglucoside, Disodium Edta, Caprylylglycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruitwater, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Xanthan Gum, Parfum. Code F.I.L. : C185392/1.
Vichy Masque Argile Pore Purifying Clay Mask ($20.00 for 2.54 oz. from Vichy, Amazon, CVS, Dermstore, SkinCare RX, Walgreens and Escentual): Formulated for all types of skin, this clay mask unclogs pores, refines the appearance of pores, lifts impurities and eliminates excess oil and sebum. Furthermore, unlike many clay masks that dry out the skin and leave it taut, this one contains Aloe Vera that actually hydrates the skin. However, Vichy recommends only leaving this mask on for 5 minutes, and not allowing it fully dry because it will dry out the skin when left on too long. While this mask does contain fragrance, I would not characterize it as fragrant.
According to Vichy,
Vichy's first mineral face mask combining two ultra-fine white clays with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water to help eliminate excess sebum and impurities for purified pores and softer skin.
This clay mask is rich in two white clays [Kaolin, Bentonite] that act like a ‘magnet’ to draw out excess sebum and impurities from the skin. Combined with Aloe Vera extracts to hydrate and sooth skin and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water to help strengthen the skin's moisture barrier function and protect against aggressors. Paraben-free.
Directions: Apply face mask on skin, wait for 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Use one to two times a week. Application tip: Never let your clay mask fully dry. When it does, the skin underneath is dried out as well. Five minutes is all the Vichy Pore Purifying Mask needs to be efficient.
Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Argilla, Propanediol, Glycer I N, Capryl I C / C Apri Ctriglyceride, Ci 77891, Cetearylalcohol, Zea Mays Starch, C I 77499, C I 77492, C I 77491, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum. Code F.I.L. : C182660/1.
Vichy Quenching Mineral Face Mask ($20.00 for 2.54 oz. from Vichy, CVS, Dermstore and Escentual): This is the most soothing and hydrating face mask, and it feels absolutely amazing on the skin! The luscious gel-texture is very refreshing and lightweight, and it melts into the skin immediately. Skin is left very hydrated, soft, supple and luminous. It is a perfect mask to add into your winter skincare routine to offset the drying effects of the cold outdoors and the heated indoors. It does contain a light and clean fragrance, but it is neither overpowering, nor long-lasting.
According to Vichy,
Vichy Quenching Mineral Face Mask with Vitamin B3 instantly soothes and hydrates skin, featuring a rich formula, yet a light, liquid-gel texture. Enriched with 10% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, the hydrating face mask is ideal for dry, dehydrated and uncomfortable skin. It helps strengthen the skin's moisture barrier and protect against environmental aggressors. A mix of green tea, jasmine water and bamboo notes offers the skin an instant boost of freshness.
Directions: Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Then, massage or wipe off excess product with a cotton pad. Do not rinse. Use 1-3 times per week.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Peg-8, Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ci 61570, Carbomer Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tetrasodium Edta, Menthoxypropanediol, T- Butylalcohol, Parfum.
According to Vichy,
Our highest concentration of Retinol, in a daily wrinkle-filler treatment. Clinically-tested double-action with Pure Retinol + LR2412 to visibly fill deep wrinkles and plump skin for younger-looking facial expressions.
With this retinol anti-wrinkle cream, skin instantly appears smoother and plumped. Wrinkles look visibly reduced. Facial expressions appear more relaxed and skin looks naturally more youthful and resurfaced.
Directions: Retinol cream can be used alone as a daily treatment or layered under your other moisturizers for an added layer of moisture. Should be combined with SPF protection every morning.
Avoid eye area. Avoid over-exposure to UV rays and sunlight. Do not combine with other products containing retinol.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Isopropyl Isostearate, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Tetrahydrojasmonate, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide , Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance.
Vichy LIFTACTIV Supreme Serum 10 ($45.00 for 1.01 oz. from Vichy, CVS, Dermstore, Skinstore and Skincare RX): This is such a magical serum! It is very lightweight, with a silky-smooth consistency and texture, and it melts right into the skin without leaving behind any sort of residue. It deeply hydrates the skin, thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid, and it leaves it unbelievably soft, smooth, supply and luminous. Furthermore, it softens and plumps fine lines and is perfect on the face, neck and décolleté.
According to Vichy,
Our best-selling anti-wrinkle and hydrating face serum featuring 10% Rhamnose, now with Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid. Visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles--including crow's feet, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles under eyes, and neck wrinkles. Feel tighter and visibly plumped skin in 10 days.
Directions: Use in the morning and evening on cleansed skin. Apply a few drops of LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme on your fingertips and smooth evenly across the face and neck until thoroughly absorbed. Can be used alone or under LiftActiv Supreme or LiftActiv Night Supreme for a complete anti-aging regimen.
Ingredients: Aqua, Rhamnose, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat. , Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecanol, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Bht, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Poloxamer 338, Di Sodium Edta, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Tocopherol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Laureth-7, T-Butyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Parfum, Code Fil: C180572/1.
Vichy LIFTACTIV Supreme Eyes ($33.50 for 0.5 oz. from Vichy, Target, Skinstore, Skincare RX, CVS and Dermstore): I am such a fan of this eye cream. It is mid-weight, it absorbs quickly, it is ultra-moisturizing and it helps reduce puffiness and dark circles. Furthermore, it brightens the appearance of my eye area, and it is one of the few eye creams that is also formulated to be used on the eyelids as well. I love that it comes in a squeeze tube to keep germs from getting into the eye cream, and that makes it perfect for traveling.
According to Vichy,
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Eyes restores firmness and elasticity to the eye area. Escine and vitamin E help to lift and tone while caffeine increases micro-circulation to clear away puffiness and dark circles. Rhamnose encourages collagen production and increases cell turnover. It's gentle enough to be used all over the eye area, including the upper lid.
Directions: Use day and/or night on perfectly clean skin. Close your eye. Apply the cream in a gentle smoothing action from point 1 towards the exterior of the eye. Reapply a little more product and carry out the same movement from point 2 moving upwards. After application, apply pressure to point 3 using two fingers and simultaneously gently pull the skin towards the sides. Finish by lightly tapping around the eye.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Cyclohexasiloxane, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-20 Stearate, Bis-peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Stearyl Alcohol, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Poloxamer 338, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Acrylamide/sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum / Fragrance.
Vichy LIFTACTIV Supreme Firming Anti-Aging Cream ($42.00 for 1.7 oz. from Vichy, CVS, Dermstore and Walgreens): This is an ultra-creamy mid-weight, and fast-absorbing, cream that is deeply moisturizing and it plumps and softens fine lines and leaves skin incredibly soft and smooth. It is perfect for the cold weather, and is definitely hydrating enough for normal to dry skin types.
According to Vichy,
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme helps slow the process of everyday aging with a potent anti-aging formula. Rhamnose, a naturally occurring sugar found in Buckthorn, features skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. With daily use over the course of time, this cream diminishes the depth of deep wrinkles and visibly smooths skin. Skin is left looking and feeling young and rested.
Directions: On cleansed skin, spread a touch of cream to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Spread with upward smoothing strokes, from inside to outside. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.
Ingredients: Aqua /Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Rhamnose, Isohexadecane, Alcoholdenat., Propanediol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Peg-100 Stearate, Ci 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, Ci 77891 Titaniumdioxide, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearylglucoside, Caffeine, Neohesperidindihydrochalcone, Palmiticacid, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ammoniumpolyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammoniumpolyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodiumstearoyl Glutamate, Disodiumedta, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Acrylamide/Sodiumacryloyldimethyltauratecopolymer, Ethylhexylhydroxystearate, Polysorbate 80, Parfum/ Fragrance, Code F.I.L.B165780/2.
Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser ($18.00 for 6.7 oz. from Vichy, CVS and Dermstore): If you have oily or acne-prone skin you know how stripping, drying and irritating acne cleansers can be. I have normal/combination skin, and when I do have the periodic breakout I seek products that are gentle and non-drying. This lightly lathering gel cleanser helps to heal breakouts without dehydrating the skin, and it is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
According to Vichy,
Deep cleansing gel for oily & acne-prone skin. Purifies skin and unclogs pores without dryness or irritation.
Directions: Work product into a lather and massage onto damp face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse well with water. Use twice daily.
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 0.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Peg-8, Coco-Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Ci 19140/Yellow 5, Ci 42053/Green 3, Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance
Vichy Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Acne Care ($25.00 for 1.7 oz. from Vichy, Target, Walgreens and Dermstore): This is a very pleasant lightweight and fast-absorbing moisturizer that does not clog the pores. It does contain Salicylic Acid, and therefore can be a touch drying for normal to dry skin, but is perfectly suited for oily and acne-prone skin types. I use it as a spot-treatment when I have a breakout, and it is very effective in that capacity.
According to Vichy,
Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Acne Care is Vichy's most powerful anti-blemish moisturizer, shown to fight signs of blemish-prone skin. Enriched with [Air Licium + Phe Resorcinol] technology to help skin feel hydrated while looking radiant and beautiful.
Directions: On clean, dry skin apply a thin layer of cream 1-3 times a day, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently until thoroughly absorbed.
Ingredients: Active: Salicylic Acid 1.50%. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Octyldodecanol, Bht, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Isobutane, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Blue 1, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Perlite, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Poloxamer 338, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Capryloyl Glycine, Xanthan Gum, T-Butyl Alcohol, Acrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate/Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Fragrance.
Vichy Capital Ideal Soleil Self-Tanner ($20.00 for oz. from Vichy and Dermstore): If you are looking for a gradual self-tanning lotion that can be used on the face and body, then this paraben-free version promises a natural and even wash of color with an easy streak-free application.
According to Vichy.
Ideal Soleil self tanning lotion can be used as both a face and body self tanner. It gives a gradual, streak-free, natural tan while moisturizing skin.
Directions: Apply self-tanner two to four times a week. Avoid applying tanning lotion near the eyes. Blend evenly and smooth out around the hairline, eyebrows, ankles, knees and elbows. Wash hands well after use. Use self tanner on clean and moisturized skin for best results. Use the Double glow peel face mask to gently exfoliate and prepare the skin before applying tanning lotion.
Ingredients: Aqua • Glycerin • Cetearyl Alcohol • Paraffinum Liquidum • Dihydroxyacetone • Dimethicone • Alcohol Denat. • Propylene Glycol • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter • Cetearyl Glucoside • Caprylyl Glycol • Disodium EDTA • Isohexadecane • Phenoxyethanol • Polysorbate 80 • Salix Alba Bark Extract • Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate • Sorbitan Oleate • Tocopherol • Tri-C14-15 Alkyl Citrate • Xanthan Gum • Parfum (Fragrance).
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