28 March 2013

Vichy Skincare: My Top Picks, Plus Gift With Purchase!

I think Vichy is one of those brands that we can sometimes take for granted. It’s one of the more widely available French pharmacy brands and that, coupled with the no-frills packaging, means it can sometimes be overlooked in favour of fancier, department store offerings.



And yet the brand produces some absolutely brilliant products that target a whole host of skincare concerns. They are particularly strong on anti-aging and treating blemish prone skin – I’ve had great success with the Normaderm range in the past, and my bathroom is rarely without a tube of this 3-in-1 cleanser, exfoliator and mask.

With salicylic acid, LHA and glycolic acid, along with 25% clay, it’s the business for fighting imperfections, without drying out your skin. It’s so well priced at €13.25 – this one is a repurchase, and I’ll be picking it up again.
 
Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser, Exfoliant, Mask
 
LiftActiv is another Vichy line I really rate. The eyecream, LiftActiv Yeux, is fab - it contains the anti-aging ingredient rhamnose, which clinical studies have shown to improve the look of wrinkles around the eyes.

This is also a key ingredient in the latest product in the line, which I was recently sent to try. Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes treats the entire eye area, including the lashes. Mine have been weakened by extensions so I’m hoping this does the trick – it also promises to reduce wrinkles, brighten the eye area and function as a primer under makeup. Not bad for €27, eh?
 
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot
 
And if you suffer from breakouts, another product that’s well worth checking out is the new Hyaluspot, which coats blemishes with an invisible film of product that allows them to quickly heal.

With salicylic acid to draw out impurities and hyaluronic acid to combat any drying effects on the skin, it’s both fast working and gentle to use – my skin is slightly sensitive and this doesn’t bother me at all. I love the hygienic metal applicator and have been reaching for this over my previous favourites. It’s €10, and this one was a PR sample.
 
Vichy Gift with Purchase April 2013
 
If you fancy trying out anything from the brand, then now really is the time – they’re running a lovely promotion throughout April in selected pharmacies. Pick up two Vichy products, with one being a moisturiser, and you’ll receive a velvet pouch filled with products – including cleanser, Idealia moisturiser and a mini thermal spa water spray -  worth a total of €19.35.
 
What are your favourite Vichy products? Is there anything I should be checking out next?
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