Product Review: Vichy Aqualia Thermal

Vichy Aqualia Thermale Review, Chick AdvisorAs much as I love makeup, my true addiction is to skincare products. There is really nothing I won’t try when it comes to skincare if it means reaching my ultimate skincare goal – clear, glowing, plump, smooth, luminous skin. This desire to try pretty much anything has shown me the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly being two nights ago when I tried a new face mask that left my skin lobster red and feeling like I had a sunburn. Something that didn’t turn out so ugly? The Vichy Aqualia Thermal products I have been trying out lately. My skin looks great!

Aqualia Thermal is Vichy’s product range that contains the highest concentration of Vichy Themal Spa Water. It is soothing and allows your skin to stay moisturized for up to 48 hours. The Thermal Spa Water helps to rebalance the skin by preserving the skin’s pH level, strengthens the skin to create a strong barrier and accelerates the regeneration of skin by speeding up the process of new cells coming to the surface of the skin. To see all the amazing benefits of thermal water check out my full blog post here.

About a month ago, I received three full sized Vichy Aqualia Thermal products from Chick Advisor to test. The products I received were the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream, Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum and Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm.

Vichy Acqualia Thermal Light Cream

The Aqualia Thermal Light Cream is, as you may have guessed, is a light cream texture. It is geared towards those with normal or combination (me) skin, with a concern for skin hydration. It is said to re-hydrate areas of the skin that are dry and/or dehydrated by evenly spreading water throughout the skin to lock in 24 hour hydration. This moisturizer also comes in a gel-water texture for more oily skin and a rich cream texture for those with dry to very dry skin.

My initial reaction when seeing the cream was “yikes”. I generally avoid cream textures as they can feel heavy on the skin and  I worry they will not suit well for my combo skin, but I was pleasantly surprised.  This product is sooo light and cooling on the skin. It absorbs instantly and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Acqualia Thermal Dynamic Power Hydrating Serum

The Aqualia Thermal Power Serum is a lightweight serum suitable for all skin types. It has an ultra-light texture that softens and provides comfort to the skin without an kind of sticky or oily residue. The powerful formula provides hydration for 48 hours.

I love a good serum, so I was thrilled to see this little guy. It feels so good on my skin I want to apply it to my whole entire body. This is the perfect product for summer because during the summer months I don’t feel like loading heavy products on my skin. This product is so lightweight and provides so much moisture, which I instantly can see. During the summer it is so important to keep the skin hydrated, especially when we are losing water through perspiration. I also think it will be great for the winter months when the cold winter air is taking a toll on our skin and it needs a little boost of hydration.

Vichy Acqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm

Last, but not least is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm. It is an gel-cream that targets bags, puffy eyes and tired looking skin. It does this through re-balancing water distribution around your eye area. This leaves your eyes looking more refreshed and awake throughout the day.

I have actually already been using this eye cream in my routine since February. I struggle with eye creams. I don’t like anything too heavy in texture because I feel like it weighs down my eye area and sits on the skin not allowing it to fully absorb. This gel-cream texture is perfect! It is lightweight, absorbs super quickly and feels really soothing on the skin. I also really notice a difference on my skin when I stop using it for a day or two, my eyes look tired and the skin isn’t as smooth.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Pros:

  • All the products I used were light-weight
  • Left my skin feeling refreshed and smooth
  • I could physically see a difference in my skin
  • There is a variety of different product textures to meet the needs of each skin type

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cons:

  • There is an added fragrance, which is strong at first, but disappears after application. It is a very clean and refreshing scent (this wasn’t an issue for me, but may be a con for anyone with fragrance sensitivity).

So, what is my overall verdict? I am really impressed with this line. Even after the first night of using it my skin felt different. When I woke up, my skin seemed brighter and it was so soft – I couldn’t stop touching it. To test out the level of moisture in my skin after using the product for a week I used the moisture checking tool in my local drugstore. Many large chain drugstores have skincare consult tools in store that the Beauty Experts in store can use to gauge the health of your skin. The tool I used reads the moisture level within your skin. I checked the level of moisture in my skin after using the product for a little over a week. Then, switched back to my previous moisturizer for a week and checked the difference. I noticed the level of moisture in my skin drop by five points. These products have earned a special place in my skincare drawer.

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Aqualia line? Let me know in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me through Chick Advisor. All reviews regarding these products are 100% my own thoughts and opinions.

 

Micellar Water Comparison (Bioderma, Vichy, Garnier, Marcelle and Simple)

Garnier Micellar Water, Vichy Micellar Water, Simple Skincare Micellar Water, Marcelle Micellar WaterMicellar water has been a huge part of my skincare routine for the past two years. With so many new options available at the drugstore, I decided to put some other alternatives to the test to see how they rank in comparison to my tried and true Bioderma. Let the battle of the micellar waters begin!

Vichy Purete One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution 3 in 1

The Vichy One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution claims to be a cleanser, toner and eye makeup remover. It is ultra-gentle, refreshing, purifies skin, removes makeup and soothes irritation. It attracts impurities like a magnet eliminating any need to rub or tug at the skin to remove makeup. It is ideal for all skin types and all skin concerns. Vichy states that they have a unique micellar technology which can effectively remove impurities.

Formula: The Vichy Micellar Solution has a very fresh clean scent – it is an added fragrance to the product. The list of ingredients in this micellar and the Garnier version (up next, keep reading!) are almost identical. Vichy’s micellar is tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control, hypoallergenic, paraben free and includes the Vichy Thermal Spa Water making it both soothing and fortifying.

Packaging: The packaging on this water is very similar to most on the market. It has a flip open cap with a small hole that dispenses the product when turned upside down. The one thing I did like about this bottle in particular is that it is more rectangular in shape and I felt like it was easier to pack when I have needed to take makeup somewhere and it fit better in  my makeup bag because of the shape.

Performance: This product worked extremely quickly and is the most comparable to my dear Bioderma. I could remove my entire face of makeup in about one and a half cotton pads – super impressive. The product was very soothing on the skin and left my face refreshed and clean without feeling stripped or dry. It was not irritating to the eyes or lips. I will mention that I did have a skin irritation as a result of testing out some new products recently. Normally, I would have avoided placing the micellar water on this area, but since it said it had soothing properties I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t my smartest idea and it ended up making that irritation feel worse. Overall, I did really enjoy this micellar water, it was gentle, and it did live up to it’s claims. However, I would avoid any contact with skin irritations in the future.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water All-In-1 Cleansing Water

The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water claims to remove makeup, cleanse and refresh. It is a non-rinse formula safe for the face, eyes and lips. It is oil free, alcohol free and fragrance free. It is tested under Dermatological and Ophthalmological control and is non-greasy and non-comedogenic.

Formula: The formula, as previously mentioned is almost identical to Vichy’s, but there are two main differences. One, there is no fragrance to this product. And two, there is BHT in this formula (also known as butylated hydroxytoluene). It is used to help extend product shelf life and maintain product quality. You’re probably wondering why I am bringing up this long word and the reason being is some people boycott products over this ingredient due to potential side effects. I have looked into it and it is an ingredient that is regulated by Health Canada and they only allow a concentration of 0.1% or less. It is continuously being reviewed and monitored by Health Canada and they have confirmed that the amount currently found in cosmetic products is safe. You can find more details here. Based on my own research I will definitely be more aware of BHT, but I don’t plan on avoiding products with BHT in the future and it won’t stop me from reusing or repurchasing this product.

Packaging: Garnier Micellar Water has very standard packaging. It is similar to most micellar waters on the market. It has a flip cap with a small hole underneath that dispenses the product when it is flipped upside down.

Performance: The performance on this product is basically identical to Vichy’s, which isn’t surprising considering their ingredients are very similar. It took very little product to remove a full face of makeup (about one and a half cotton pads). It left no residue on the skin, no tight feeling and my skin felt clean. The only thing I didn’t find with this one that I was missing is that I didn’t feel a cooling refreshing feeling on the skin afterwards. This was a little disappointing as that is something I really enjoy in a micellar. Other than that, the performance was extremely good and very comparable to Bioderma.

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution

The Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution claims to gently cleanse and effectively remove makeup from both the face and eyes, while soothing the skin. It is supposed to work on even the most dry, sensitive and intolerant skin. Effective on even waterproof makeup.

Formula: It has a very fresh cucumber scent, which comes from the cucumber extract included within the list of ingredients – there is no added fragrance to this product. Something I found interesting about the list of ingredients on this micellar water is that it has salicylic acid in it. This is a nice addition to the product as salicylic acid is great for improving skin texture. It is also 100% hypoallergenic, 100% perfume free, gluten free, paraben free, alcohol free, oil free, soap free, non comedogenic, recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association and Ophthalmologist tested.

Packaging: I loooove the packaging on this product and I think every other brand should adopt this packaging. It has a pump on the top that you place your cotton over top of and then press down. As you press down, the product is dispensed and immediately absorbed into your cotton. This provides a lot better control when it comes to how much product you use because you know the exact number of pumps you need to soak your cotton and get the job done. Plus, if you’re clumsy like me, you don’t have to worry about knocking it over and spilling it everywhere as the pump makes it spill proof!

Marcelle occasionally releases bonus format sizes where you can get extra product for the same cost, or a small gift will be attached as a gift with purchase. Marcelle is great at providing really good bonus offers with their products.

Performance: It left my skin feeling clean without any residue on the skin. It provided a very cooling sensation on the skin and did not leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. It took two cotton pads to remove my full face of makeup – one for each half of my face. It did a good job at removing my makeup, however it was much faster at taking off my face makeup (foundation) versus my eye makeup (mascara). Overall, I am very happy with the performance.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple claims that their micellar is the perfect blend of multi-vitamins. It has skin loving ingredients that will gently cleanse with removing makeup leaving the skin feeling clean and hydrated.

Formula: The Simple Micellar Water has a very light chamomile scent to it. There are no harsh chemicals to upset the skin, no artificial fragrance and no parabens. It is Dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.

Packaging: The standard flip cap packaging – you get it by now.

Performance: Over, this was my least favourite in comparison to the rest in terms of performance. I used a lot of product and my skin still did not feel clean after. I felt like I really needed to rub my skin to get any makeup off. I was never able to remove all of my makeup with this product. It was very refreshing on the skin and hydrating. This product would be great in the morning as a super gentle cleanser, but I would not recommend it for removing makeup.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the other micellar waters that are out there! Vichy and Garnier tie for my first favourite followed by Marcelle and then Simple. Check out my other post about what micellar water is and how to use it here.

What’s your favourite micellar products?

Happy cleansing!

Kaitlyn xo

Micellar Water: A lazy girl’s cleansing dream

Micellar WaterListen up lazy girls, I’m about to answer your skincare prayers. You thought cleansing your face in the shower was a dream? Well I’ve got two words for you that are even easier (once you figure out how to pronounce the first one): micellar water.

Micellar water was a huge North American trend in 2015 with what seemed like every brand bringing one to the market. Micellar water is made up of tiny micelles. These micelles attract dirt, oil and impurities and remove them from the skin without the harsh stripping action that happens with foaming cleansers. The product is great for any skin type, and leaves behind a hydrated glowy finish.

Now you’re probably wondering, “How is this a lazy girl’s dream?”. It’s a non-rinsing formula! That means you apply the micellar water to a cotton pad, swipe it on your face, then you’re good to go. In one product you can easily cleanse and hydrate. Plus the micelles are great at breaking down makeup.

Micellar water was a great addition to my skincare routine this past year. Here are a few to try out (captured in the photo above):

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, $9.99, Drugstore

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $19.97, Shoppers Drug Mart

Caudalie Micellar Water, $28, Sephora

Avene Micellar Lotion, $28, Shoppers Drug Mart

Lancome Eau Fraiche Doucher Micellar Water, $39, Sephora

Happy cleansing to all my fellow lazy girls out there!

Kaitlyn xo

Oils that can cleanse?

Cleansing oil, two words that when I first heard had me asking a lot of questions. As it turns out, it is just another skincare/beauty trend that us North Americans are behind on yet again. European women have been using these products for years – this statement basically had me sold, I mean, have you seen their skin? (#flawless)

The whole concept behind cleansing oils is that they use good oils to attract bad oils. This makes sense when I think about cooking with oil. Before you mix anything together with oil, it always separates from the other ingredients. The same kind of thing happens when you use a cleansing oil. The good oils within the cleansing oil, attract bad oils in your skin, like sebum, and remove them from your skin without harshly stripping your skin like some cleansers. Without harshly stripping the skin of all the natural oils this helps to keep the skin hydrated and balance the ph level, which can reduce breakouts and overproduction of oil.

Now the next thing I thought, after hearing about cleansing my face with oil was, “I have oily skin, there is no way I’m adding to this slick mess…”. But in reality, adding oil to oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some cleansing oils contain botanical oils which can be antibacterial. These will help reduce the number of break outs caused by bacterial overgrowth. Also, sometimes oily skin can be caused by lack of oils in the skin. Using a cleansing oil can replenish your skin and prevent it from over producing oil. And in case I haven’t hit it home yet – oil attracts oil – using a cleansing oil can remove excess oil from the skin.

If you are interested, here are some cleansing oils to try:

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, $35, Sephora

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing OilBoscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, $38, Sephora

 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil, $45, Shoppers Drug Mart
Shiseido Perfect Cleansing OilShiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, $55, Shoppers Drug Mart

 
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing OilBobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, $77, Sephora

 

 

 

Happy cleansing! xo Kaitlyn