First of all, I really wanna apologise for MIA on the blog for the past few weeks. Its been really busy and I’ve had my hands full! But hopefully, you’ll see more of me in the coming week(s). Anyway, coming to today’s post, I’m going to review the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light. The moisturizer is recommended for sensitive and dehydrated normal to combination skin. Since the weather has started changing, my skin now needs a little more hydration than normal. So I picked this up on my shopping trip last month. It usually takes me about 2-3 weeks of continuous usage to form an opinion about a skincare product but this product is an exception. To know why that is so, keep reading..
Sensitive skin needs optimal hydration to allow the skin to undergo its natural repair process. Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water and Hyaluronic Acid, Aqualia Thermal Light provides continuous hydration, for 48 hours intense comfort and protection against daily aggressions.
Light in texture for normal to combination skin, it helps to reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving you with healthy, soft-feeling and more beautiful looking skin.
– Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control
Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water
Long-lasting hydration; Skin looks plumped; Dehydration lines look smoothed; Fresh complexion
Composition:- AQUA / WATER – GLYCERIN – DIMETHICONE – HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE – ALCOHOL DENAT. – PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE – PENTYLENE GLYCOL – STEARYL DIMETHICONE – PROPYLENE GLYCOL – SYNTHETIC WAX – GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE – SODIUM HYALURONATE – PHENOXYETHANOL – AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE – AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE / STEARETH-8 METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER – DISODIUM EDTA – CAPRYLYL GLYCOL – CITRIC ACID – BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 – ACRYLATES COPOLYMER – PARFUM / FRAGRANCE
Price:- Rs 1390/- for 50mL Buy here
The product comes in a translucent-blue, glass tub packaging. I’m not a big fan of the packaging because even though it is small, it is slightly on the bulkier side. Plus the tub packaging makes it unhygienic to scoop out the product. The actual product inside is a heavily–scented white-colored lotion. It has the scent of a typical cold cream and I personally have no issue with it but it might not be for someone with a sensitive nose. The texture of the product is that of a lotion with a moderate consistency.
And now onto the results, i.e my experience with the product. But before I go on about that, let me describe my skin-type. I generally have an oily skin which becomes combination (with a dry T-zone) in the fall and winter months. Other than that, it is sensitive and acne-prone too. So here’s my review of this product based on my skin-type.
Results: When I first apply this product, it feels like a lotion. But immediately after, it starts feeling heavy and my skin feels ‘suffocated’. In contrast to Vichy’s claims, my complexion starts looking slightly greasy and dull which is interesting because I don’t have a dull skin to begin with. As for the moisturising part, it moisturizes the skin averagely and I didn’t experience the ’48-hour hydration’ effect. And now for the biggest catch with this product. After I’ve applied this product, I get tiny red bumps all over my face within the next 24-hours. I can actually see that my pores get clogged and inflamed. I really had high hopes for this product and wasn’t hoping to experience such bad results because a) the product claims to be non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic and b) it is from one of my favourite and trusted skincare brands! So I thought of discontinuing its use and letting my skin calm down. After it calmed down in a couple of days, I tried it only on my dry T-zone area (which BTW almost never breaks out) and the same thing happened again. I had tiny red bumps on my nose and forehead. For the purpose of the review, I tested it for the third time but sadly, the results were yet again the same. So I can say with certainty that something in this product does not suit my skin and clogs my pores. I have changed my diet recently and it has been working wonders for my skin in calming and clearing it out. So the effects of this product are all the more disappointing!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light, quite opposite to its name, feels heavy on the skin and might not work for oily to combination skintypes. Because of its slightly greasy finish, it makes my skin appear dull. Although on the plus side, the product is paraben-free. As for the moisturization part, it moisturizes the skin averagely which does not justify its price tag. Even though the product claims to be non-comedogenic, it manages to clog my skin and break me out. Do keep in mind though, that everyone’s skin reacts to a certain product in different ways and the only way to know exactly if it works for you, is to try it out for yourself . So if you’re considering purchasing this product, I’d suggest to first get a sample and try it yourself for 2-3 days. As for me, I’ll probably end up using it as a hand/foot cream. I might try it out again in the winter months and if I do, I’ll update this post for you guys.