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Friday, November 28, 2014

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Rich Cream & Serum

vichy aqualia thermal dynamic power serum and hydration rich cream

Happy Black Friday, blog fans! Did you shop? Now is when I can get all righteous and say I didn't. Not a single thing. I am planning a pretty big haul for tomorrow though, as it's a bonus redemption day at Shoppers Drug Mart. Canadian ladies know what that means. If you don't, it basically means I get to shop for a bunch of free stuff. I'm at the max level of points (which you collect every time you shop) so I'll be getting $210 of goodies. I'm pretty excited, but, back to what you're really here for- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Rich Cream & Serum. Which are equally exciting and perfect for the winter dry which most of us experience. Read on to find out why!

vichy aqualia thermal dynamic power serum and hydration rich cream

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While my skin type has changed a little bit in the past few months, it always tends to be on the dry side. Okay, it is almost always on the dry side, but the severity does change. As such, I always assumed my best bet to conquer it was dependent on my moisturizer. While that's true, Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Serum has been a total game changer for my skin. Yup. It's that good.

Both serum and moiturizer the Aqualia Thermal range are formulated to distribute hydration and lock it in so skin retains moisture. As skin is made of 70% water, keeping it hydrated helps to keep skin radiant and reduces effect of the aging process- who doesn't want that? Alon with Vichy's thermal water the key ingredients include:
  • Hylauronic Acid which holds 1000 times its weight in water.
  • Aquabioryl (or Fucogel) a sugar able to create a highly moisturizing protective film on the surface of the skin that protects against further dehydration. It also provides a long lasting moisturizing effect in combination with Hylauronic acid.
  • λ-carrageenans extracted from red algae, it locks in hydration to keep the water well-distributed.
The serum has a milky look and thin texture that takes a moment to absorb, but is instantly hydrating on skin. Two pumps is enough for my whole face and neck, which means the bottle will last for quite some time. I find that my skin is not only less dry, it looks more radiant and the overall texture is improved. My dry areas (my cheeks and around my mouth) are almost non-existent now that I've been using this for a few weeks, and no longer feel dry half way through the day. That also means my makeup wears better, as it doesn't get eaten dry areas.

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Of course, the range includes a moisturizer- two actually. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic moisturizer is offered in Light (for normal to combination skin) and Rich (for dry to very dry skin.) I have the latter, and was quite impressed with the texture. When I think rich creams, my mind goes to heavy, intense formulas but this has a lighter feel. It's still creamy and lush feeling, but it absorbs cleanly into skin within moments with no shiny look or heavy feel. That said, it delivers serious hydration. I find it's more than my skin currently needs- I don't want to speak too fast though, as winter dryness is sure to kick in any day now- so I use this a few nights a week. It leaves skin feeling so supple and soft, but also brighter and more even looking. I especially like this moisturizer for use on my neck, as it gets super dry and I've had hyper-pigmentation in the past. One application of this cream transforms even my driest patches and, even better, it stays hydrated for days.

Overall, I'm a major fan. The moisturizer is an amazing option for combating dry skin, but the serum... Well, everyone should try the serum! In the past, I was never completely sold on serums- Vichy Idealia Life Serum was one of the first I really loved- but this one gives such a noticeable boost of moisture I don't think I ever want to be without it. Tried this or any of the other products in the Aqualia Thermal family? What do you reach for to combat winter dryness?