Aqualia Antiox “New Skin” Antioxidant Fresh Serum
Other than making all skin types feel silky, this overpriced serum doesn’t have much to offer. It contains more alcohol than antioxidants; in fact, the only antioxidant of note present is vitamin E (tocopherol), and there’s only a tiny amount in this serum.
The alcohol, while not present in a terribly high amount, may still cause dryness, free-radical damage, and irritation that leads to collagen breakdown. In any skin-care product, you never want to see alcohol listed before the state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients that all skin types need. This serum is more ho-hum than anything else, and your skin deserves better! Please refer to our list of Best Serums for our favorites.
NOTE: This bottle-packaged serum comes with a packet of vitamin C powder that you're supposed to add to the serum prior to first use. Then, according to the company, you should refrigerate the concoction and use within 3 weeks. You can imagine how expensive this would be; year-round use means you'll be spending over $800 per year on a lackluster serum.
Note: This serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator. Although not the ideal method to dispense a serum that contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients, sometimes this type of packaging is necessary due to formulary requirements. When that’s the case, the goal is to keep the bottle opening as small as possible, the bottle should be opaque or specially coated to protect the contents from light, and you should use the serum up within three months of opening.
This highly effective serum improves what dermatologists have identified as the three markers of youthful skin: rosy complexion, radiant skin tone and smooth texture.
Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.
A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radicalquelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehls, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?
As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.
Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.
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