Aqualia Antiox Pro-Youth 24H Hydrating Fluid SPF 12
Although the SPF rating on this daytime moisturizer for normal to slightly oily skin misses the benchmark of SPF 15, it does provide avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection.
As for the claim that this product protects your stem cells, it doesn’t contain anything special for that purpose. You could argue that simply protecting skin from sun damage will also protect stem cells in skin, so in that sense Vichy’s claim is hardly unique. It’s also important to point out that the base formula contains enough alcohol to potentially cause free-radical damage, which leads to collagen breakdown—so much for preserving cells of any kind in your skin!
This product is also said to contain “microspheres” that burst and give skin an immediate healthy glow. Whether the microspheres are present or not, what you need to know is that this product contains coloring agents and cosmetic pigments, including those that leave skin shiny, to produce the glow. It can be attractive, but it isn’t special or unique to this product; plus, shine and coloring agents are not skin care.
This light-weight lotion protects stem cells from oxidative attacks to optimize the regeneration of skin cells and improve the look and quality of skin in 15 days. Using the exclusive Tagra Technology, this 24 hour hydrating lotion contains microspheres that break to release color pigments for an immediate healthy glow.
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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