Mineral 89 Fortifying & Hydrating Daily Skin Booster
Vichy's Mineral 89 Fortifying & Hydrating Daily Skin Booster is an example of a skincare product that doesn't have anything wrong with it, per se—it just offers too few beneficial ingredients to make it worth your time or money.
This fragrance-free booster has a lightweight, fluid serum texture that makes skin feel immediately hydrated and refreshed. It sinks into skin quickly for a smoother appearance.
True to Vichy's claims, this contains hyaluronic acid, which is a great moisturizing ingredient… but it contains little else to help your skin.
Vichy says this product can make skin more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress, and fatigue, but that's the job of antioxidants. A mix of those is absent here and while hyaluronic acid imparts some antioxidant benefit, it's not as robust as what your skin would get from a range of these vital ingredients.
By the way, you can safely ignore claims about the importance of its 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water. Water is water, and by itself doesn't have much benefit when applied topically (you're better off drinking it).
This isn't a harmful product, it's just too boring to recommend. Much more robust anti-aging formulas can be found on our list of Best Serums & Boosters.
- Lightweight texture sinks quickly into skin, making it feel hydrated.
- Fragrance free.
- Lackluster ingredient list leaves your skin wanting and needing more.
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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