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Vichy

Purete Thermale Hydra-Perfecting Toner for Normal and Combination Skin

6.76 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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Purete Thermale Hydra-Perfecting Toner, for Normal and Combination Skin is a good, basic, moisturizing toner that’s preferred for normal to dry skin. There is no convincing research that any ingredient in this toner works like a magnet to “capture impurities”. Most impurities (think dirt, dead skin cells, and traces of makeup) are removed by the sheer physical act of cleansing and/or swabbing a cotton pad over areas your cleanser may have missed, such as around the hairline. This toner also cannot detoxify your skin—no one at Vichy can explain what toxins are lurking in your skin that this toner can somehow magically remove.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

For the first time a toner combines in an ulta-refreshing texture: Vichy Thermal Spa Water and Captelae, a shea plant extract, which acts like a micro-magnet to dislodge and capture impurities. Leaves skin detoxified and hydrated. Alcohol-free.

Water, PEG 8, Glycerin, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Copper Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter Extract), Methyparaben, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Fragrance

Vichy At-A-Glance

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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