04.27.2012
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Vichy Purete Thermale Hydra-SoothingToner, for Dry and Sensitive Skin
6.7 fl. oz. for $18
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Purete Thermale Hydra Soothing Detoxifying Toner, for Dry and Sensitive Skin is similar to Vichy’s Purete Thermale Hydra-Perfecting Toner, except this version is marketed to those with dry, sensitive skin. The fact that it contains fragrance makes it a poor option for sensitive skin (no one’s skin needs fragrance, especially sensitive skin) but it does contain some hydrating ingredients those with dry skin will appreciate. Still, this isn’t worth the expense because there are better toners that cost less and provide your skin with a broader range of beneficial ingredients.

Last Updated:04.27.2012
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Tested on animals:Yes
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Detoxified, the skin can breathe freely. Hydrated, it recovers comfort, softness and radiance.

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Water, Glycerin, PEG 8, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Red 33, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter Extract), Methylparaben, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Fragrance

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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 radical–quelling 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, Kiehl’s, 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 don’t 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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