04.26.2012
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Vichy LiftActiv CxP Total Serum
1 fl. oz. for $46
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This citrus-scented, water-based serum is made to seem more medicinal than it is. The claim of it being able to stimulate fibroblasts (cells that generate collagen in your skin) is dubious because the amount of ingredients that impact this (such as vitamin C) is negligible. In fact, there's more yellow coloring agent in here than state-of-the-art ingredients!

Although the formula is suitable for normal to slightly oily skin, this isn't an anti-aging serum to bank on. Please see our list of Best Serums for superior options with ingredients that truly work to help you have younger, healthier skin. You may need to spend a bit more, but you'll assuredly be getting a better product (although it must be said that generally speaking for cosmetics, expensive doesn't equal better).

Last Updated:02.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Liftactiv CxP Total Serum was developed following the same method used in targeted drug therapy by combining Vitamin C with Monosaccharide R, to deliver pure Vitamin C directly to the fibroblasts, the very cells that produce fresh collagen and elastin fibers.

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Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Rhamnose, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Yellow 6, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Dimethiconol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Adenosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 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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