04.27.2012
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Vichy Neovadiol GF Day Densifying Re-Sculpting Care Normal/Combination
1.7 fl. oz. for $51
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There is nothing, and we mean nothing, in this very standard moisturizer that can lift sagging skin on the neck or along the jaw line. We wish this wasn't the case, but no skin-care products can address the multiple factors that cause skin to sag and lose its youthful contours.

About all this jar-packaged moisturizer for normal to dry skin can do is make your skin feel smoother and softer, just like thousands of other moisturizers. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened.

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

Last Updated:02.13.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
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Instantly, the skin is hydrated and features look smoothed out. In 1 month, firmer neck, redefined jaw line and smoother wrinkles.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Propanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cera Alba(Beeswax), FD&C Blue 1, Sorbic Acid, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract), Cinnamic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Phloroglucinol Trimethyl Ether, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Acrylamide (Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer), Polysorbate 80, 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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