04.27.2012
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Vichy Normaderm Daily Exfoliating Cleansing Gel
4.2 fl. oz. for $18
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Normaderm Daily Exfoliating Cleansing Gel is similar to the Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel, except without the witch hazel and with the inclusion of polyethylene beads, which makes this a good cleansing scrub for normal to oily skin. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

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Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Exfoliating formula containing salicylic acid with smoothing micro-particles.

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Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Polyethylene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PAG-4 Laurate, Isobutylparaben, Glycolic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Jojoba Esters, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Chlorphenesin, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium Edta, Hydrolyzed Algin, Dextran, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Yellow 10, Green 3, 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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