Product Review: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate, 30ml, CAD$39.00 (plus taxes)

I had used several Vichy products in my life time – one from Normaderm when I was in my 20s, fighting the occasional zits at that time of the month; another Liftactiv product, with Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid, none of which worked on my dehydrated combo skin. The selling point is the thermal water. Did it do any of the fortifying, hydrating, soothing, etc.?

As you can see, I had used up the entire bottle, and I can only tell you that this is a complete waste of money. This hydrates no better than a $10 Garnier moisturizer (which ironically is quite superior considering its price, and both Garnier and Vichy belong to L’Oreal). The 24hr hydration claim is especially bogus; my skin was no different 5 minutes after applying this than before, and I don’t think this really does anything. The glycerin and water took up a rather short list of ingredients (the length of the list isn’t the problem here). My skin didn’t look or feel soothed, wasn’t any stronger or more hydrated, short term or long term. Heck, any of Kanebo, Shiseido, Kose’s cheaper lines, JuJu or Hadalabo can do a lot better at half the price of this! For a drugstore product this isn’t cheap, and considering how basic this is (and ineffective), I totally regret not buying a more trusted Japanese or Korean skincare brand.

8 comments on Product Review: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate

  1. Kev Jang
    May 31, 2011 at 4:31 am (6 years ago)

    Even Freshel by Kanebo(a relatively cheaper product among the various Kanebo lines) would probably deliver better than Vichy. I found their products largely overrated and the textures do not agree with my skin when I used them in Calgary. For example, the Normaderm line felt too CHALKY(!!!!) and did not moisturize enough, while the Extra Rich Aqualia cream actually flakes in the dry air……

  2. hopeinablog
    May 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm (6 years ago)

    i felt so bad after reading this because Vichy is our brand from france 🙁 haha so sorry joseibi ! i am ashamed. hahaha

    its been ages since ive used any french products. haha my last ones were darphin and decleor which i really liked

    • Joseibi
      June 3, 2011 at 10:53 am (6 years ago)

      @hopeinablog – oh hope it’s not your fault! 🙂 Every country has some duds and I am sure even some J- or K-brands can be duds too. Darphin is good but expensive. Vichy is just a drug store brand but is not cheap. I think between Vichy and Avene, both thermal water-based – Avene is definitely much better and effective. I had used several Avene products in the past that were good. It was the first French brand I bought when my husband and I went to Paris.

      @Anonymous – I totally agree, many of these French pharmacy-level brands are pretty useless, but they aren’t cheap! I think Avene is the only one that is good – at least for sensitive skin – but surprisingly the ingredients aren’t that great either. I used some of Avene’s face creams for sensitive skin and they were loaded with petrochemicals (I am allergic to petrolatum/mineral oil) and their sunscreens have oxybenzone. I bought the La Roche Posay sunscreens (Anthelios) for my little girl and they gave her hives. I guess because they were made in France they are expensive, but wish that they were good at least! 🙁

  3. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I only use Vichy deodorant which I buy in bulks when back in Paris and also tried their pink face foam which was quite nice, but the face products are big no-no for me. is loreal after all. Same goes to la Roche Posay pharmacy brand, although any dermatologist in France and Switzerland will recommend it to to you straight away, it was a waste of money in my and my mother’s case. My sister-in-law who is French has very bad case of eczema like my partner and she went to the la Roche Posay spa, had also zero impact on her condition.

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Sorry for grammar and misspells. typing on an iPad is a nightmare:(

  5. A Silvero-Jeffe
    June 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Vichy, La Roche Posay and Garnier, not surprising at all for me since they’re all from L’Oreal’s portfolio of brands. Even the L’Oreal-owned shu uemura failed to deliver results (skincare).

    Funny that the Shiseido-owned french brands, Carita and Decleor failed for me. They were very expensive and heavily fragranced.

    Then there’s P&G’s SK-II and Olay, which I seem to like.

    Just goes to show you that a better name / higher price doesn’t mean better results.

    • Joseibi
      June 3, 2011 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

      @Arthur – I didn’t know L’Oreal owns Shu Uemura, but yes, it does explain a lot of things! I wasn’t too thrilled with its brush cleaner from awhile back. It just didn’t seem like Shu quality. Now I know.

      I am not fond of Shiseido’s international brands either. I was much happier with its domestic brands – Elixir, Maquillage, Granas Revital, etc. I didn’t know Shiseido owns Decleor – it’s an aromatic brand and it gives me a headache. As for Carita, at that price I am shocked that it isn’t at least good…I think Orlane is also owned by Shiseido too, it’s being sold at Shiseido’s warehouse sale here twice a year. I don’t find a lot of French brands agreeing with my skin – makeup is ok but not skincare for some reason. Dior is like that – horribly expensive but useless!

      SKII – it’s one brand I will probably return to later in the year. Just bought the Cellumination Mask-In Lotion and then Canada Post went on strike! Hope I will get it soon…it claims to produce the same effect as if you just used a subtrate mask. I look forward to that.

  6. Kev Jang
    June 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Joseibi, about the strike at Canada Post, that was a nasty thing by the way. I can imagine a lot of businesses getting affected by it as a result of all that! Especially e-commerce retailers….


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