There are few skincare products I truly like within a short period of trying them out. Usually, I’m just sceptical. Unusually, the new Vichy Normaderm Pore Resurfacing Essence is an exception. 3 days into using it, and I was in love with it. After more than 2 weeks, its now a staple.
A new addition to the Vichy Normaderm line, the Pore Resurfacing Essence is an essence you apply after cleanser and toner and before moisturizer to help refine your skin and make your skin look smoother with smaller pores.
Vichy Pore Resurfacing Essence makes a lovely makeup primer
What it does for me is not only keep my skin smooth and matte and oil free all day, but also acts as a lovely makeup primer! Yes my dears, I’m ditching my makeup primers for this lovely little gem of a product 🙂
Used in the day, I apply it before moisturizer and sunscreen. Its a gel texture serum that spreads easily and mattifys the skin almost immediately. Lovely if you have oily skin or combination skin. I sometimes get a tad oily as the day wears on but with this essence, I’m relatively oil free and whatever foundation I use sticks better to my skin and looks and feels smoother. Reminds me a lot of Estee Lauder’s Idealist when I was using it a long while back.
Vichy Refine Essence combats pimples and spots
Another side benefit I’ve discovered is the wonderful ability for this Vichy Pore Resurfacing Essence to help combat pimples and spots. 2 days after using this essence day and night, some stubborn spots on my chin have all but disappeared. 2 weeks later there is no sign I ever had spots! I hardly noticed it until I wanted to dab concealer on them and realised there was no need to. If I have a particularly stubborn spot, I dab some Vichy Refine essence on the spot and wake up the next day to trouble-free skin. I attribute it to the salicylic acid – the same magic ingredient in the aspirin mask and the St. Ives Medicated Scrub. Only because this stays on your skin, it seems to work better for me.
In fact, this Vichy essence seems to work in a remarkably similar manner to the Kanebo Blanchir Smoothing Conditioner. I prefer the Vichy though because it comes in a tube – it makes it easier to control. Plus, its slightly cheaper 😛
Does the Essence make pores smaller?
I don’t have very large open pores and it is supposed to take 4 weeks to see any results so I can’t quite say with great certainty that it made pores look smaller. My skin is looking a fair bit smoother though after more than 2 weeks.
Upon application, my skin looks and feels very smooth and pores do look a little smaller. Whether it stays that way remains to be seen. I reckon this essence would be good for those with oily skins – its certainly targeted at oily skins.
A 30ml tube retails for RM110 at Vichy counters in leading pharmacies. I’ve seen it going for less and its an item I’m planning to keep as a staple both as skincare and makeup base! If you want to make it last longer, use it only on areas with open pores or oil or spots. I however use it all over my face to save the trouble LOL…
Pros: Keeps skin oil-free and matte, Helps dry out spots and pimples, Skin feels and looks smoother and clearer
Cons: Price might seem pricey to some
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/ Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethultaurate, Silica, Totarol, Zinc PCA, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Poterium Officinale Extract/ Poterium Officinale Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Extract/ Ginger root extract, Salicylic Acid, Cinnamomum Cassia Extract/ Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Poloxamer 338, Nylon-12, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasidium EDTA, Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, Biosaccharide Fum-1, Xanthan Gum, Dextrin, Parfum/fragrance (code FIL: B35092/1)
Where did I have dinner yesterday?
I myself can barely believe it but I went down to Seremban yesterday evening after work with Beetrice for dinner! The lengths food lovers will go for some seriously good food!
Seremban, for those not familiar to Malaysia is a town about 1 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur (its also in a different state altogether!). A place I know as being famous for its Siew Pau and beef noodles. We had some pretty decent food and a most spectacularly amusing encounter at the A&W … but I’ll let Bee tell you about it 😉
Tonight I’m going for ice-cream mmm….
How was your evening yesterday? 😀