I’d been wrestling with some minor breakouts recently along the sides of my face. I’m going to attribute it to the Shu Uemura Oil Cleanser – I’ve tried all 6 versions of it now and every single one breaks me out – yes including the new Anti-Inflammation one – it must be something I’m sensitive to.
Anyway I complained to a friend who told me to try the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care on top of my Vichy Pore Refining Essence. According to my friend, it helps correct problem skin. I’ll try anything once so I put this one to the test.
The Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care is essentially a moisturizer. It contains our old friend salicylic acid to help combat spots and also Zincadone+ a mattifying and refining agent.
On application, my skin feels very smooth. I checked the ingredient list and yes, there’s silicone in there so those sensitive to silicone might want to take note. I am not so I was fine.
It is also mattifying – I cannot fault that. But the question – did it help soothe and reduce my spots and clogged pores?
Answer: Yes it did!
I was sceptical but I was pleasantly surprised that after a week of using this moisturizer day and night, the minor spots are all but gone. There is a stubborn one that persists still, but its not getting more inflammed or red and I’m very sure its going away soon. Its gradual though so don’t expect a miracle.
I use it on top of the Vichy Pore Refining Essence which I’m keeping as a staple in my skincare wardrobe. Its seriously made my skin look finer and feel smoother. Combined with the Anti-Imperfection moisturizer, its wonderful!
There is one fly in the ointment however. If you have normal or drier skin, you may find that the Vichy Normaderm Anti-imperfection moisturizer does not offer sufficient hydration. That’s my experience with it.
If you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, this may be a good choice for you. It certainly helped clear up my mild breakout and unclogged my pores and kept me looking matte in the day. But at night, I had to either use something like H20+ Face Oasis over this moisturizer or use something else richer.
A 50ml bottle retails for RM100 at most leading pharmacies that carry Vichy. I like how it feels and how it’s helped smoothen my skin so I’d say its pretty decent stuff!
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Silica, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Totarol, Zinc PA, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Poloxamer 338, Nylon-12, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Eperua Falcata / Eprua Falcata Bark Extract, Dextrin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Mica, CI77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI42090/ Blue 1, Parfum/Fragrance
Pros: Helps clear up problem skin, Skin feels matte and smooth
Cons: Insufficient hydration for drier skins
I know Vichy isn’t a line of products that’s very popular but thus far, I’ve been happy with the products I’ve tried. The Normaderm line (green packaging) is targeted at those with oily and acne-prone skin, the blue line for hydration and the Bi-White for whitening.
Have you tried anything from Vichy that you’d like to share?