Review: Vichy Aqualia Antiox Skincare

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vichy Aqualia Antiox Face Serum
Vichy Aqualia Antiox Serum

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I may be a adventurous with my makeup brands, but when it comes to skincare, I'm pretty faithful. I've been using the same face wash (Fresh Soy Face Cleanser), daytime moisturizer (Clinique Super Defense), and night cream (Kinerase Ultimate Night Moisturizer) for years. They work for me. I've never seen the need to replace one of them. But, what about adding something that would make my regular routine even better?

I recently got the chance to try out two new products from the Vichy Aqualia Antiox line: the Deoxidising Fresh Treatment serum and the Ice-Effect Eye Stick. Both of these products could be used in addition to my already well-loved regimen, so I was game.

Vichy Aqualia Antiox Fresh Treatment is a concentrated vitamin C and citrus polyphenol serum that is meant to be worn under your normal moisturizer or treatment in order to create an antioxidant layer that protects and renews the skin. The first thing that struck me as kind of unique is that you mix the serum yourself before you first use it, and you keep the mixed serum in the refrigerator during the course of the 21-day treatment. This mixing and refrigeration is necessary because the final product doesn't contain any preservatives.

Vichy Aqualia Antiox Eye Stick
Vichy Aqualia Antiox Eye Stick

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When I first used the serum, it stung a little bit, but didn't create any redness at all. I used it during the day under my Clinique mositurizer and, after a week, I did feel like my skin was a little brighter and more glowing. I don't feel like there was any wrinkle reduction, but I'm sure I didn't use it nearly long enough to determine the longer term effects. I'll definitely try another 21-day treatment because I feel like I saw $45 worth of improvement to my skin texture and brightness.

Vichy Aqualia Antiox Ice-Effect Stick for eyes is designed to refresh the undereye area by reducing undereye bags and fading dark circles. The stick, which looks kind of like a mini deodorant stick, contains the same citrus polyphenols and vitamin c as the rest of the Aqualia Antiox line. The stick also seems to have some sort of menthol or other cool-effect ingredient because it does actually feel cold when you apply it. My eyes did feel refreshed after using the stick, but I didn't feel that it created any lasting effects. So, while I'll keep the eye stick in my bag for travel (it will be ideal for after flights!), I won't be trading in my hydrating eye cream any time soon.

To learn more about either product, click on the product photo or link above. To learn more about Vichy products, check out the Vichy website by clicking the photo below.

Vichy Aqualia Antiox Line

Disclosure: Free review samples of these items were provided by Vichy via Glam Media; no compensation was received in exchange for this review.