Apologies for my brief absence; as many of you may understand, the holiday season is upon us and so is the end of the semester for me. However, I am taking a quick break from writing papers so give you an updated skincare routine post. It’s not much, but I like to keep things simple for the skin.
Because of seasonal changes, I was already looking towards changing my routine. But most importantly, it’s good to be observant and give your skin what it needs. Although my skin tends to continue to be combination throughout the winter months, it tends to be dehydrated despite the oily t-zone. Also, I had recently mishap (probably due to stress) and had a few pimples erupt.
Because of those conditions that needed to be addressed, I needed hydration that was good for combination skin – which meant I was on the hunt for a non-greasy, lightweight, gel moisturizer; and, I needed some thing heavy-duty and gentle for pigmentation on the skin.
I picked up 2 Vichy skincare items from Ulta.
Vichy ProEven Total Dark Spot Corrector + Vichy Normaderm Anti-Aging Anti-Imperfection Anti-Wrinkle Resurfacing Care were my great finds a a few months ago. I didn’t know Ulta started carrying Vichy, but I’m a huge fan French skin care so I didn’t even think twice.
The Vichy ProEven Total Dark Spot Corrector is a product that has incorporated “DeeperCell-Concentrate” to reduce the appearance of dark spots for more even and radiant skin tone. It is dermatologist tested, sensitive skin and allergy tested, and paraben free for those of you who are interested in how it reacts to the skin. It’s soothing and contains Vichy’s “thermal spa water.”
According to the box: “Vichy introduces the exclusive ‘DeeperCell-Concentrate’ combined with LHA, vitamin C and vitamin E. It acts on all surface layers of the skin and reduces the look of excess melanin.”
“ProEven has a powerful triple-action:
1. Instantly reveals a more radiant glow. Gentle micro-exfoliation to clear melanin-filled dead cells from the skin’s surface, to reveal smoother, newer, skin.
2. Evens skin tone. Reduces the appearance of excess melanin on all surface layers of the skin.
3. Clinically proven, even on stubborn spots.”
I like this treatment. I use it liberally all over my face at night before laying on moisturizer. It’s non-sticky and absorbs quickly. There’s no stinging sensation like some formulas, so I know it’s gentle. It takes roughly 3 weeks to work and be happy about, but it does give you a glow upon application. Of course, when you wash it off in the morning, that’s another story.
The moisturizer I chose is Vichy Normaderm Anti-Aging Anti-Imperfection Anti-Wrinkle Resurfacing Care. It too contains LHA and vitamin C, but also has glycolic acid in it. This product is targeted for those with 1st signs of aging, which I find to be very age-appropriate for me. It helps with enlarged pores and uneven complexion as well. Perfection.
According to the box: 3 patents pending — “association of 2 peeling effect ingredients — LHA and vitamin C + glycolic acid. Normaderm creates its first anti-wrinkle resurfacing care solution.”
Efficacy: “wrinkles appear smoother, pores are tightened, leaving a more even complexion.” This is sensitive-skin tested, allergy tested, paraben free, and non-comedogenic. As with all Vichy products, this is also :infused with thermal spa water.”
This is very hydrating but light and non-greasy. It absorbs immediately so I can layer on my sun protection and then move onto foundation, etc. It smells light and pleasant and feels clean on my face because it isn’t heavy. Oil-control is decent; but, I like the added skincare benefits in this product on top of the moisture it provides.
Made in France.