Need a New Moisturizer? Check Out Our Reviews of Vichy’s Face Creams
When I think of my favorite drugstore brand, Vichy is undoubtedly one that comes to mind. As one of the leading beauty brands in France, Vichy’s skin-care line boasts a wide range of products — from serums to cleansers — and features cutting-edge technology to help deliver results users can see with their own eyes. Better yet, every last formula within the collection also features the brand’s exclusive Mineralizing Thermal Water from French volcanoes, which is known to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. Among the most-loved products in the Vichy range are the moisturizers and creams. There’s one or more to suit every skin type and concern, which is why I decided to put eight of them to the test. Here’s how it went.
This advanced anti-aging moisturizer works to reduce wrinkles and brighten the skin, and once applied, immediately makes the skin feel and appear firmer. Not to mention, it’s super hydrating, contains Phyto Peptides, Vitamin C and Mineralizing Thermal Water to strengthen the skin’s barrier.
Recommended for: All Skin Types
To Use: Apply morning and night on clean, dry skin
In a clinical study, Vichy tested what exactly gives the skin its “tired look” by the end of the day, from a dulled complexion to deepening wrinkles and sagging features. Using this knowledge on daily aging, the brand formulated LiftActiv Supreme. The light, comfortable cream immediately hydrates skin to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and brightens the complexion. Skin appears plumped with moisture and well-rested. With continued use, skin appears firmer with deep wrinkles visibly smoothed. When I first tried this product, I was in awe of how fresh my skin felt all day long. Once absorbed, there was no sticky or greasy residue present at all. My skin felt smooth, hydrated and refreshed for hours. Because it’s so lightweight, I look forward to layering it underneath my makeup as well.
Recommended for: Dry, normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin types.
To Use: Apply LiftActiv Supreme in the morning on a cleansed face. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.
This product is formulated with rhamnose, a naturally-derived plant sugar that can help to correct the effects of skin aging, which immediately had me intrigued. The formula helps combat the signs of skin aging by visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping to boost skin's firmness. After putting it to the test, I immediately noticed the radiance it added to my complexion. My skin felt hydrated and plump, making it all the more tempting to ditch my makeup and sport a bare-faced look instead.
Recommended for: Normal, combination and sensitive skin types.
To Use: Smooth LiftActiv Night Face Moisturizer gently onto your face and neck until thoroughly absorbed. Apply the night cream to cleansed skin in the evening.
Formulated with advanced Dynamic Hydration technology, hyaluronic acid and aquabioryl, this soothing 48-hour hydration cream helps lock in water in all facial zones to replenish skin with hydration and form a protective film. The result? Skin that appears radiant, healthy-looking and plumped with moisture. And the formula is not kidding around! I love how this innovative moisturizer immediately melts onto the skin, leaving a velvety soft finish. On days where my skin feels dry from the elements, it helps reintroduce some of that lost moisture. Best of all, my skin stays hydrated all day.
Recommended for: Dry to normal skin types.
To Use: Apply Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream evenly on face and neck morning and/or night. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed. Can be worn alone or following Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum application.
This hydrating night cream brings the benefits of a spa treatment to your home by leaving your skin supple and comfortable. You can opt to wear it as a velvety sleep mask, as it contains hyaluronic acid and conditioning oils to infuse the skin with hydration overnight. When I tried this, my skin felt smooth and hydrated by morning. I love how the cream gives my complexion a radiant-looking glow. It’s the perfect addition to my fall and winter nighttime skin-care routines.
Recommended for: Dry, normal and sensitive skin types.
To Use: Apply a thick layer of Aqualia Thermal Night Spa to your face and neck by massaging it into skin with an upward, smoothing motion. Use this night cream 1-3 times per week.
If you’re on the hunt for a face cream that does some extra work for your skin, this is a great option. This energizing cream is formulated with the antioxidant extract of fermented black tea, adenosine and antioxidant blueberry polyphenols. Not only does this cream deliver all-day hydration, it also helps to even skin tone, refine pores and smooth the look of fine lines.
I love this day cream because of the many benefits it gives my skin. I’m a huge fan of multi-tasking products,and love that this cream not only gives my skin the moisture it needs, it but also boosts my skin’s radiance and improves its texture.
Recommended for: Normal, combination and sensitive skin types.
To Use: Apply this gel-cream by smoothing it over your skin. The cream can be used alone or can be paired with an Idealia face serum.
It’s very easy to notice the signs of a poor night’s sleep on a complexion. Dullness, uneven tone, reduced skin elasticity and overall tired-looking features are a dead giveaway. I always try my best to get the recommended hours of sleep per night, but on shorter nights, it’s nice to have a back-up plan. I tried this product on a night I knew would be sleeping less than normal and awoke to skin that felt soft and smooth without any tugging or dryness. I also love the way the fresh balm-in-gel texture enveloped and deeply nourished my skin while I slept.
Recommended for: Dry, normal and combination skin types.
To Use: Apply Idéalia Skin Sleep nightly onto cleansed skin. For total facial relaxation, start by taking a pea-sized amount and warming the formula between your palms and fingers. Then, gently glide the product across your forehead, massaging the temples in a circular motion. Next, lay your hands flat over your temples and slide over your ears, down your neck and to your collarbone. Finish by applying gentle pressure to the hollow of your collarbones to help eliminate tension.
If you have very dry skin, which can be all too common as the weather starts to get colder and drier, it’s important to use an ultra-intensive moisturizing cream. This rich face moisturizer provides 24 hours of hydration and all-day comfort without a greasy feel. I loved trying this one because my skin tends to get very dry in the fall and winter, so keeping it hydrated is essential for keeping my complexion looking its best while also allowing for smooth makeup application.
Recommended for: Very dry, sensitive skin types.
To Use: Apply Nutrilogie 2 onto cleansed skin evenly during the morning and evening onto your face and neck. Smooth the cream on smoothly until it’s thoroughly absorbed into your skin. The formula can be worn by itself or under your makeup to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day.