Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum Review and Price
Vichy Laborotories is best known for introducing products that are apt for sensitive skin and recently it has launched a hydrating serum for sensitive dehydrated skin which I have been using for a while now. Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Cream was my first brush with Vichy in terms of anything other than face wash and sunscreen. I have been absolutely loving the effects of it on my skin, so when I got a chance to try a serum from the Aqualia Thermal range, I had huge expectations from it. Its been 2 weeks already and let’s find out if it has been as good to my skin as the former cream or not. Presenting Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum.
What Vichy Claims:
Skin Type: Dry, Normal, Combination
Skin Concern: Dryness, Dullness
Powerful 48-hour hydration in a lightweight serum suitable for all skin types, including combination. Ultra-light texture softens and deeply comforts skin all day, without stickiness or oiliness.
Reinvented with advanced Dynamic Hydration technology to help distribute & lock water in all facial zones, preserving the freshness of beauty. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Aquabioryl™ known to replenish the hydration with water and form a protective film. Contains fortifying and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water. Paraben-free.
Our moisturizing serum goes one step further in understanding skin dehydration. Beyond replenishing water loss, the reinvented Power Serum evenly distributes water to balance dry skin, target dry patches, and plump dehydration lines. Skin appears more luminous over time, giving the complexion a healthy glow.
Ultra-refreshing, lightweight serum absorbs instantly into skin, leaving a velvety soft finish.
Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic. Allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive skin. Tested under dermatological control.
How To Use: Apply a pump of serum over the whole face in the morning and/or at night. Can be used alone or under Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream for dry or very dry skin.
After 1 month*:
- 20.5% increase in skin radiance
- 16.5% increase in skin plumpness
- 87% agree skin was hydrated all day
- 87% agree skin felt comfortable all day
- 85% agree skin appeared more fresh-looking
- 81% agree skin looked more radiant
*Self-assessment on 52 women after 4 weeks of twice daily use”
688680 40 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA • GLYCERIN •DIMETHICONE • PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN • PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL • DIMETHICONOL • SODIUM HYALURONATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN) • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE • POLOXAMER 338 • DISODIUM EDTA • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • CITRIC ACID • BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 • ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • PARFUM /FRAGRANCE • Code F.I.L. : C163732/3
My Experience with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum:
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum comes packaged in a geometrical glass bottle that is ideal for travelling purpose. The outer carton gives you all the information on this serum along with the ingredient list. The bottle is a see through blue in color which gives you an idea about the amount left inside.
The serum is milky and has a thin gel like consistency which goes well with the pump dispenser. I need one full and one half pump for my face and neck. Since the texture is thin and formula is water based, it spreads evenly on skin and gets absorbed quickly as mentioned in the claims.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum Swatch
Coming to the ingredients list, the third component is dimethicone, so I was expecting it to feel slippery or leave behind silicone residue post absorption (like primers do), but thankfully it does not. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum is anything but silicon(y) in the way it feels on skin and I am really glad for that. Silicones usually do not go very well with my skin or hair. It does not always break me out, but with my experience I know the chances are there. To be honest I only noticed presence of silicone in this serum while getting the outer carton clicked for review. So if you do not like the feel of silicone, you still have a chance to try it out. But having said that if silicones invariably break you out, stay away by all means.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum has a soft baby powder fragrance which I really like. It is mild, soothing and will not irritate anyone unless you do not like how baby powder smells.
Effects of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum on skin:
I have combination skin that is a little shiny on the T-zone. The rest of my face is usually normal unless I am using oil controlling products or living in dry climate. The recent acne bout had made me try a lot of products with tea tree oil as the main ingredient and many more clay packs and face washes that some way or the other controls oil. So my skin had started looking a little dry and dull on the cheeks. The first time I used Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, it immediately made a difference to my facial skin in terms of
- Dry/rough patches
- Softer skin
While hydration and softer skin can be achieved with a fairly decent product, my plumped up skin that felt deeply nourished without a hint of oilyness made me develop an instant likeness to the product. This Vichy Serum’s texture is great for all skin types. The non-sticky formula can be used alone if you have oily skin or paired with a moisturising cream if you have dry skin. For me it works fine alone as well as when topped up with a moisturiser and night cream. For now I have been using it with a gel sunscreen suitable for combination and oily skin in the day time and Vichy liftactiv supreme in the night and it has been working out fine.
Who should try Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum:
Those with dehydrated and dull skin can try Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum. Now that does not mean those with oily skin should ignore this and dry skin should must include it in their regimen.
Check out your skin properly. Oily skin could be dehydrated as well and dehydration does not really mean less oil, rather less water content which is it’s literal meaning too. If your skin looks dull and you see uneven patches of dry skin anywhere, then that means your skin is not getting the required amount of moisture that it needs. With Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum I have noticed that its not only my T-zone that shines in the morning. Rather my whole face looks dewy and well rested.
To make matters simple, you can do the “dehydration test” (by pinching skin and observing how rapidly it goes back to it’s original state) yourself to judge. Also when you touch dehydrated skin, it does not feel very smooth, so take cues to find out if your skin really needs a boost of hydration. If it does then you can surely benefit from using this Aqualia Thermal Hydration Serum and get immediate results.
What could have been better with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum:
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum performs well as far as the claims go, but I would really have liked an additional effect other than just hydration. Anti-ageing/ brightening/ even tone/ glow…anything at all. Unless you have sensitive skin, there are loads of products available in the market for you that can provide you a boost of hydration. Including an extra step of serum for hydration alone does not really make much sense to me unless ofourse that is my main skin concern. Also the 48H claim is not something anyone would really care about.
My Rating: 3.85 out of 5
My Recommendation: If you have sensitive dehydrated skin and most rich moisturisers or creams break you out, then Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum could solve your skin concern almost immediately from the very first use. It is non sticky, does not break me out still is packed with moisture. Personally I am saving this up for winters when the climate at my city gets really dry and my skin craves for a good dose of hydration.