I know, I know, I should stick to what works, especially as I have rather good skin. But how could I resist the promise of a miracle, the perspective of an even better skin?
I'm sure you all heard how Vitamin C is supposed to improve skin brightness and texture and make you look youthful as if you were eating your 5 portions of fresh fruit and veggies every day all year long. So I decided this dull Winter was the perfect reason to give Vitamin C a try. This, and a new product by Vichy called Aqualia Antiox.
This new serum is a bit of a do-it-yourself. Pure Vitamin C powder is provided separately in a little bag, and you have to put it yourself in the serum bottle and shake well. You then obtain a serum containing 10% pure Vitamin C. (It's milky and doesn't smell very good, but that's ok as long as it works).
This serum will need to be kept in the fridge, as there are no preservatives in it and Vitamin C isn't the most stable ingredients on earth. And even kept refrigerated, the product will only be good to use for 21 days, which is the time you need to get a "new skin" in Vichy's words.
To be exact, the promise is:
Clinically proven: smoother skin in 21 days, reduced fine lines, skin regains a luminous, natural glow.
You need to use this serum only once a day and then follow with your normal skincare routine.
This little miracle in a bottle isn't cheap: 34€ - 45$, so that's definitely not something you'll do all year long.
One product you can, however, use all year long, is the moisturizer from the same range.
At 20€-29$ for 40ml/1.4 fl.oz. this is a much more reasonable expense.
This contains Vitamin C and E and offers sun protection with an SPF 12 and UVA+++, which makes it perfect for a daytime moisturizer.
What you should expect, according to Vichy:
Clinically proven results after 2 weeks of use: Smoother skin, more luminous skin, more even complexion.
I used both products for the first time yesterday night. Bad plan I must say: the moisturizer isn't rich enough for night time and wearing SPF during the night is kind of pointless. That's probably why Vichy say on their webiste that you should use it in the morning. So from now on I'll be using the serum at night and the moisturizer under my makeup.
I took "before" pictures and will be back in 21 days to tell you what I thought of these products and their effects.
In the meantime, for the science geeks among you, here are the ingredients lists for both products:
• ASCORBIC ACID Vitamin C : 11% • SODIUM CITRATE • DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE
• AQUA • DIMETHICONE• GLYCERIN • PROPANEDIOL• DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL • C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE• ALCOHOL DENAT. • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE• DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER• PEG-100 STEARATE • GLYCERYL STEARATE• CETYL ALCOHOL • DIMETHICONOL• NEOHESPERIDIN DIHYDROCHALCONE (Citrus polyphenolTM) • METHYLSILANOL/SILICATE CROSSPOLYMER • TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E) • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE • DISODIUM EDTA • ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE• CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • XANTHAN GUM• ALLYL METHACRYLATES CROSSPOLYMER
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS PURPOSE
AVOBENZONE 3% : SUNSCREEN
OCTISALATE 5% : SUNSCREEN
OCTOCRYLENE 5% : SUNSCREEN
• WATER • GLYCERIN• DIMETHICONE• ALCOHOL DENAT.• PROPANEDIOL• BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER (SHEA BUTTER)• HEXYLDECANOL• HEXYLDECYL LAURATE• SUCROSE STEARATE• SILICA• PROPYLENE GLYCOL• POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE• RED 4, TITANIUM DIOXIDE• STEARIC ACID• MICA• GLYCOLIC ACID• TRIETHANOLAMINE• DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER• DIMETHICONOL, TRIETHYL CITRATE• NEOHESPERIDIN DIHYDROCHALCONE• SODIUM POLYACRYLATE• PHENOXYETHANOL• IRON OXIDES• ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE• TOCOPHEROL• DISODIUM EDTA• BORON NITRIDE• CAPRYLYL GLYCOL• SYNTHETIC WAX• XANTHAN GUM• ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER• ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER• FRAGRANCE