There is no denying that when it comes down to skincare that the French have it sussed. Over the last couple of years now I have in that time tried a few different brands out and have always been impressed. The most recent brand that I have discovered is Vichy, where up until now I had not used any of their products before. I have been aware of Vichy for a while, particularly after paying a visit to Edinburgh one year where I stayed with a Korean lady whose skin was immaculate; naturally I noted what skincare she had in her bathroom and Vichy was indeed the main one.
Recently Vichy has released some new products to their Purete Thermale range which is targeted towards all skin types, even the most sensitive. This range is particularly targeted towards protecting the skin from environmental damage caused by various factors such as pollution. I have noticed that brands are leaning very much towards this these days which I guess in an ever expanding, busy world that it is perhaps warranted more so now than ever.
For the last few weeks now I have being trying out two of the latest additions to the range. The new releases consist of the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel and the Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil; both have been welcome additions to my skincare routine.
The Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil* was one that intrigued me immediately as I'm a huge fan of micellar waters in general for removing my eye make up as to date they are the only thing I will use on my eyes on a regular basis. Now of course, this is not like the traditional micellar waters that we all know and have come to love as this one is oil based. However, I wouldn't for an instance let this put you off as I personally have been very happy with this product, in fact so much so that I already know that I will purchase this before I run out of this current sample. At the moment I am using this product as my pre-cleanse, to put it simply I use this to remove my make up as it breaks it down really well and removes my eye make up so much better than I had initially expected. With this being an oil I did at first expect it to be quite thick yet it is quite watery if I'm honest which means it feels nice and light on the skin. I massage this all over my face and gently over my eye lids to help break down my eye make up; for the record I do not wear waterproof mascara as I have no need to therefore I haven't tested it on that. Once I have done this I simply wash it off whereby upon contact with water the oil based cleanser emulsifies into a milky consistency which makes it very easy to wash away. Having done this my skin is left feeling moisturised and very clean and that's before I have even gone in for my second cleanse.
For the morning time I have being reaching for the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel* which I have found to provide a really refreshing cleanse which wakes me up; especially after only four hours sleep when the cat has being going crazy all night (that's a whole different story). With this being a gel I tend to always opt for morning use with this type of cleanser as of an evening I prefer a cream or balm cleanse as nine times out of ten I have being wearing make up that day. This is a nice cleanser for the summer although I personally think that if I were to use this all of the time every single day that my skin may perhaps find it a little drying as it is a foaming cleanser, although having said that in the time that I have being using it my skin has been fine.
Both of these products smell really nice which only adds to the pleasure of using them, although out of interest the gel cleanser slightly stings my eyes if I get it too close whereas the micellar oil does not. If I had to pick just one of these products to continue using then my vote would go to the Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil every single time; it just works. Incidentally it has also meant that I have not felt the need to buy any cotton pads for removing my eye make up with my standard micellar water which has been a huge bonus as I get through those things very quickly.
Have you tried the Vichy Purete Thermale range before?