[REVIEW] Vichy pH Balancing Thermal Water

The dry, air-conditioned air in offices and schools can really kill your skin – okay, maybe kill is an exaggeration, but it’s definitely not great. I’ve always wanted to get something to hydrate my skin on the go, then I got to know about this spray from Vichy.


Product Description

Formulated by nature, cannot be reproduced by science.
Formed over a long, slow journey through the crystal-clear depths of the volcanoes of the Auvergne, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is transformed and charged with rare minerals before returning to the surface, pure and naturally beneficial.
Naturally rich with over 15 rare, beneficial minerals including Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Manganese and Silicon, Vichy Thermal Spa Water has been recognised for its remarkable soothing, fortifying and regenerating properties, as shown by 34 tests, on over 600 people of all skin types, even very sensitive skin and under dermatological control.

20% less redness.
52% less burning sensations.
Dry skin reduced by 83% within 7 days.
Clinical study carried out by a dermatology practice on 50 subjects aged 18-60.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90 (150ML Twinpack)

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Ingredient List

A unique composition with 15 different minerals essential for skin health: Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Fluorine(F), Potassium (K), Silicon(Si), Magnesium (Mg), Sodium (Na), Sulphur (S), Boron (B), Lithium (Li), Strontium (Sr), Hydrogen carbonate ions (HCO3-), Ammonium (NH4+), Orthophosphate ions (PO43).

So I tried to look for a full list of ingredients but the only extra ingredient I could find was water… I’m not sure if all this spray contains is water and the five minerals, but I’m guessing that’s not entirely impossible. It would explain why this spray is suitable for people with sensitive skin, since it’s free from irritants.


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Packaging: So the first time I bought this, it came in a different packaging (see first photo). I think they may have changed the formula, hence the text on the bottle now includes how the spray contains 15 minerals. The 150ML bottle was not the most convenient thing to lug around so I ended up leaving it at home instead of bringing it out to hydrate my skin on the go, as I had originally hoped. The 50ML one, however, is just right. It’s small enough to fit into my handbag, my backpack – literally any bag that I use.

Texture: It’s literally enriched water, so you’d expect this to feel exactly like water.

Effectiveness: They have a few claims about how this product reduces redness (mostly caused by sensitive skin reacting to irritants, I believe) and dryness, and I definitely think my experience has proven their claims to be true.

Upon spraying, I feel this instant cooling feeling on my skin, which persists for about 30 minutes or so. It’s a bit short, but I have observed that afterwards my skin is definitely a lot less oily, and my makeup stays on for longer as well. It feels so good on my skin that I sometimes spray it on my face when I’m feeling too sleepy and need something refreshing to wake me up.

My skin has also periodic bouts of redness, where I’d suddenly get red patches (particularly on my cheeks) for no reason. When that happens, I will spray this on the area where it’s red to see if it helps to alleviate anything – and it sure does!


Final Verdict

Some people may dismiss this product as nothing more but a water spray, but I’ve got to say that this feels very different from spraying normal tap water on your skin. It really feels very refreshing, and my skin looks much less ‘inflamed’ than it does before. Even if you don’t particularly need something to hydrate your skin or reduce redness, this product is still great for keeping you alert and awake, especially when you need a perk-me-up.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

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Vivian Yeong

“I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

5 thoughts on “[REVIEW] Vichy pH Balancing Thermal Water

  1. Hi, Vivian. I find your review very interesting since I myself discovered the benefits of thermal water just recently. I do believe that while this is just water enriched with minerals it’s more than just tap water. I also use thermal water from other brands I find it helps a lot with redness which I do get mostly around my nose area for some reason and on my forehead. I will have to look into this thermal water from Vichy as well. Their products are sometimes a hit or miss for me.

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  2. I just *love* a good facial mist and Vichy isn’t available where I live. One of my favorites is Caudalie grape water which I could order from Sephora. I’m trying this the first chance I get at ordering it!

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