This review is so overdue! I started using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum (full name: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum Dynamic Hydration) a good few months ago and I think it’s time to put the jury out there on what I thought about this serum. As you all know I have dry and very dehydrated skin and will literally try anything to boost the moisture levels in my skin. I have seen many reviews and publicity on this product, so naturally I was immediately drawn to it. So let’s have a look at how it worked out.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum
Product: The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum is a potent hydrating serum that provides long-lasting moisture to dry and dehydrated skin.
Packaging: Ok, let’s just have a moment for the glorious packaging of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum! Isn’t it incredibly beautiful? It looks more like a work of art than just a skincare product! It has a luxurious heavy glass bottle and pump mechanism for optimal hygiene, just be careful not to drop that bottle on the bathroom floor!
Consistency: The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum has a thin, watery consistency that is rapidly absorbed by the skin, literally like a glass of water for your skin. When applied to the skin it doesn’t leave a sticky or oily residue.
Fragrance: If only this product was fragrance-free I would not have stopped talking about it for the next five years! Unfortunately the product is quite heavily fragranced and it took me a bit by surprise when I first used it. Some describe the scent as ‘fresh’, but to me it smells exactly like the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm which is a very masculine scent. I personally find the scent incredibly overpowering and it lingers on the skin for a long time after application. My husband even made the comment that I smell like a ‘dude’
How does it work? The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum utilises Vichy’s famous thermal spa water known for its regenerative and smoothing properties. It also relies on hyaluronic acid, Aquabioryl and λ-carracghennans to deeply lock in moisture and repair the protective barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Suitable Skintypes: According to Vichy’s website this product is hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Even though I did not experience any notable irritations or breakouts from using this product, I am concerned about the heavy fragrance in terms of readers with genuine sensitive skin.
I also noticed that Dimethicone is the third ingredient on the list, meaning there is a substantial amount of silicone in the product. From my research it appears as if Dimethicone is still locked in an ongoing controversy whether it is associated with skin irritation and breakouts or not. Apart from being commonly used in primers for the blurring effect, silicone polymers are often used in skincare as a delivery system for ingredients, an emulsifier to prevent ingredients from seperating and to form a protective ‘barrier’ on the skin to lock in moisture which I assume is the case with this product. I guess it is up to you as the reader to decide if you are comfortable with it. It doesn’t bother me and as mentioned above I never experienced any issues, but I know people are different and some really do not like products containing silicone (but most skincare products do to a degree to be honest) and so I thought that I will just point it out for those readers.
Price: I am not 100% sure about the ZAR pricing, I can’t seem to get accurate information online. It appears to be in the R500 mark for 30ml and in the EU it retails for €20.
What did I think? I really enjoyed using this serum to combat my very dry and dehydrated skin and can highly recommend it in terms of hydration delivery. It makes an almost immediate visible difference to dehydration lines and overall dryness upon application. My skin is definitely more hydrated, smooth and radiant since I started using this serum. The product wears well under makeup and doesn’t result in any oiliness during the day. I didn’t experience any irritation or breakouts from this serum and if it wasn’t for the fragrance I would have given it a solid 10/10! Please bear in mind that not everyone is sensitive to certain fragrances and it might not bother you at all!
Will I purchase this product again? I am unfortunately in two minds about whether I will repurchase the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum purely based on the fragrance. In terms of hydration it is absolutely splendid, but I really dislike the strong fragrance and prefer my skincare to rather have no or absolute minimal scent. I will maybe scout a bit more to see if I can find another serum that is as hydrating, but fragrance-free. I can assure you if Vichy ever launches this exact product in a fragrance-free version, I will be on it like you won’t believe.