Our skin changes over the years. It really does. I used to be pretty normal and acne free in my teens to early 20s. After I had Marky, things changed. All of a sudden I was getting zits! To be honest I never really had them all that much growing up. It was kind of a shock! So, I adjusted my skincare to tackle this new skin of mine and at the time it did work. But my skin became oilier as a result. In my thirties my t-zone grew oilier as the day went by, and I had to blot my skin by lunch time. But in my forties, my skin changed drastically. It was now dry! No more oil slick! And spots and hyper pigmentation appeared. And now, in my late forties and nearing menopause, I’m experiencing hypersensitive skin, dryness, and occasional breakouts. What’s a girl to do???!!!
Well, Vichy is here to help!
#VichyWorksForMe is a digital campaign created to help women find their ideal skin at every stage of life. Drawing on over 80 years of skin care expertise, the Vichy Works For Me platform combines dermatological expertise with a holistic approach to discovering women’s ideal skin.
The #VichyWorksForMe campaign follows a group of five real Canadian woman as they discover how to achieve their ideal skin. The women depict five common life stages and lifestyles, each corresponding to a particular collection of Vichy products – Normaderm, Idealia, ProEVEN, LiftActiv and Neovadiol. Knowing that achieving skin health involves more than just the right products and routines, these women met with Vichy’s team of experts – Anik Kerr-Denis, Vichy Canada expert, Dr. Roni Munk, dermatologist, Natasha Azrak, nutritionist and Laura Griffiths, life coach. They learned how various lifestyle factors can affect their overall skin health and received advice on how to achieve their ideal skin through skin care practices, nutrition and lifestyle habits.
Vichy believes in getting to the root of the problem, so that’s why they’ve created their skin diagnostics. There’s an online version at www.vichyworksforme.ca which also provides holistic advice, but there’s also a free in-store one given by a beauty advisor at your nearest drugstore if you prefer. Both will provide you with a personal skin analysis by learning more about your life, your skin care routines and habits. You’ll get product recommendations from Vichy that will help you get YOUR ideal skin, PLUS, a $20 coupon to put towards your Vichy products!
I had the chance to actually chat with Vichy Expert Anik Kerr-Denis and she was AWESOME. She asked me all kinds of questions about my life and my skin, and and these are the Vichy products that she decided would work for me-#VichyWorksForMe!
Now, I didn’t quite fit into just one of Vichy’s skin care ranges. Since I’m going through quite a life-changing phase(almost in menopause, but not quite there) I have a lot of stuff going on with my skin at the moment. So, my Ideal Skin Routine #VichyWorksForMe comes from quite a few of Vichy’s skincare lines.
Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam is my favourite foamy cleanser on this earth I swear. It’s a nice, creamy foam too-just the way I like my cleansers. I do use a cream cleaser since I have drier skin as you know, but I prefer foamy cleansers especially after the gym. Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam exfoliates ever so gently with LHA. There’s no scrubby beads that can irritate sensitive skin. With Ceramide Bright and Vitamin C, skin gets brighter and smoother every day. So happy to be using it again!
After cleansing, I spray Vichy Eau Thermale all over my face and let it sit for a few seconds, and then gently pat my face dry with a towel. I really like this thermal spring water spray! It’s nice and refreshing!
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Immediately after patting my face dry, I apply my HOLY GRAIL OF GRAILS hydrating serum, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. I can’t live without the stuff. As soon as I stop using it, the texture of my skin changes and starts to flake again. This is another one of those skincare products that has changed my skin for the better! If you haven’t tried this, I urge you pick one up! I’ve even convinced a few of you to give it a try, and hands up if you love it as well! Oh, and Marky LOVES this serum as well. I told Anik that I always have to send it to her since Vichy can be hard to find in California, and Anik and the lovely PR sent me an extra one to pass on to her! She is so happy and thankful!
Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector works on ALL the surface layers of the skin to lighten skin discolourations. You can combine it with other serums as well, unlike other spot correcting serums. Most of those you have to use on freshly cleansed skin, but with ProEVEN I can use my Aqualia Thermal serum first, and then apply the Dark Spot Corrector and it will still do its job. No breakouts at all, and my skin loves the gentle LHA exfoliation. This is a good cream to try if your skin doesn’t get along with glycolic acid or retinols like mine. And it’s awesome for keeping your skin even and bright!
Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir is MAGICAL. It’s intended for those of us in menopause or close to it, but PFFT. I think it’s a great reconstructing anti-aging concentrated oil that happens to have 10% of Omegas 3-6-9. I try a lot of face oils. A LOT. This one is probably the only one that I’ve actually FINISHED a bottle of. YUP. Swear to god. It never breaks me out like most others face oils do. And my skin behaves so much better when I use it. It starts to act younger too! Making it’s own oil! Like in my 30s! Liquid GOLD I tell ya’!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa is probably one of the first moisture sleep masks to hit North America two years ago. Now, almost every brand has one, even Avon! I have quite the collection of moisture sleep masks right now, and I’ll have to do a slap-down of them at some point I promise. But this one will always be one of my top faves. I love that I can use it just as a moisturizer during the day, or layer it on and go to sleep and wake up with flake-free skin.
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme is a new moisturizer from Vichy that I really LOVE. This new moisturizer addresses that WHY DO I LOOK OLDER AT 4PM THAN I DID AT 8AM problem that starts to happen after the age of 40. I mean, it may happen when you’re younger too don’t get me wrong, but at my age it becomes really, REALLY noticeable. Formulated with apricot kernel and shea butter, this nourishing cream melts into skin, and immediately gives my skin brightness and firmness that lasts all day. It also helps fight long-term aging as well by reducing the look of wrinkles and increasing skin firmness over time. WIN.
Normaderm Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care is something new from Vichy that I haven’t tried yet. As I was speaking to Anik, she recommended this be in my Vichy arsenal since I tend to break out still at this transitional period of my life. She also took into account the fact that I exercise pretty much every day, so my skin is sweaty! And that could also contribute to breakouts I experience. And this is a really different acne treatment as it contains hyaluronic acid! WHAT?! Yeah! It creates an invisible “bandage effect” on the surface to protect against external acne aggressors. It also contains salicylic acid and LHA to exfoliate. I’m excited to try this one for sure! And guess what? I actually have a small breakout from being out of town the last couple of days so PERFECT!
I mentioned to Anik that I was having problems finding a sunscreen that didn’t break me out, so she suggested I try Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra Light Lotion SPF50. It’s formulated for oily and combination skins and contains Mexoryl XL, a patented broad spectrum filtering system that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E and grape polyphenols to hydrate skin. I’m excited to add this to my sunscreens I have to test, which btw is another post I have coming up. SO BEHIND in everything right now it’s not even funny… 🙁
And there you have it! My personal Vichy Skin Care prescription! #VichyWorksForMe is an awesome idea that I think is quite cool! I really want you to try one of my favourite skincare brands and to see how it can give you your ideal skin! You’ve got nothing to lose, but you’ll finally get your ideal skin I promise! Visit www.vichyworksforme.ca and get started!
Vichy has been, and always will be one of my favourite skincare brands. Almost everything I try from the brand really works for my skin. Do you have a skincare brand that you and your skin love a lot too?