[First Impression of Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Daily Booster]
Usually I would try a product several times over a matter of weeks if not months, however, the whole purpose of buying samples it to do just that, sample it and decide if it is worth purchasing the full size product. So let’s be ‘avin it.
I picked up a small sample of the Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum in my Feel Unique Pick N Mix July order. And by small, I mean small. 1.5ml to be exact. That being said, a little goes a long long way.
So what does Vichy claim to be giving you for your 25 bucks? The website claims:
Formula powered by a combination of Natural Origin Hyaluronic Acid + 89% Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water:
- Hydrates and plumps your skin with moisture
- Instantly strengthens the skin’s barrier function
- Acts as a protective shield against Pollution
- The first step in your skincare regime which leaves skin plump, protected and ready for the next step
- A fresh, light gel-like texture that absorbs into the complexion immediately, drenching it with moisture
- A 11 ingredient only formula suitable for sensitive skin
Price: Boots are currently selling this item at a cost of £25.00 for 50ml, Lookfantastic.com is £16.50 for 50ml so that is a big saving. Feelunique.com is £25.00 for 50ml and the official Vichy site will set you back £30.00 for 75ml. It’s higher end of the drugstore price tag. Of the 1.5ml sample I have, I have used about 0.75ml all over my large face and it was way too much. A little goes a long long way. I would think 1.5ml would easily do three full applications. So a 50ml bottle will give you 100 applications. That’s over three months if applied once a day and a month and a half if used morning and night.
Packaging: As I got it in a sample, it wasn’t the proper full size packaging. The full size bottle is glass and is a standard pump bottle (not airless pump). Whilst the glass bottle looks pretty and is easy to clean and sterilise, I’m not convinced the glass bottle is very practical for carrying about especially if travelling #personalpreference. Also, I assume the ingredients don’t degrade with light?
Texture and Application: The booster serum is a lightweight clear gel. It rubs in and absorbs reasonably well. I have watched a lot of reviews on this out of interest and everyone has said it absorbs really well. However, I have found it to leave a tackiness behind. I have had the serum on whilst writing the review and even after an hour there is still minimal tackiness. Your face doesn’t feel sticky or tight, but if you touch your fingers to your face, there is a tiny bit of pull back on the skin although that does decrease with time. This would be a booster you wear under moisturiser anyway as you would need an occlusive ingredient to seal in the hydration otherwise trans-epidermal waterloss is likely to occur and in fact dry out the skin rather than hydrate it. I would have thought placing a moisturiser over the serum would ahve decreased the tackiness, but it didn’t. However it does fade eventually. My skin does feel soft on the surface however I can’t comment on its long term efficacy and benefits but science says it should yield results if used correctly due to the humectants and the potential skin soothing and healing properties of the thermal water.
Smell: It has a mild pleasant smell if you go looking for it. No smell of alcohol or fragrance due to them not being there! Woop woop. Overall, nice enough smell and I can’t complain about this at all.
Ingredients: My favourite part. The ingredients on the back of the sample and on the Vichy website are:
Aqua / Water / Eau, PEG/PPG/ Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1.
So let’s break it down. Only 11 ingredients and that is what I like to see. Short and sweet unless its jam packed with goodies. If not, the less the better because it means less chance of irritation from filler ingredients, as I call them.
So, we have 89% thermal water and 11% the other ten ingredients. I would be interested to know the percentage of the sodium hyaluronate (salt of hyaluronic acid). If I had been more prepared I would have emailed and asked, however, I don’t think they would have disclosed it. Had it been a high concentration, more so than, say The Ordinary 2% HA, I am sure they would have been highlighting that fact. If it isn’t higher, then you need to ask yourself if it is worth paying more for a serum that potentially has the same amount or possibly less HA than a solution that is a fifth of the price? You are paying almost five times the price for the thermal water and other humectants. Other humectants that are available in other products. See my review on Gel Creams.
If you think of it like this, if you do want the added benefits of the thermal water, you could buy the thermal water separate, spray it on my face and then add another cheaper but likely the same if not more concentrated HA solution on your face and have the same outcome, surely?
[How safe are the ingredients?]
Polybutylene glycol is a hybrid of glycerin and an polyalkaline ester. There is limited research on this ingredient and I can’t find very much clarifying it’s safety and testing on humans.
Butylene Glycol is an alcohol ( but not all alcohols are “bad”~). It is used to enhance texture, dissolve ingredients for a better texture and as a very efficacious humectant. It is also a penetration enhancer so with the good, it lets in the bad. It can enhance the effectiveness of beneficial ingredients, but it can also allow irritating and sensitising ingredients to get deeper in to your skin. Butylene glycol is deemed safe by the EWG. Yes it can cause a reaction, leaving your skin itchy and red but this occurs when it is used in concentrations higher than is actually used in cosmetics. As with anything, you can have an allergic reaction to the ingredient, but generally speaking it is a safe ingredient with low potential for irritancy.
Methyl Gluceth 20 is a hydrid of glucose and methyl alcohol. It’s used for its gentle approach to skin softening and water binding properties. From what I can research, there is no record of it being a skin irritant. Carbomer is also safe to use as is sodium hyaluronate although when you search there are people saying they have reacted to HA or sodium hyaluronate. Phenophexyethanol can irritate but it tends to be in higher concentrations than is allowed in cosmetic use. Citric Acid…is an acid and therefore has a lower pH than our skin. People talk about using lemon juice to help with hyperpigmentation, which it may well be good for, but its pH variation runs the risk of irritating the skin. Biosaccahride Gum is derived from sorbitol and is used to sooth and soften skin and is considered safe to use on skin.
So, to summarise, we have a pretty safe ingredients list with a lot of humectants. There is limited research on Vichy thermal water, however there is a tiny bit more available on Avene (and more )and La Roche Posay Thermal Waters. (More Avene research). It appears that thermal water does have benefits for skin, including helping to soothe and heal skin conditions.
So to conclude, I would say it is a product worth trying out. If you are looking for hydration without the thermal water then you can probably happily use Hydroboost or Skin Quench. If you are looking for possible added skin soothing ingredients then maybe the thermal water is the addition you are looking for and Vichy is the one!
If anyone has tried this or buys it, let me know how it goes! First impressions are good, I would be interested to know its impact longer term.
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