A while ago I actually won a giveaway on Bianca’s blog called Pinkit.nl. One of the products I won is the Vichy Idéalia Peeling. I’ve heard and read quite a lot about this product and therefore I was very interested in trying it out, so when I found out I actually won the product I was extremely excited. Because it’s a skincare product it did take me a while to really figure out what I think of it and what it does for my skin, but after trying it out for a month or two I feel like it’s about time for me to talk about this product. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about it, make sure you continue reading!
The Vichy Idéalia Peeling comes in a glass bottle. Somehow I didn’t expect it the bottle to be made out of glass even though I’ve seen a ton of pictures of it. Anyway, the bottle has a nice and slim design and is quite tall. The bottom part of the bottle has a dark purple colour going on and the rest of the bottle is white, including the lid. The bottle feels quite heavy which makes it feel very luxurious and it comes with 100 ml of product. 100 ml doesn’t sound like a lot, but since you only need a little bit of product at a time this bottle does last you for quite some time.
The Idéalia range from Vichy is a range full of skincare products meant to add an extra dosis of energy to the skin and make it illuminate from within. The products are supposed to make your skin look well-rested, they are supposed to flatten out fine lines and create a more even teint. Overall it seemed like a great line for someone like me who has a serious lack of energy, which made me even more excited to test out this peeling!
Vichy Idéalia Radiance Activating Night Peeling – €29,95
On the Vichy website they are letting us know that this is their first nighttime peeling and that it’s suitable for sensitive skin. They also say that this is a mild peeling with glycolic acid and hepes. Hepes (Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid) is a chemical buffer which is widely used in cell culture to maintain physiological pH. It’s an amino-sulfonic derivative that helps to improve skin and limits roughness (Khiels, 2017). In other words hepes is an ingredient that will smoothen the skin for a more smooth feeling.
Glycolic acid is a AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). It has the smallest molecules in the group AHA’s and is therefore able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness and oiliness. Chemical peels use a high percentage of this acid and can be very effective if done safely and properly. When used in a lower percentage on a consistent basis is just as effective but much safer. Overall glycolic acid provides a remarkably even exfoliation of the skin. It releases and dissolves dead skin cells, clearing up blocked pores and blackheads. It’s also a very effective acne treatment. Glycol acid also helps to reduce fine lines and sign of premature aging by increasing cell turnover. Lastly it also helps to minimise the appearance of pores (source).
Aside from hepes and glycolic acid this product also contains black tea extracts, blueberry polyphenol and mineralising thermal water from Vichy. Black tea extract is known for its brightening and tightening effect. The natural antioxidants in black tea do amazing things for the skin. It fights free radicals and the caffeine in it kan help minimise puffiness and therefore reduces dullness in the skin (health.com, 2015).
The polyphenol in blueberries also have great skin-benefits. According to what I’ve read polyphenols are natural chemical compounds that protect plants from the insults of nature, among other helpful functions. These same compounds are also helpful to humans. They are known for helping protect against the effects of aging and oxidative stress. Their powerful antioxidant activity can help neutralise free radicals, reduce inflammation and so on (wildblueberries, 2015)
The last key ingredient of this product is the Vichy mineralising thermal water. It was particularly difficult to find information on that that was relatively objective, since I could only find information related to several Vichy products. Anyway, according to Vichy their mineralising thermal water is a natural solution for boosting skin quality and health. It’s proven to soothe the skin and reinforce its natural barrier function. They also say that it helps to fight the signs of aging and overall improve the skin quality.
Having discussed all of the main ingredients of this peeling, let’s look at the claims. According to Vichy this product is going to improve the quality of the skin and create a more radiant complexion. They also claim that it homogenises and smoothens the skin and it’s supposed to help reduce fine lines. Looking at the key ingredients I do think these claims could be true, but of course you don’t know that until you try it.
Before I start talking about the way this product works I first quickly want to mention that this has an amazing scent to it. It’s very hard to describe but it’s a sweet yet luxurious scent. It’s not too perfume like but very natural smelling and I absolutely love it. Of course scent is just an extra, but I do always enjoy it when my skincare products smell really good.
Anyway, let’s talk about the product. I’ve been using it every single night after taking a shower and before applying my nighttime moisturiser. I apply it by using a cotton pad and wiping that all over my face. You don’t need a lot of product at all and it sinks in very quickly. When you apply it the skin feels very smooth, I really feel like the smoothing effect Vichy claims this product has is absolutely true. You can feel it right after applying it, but after using it for a month or two that smooth effect is even more prominent. I can tell that my skin has become smoother when I apply my skincare and my makeup in the morning. It goes on so much easier now and especially my foundation has been looking a lot better lately.
Because this product has helped reduce my skins’ texture, my skin has been looking a lot healthier and more radiant. My skin just looks more healthy and less dull and that’s a big improvement for me.
Since I’m only 19 years old (in a couple of days 20 years old) I don’t have to deal with fine lines just yet so I can’t tell you whether this product has an effect on that, but considering how true the claims have been until this point I personally do believe in that statement.
Even though Vichy doesn’t specifically say anything about blackhead, pores and blemishes, I do want to talk about that for a second since some of the key ingredients in this product do have an effect on that. I have combination to oily skin with a very oily t-zone and on bad days my cheeks can get oily too. My main skin concern are my enlarged pores and blackheads. Like I said Vichy doesn’t claim that this product will do something about those concerns, but it turns out that it does make a difference on those areas. Ever since I started using this peeling I feel like my blackheads are much less prominent and my pores aren’t as enlarged anymore. It doesn’t make a too big difference on blemishes however, but it doesn’t cause any breakouts either.
Overall I think the Vichy Idéalia Radiance Activating Night Peeling is an amazing product. I love the look of the bottle, the product smells amazing and it is just one of the most effective skincare products I have tried so far. It’s full of great ingredients that actually make a difference and it has resulted in way smoother and more radiant skin. I’m really happy I got the chance to try this product, and I highly recommend trying it for yourself if you haven’t done so already!
And that’s it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know if you’ve ever tried this product – and if so let me know what you think of it- and also let me know what you think of these more in depth reviews with a little more background information regarding the ingredients!