As you may know, I started using Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ face cream a bit more than a week ago. I've been using it twice a day (in the morning and in the evening). According to Vichy, I should be able to see results by now.
Why I purchased Vichy Tri-Activ cream?
My skin is perfect for this cream. I have problems with:
* enlarged pores
My currently favorite face cream (I'm gonna reveal it & talk about it some other time) is not available in stores where I live. I actually have to buy it online and I'm not to happy about that. Finding a face cream, for my type of skin, I could actually buy in my own town would be perfect. So, right after I saw Vichy Tri-Activ TV commercial for the first time, I said to myself: ''This sounds great, I need to try it.''
That's why I went to the nearest pharmacy store in hope to get a tester (sample) of it. Of course they didn't have it (they never do), so I decided to just buy it. It was 15,01 € (I don't know where they found that 1 cent) for 50 mL. There's also a smaller 30 mL tube, which costs 9,50 €.
Why I hesitated for a minute?
As I normally do, I checked the ingredients before I bought it. Here's a list of them:
AQUA, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT., ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, NYLON-66, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, GLYCOLIC ACID, SILICA, SALICYLIC ACID, PERLITE, C12-13 PARETH-23, C12-13 PARETH-3, CI 42090, GLYCERL ACRYLATE/ACRYLIC ACID COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, DIVINYLDIMETHICONE/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, POLOXAMER 338, DISODIUM EDTA, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYSORBATE 80, PARFUM.
See it? The third ingredient. Yep, it's alcohol. I really wouldn't recommend this cream to anybody with sensitive skin (although the bottle says it is suitable for sensitive skin).
What does Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ promise?
1. To reduce the look of imperfections.
2. 24 hour hydration.
3. Long-lasting mattifying effect.
All in all, it promises purified skin and luminous complexion.
Does it work?
After more than a week of use, I can't say that I've noticed any changes. I'm not saying that it doesn't work, I just believe that 1 week isn't enough for the changes to really show. Although it contains alcohol, it doesn't burn when I apply it. I can't talk about pros and cons at this time, but one thing is for sure... alcohol is an immediate con.
Vichy read my post about the Normaderm challenge and they kindly sent me more of their Normaderm goodies (cleansing gel, day and night cream). I'll be using the combination of this three products for 1 month and then I'll tell you all about it. One week just isn't enough. ;)
Would I recommend Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ?
So far, yes. It's a solid face cream, not to expensive and it's also good as a make up base. And about alcohol: you'll have to decide for yourself which is the lesser evil - shiny skin or alcohol. I'll get back on this topic in one month. =)
I should also mention this: Vichy is owned by L'Oreal. You know what that means: animal testing. No bueno.
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Thank you for reading!