Review: Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Hydrating Care for Imperfection prone skin

What it says on the packaging : 

Hydra-peel technology – a unique association of acids in a highly hydrating care:

LHA, a L’Oréal patented acid helps micro-exfoliate the surface of the skin for a smoother surface and a uniform complexion.

Salicylic acid targets the pores helping to break down blackheads and whiteheads by gently micro-exfoliating the top layer of skin and clearing blocked pores. Salicylic acid also has antiseptic properties to cleanse the skin to help stop recurrence of blackheads.

Glycolic acid, the most common of the AHA’s is an all-natural derivative of sugar cane. Glycolic acid naturally exfoliates the skin and helps reduce the bacteria causing imperfections.

 These three acids work in conjunction to target blemishes, black heads and open pores.

Women 25-45 years with imperfection-prone skin require a hydrating texture and for the first time Vichy has been able to create a texture that targets imperfections without drying out the skin

My skin is weird. I've resorted to saying it's combination/sensitive as I do get oily by midday, but then my skin can sometimes become quite dry and then out of the blue can often react to products and give me a delightful rash across my forehead so it's all over the place! I tend to steer clear of moisturisers that are specifically aimed at 'problem skin', as past experiences haven't been the most pleasant of experiences. 

My skin is far from perfect and is still prone to blemishes and spots every now and then and ideally I'd love it to be less oily as it shifts my make up as the day goes on and I don't like repeatedly heaping on loose or pressed powder to combat shine.

Normaderm Tri-Activ Hydrating Care for Imperfection Prone skin (I think this may well win the title for the longest product name ever) is Vichy's first daily skincare product that combines three peeling acids (salicylic acid + glycolic acid + LHA) to target blemishes, open pores and excess sebum and shine.

It comes in a pump bottle, which dispenses the moisturiser easily and doesn't squirt too much product out at a time. It looks like an ordinary white cream moisturiser at first glance, but when applied distinctively feels like a serum giving a dewy finish, which quickly becomes matte. It absorbs very easily and is non sticky and non greasy. I don't find it drying and it really has maintained a matte finish to my skin which stays in place all day. Moisturisers that promise to combat shine tend to feel tight and make my skin look and feel quite dry, so the fact that this does neither is some feat!

Because my skin now stays matte all day, my blusher lasts much longer and at the end of the working day it's still visible, no longer needing its usual mid-afternoon touch up. Brilliant!

It doesn't interfere with my foundation either and works well as a base for my make up. I'll even go as far as saying that my pores do look a lot better and the skin on either side of my nose is much clearer. I do think taking my slap off every night (as opposed to every OTHER night) for the past few weeks has helped too though!

Overall my skin texture has remained on the whole quite smooth to the touch with no new lumps or bump emerging as a result of its usage. I've seen a very slight difference in existing blemishes, perhaps they'll diminish more over time, we'll see.

I'm pleased it doesn't cost the earth and I've bought my Mum a bottle as she has extremely oily skin - she rang me last week to tell me she's liking it so far and she's noticed a big difference in how shiny her face becomes as the day goes on - so that's two happy users!

If you have combination, oily, blemish prone skin, then this may be something you'd like to consider trying. Unfortunately it doesn't contain SPF, but personally that won't deter me from using it.

How much is it? £11.50
Where can I buy it? Boots

9 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Miss Krimson said...

awesome.... here in Canada it's not launched yet.. :(
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LilyLipstick said...

This sounds great. I've never really considered the Vichy brand before as it seems like it's aimed at the more mature lady but this sounds perfect for shiney skin. The price is great too. x

Lydia said...

I have been using Normaderm for the past year and I found it an excellent moisturizer!
I have switched to both Liz Earle and Effaclar K by La Roche Posay now, because I give my skin a break from time to time.

Beauty H2T said...

I just ogt a sample of this the other day but just wasnt sure how it would work out, totally going to persevere with it now, my oily spot prone skin needs saving, thanks for the great review!


Hannah said...

Thanks so much for this review - I was looking at this product yesterday in Boots (along with the cleansers) and now will definitely have to get my hands on it! x

Get Gawjus! said...

glad you liked it! I adore this product too. I have confused skin too and this worked so well.

V said...

Is this a Euro product? I just read it over haven't had a chance to Google if it is sold here in the US. By the way climate plays a huge role on how our skin is. Humidity, heat, drugs, smoking, pollution, smog, etc. wreaks havoc on our skin....

V said...

they have a US website it is relatively inexpensive as well. I will try it out. Thanks!

For your US readers:

Mets said...

Thanks for this post girl! Coincidently I had seen this in a mag recently and was tempted but wasn't quite sure. I like the sound of it's ingredients, was always tempted to go for a Glycolic acid skin peel but always get scared :-S this will have to do.X


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