It might have something to do with the pretty pink bottles but when Vichy’s Idealia skincare range came out, I was quick to flock to the counter and check it out. Being in my late twenties, I still refuse to use consistent anti-aging skincare because most of them use big daunting adjectives that seem more fitting for those with a few more decades under their belt. The Idealia range is created for those who are looking to refresh and revive their skin but don’t quite need heavy anti-aging skincare just yet. Think of it as a transitional range for your in between skin.
IDEALIA OVERNIGHT PEELING LOTION* | While this was the single product that intrigued me the most, I opened the bottle thinking it was either going to freaking amazing or terribly awful – let’s face it, peeling lotion is not an easy category to get right. Vichy however, has done a commendable job formulating this to be mild (not single sting) yet leaves my skin feeling clean and with a noticeable morning after glow. The percentage of active ingredients isn’t explicit but it does advertise a cocktail of glycolic acid, antioxidant blueberry polyphenols along with fermented Black Tea extract. It contains a mild floral fragrance and has slightly thicker consistency than water but spreads easily on the skin. Skin is left lightly moist but not greasy.
Note: As with most Vichy products, alcohol is high on the list but despite using multiple products, I haven’t noticed any visible negative effects thus far. This is also not oil-free.
100ml @ $39.95 | Would I (re)purchase: Probably Yes.
SHOP | Idealia Overnight Peeling Lotion
INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER ALCOHOL DENAT. HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID PROPYLENE GLYCOL GLYCOLIC ACID GLYCERIN SODIUM HYDROXIDE CITRIC ACID BHT BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE PPG-26-BUTETH-26 PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL CI 17200 / RED 33 POTASSIUM SORBATE SORBITOL SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS FRUIT EXTRACT SODIUM CITRATE PHENOXYETHANOL ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 XANTHAN GUM PANTHENOL BIOTIN PARFUM / FRAGRANCE
IDEALIA SERUM* | Vichy does mid-range serums really well and this one is no exception. It has the same mild fragrance as the peeling lotion and I immediately feel in love with the fluid, refreshing consistency that has almost a calming effect on the skin. It leaves my skin with light hydration and a soft matte finish that’s silky to the touch. It’s not quite as hydrating as their Aqualia Thermal Serum* (which I’ve also used) so I would categorize this as ideal for oily skin types who’ve been previously afraid of serums. It advertises ingredients of licorice root, adenosine, and antioxidants.
30ml @$49.95 | Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.
SHOP | Idealia Serum
INGREDIENTS : AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE • OCTYLDODECANOL • DICAPRYLYL ETHER • SODIUM TETRAHYDROJASMONATE • DIMETHICONE • DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL • POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE • CI 17200 • CI 15985 • CI 77891 • MICA • CARBOMER • SODIUM HYALURONATE • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • SILICA • PHENOXYETHANOL • ADENOSINE • POLOXAMER 338 • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • POLYSILICONE-11 • PARFUM • CODE FIL : B160458/4
OVERALL RESULTS | 8-10 days
Since the advertising claimed results in as little as 8 days, I thought it was fair to put it to its word. After about a week and a half of daily usage, I’m impressed to say that I did notice an overall clarity to my skin as well as evident smoothness. Note that I decided only to test theses two particular products from the range as the creams didn’t excite me and I made a logical deduction that the serum and peel would be the power players.
Now the results are a little complicated to explain and it’s one of those instances where I think the camera isn’t picking up the finer details. It’s not an anti-acne product but my pores looked clearer. It’s not a brightening product but my overall complexion looked more radiant. And while there’s still some visible redness and a few blemishes in my bare skin photo, my skin felt refreshed, clean and with a little extra pep. While it does do fulfill its purpose, I think there are other competitive products at a similar price point with more active ingredients though you might sacrifice the censorial experience, especially the serum. If you’re looking to treat hyper pigmentation, fading, sunspots or persistent fine lines this is not the right range for you.
If I wasn’t testing these products exclusively for review purposes, I think pairing them with an extra exfoliator (I didn’t use any during my trial) would make it even better. The textures are also great for combination skin and especially in warmer climates as it provides a boost without feeling heavy on the skin. They aren’t quite enough ooomph for me as a solo pair but I am keeping them to mix in with my other products and I think they will be a great fit this summer.
ARE THE STAYING IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION: Yes.
OTHER SKINCARE USED DURING TESTING: Omorovicza Mud Cleanser*, Origins GinZing Cleanser, Clarins Hydra-Quench Moisturizer*, Omorovicza Illuminating Day Cream*
THE FINAL VERDICT
Vichy’s Idealia skincare range smartly fills the gap for those who have outgrown basic skincare yet aren’t ready to commit to serious anti-aging; think 20s-30 or those with generally normal, non fussy skin types. The overall user experience and textures are wonderful in both products not to mention I saw visible results in a just a week of usage. It felt gentle on my skin, didn’t cause breakouts or irritation and were a real pleasure to use. Between the purpose and pricing, I would recommend starting out with the Night Peeling Lotion first before
diving into the others.