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Acne/Breakouts, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Bloody brilliant -Vichy Normaderm Nuit

If you’re a regular reader you might remember the trouble I was having with acne during Winter and Spring. It was confined to my chin area, thank you hormones, but it made me miserable. I tried leaving it alone but after the condition of my skin worsened I pulled out every spot cream I had and tried to get rid of them. This was largely unsuccessful but I did find two that were impressive. One of these is Vichy Normaderm Nuit.

Normaderm Nuit Anti-Imperfections is designed for swollen and deformed pores and irregular skin texture. I have both of these issues but was rather skeptical, being a beauty blogger has made me very cynical :) I smeared a little of the product in desperation one night, expecting nothing. However, the next morning my skin looked less agitated and red. I continued using it for two more nights and on the third morning I woke to zero new spots, zero! After a few more nights of application the rest of my spots started to heal and my skin looked clearer.

You would imagine that I would love this for it’s spot fighting ability alone but not so. What I like most is the effect this product has on my pores. It has made them smaller, more regular in shape and much less noticeable. To make sure that this was down to the cream, and not other factors, I stopped using it for a week. I completely regretted this decission – the spots and irregular pores returned.

Bottom line, this worked a treat for me and is continuing to work. I apply a tiny amount every night on my chin and nose – the former gets spotty, the latter suffers from large, weird looking pores.

The product itself smells quite nice, no chemical scent like most spot creams. It’s between a lotion and a cream in consistency so it’s easy to apply. It’s not thick or greasy and absorbs easily. In fact on occasion I have applied it under my makeup in the morning.It didn’t cause any reaction or irritation and best of all it didn’t cause any dryness. This was a concern of mine since some reviewers found it too drying. I’m chuffed.

Here comes the science bit…It contains LHA, an exfoliant and anti-bacterial agent and Vitamin E to bring down inflammation. Normaderm has Zincadone A complex which contains glycolic acid, glycadone, and stimoderm.

As a testament to how much I love this product I bought my second tube last week from my local pharmacy (€15.50). The tube contains 50ml and one tube lasted me four months with everyday use.

Friggin’ amazing!


Cleansers, Reviews, Skin Care

Where have you been all my life? Vichy Cleansing Wash

As a teenager I relied heavily on Vichy products but in the last few years I have gone cold on them. Lukewarm might be more appropriate.

Well consider me warmed up!

I have been using their Essentielles Facial Cleansing Wash and I am in love – the kind that never dies (or at least until I find something amazing!). I haven’t felt this emphatic about a product since Nars Sheer Glow Foundation so forgive my love rant.

According to the box the wash is enriched with Rose Gallica which apparently soothes and protects. I can’t vouch for that but I can tell you what ingredient makes this wash stand out from others I have tried – Glycerin! Glycerin is a common ingredient in skin care products but appears to be in abundance in this wash.

When I first applied it I thought it felt too thick. I also assumed that this thickness would some how bring on a cataclysmic breakout. Wrong. Basically you massage it in and lather it up like any other wash. The magic comes after the washing off! Your skin feels tight for about 30 seconds (don’t be alarmed it’s not true tightness associated with dryness). After that time your skin is literally squeaky clean, yes, actually squeaky! The initial tightness is something you may have felt if your use handmade soap (supermarket soap manufacturers remove the glycerin so they can re-use it, that’s why imperial leather etc is so drying). It’s actually from the air hitting the glycerin on the skin. Not only is it a barrier but because of it’s make up it attracts and contains moisture.

If you haven’t guessed already – I truly heart Glycerin :)

This is one of those products that I can see people either hating or loving. I’m not sure how well this would work on dry skin to be honest. I only know that it works a treat on my combination skin.

The price is also a little surprising – €4.90 in my local pharmacy. That is less than one would usually expect to pat for a Vichy product. This just means that I need to buy 4. You know in case of disaster, emergency etc.,

There are more products in the range but I haven’t tried them yet. After my experience with the cleanser I will happily explore the rest of the line.

What are your thoughts on Vichy? Do you approve of facial cleansing washes in general?

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Acne/Breakouts, Moisturisers, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Vichy Normaderm Moisturiser

This review was requested by TheIrishGurlie. Since I have tried Vichy Normaderm last year I am happy to share my thoughts with you.

I picked this up early last year in a desperate attempt to clear my spotty skin but provide moisture at the same time. I knew that was a tall order but the sales assistant in my local McCabes pharmacy informed me that it was all possible with this product.Vichy has a great reputation in Ireland. It is a respectable brand and portrays a rather scientific approach to skincare.

This light cream claims to tighten pores, reduce oiliness and improve skin clarity. Another tall order? Yes. Too good to be true?

I used the entire bottle in about 3 weeks. It’s expensive for such a small amount of cream.  I have quite sensitive skin and when I have breakouts my skin is extra sensitive. Unfortunately this serum dried out my skin  a little (probably due to the alcohol used).

There are lots of good ingredients including Witch Hazel, Zinc and Glycerin to Salicylic acid. There is a down side for those with sensitive skin and that is the potentially irritating ingredients. The alcohol makes this a ‘light’ moisturiser but it’s also a major cause of irritation for us sensitive ladies.

This was not for me at the moment, my skin is just too sensitive. It might work better on someone who has very oily skin with no sensitivity issues.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts on Vichy as a brand?