You may remember, around this same time last year, I blogged about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa; a cooling gel-like night treatment. I loved that stuff and went through it quickly (too quickly - it turned out one of my sisters had also taken a liking to it!). Now, one year on, Vichy have expanded the hyper-hydrating Aqualia Thermal range to include two moisturisers; Aqualia Thermal Light* and Aqualia Thermal Rich, as well as Aqualia Thermal Serum.
The premise of the range is "expert hydration for dehydrated, sensitive skin." Vichy have evolved the previous formula of Aqualia Thermal to include Carrageenans (sugars derived from red algae that smooth the skin and reduce redness), Aquabioryl (an ultra-hydrating, soothing ingredient), the ingredient du jour Hyaluronic Acid (plumping action) and, of course, the famous Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
The Aqualia Thermal Serum (€24.00) is designed to smooth exaggerated lines caused by dehydration as well delivering an intense moisture boost to the skin. I've used this for a few nights now (and two very dry mornings!) and, while I can't make a solid call on it yet, it is a nice, gentle hydrating serum at a very favourable price point. The star for me though is the Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Light Cream, mainly because this is like an improved, daytime-appropriate version of last year's Night Spa and it is so damn hydrating and lovely to wear but, also because Vichy have done something I pointed out last year and are offering both the Light and Rich Cream in both a tube (€15.50) and a pot (€23.00) which, to me, shows great customer awareness and care.
As the moisturiser doesn't have SPF in it, I have relegated it to my skincare bag for holidays (it will be perfect to soothe post-sun skin in the evenings) but, I am already planning on buying the Rich version as soon as the cooler weather hits and we need to start sticking the heating on.