A serum that is free of nasties, suitable for all skin types, lightweight yet intensely hydrating and lives up to its claims? Yes, please! The Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster ticks all the right boxes and works as well IRL as it claims to on the box. This is one little gem you definitely want to add to your skincare routine and here’s why.
It has only 11 ingredients.
Yes, you read that right. Eighty-nine per cent of this serum is the Vichy Mineralizing Water sourced from the depths of natural springs in Vichy, France. This water is packed with 15 minerals essential for your skin’s health at a concentration of 5.2 grams per litre. The Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster also has hyaluronic acid that holds 100 times its weight in water and glycerin, which attracts moisture into the skin making it incredibly hydrating. The rest of the ingredients listed are gelling agents and preservatives included to give it its lightweight, watery-gel texture and ensure shelf life – but are completely safe and harmless.
It’s suitable for everyone, including pregnant women
Given its short ingredient list and the fact that it’s sans fragrance, parabens, silicon, colourants and alcohol, this serum is safe for just about every one to use – including pregnant women. Whether you’re only just putting together a regular skincare routine or using prescription retinol you can incorporate the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster into your regimen. The soothing formula is also ideal for use after you’ve had a peel, at home or otherwise, are using drying topical acne medication or even had laser. (Note: While it is safe to use, please check with your derm/doc if it’s suitable for you.)
It’s a serum for all seasons
The light gel texture of the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster is ideal for layering. Depending on your skin type, and the season, you can decide where it fits in with your current skincare routine. Since I have dry skin, which gets parched in cooler climes I use it as an essence, layering serums/oils and moisturiser over it. If you have oily skin, or live in a hot, humid climate, you may prefer to use it on cleansed skin, topping it with an equally lightweight moisturiser to seal in the benefits of the serum. Normal skin and combination skin types will enjoy the shot of hydration that will balance out skin while plumping fine lines.
Acts as a shield for your skin
Ultra violet rays from the sun and pollution from the environment attack skin from the outside while our hectic lifestyles, typified with constant stress, lack of sleep and proper nutrition further the damage from inside. Together these lead to rough, dehydrated skin prone to increased dark spots, loss of radiance, increased sensitivity and accelerated ageing. The Vichy Mineralizing Water and hyaluronic acid in the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster together work on all aspects of the skin’s barrier function ensuring it is strong enough to defend itself against free radicals (caused by everything from sun and pollution to inflammation) and pathogens thus reducing the impact external and internal aggressors. Skin is strong, soothed, less prone to sensitivity.
It does what it claims
The Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster promises bouncy, elastic, fresh healthy looking skin and it delivers just that. After using one pump morning and night for little over a week, I found my skin plump and boing-boing – as if someone had inserted a cushioning layer just underneath and could bounce a coin off it. This is because hyaluronic acid binds and holds on to water, preventing it from passing through the dermis (middle layer) to the epidermis (upper most layer) and evaporating off the surface of the skin. Vichy Mineralizing Water simultaneously stimulates the creation of proteins responsible for flow of water between the cells. Result? My skin looked smooth, healthy, even toned and in turn youthful!
I received this product at a press event – and because it gave me boing boing skin, I’m sharing my experience with you.