As you guys know from my previous posts here and here, I am a HUGE Vichy USA fan! Not only are they a brand that aligns with my heritage (and maybe I’m a little biased) but their products embody everything I love in skin care and I promise I am NOT just saying this. Also, Vichy is the #1 anti-aging skin care brand in European Pharmacies, and the Europeans know their skin care!
The thing with me, my background as an Esthetician and just growing up taking incredibly good care of my skin is I’ve always grown up with European products (thanks to my mom, haha). There honestly IS a reason everyone says the Europeans KNOW what they are doing when it comes to skin care. I have dry skin, so I’ve never been one to use incredibly harsh products on my skin, I believe in gentle care and I honestly HATE strong scents which a lot other products sadly tend to have. To be honest, strong scents are an immediate trigger for migraines for me. Sad but true.
I also love when a product has a back story, where it is derived from, and if there are any special ingredients that make it stand out from other brands and well, that is exactly what Vichy has proven to me. Their products are extremely unique because they contain Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water from the French Volcanoes in Vichy, France which I had the opportunity to visit thanks to the amazing team at Vichy and it was an experience I will truly never forget. And hey, lets not forget this water is rich in about 15 different minerals so you really can’t beat it.
Since I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my skin care routine recently and how I use my favorite products I decided I’d do a full Vichy skin care routine post for you guys and walk you through some staples in my French skin care routine step by step. Hope you enjoy!
CLEANSE with PURETÉ THERMALE 3-IN-1 ONE STEP CLEANSER
Growing up I’ve always been used to super gentle and milky cleansers, given my dry skin. To be honest, most people I know (clients included) use the harshest products on their skin and it just strips it of its natural oils and causes more problems in the end. Because I have dry skin and can sometimes actually get irritations I have found a LOVE for this face cleanser. It makes my skin super soft while getting makeup off at the same time. Most importantly — it does not dry my skin out at ALL. It’s very comforting and leaves your skin soft and glowing.
To use: Apply this gentle cream cleanser to face and eye area with your fingertips. Massage lightly and rinse.
TONE with AQUALIA THERMAL HYDRATING WATER
I love using this after I wash my face to remove any excess dirt, oil & makeup while also getting a little boost of hydration. I apply it to a cotton pad and then to my skin and it helps me feel so hydrated and refreshed!
To use: Apply this hydrating water as a first step after cleansing for hydrated skin. Apply with a cotton pad over entire face area. Allow to dry, then apply serum and/or moisturizer.
APPLY SERUM – using MINERAL 89
So for those of you who don’t know, using a face serum is SO essential to a skin care routine, no matter your skin type. You apply a serum after cleansing but before moisturizing and this is a step I definitely don’t do without! Mineral 89 is actually one of my favorite products because if you actually don’t have time you can essentially use this as your face moisturizer or all-in-one product and head out. I prefer to use it as a face serum because I’m an Esthetician and LOVE using a few different products on my skin to get the best results.
Mineral 89 is essentially a skin booster that makes your skin feel like a DREAM! While some serums are best for specific types of skin, Mineral 89 is great for all skin types and concerns! It combines Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water (rich in 15 mineral) with Hyaluronic Acid to make it resistant to aging caused by environmental factors (and trust me, there is a lot of those). If I use it in the day it really provides a super silky base for foundation and the rest of your makeup looks amazing and won’t dry you out! When I use it at night it helps give me an extra boost of hydration and my skin feels amazing! Mineral 89 is going to be a great serum for colder months as my skin feels more dry. It also it’s paraben-free and fragrance free, so it won’t break you out or irritate your skin for those of you who are wondering. Just an overall awesome product!
To use: Apply this hyaluronic acid face serum morning and evening to cleansed skin by spreading a few drops all over the face.
MOISTURIZE using AQUALIA THERMAL DYNAMIC HYDRATION RICH CREAM
As I’ve mentioned in the past, my skin is SUPER dry and I’m always looking for extremely hydrating moisturizers. This face moisturizer is a bit thicker for someone who might have oily skin (instead try Vichy’s Mineral 89 as your stand-alone face moisturizer), but it’s incredible for those of you who have normal-dry skin! It really makes a huge difference. My skin feels soft the morning after I use it and I don’t break out at all. I also love that the scent is not overpowering because as I said earlier I’m so incredibly sensitive to strong scents. They give me a migraine almost immediately so I LOVE all Vichy products for that reason.
To use: Apply this face moisturizer evenly morning and/or night on face and neck. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.
APPLY EYE CREAM – Using IDÉALIA EYES
One thing almost everyone who comes to me forgets is that it is SO important to use an eye cream! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — the skin around the eyes is much more thin and sensitive and can easily be prone to signs of aging. It’s important to use an eye cream that is targeted for that specific reason. This one I love because it acts as an anti-wrinkle eye treatment as well as an illuminator (no joke)! Having that Persian side in me, I tend to get dark circles and after using this product consistently for a few weeks it’s definitely helped diminish that! I’ve also been super impressed by the lines that have become more subtle and highly recommend you guys treating those crows feet because it’s a tough area to avoid!
To use: Squeeze this eye cream gently and massage product in using the flexible tip. Tap lightly with fingertips to blend and finish.
Hope you guys enjoyed my Vichy French skin care routine and found it useful! I highly recommend you guys try out their products I’m totally hooked and I know you will be too! You can actually head to Vichy’s website (www.VichyUSA.com) and use promo code OLIA for 20% and free shipping on all orders! I’m also so excited to announce that Vichy has launched a page on their website with all my favorites in one place for you! Check it out: www.vichyusa.com/influencer-olia
Hope you guys enjoyed my Vichy skin care routine and found it useful! I highly recommend you guys try out their products I’m totally hooked and I know you will be too! As usual if you have any skin questions/concerns feel free to send me a DM on instagram or shoot me an email!
Thank you to Vichy for sponsoring this post.