Vichy • Aqualia Thermal UV hydrating treatment SPF15/PPD18 • Moisturizers

rated 4.2(30 reviews)

Average Rating.4.2
Would buy this product again.83%

rated 4 of 5 Tiaju on 2/5/2015 4:39:00 PM more reviews by Tiaju

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

This review is for the UV 25 european version.

I prefer moisturisers with spf than sunscreens. Sunscreens leave my skin too oily and not necessarily hydrated.
I was first drawn to Aqualia UV due to its very high ppd (uva protection) and absence of mineral oil.
It's very hydrating and pleasant to apply. It leaves no white cast but it does make my skin shine, that is easily hidden with a little powder appplication. There are a few spf moisturisers with less oily residue out there but this one is still much better than most sunscreens.
It feels like a typical shea butter rich moisturiser, if you know what I mean. It proved to make me a bit to oily in the summer, so I switched to another until the winter came. Now that winter is here it proved to be a skin saviour against the very low temperatures, indoor heating and retinoic acid dryness.

I will keep repurchasing, at least for winter time!

The packaging is super, the pump is hygienic and easy to control. Travel friendly.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* solai on 4/30/2014 2:58:00 PM more reviews by solai

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

This is a review of the spf 25 version. It's not easy to find good moisturizers with spf but this is a good one. It'll work for dry to normal skin types so I use another moisturizer for my oily forehead. This cream has a slightly funny consistency: it both sinks in and doesn't at the same time - it's kind of like a moisturizing barrier between your skin and make-up. It doesn't feel filmy, though, If you have oily skin, it'll definitely make you look like a grease ball but for drier skins, this is great news. No more dry flakes with make-up! Make-up tends to dry up my skin a little in certain places and this is great in preventing the Sahara effect. I can definitely feel this product wash off when I cleanse my face so I'm guessing it'll run if you sweat a lot. So it's probably not the best for tropics but will help out with keeping dryness at bay. The packaging is great and you can control how much of the moisturizer you pump out.

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rated 5 of 5 arcss on 12/30/2013 12:14:00 PM more reviews by arcss

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

This works wonders under foundation, it's not very expensive where i live. If you have dry skin try this!

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* wonderbuy on 11/25/2013 3:32:00 PM more reviews by wonderbuy

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Hazel    

This is a review for the latest version that is now SPF25. This is way too greasy and doesn't sink in well. Its actually a light texture but makes makeup slide around way too much and powder pool in all the wrong places. I would say give it a shot if you have dry skin, I have however discovered that it makes a great body moisturiser. So waste not want not and my neck and arms love it but just not my face. Pump is great and no white residue. Shame that it just sits on top of my face and make me shine like a disco ball.

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rated 2 of 5 CarmenCabezas on 7/9/2013 10:30:00 AM more reviews by CarmenCabezas

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Hazel    

Sadly this moisturizer doesnt work for me. I read tons of good comments about it And I decided to give it a try. To me it takes way too long to absorb specially when I want to put on some make up. And it irritates my eyes so bad!!!! They start itchying And watering. So whenever I put it on I have to be terribly aware of not putting the product Near my eyes.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* kinonyc on 3/26/2013 1:20:00 AM more reviews by kinonyc

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I've been using the Aqualia balm for years and love it. So when I was in the market for a UV day cream, I decided to try this. It's lovely -- sort of a lighter-weight version of the balm, with SPF. It spreads and absorbs very smoothly, and makeup applies beautifully over it. One pump pretty much covers my face and my throat, Very happy.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* LeighS on 2/8/2012 5:40:00 AM more reviews by LeighS

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I think this is the highest PPD moisturiser that there is. I bought it for winter in the UK when PPD 18 is more than sufficient but I need more moisture than just a sunscreen on its own. It has kept my skin from drying out from the cold and central heating. It is not as shiny as most sunscreens and is gentle enough to wear on the eyelids without irritating them. I will continue to buy every winter.

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rated 5 of 5 Karro on 12/2/2011 5:09:00 AM more reviews by Karro

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I have the European version with spf 15 and ppd 18. I've used this moisturizer for a couple of years throughout all seasons and it works well for my surface dry and sensitive skin. I think it has even improved my skin texture as it appears less dry, with less super fine lines on the surface than 2 years ago. I also use this under my eyes with no problem - it doesn't cause puffiness and keeps the thin dry skin under my eyes well moisturized and the wrinkles less prominent.

I have been outdoors with this and a layer of mineral make-up on without getting tanned. This summer I also added an extra layer of Kiehl's spf 50 when out in the sun. Since being more careful with spf and ppd my skine tone is one shade lighter, perhaps the ppd 18 in this moisturizer keeps pigmentation at bay. Anyway. I am pleased with the results.

During the dry winter months I sometimes add an oil serum underneath, and it works well together with this cream.

The only down side with this moisturizer is that it does leave a bit of a shine. I occasionally I blot before putting on the mineral make up if I want a matte effect. I would give this a 4.5, since it doesn't give my skin as much healthy glow and clear texture as my best cream ever found - La Roche Posay Toleriane riche, which I use at night. If Toleriane riche would come out in a UV version I would use that cream formula with sqalane over this one. But finding a good UV moisturizer is tricky, perhaps this Vichy one is the best one out there, so ok, I'll give it a 5.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* jootje on 10/31/2011 10:05:00 AM more reviews by jootje

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Green    

This is my new favourite moisturizer. Prior to this I used LRP Hydraphase UV but they reformulated it in the Netherlands and lowered the PPD (from 12 to 8) so I decided to look around a bit before settling for the new version. I am glad I did . The main reason I chose this product is because of its high PPD of 18 (I have the Euro version). Even better than my previous HG. I also like that it does not contain alcohol - alcohol is a dealbreaker for me. On to the review.
First a bit of information about my skin: dehydrated combination skin (oily t-zone, normal cheeks) that is very clog prone. My skin is clear unless I a) use a clogging product or b) eat too much dairy/sugar. I avoid both so most of the time my skin is clear.
Texture of the product: the texture is a gel like cream that is easily spread out. It sinks in reasonably fast. It is not mattifying (nor does it claim to be) but it also does not make my skin any more oily than it would have been without it. After applying it does leave my face a tiny bit more shiney, as is always the case with me when I use something with SPF. But it's very minimal, especially compared to most SPF products. It is also easily fixed with a bit of powder. I use powder always anyway so I don't mind. Applying the powder once is enough to keep the shine from the spf away for the rest of the day. My skin still gets shiney from oil production but that's just my skin and has nothing to do with this product. There is no white cast whatsoever.
Clog factor: after testing this product on one side of my face only for a couple of weeks I can safely say that this does not clog my pores. It does contain silicones which can be a problem for some, but my skin is fine with them. It's other ingredients that worried me, like the sodium chloride. But it's low on the list and it turned out it's no problem for my skin either. Yay.
Moisturizing factor: this product is very moisturizing. My skin is oily but dehydrated and applying this product once a day is enough to keep my skin hydrated and flake-free all day.
Sunscreen: the sunscreen in this product is chemical. My skin is sensitive but it is fine with this. I can and do also use this product around my eyes. The SPF is 15 and the PPD is 18, which is really great. When I go out to the beach I'll use a seperate sunscreen with a higher UVB protection, but this is perfect for everyday use because of the great UVA protection.
Scent: it does contain perfume, but not much. It's very low on the list. I can't really describe the scent as it is very faint, but it's fine. It's not particularly great but it doesn't bother me either. I hardly smell it anyway.
Packaging: I love that it comes in a pump as this is much more sanitary than jars. One pump is a bit too much for just my face and my neck so I either use half a pump or I use one pump and put the rest on my chest (when I know my chest will be exposed to sun as well).
Price: I think I paid 17 euros for this. It's not cheap but not very pricey either. I think it's a fair price for such a good product.
Overall, this is a great product that does not clog my pores, does not make my skin more oily, hydrates my dehydrated skin and protects my skin from everyday sundamage. I love it and I will repurchase. I don't call products HG before I've repurchased, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't become my HG when I run out.
Update: I've finished it and repurchased. HG. :)

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rated 3 of 5 carltonbp on 9/24/2011 3:43:00 PM more reviews by carltonbp

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

I found this greasy and it didn't sink in and it gave me blackheads. It also managed to make my skin feel oilier. It has a reflective sheen as well which makes your skin look like you've put butter on it. On the plus side it didn't smell awful like the other Aqualia moisturisers I bought. Very disappointed in the whole line, 4 items I bought from it that are sitting unused, at least it was 3 for 2 at Boots when I bought them.

I'm going to try it again more towards winter and see it that helps, perhaps it was too rich in summer.

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