For awhile now, products from Vichy's Normadern range have been taking up a large percentage of my skincare routine. As I am about to embark on a new routine soon (more on that), I thought I would throw out my thoughts about the Normaderm range and highlight the products I have included to my routine.
Before I go into the individual products, a quick overview about Vichy first followed by their Normaderm range.
Vichy is classified a relatively new brand in our stores (compared to old-timers like Neutrogena) yet the brand itself goes way back to 1931. They are acquired under L'oreal and pride themselves as the Number 1 skincare brand in European Pharmacies*. Locally, they can be found along the aisle of Watsons and Guardian.
*As mentioned on their website, not making it up :)
The main ingredient in all Vichy products is the Mineral-Rich Thermal Spa Water, known for it's fortifying and soothing properties. It is naturally enriched with 15 minerals and 13 trace elements, which sounds fancy but to put in plain english it is proven to be rich in anti-oxidants, soothes and calms the skin and reinforces the Skin's own protection.
Vichy has many many different ranges under their brand and each range caters to a specific skintype or need. Normaderm in this case is geared towards acne-prone skin and people with oily/combination skintype. Though from experience I would say oily skin being the main target group.
Research has highlighted that oily skin and blemishes can be caused by nerve endings coming into contact with the sebaceous glands. When these nerve endings are stimulated or irritated, they tend to generate more sebum and that in turn causes micro-inflammation. So it's basically a vicious cycle of your sebum production irritating your nerve endings which results in more sebum production.
The Normaderm range (which uses the ingredient Zincadone+) promises to be penetrate into the inner third layer of the skin and calm the nerve endings down, fighting the root of excessive sebum production.
Hope that wasn't too confusing but summing it all up again Normaderm is targetted at people with oily/combination skin that deals with blemishes and outbreaks.
Now getting into the skincare range itself, I was provided everything from the range and given a brief rundown of it all beforehand just so I know what to expect.
Why so? Because as said this range is suited for oily and combination skin but certain products might be a little 'strong' if you have combination skin and your cheeks don't really get oily at all.
My skintype, from what I know, falls under combination. If you are uncertain of your skintype you can visit any Vichy counter (that has a Sales Assistant present) and get them to test your skintype out with a nifty gadget of theirs.
Back to this, I noticed that sadly not everything in this routine worked out for me but I did manage to find a few gems. To not blabber on to much I shall leave a short blurb of each product though some were subject to short-term usage because it was just not working right for me.
Though do remember that skincare is subjective and what works for me might not work for you, vice versa so take the following information as a reference point or something of that.
Purifying Cleansing Gel (Cleanser)
This was one product that didn't work for me. If I were to use it everday, it causes the not-so-oily parts of my face to start feeling dry and have that 'peeling' effect. I find it a little strong for my skin but my brother who is in his teens and is pretty oily/facing acne finds this works good.
Anti Imperfection Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream (Cleanser)
The milder one of the two cleansers, I actually like how this one cleanses and it doesn't leave me with peeling skin or anything. It cleans well and isn't too harsh or drying. I don't notice my face feeling tight after using this nor does it leave a film on (I hate those cleansers that just never seem to wash off right). The only thing would be this cleanser has a slightly more clinical scent compared to the one above, but I can overlook that.
Purifying Astringent Toner & Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion (Toners)
The Normaderm range offers two toners to choose from, the main difference would be one contains alcohol while the other doesn't. Even in the case of the toner with alcohol, it was specified that it would not irritate sensitive skin. At the end of the day it's personal preference and while I have no issues with either, I do prefer the one without alcohol (Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion).
Daily Exfoliating Cleansing Gel
While the name of this product states 'daily', as with any exfoliating product I do not recommend a daily usage. This product contains itsy bitsy micro-beads, slightly visible in the closeup, that helps exfoliate the skin's surface. I don't find it to be overly harsh or scratchy, very much like that of a normal exfoliator but with the Normaderm key ingredient and scent.
Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care (Day Moisturizer)
Probably one of, if not my favorite product from the entire bunch. This is a daytime moisturizer that works great in Singapore's hot and humid environment. It doesn't go on thick yet moisturizes adequetely (for oily/combi skin) and what's more its suppose to keep your skin looking matte for a good period of time. I don't know about matte but I like using this moisturizer as it almost feels like nothing after blending out, no stickiness whatsoever yet it still hydrates.
Chrono-Active Pore Refining Care (Night Moisturizer)
This night moisturizer has a unique consistency, somewhat a mix of powder and liquid yet it's not like those Oxy shake-up-to-use things. I don't think at least but I know I had to shake my bottle a little when I left it lying on the side for too long because the liquid came out clear. Again this is good for our humid climate but as I sleep in air conditioning, this is not moisturizing enough for me. When applied on I would say it feels a little 'slippery' but not quite greasy and not sticky.
Total Pore Resurfacing Essence
If you haven't noticed by now, the Normaderm line in itself is also very concentrated on treating and minimizing pores. This pore essence is recommended to be used as an extra step after toner and before moisturizer. After I stopped using the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner I did notice my pores making a comeback but this product helped chase those nasty pores away and I'm glad for that as it's easier to obtain this now that the Neutrogena toner seems to be discontinued here. Definitely another one of my favorite items in this regimen.
Drying and Concealing Anti-Imperfection Stick
This is another one of those concealers with medicated properties and I'm not sure how I feel about these. I can't quite tell if they are doing their job (medicated properties wise) and when used as a concealer it's not bad but not full coverage either. Especially in this case where it only comes in one available shade it can't possibly match all skintones. Though I guess if the shade fits you, it can be mentally comforting to know you are healing your spot as you conceal it.
So that was a long ramble on majority of the products provided by Vichy. I still have the foundation to talk about but I'll put that in a seperate entry and keep all skincare matters here.
To make everything easier to digest the things that I ended up inserting into my skincare regimen would be:
• Anti-Imperfection Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream
• Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion
• Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care
• Total Pore Resurfacing Essence
While I might hop from one skincare regimen to another, I think I would stick with using (and that includes repurchasing) the Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care and Total Pore Resurfacing Essence for awhile. Those two are definitely things I would suggest you look into, depending on your needs.
If you have questions list them below! I will try to drop by the stores and update on prices soon.
Thanks for reading this lengthy post, I wanted to keep it as informative yet brief as possible.
Products were provided by Vichy - I am not affiliated to them.
All opinions expressed are my own, I am not getting paid for this.