Overview:

Vichy was founded in 1931, it was named because of the thermal spa water which just so happens to be from Vichy, France. The company’s slogan is “Health is Beautiful.” Currently they are owned by L'Oréal.

The Good:

Vichy goes out of their way to help you understand your skin care needs. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, they’ve set up the Dermo Analyzer in pharmacies to help individuals understand their skin type. This will allow for a tailor made skin care regimen. Which can be made to cater everyone from those suffering from  post-teenage acne to dry skin. Vichy’s signature ingredient is Vichy thermal spa water. Its anti-aging serums contain shea butter and jojoba esters. Vichy’s anti-cellulite products include caffeine (the newest trend in skin care products) and nelumbo nucifera leaf extract (which may smooth and tone skin).

The Bad:

If you want to purchase Vichy products, you’ll either have to travel to Europe where they are available or buy them online. Despite their slogan, “Health is Beautiful,” the company has some unhealthy ingredients that you can read more about in our final take.

The Truth.

Vichy has a solid reputation both in its European birthplace and abroad. Many large, brand name companies fail to list their products’ ingredients on their websites or anywhere else, which is why I must give credit where credit is due; the ingredients for each Vichy product are easy to find on the company’s website.

However, as commendable as Vichy’s transparency is, most of the ingredients that the company uses aren’t wonderful. For example, the Intensive Densifying Brightening Cream contains the suspicious PEG-100, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, and the ambiguous fragrance.

Vichy’s Cellulite Cream contains triethanolamine (at best slightly damaging or allergenic, at worst a toxic carcinogen), salicylic acid (at the very least a concern for those who are pregnant), PEG-100, sodium benzoate (a suspicious preservative), phenoxyethanol, and fragrance.

While it’s not the worst I’ve seen, it’s still quite a lengthy list of ingredients that I wouldn’t want on or in me.

Finally, TIA reviewed the ingredients in Vichy’s LiftActive Retinol HA, and found little else other than the ingredients listed in the name of the product that will benefit your skin.