The application of water spray micromist, as far I know, doesn’t seem to be a regular step in daily skincare routine for women in America. I personally don’t incorporate the use of a spray mist except during the summer when I would mist my face once in a while to rehydrate and cool off after baking in the sun. A light mist of pure spring water gently blanketing my face feels so good especially when my pores are flaring open from the heat. But it was never part of my regular skincare routine so I experienced quite an eye-opening treat at the Vichy workshop I attended recently.
Created in 1931 in France by a skin physician, Vichy Laboratories
You know I’m big on putting adequate amount of hydration on my face, especially since I don’t take very well to the year-round summer in Singapore (read: shiny face). My skin has gone totally crazy in this climate and it goes from DRY ☞ SKIN OVERCOMPENSATES BY BECOMING SEBACEOUS (ie. oily) ☞ BLOT AWAY OIL ☞ DRY ☞ SKIN OVERCOMPENSATES AGAIN BY SECRETING OIL ☞ BLOT ☞ DRY ☞ OIL ☞ BLOT ☞ DRY ☞ …. and so on and so forth. This cycle is maddening! *GGGRRRRR*
I think I have found my answer in the Vichy Thermal Spa Water (yah, that’s the name of the product) spray mist. Or in French, it is Eau Thermale. Thanks to the Vichy workshop during which I got re-edumacated on skin hydration methods, I have been micromisting guilt-free at the end of my skincare routine this past week using the Vichy Thermal Spa Water. I really like how it forms a veil of hydration packed with oh-so-good minerals and my skin looks dewy afterwards (I pat it away with a soft sponge). The Spa Water mist also maintains a stable alkalinity on my face before I pat on other products like eye-cream, moisturizers, et#. In other words, the mist maintains a balanced pH-level on my face. I didn’t know this prior to attending the workshop but apparently when one’s skin pH-level is out of balance, that’s when all kinds of wacky skin issues start popping up. Acne, redness, sensitivity, irritation, allergies… all that whole basket of nasty unwelcome conditions. :| The Vichy Thermal Spa Water solves all these by offering three main benefits:
The therapeutic properties of the water is anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant.
With continued use, it strengthens and protects skin tissue against ageing.
It stimulates cell renewal and improves skin’s natural defense.
This product is so gentle with multiple benefits that, as shown in the illustration above, it can be used in many ways beyond daily skincare routine! It is pure enough to be used on a baby even. I say if it’s good enough for a baby’s skin, it’s gotta be good for my skin too. :) This product is most suitable for those with sensitive skin.
I like this spray mist very much and I’m definitely planning to grab a couple more (full-sized ones; I’ve been told that this year, being Vichy’s 80th anniversary, the Eau Thermale is available in limited edition packaging – you should be able to recognize them with the cute illustrations on the spray bottle). I think it is essential for this perpetual summer in Singapore. It is so humid all the time that after I get out of the shower, I perspire even more. WTH?!? And I really really dislike that pores-flaring-open feeling, as though they are all screaming “I’m so paaaaaarrrrrccccchhheddddd, quench my thirst!”.
*SSSSPPPPRRAAAAYYYY LIBERALLY to make them open pores STFU*
Because the Vichy Thermal Spa Water is packed with so much natural goodness, Vichy has added this “living” water into all of their products. There is one particular product line, AQUALIA THERMAL, which is effective for hydrating sensitive skin. I used the Aqualia Thermal Masque this week, followed by the Aqualia Thermal Aqua-Gel as moisturizer and they are both very nice. The fragrance is a tad too musky and flowery for me though, to be honest, but I guess that’s the smell that Europeans love or something. :X