I’ve spoken about Vichy in passing a few times here on emilyloula (in my Escentual French Pharmacy Haul & My Skincare Staples posts) but I’ve never actually dedicated a post to this wonderful brand, and I’m not entirely sure why. Their Aqualia Thermal Light cream is my favourite day cream at the moment and has been for the majority of 2015 and their Setting Powder is a huge staple in my makeup bag.
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep > £26.50
Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating Cream > £25.00
After realising my current night cream wasn’t really doing much for my skin, I decided to go on the hunt for a new cream, when I came across Vichy’s Idealia Skin Sleep. As a huge fan of Vichy, I wanted to give it a go but the £26.50 price tag, made me slightly hesitant. I decided I would do some research and read some reviews before making my decision and that was the last time I thought about it, until an email from LookFantastic landed in my inbox. It’s like they had somehow read my mind, and offered me to try out their new Skin Sleep, so I obviously jumped at the chance. Very kindly, LookFantastic also sent me out the original Vichy Idealia cream, and I’ve now been trying them both out for about the past 3 weeks.
Just like my beloved Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream, both of the Idealia products come in a little 50ml glass jar, including a mirrored lid. I personally, really like the packaging of these, it’s simple yet effective and they don’t feel cheap by any means. I love the fact that the Skin Sleep is a slightly darker shade of pink than the day cream, making it easy to differentiate between the two.
Both of the Idealia products have the same, subtly sweet scent that I actually really love. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like, although my sister described it as a raspberry yogurt and their website says it’s fragranced with green tea and jasmine. To me, it smells slightly fruity, yet also really calming and relaxing which I would assume is the jasmine element. Although looking very similar, and smelling identical the consistency and texture of these two products are incredibly different.
The Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating cream* has a cream consistency, as the name suggests, feels quite lightweight and sinks into my skin quickly. After application I’m not left with any greasy residue and it definitely helps to increase my skins hydration levels, whilst leaving my skin supple and soft. This cream is the version specifically for Normal/Combination skin, which has worked really well for my oily skin, however there is also a targeted version for dry skin, so they’ve got both bases covered. It is enriched with Kombucha and Vitamin B, which helps to plump and refine the skin’s texture, as well as providing added radiance and helping wrinkles appear smoothed out.
On the other hand we have a completely different texture as the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep* is described as a comforting gel balm, which I think is exactly right. It feels almost cold to the touch, and the soothing gel consistency is unlike anything I’ve tried before. Designed for all skin types (even sensitive skin), the gel balm texture means that it’s not too heavy, so is great for oily skin, but still delivers some intense moisture levels. The Idealia Skin Sleep is said to be the first ever night product that has been clinically proven to stimulate all the deep sleep mechanisms. This basically means, that even with a lack of sleep, all of your skins nightly functions will remain at their optimum.
Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which stimulates cell regeneration and helps skin to hold moisture and maintain hydration and plumpness, Skin Sleep has done amazing things for my skin. Also included in this magic gel is caffeine which helps by draining and decongesting the skin to reduce fatigue – perfect for sleep deprived people like myself, and Vitamin B3 which has anti-inflammatory properties and reinforces the skin’s natural barrier. As amazing as these ingredients sound, my favourite by far has to be LHA. I did think that since using Skin Sleep my acne had improved but I wasn’t sure if a product targeted mainly towards wrinkles could help with this, so thought maybe I was making it up. However, after checking out the ingredients and seeing that LHA played a big part, I knew that I hadn’t been imagining things. If you’re unaware of LHA, it works in a similar way to salicylic acid (one of my favourite ingredients in skincare), by decreasing the concentration of bacteria found within the pore. LHA also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-comedogenic properties, making it perfect for combatting acne and ageing.
I haven’t been using the regular Idealia cream as much as the Skin Sleep, as I often opt for a tinted moisturiser or one containing an SPF for during the day instead. I have, however, used the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep practically every night since I received it, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the results. My skin definitely appears of much better condition, it looks healthier, plumper and genuinely clearer. My pores look smaller and my skin definitely feels soft and nourished after use, so I’m very happy.
I think the Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating cream is nice, and I enjoyed using it but the real winner here is definitely the Idealia Skin Sleep. At the beginning I mentioned that I was unsure of purchasing it due to the £26.50 price tag, but now I can honestly say it’s worth every penny, and some.
Would I repurchase the original Idealia cream? Maybe. I think it’s a nice daily lightweight moisturiser, but to me it doesn’t really stand out as anything particularly special, but the Skin Sleep definitely does. I’m genuinely so impressed with the Skin Sleep that I would 100% purchase another pot without hesitation tomorrow. I love how this feels after application, the texture of it, and the amazing things it’s done for my skin, that I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a new night time moisturiser (it’s even suitable for those of you with sensitive skin). Yes, it’s slightly pricier than an equivalent high street product, but I feel like this is one of a kind and has a lot more going for it than others I’ve tried before. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this, I genuinely think I’ve found my ultimate night time treat and my skin is definitely thanking me for it.
Do you like the sound of these Vichy Idealia products? Have you tried anything from this line? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and thank you so much for reading!
* The products in this post were provided for the purpose of this review although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *