For Christmas, I received this lovely Vichy gift set from my mother as she knows I am a big fan of the brand. Included in it was this Vichy Purete Thermale Solution Micellaire Apaisante and for those who don’t speak French (myself included), the name means that this is a calming, cleansing micellar solution. I hate to always compare the two but I have already tried a micellar water by La Roche Posay and I do find that the brands tend to release very similar products.
Vichy’s version promises to effectively remove makeup and and impurities while remaining gently on even the most sensitive of skins. No rinsing is required – you simply pour some on to a cotton pad and wipe your face. It uses a unique micelle technology to remove the impurities, rose phytophenol to soothe and calm the skin and thermal spa water to soothe and fortify.
Now you all know that I wear a tonne of makeup and for someone like me, this is not going to do the job alone. However, I like to use this after my initial cleanse and I find that it does an amazing job removing the last dirt from my face – the proof is on the cotton pad. I also like to use it sometimes on non-makeup days, just to remove any grease or environmental dirt from my face. This has become a step in my facial routine that I really enjoy. There is a slight pleasant scent to it which must be natural coming from Vichy but my face feels so clean afterwards without feeling stripped or tight.
The formula itself feels like water as opposed to that strong, chemical feel you can get from regular toners. It also leaves the skin wet for a moment or two after use which is no big deal as it dries in leaving skin plump, nourished and soft afterwards. I do, of course, use a moisturiser afterwards – my La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche is my current go-to – sticking with the theme.
Of course, it is also allergy tested, tested on sensitive skin under dermatological and ophthalmological as well as on contact lens wearers. It is alcohol, soap and colourant free, non-comedogenic and has the same pH balance as your skin.
I definitely recommend this for a kind-to-skin approach to makeup removing, even if, like me, you can’t avail of it’s three step powers and use it alone. It makes a great addition to the rest of your routine. 200ml will set you back €14.99 which seems pricey for a toner-substitute but I have been using it daily since Christmas and still have loads left.
What do you think? Are you a fan of micellar solutions or have you tried them yet? How do you remove your makeup?