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Founded in 1931, Vichy Laboratories claims to be the number one skin care line in European pharmacies today. The Vichy Laboratories company offers products including makeup, face care, body care, sun care and gifts. The Vichy Laboratories official website says their products include an ingredient called “Vichy Spa Water” combined with innovative ingredients created from extensive dermatological research. Their special ingredient, Vichy Spa Water, is derived from the Vichy Mountains in France. It has been used for its dermatological properties since the 17th century, according to Vichy Laboratories. The key is its high concentrations of mineral salts and trace elements. The ingredient has been recognized by the French Academy of Medicine for its uses.
One of the products in the Vichy Laboratories skin care line is Reti-C Intensive Corrective Care SPF 15. Vichy Reti-C is marketed as an anti-aging product which is claimed to be the first complete anti-aging moisturizer that combines the double anti-wrinkle effectiveness of pure Retinol and pure Vitamin C along with the soothing benefits of Vichy Thermal Spa Water to help correct the signs of aging such as wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and overall lack of skin clarity. The product also promises to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays which have been shown to cause premature aging of the skin. Vichy Laboratories promises that consumers will see a noticeable change to the skin in just fifteen days with a more radiant skin tone and a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, the official website does not publish the full list of ingredients making it difficult to assess if this product will do what it claims to do. The official website does not post before and after photos or customer testimonials of those who have tried the products.
- The official website offers a free skin analysis to help determine which products work best for different types of skin.
- Reti-C contains Retinol and Vitamin C.
- The official website does not post customer testimonials.
- Vichy Laboratories does not post before and after photos to show positive results.
- No advanced ingredients listed in the formula such as Matrixyl 3000.
The Bottom Line
Vichy Reti-C does contain ingredients that have been shown to improve the skin yet it does not contain advanced anti-aging ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Matrixyl 3000. Consumers really appreciate it when skin care companies post before and after photos and customer testimonials. In addition, it would be helpful if the companies published the clinical research so that consumers can make a more informed buying decision. There are just too many products available in the marketplace for a company not to take this crucial extra step to make their products stand out above the rest.