Hydrated skin is happy skin. Of course, there's a lot more to it than that, but the sentiment remains true. If your skin is saturated with moisture, then fine lines will be plumped out, your skin cells will work better and you’ll look more glowy. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to dry patches and a complexion that looks a bit dull and a little neglected.
The thing is, rich creams can be too much for some skin types (young or blemish-prone, in particular). I get the odd pimple here and there, but my skin is a whole lot better after having ditched oils and ramped up the at-home peels. But that routine can leave my skin a little thirsty. Enter: Vichy Minéral 89 Serum ($30). Like a tall glass of water for the skin, this serum is low on the ingredient count, but it will work wonders on any complexion.
Keep scrolling to find out why we’re a little—OK, a lot—obsessed with the Vichy Mineral 89 serum and what it can do for your skin.
Vichy's mineral-rich thermal water is sourced from French volcanoes and is enriched with 15 skin-loving minerals including iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese that work to moisturize skin, re-balance its pH, and protect against pollutants.
Housed in a fairly unisex-looking bottle (yes, I did hide it from my boyfriend), this daily skin booster contains just 11 ingredients—which is high for anything but skincare, where labels regularly run above 20. It’s 89% mineral-rich thermal water with added hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold 1000 times its weight in water, to fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The thing is that when your skin barrier is impaired, you can start to suffer from dryness, irritation, and redness, and blemishes become more likely. The product also makes use of glycerin, which works to draw moisture into the skin.
A hydrating powerhouse, it’s ideal for anyone (male, female, or otherwise) who is dealing with redness or rosacea, as it will instantly help calm the situation. If acne is your concern, this serum will hydrate the skin without clogging pores. For dry skin types, it can be layered under any serums or moisturizers for an extra hit of hydration. Normal skin? Lucky you. It's just going to hydrate and plump the skin, which is ideal if you’re looking tired or if any fine lines are looking more pronounced.
I love that it takes away that tight feeling you can sometimes get after cleansing. And it’s super soothing to apply after an acid-rich peel or manual exfoliation. If you’re using retinol and dealing with any sensitivity or peeling, a slathering of this will be a welcome relief.
To summarize, everyone can benefit from this multitasking serum. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for skin that needs an infusion of moisture, and it will plump and tone, leaving skin looking calm, supple, and radiant.
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