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Regardless of your skin type, we all fall victim to the moisture-sucking tag team of freezing air and rising central heating. Even I, someone who falls under the camp of oily skin, experience the winter woe of dry, papery patches along my cheeks and nose and severe dehydration, which I have learned to be the ultimate cause of my winter acne. To safely and effectively tackle both issues, rather than relying on moisturizer alone, I’ve been religiously using the daily skin booster: Vichy Minéral 89.
Recognized and approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association, this formula is designed to protect and preserve your skin’s barrier function and reduce transepidermal water loss — caused travel and especially extreme weather conditions — for up to 2 -hours. With daily use, skin feels hydrated, plumped, fortified and quenched for a healthy glow.
“Due to a composition of 89 per cent Vichy Thermal Water and natural-origin hyaluronic acid, it reinforces the skin’s barrier function. In other words, Minéral 89 not only protects the skin but also helps it recover better and more quickly from external aggressors such as cold weather, which can seriously impact skin’s health,” says Ariane Beaulieu Sirois, Vichy regional trainer.
Powered by hyaluronic acid, a critical ingredient to maintaining skin hydration, its light-weight, non-sticky gel formula instantly absorbs into the skin and delivers an instant refreshing and clean finish. Not only does it fortify the skin’s barrier, but it helps tone and improve elasticity.
“I purchased the product to try to blur or to remove the wrinkles I have on my forehead and especially between the eyebrows. Two drops are definitely enough for my face and all the neck. After cleaning and drying my face well, I apply two drops of this magic liquid, and let it dry. After a few days of starting using Mineral 89, I have already seen a change for the better in my face, [fewer] wrinkles, more uniform skin tone and better overall feeling,” says one five-star reviewer.
“I heard so much about this product but didn’t really think it would add anything to my skincare routine. Oh, how wrong I was. Now I can’t imagine my routine without it. I love its gel-like texture and the way it leaves my skin feeling smoother and plumper. I use it even outside of my routine if my skin is looking ‘blah’ just for a quick pick me up,” says another.
“It’s amazing and makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated! It's very lightweight and works well Day and night,” another raves. “I love the feel of this product!”
I’ve been loving Vichy Minéral 89 for almost two years now and since using it, I’ve noticed a drastic difference in the amounts of breakouts I get during the colder months — I used to get tons of what I like to call “Rice Krispie”-like, sebum-filled bumps across my forehead, and now it’s rare that I experience this type of acne anymore. Of course, what I love about most about this product is that it leaves no oily or heavy feeling residue on my face, making it a must-have for those with oily skin types.
I’ll admit, it’s pretty pricey for drugstore skincare, but it’s definitely worth the splurge. Thinking about giving it a try? Extending their Black Friday deal through Cyber Monday, on now until Dec 2., Vichy is offering 25 per cent everything sitewide. As a bonus, with orders over $75, shoppers can use the code CYBER to score a free nine-piece gift.
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