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#TakeControl of blemish-prone skin with these great picks from Vichy!

Although it’s technically autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere, you wouldn’t say it given the weather in most parts of the Western Cape in recent weeks. Fortunately, we’ve had the occasional (much-needed) rainy day, but it’s been pretty hot for the most part, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius on several occasions.

The thing that bothers me most about the mid-summer heat? The effects on my skin. My skin does not cope well with soaring temperatures, and I often battle with the dreaded midday shine, breakouts, and dark spots that develop as a result of sun exposure. Apparently, I’m not alone in this – I recently read that one in every two women complains of shiny skin as a result of heat or stress, so I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one!

Excess sebum is the biggest culprit behind shiny skin, and spending time in the sun often exacerbates the production of sebum. UV rays often cause more sebum to be excreted, and the heat further dilates your pores, making them look bigger and allowing sebum to be transported more easily – resulting in shinier skin. And don’t forget sweat! The mixture of sweat and sebum often results in super-shiny skin and melting makeup – not a pretty look!

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I recently received a few new products from Vichy, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I opened the package – it was as though Vichy had read my mind and sent the perfect products to tackle all my current skincare concerns – shininess included! Of the three products I received, I was most  excited to try Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel (R225), a day cream with a refreshing gel texture that’s ideal for women with oily skin types – or for those who battle with recurring midday shine and large pores, like me!

I’ve been keeping my tube in the fridge, especially on hot days – applying the cool, soothing gel to my skin after cleansing every morning is such a treat, and I find that the Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel leaves my skin feeling instantly hydrated, but it also has a mattifying effect. (It can be so tempting to ditch the moisturiser when you have an oily skin type, but this is quite possibly the worst thing you could do; your skin will end up producing even more sebum in an effort to quench the dryness caused by a lack of moisture, resulting in an even oilier skin – and more breakouts). Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel is said to reduce oiliness and shine, and it also helps to tighten pores. I find that there is an immediate mattifying effect that lasts well into the day, and my foundation doesn’t require any touch ups on the days that I’ve used the Aqua Gel. 

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A skincare product that I absolutely refuse to go without? A good sunscreen, of course! I’ve been using NEW Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 (R285) for the past month, and I love it! I’m a real sucker when it comes to the sensorial pleasure of using a product, so if it applies beautifully and smells pleasant, I’m just about sold. This new beauty from Vichy does both: it boasts a lightweight, easily-absorbed texture that isn’t sticky in the slightest, and it smells so fresh – no tell-tale sunscreen scent, and absolutely no chalky, white residue. I apply this daily after I’ve applied the Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel, and my foundation glides on smoothly and evenly over the top of both – a real bonus for makeup lovers! I’ve been to many sun care presentations by leading brands and dermatologists, and I’ve often heard the saying that ‘the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually use‘ – and Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 (wow, such a mouthful!) definitely makes the cut, for this reason, and for so many more. In a nutshell?

  • It boasts a triple anti-blemish action, making it ideal for those of us who suffer from spots, large pores, and greasiness or shine.
  • In fact, it’s been tested specifically on acne-prone skin types, and it’s been proven that blemishes and imperfections are diminished with regular use.
  • It also has a mattifying effect for up to 9 hours of no shine.
  • It boasts a hypoallergenic formula, so it’s ideal for use on sensitive skins.
  • It corrects spots and helps to minimise large pores, while preventing the appearance of dark spots at the same time.
  • And, of course, it boasts broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 30.
  • It’s ideal for daily use, and sits incredibly well under makeup.

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And now, time for quite possibly my favourite product of the bunch! I’ve never been one to sing the praises of facial waters and spritzes, but I have become absolutely obsessed with them in recent months. I literally own about seven different facial waters, and I love them all – I find that each one is great for it’s own specific purpose, and I’ve found that they definitely do make a difference when used regularly (and for me, regularly means about five or six – or more! – times per day!)

Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water (R169) is the first facial water that I discovered, about five or six years ago, and I make sure that there’s at least one bottle in my fridge (or in my travel bag) at all times during the summer months. I spray this onto freshly cleansed skin before applying my moisturiser to help lock in hydration, and I also spray it onto my skin after rinsing off a mask and before applying my moisturiser. I carry it around in my handbag on family day trips or longer road trips to refresh my skin when it’s hot, and I often spritz some on Beanie’s face or hands before wiping down with a cloth to give him a quick clean when we’re out and about. There are just so many uses for this wonder product!

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But apart from providing your skin with some much-needed moisture and a quick, refreshing boost, Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water actually boasts some incredible benefits for your skin. To start with, it contains 15 minerals that serve to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier function, helping to protect the skin against harmful external aggressors, like sun, pollution, and stress. It’s ideal for use on sensitive skins to help soothe skin and to calm any irritation or inflammation, and it also helps to provide a much-needed moisture boost for dry and dehydrated skin types.

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I’ve had so many readers write to me in recent months to ask for recommendations for skincare products that are best suited to oily to combination skin types, and I think these products are ideal. They’re effective and they’re backed by science, and they’re also very reasonably priced – tick, tick and TICK!

If you’re interested in trying these products for yourself, be sure to read on – I’ve partnered with Vichy to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a gorgeous Vichy hamper containing all of these products – and more. Scroll down for more!

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[CLOSED] WIN!

I’ve partnered with Vichy to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a fabulous Vichy hamper worth R989. The hamper contains the following products:

  • Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water worth R169
  • Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel  worth R225
  • Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30  worth R285
  • Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF50 worth R310

TO ENTER

Entry into this giveaway is simple: all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, telling me which product mentioned above you’re most excited to try. That’s it!

If you’d like even more chances to win, I’ve included a few optional entries as well – and I’ll also be doing a few random posts for additional entries over on Instagram, so make sure that you’re following me over there!

Entry can be done via the super-simple and nifty Rafflecopter form, below. If you have any issues submitting your entries or leaving a comment, pop me an email and I’ll help where I can!

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Entries close on Friday, 7 April 2017, and the winner will be announced by Monday, 10 April 2017. Best of luck to you all!

  • Janet Watson Perry

    I’d love to try the Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water – My skin often feels totally dehydrated and crackly (especially on hot days or in the wind) and a boost of hydration like this would be heavenly!

  • Simran Juglal

    Lovely, informative blog post! I would love to try out the Aqua Gel! I have super oily skin and I’m on the lookout for mattifying products. I’ve always wanted to try out Vichy products. The Thermal Spa Water also sounds amazing 🙂

  • Naidene Cooper

    The Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Hydration Mist sounds Amazing for my peri-menopausal days and I love that it also has an SPF50 sun protection factor.

  • Nicolette Nunes

    Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

  • Carolyn Augustus

    I’d like to try out the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30

  • Chelsea

    I would love to try the Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water. Ive been using the Avene one but would like to give the Vichy one a go after hearing such amazing things!

  • Amãrõ Anivãrp

    Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel

  • Pooja Ramsundar

    I’m most excited to try Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 ….. since I suffer from spots, acne and an oily T-zone.

  • Michelle Nicholson

    Hi there, would love to try the Vichy Thermal Spa Water. Mommy of two can be seriously tough, a little toddler and a two month old and not much time to focus on skincare… so a quick spray will do wonders to the tired mommy look I’m sure😊

  • Jenny meier

    I’d love to try the Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel. It is so hot abnd sticky in Durban that I land up being super shiny and my makeup just doesnt last, even with a good primer on.

  • Nicole Jansen van Vuuren

    Hi Chereen

    Firstly thank you for such an insightful article about the range. I would love to try the Skin Balance aqua gel for the added hydration and mattifying effect. Nothing puts me off more than that 12 o clock shine and I’m yet to find a mattifying moisturiser that keeps the shine at bay. This whole Vichy range sounds amazing! I have seen it loads of times in Clicks but never tried it x

  • Leanne Cherry

    I would love to try out the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-imperfections Anti-blemishes Mattifying Corrective care SPF 30 🙂

  • Riette

    I would love to try The Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel. And I am definitely trying the fridge trick!

  • Megan Hartwig

    Heard a lot of great things about thermal waters, so would really love to try the Vichy Thermal Water. Holding thumbs.

  • Jacqueline Katzen

    Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel

  • sharleen deacon

    Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

  • Tracy Jacobs

    I would love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 cos dark spots

  • RehanaSeedat.5

    Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel

  • Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

  • Gae Cokayne

    Because I spend so much time in the sun I would love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care.

  • Roxanne Chutthergoon

    Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

  • Lynnith Andreou

    I would love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care xx

  • cirsten van den heuvel

    I’m excited to try Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel bwcause of the benefits of it helping recurring shine and large pores which I suffer with.

  • I can’t wait to try out the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30. I neglected using sunscreen when I was younger and spent hours in the sun because it felt heavy on my face and clogged my pores which resulted in outbreaks. Now in my 30s I have pigmentation and I wish I’d done more to protect my skin. This sunscreen sounds absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Liezel Thomas

    I would love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30

  • JC Chong

    I’m really excited to try out the Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel! I have similar skin problems as what you have described. Living in a country that is constantly humid and hot, I get breakouts quite often and I deal with midday shine and large pores as well. This gel sounds like something that could help!

    • JC Chong

      So sorry, please ignore my Rafflecopter entry! I’m not from South Africa so I won’t qualify 😛

  • Faye Roberts

    I have heard amazing things about these products! Would love to try them out 🙂

  • Yvette Hamilton

    i would absolutely LOVE to try Vichy, it’s been on my wishlist for such a long time <3

  • Bianca Balutto

    Excited to try the Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

    • Lisa-Ann Stieger

      I’m most excited to try the Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water, sounds amazing.

  • Tracy Jacobs

    Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 is my first choice to try 🙂

  • Shaheeda Loofer

    I would love to try Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemish Mattifying Corrective Care SPF 30

  • Nicola Meyer

    Very keen to try the Soleil invisible hydrating mist

  • Rentia

    All of them! But the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 look a amazing! Perfect for this momma!

  • Faniry Rahantamialisoa

    I would like all of Them. but if I have to choose one then it will be the vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel. I have an oily acne prone skin so it will be perfect for me.

  • Fiona

    The mattifying corrective care spf30 for my choice. Since I dont use makeup, I love dual purpose products that give you a matt finish which you apply and leave home without needing an extra step for sunscreen or powder.

  • Tasmin Le Roux

    vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel, for my combo skin

  • Coral Le Roux

    Would love to try the Vichy NormaDerm Skin Balance Aqua Gel. I need a good base for my make up.

  • Iona Kraftt

    love the Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water, as I have been using it. Planning a holiday and it goes with me , but really would like to try the
    Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30.

  • Nadia Basha

    I would love the NEW Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF3 stunning

  • Marize

    Definitely the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30. It sounds like magic! ✨

  • leatitiad@yahoo.com

    I would so love to try these products

  • leatitiad@yahoo.com

    Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30

  • Leanne Cherry

    I would love to try out the
    Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30.

  • naseera

    I would like to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care as I suffer from uneven skin tone and I’m allergy prone.

  • Tania Brewis

    Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

  • Juanita Loubser

    Would love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 for total sun protection!

  • ragmat

    Wow amazing products, i would love to try the vichy eau thermale thermal spa water

  • Would love to try Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30.

  • ANUSHA NAIDOO

    A fantastic review thank you . Love to try the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care ❤❤❤

  • Chantal Riley

    Would totally love to try Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Imperfections Anti-Blemishes Mattifying Corrective Care SPF30 – been on the hunt for something to really give me a flawless complexion

  • Linda Laing

    I would love to try the blemish control.

  • Jessica

    I have recently absolutely fallen head over heels in love with Vichy and if I could I would seriously buy everything from them, but I am saving for an overseas trip coming up!! I REALLY want to try their Eau Thermale facial spray, as I am such a sucker for face mists!!