Thank you all so much for the kind comments, emails, and Facebook messages about the blog. I’m so glad you’re finding it useful and fun. What’s interesting is how many of you are asking me for the same kinds of products: decent hydrators, spot faders, and serums that won’t bankrupt you.
It is on the latter point that I now write. If you’re looking for an affordable, effective serum, please do your best to get hold of Vichy Aqualia Thermal.
Those of you who follow European beauty bloggers likely know all about Aqualia Thermal. It’s a relatively inexpensive (under $40), oil-free serum that’s noted for being superb at instant hydration. Honestly, I’ve heard so many promises about serums that my expectations were pretty low. Also, it’s rare to find an impressive serum for less than $50. I was sure I’d be underwhelmed and say so here.
I’m happy to report that this stuff really surprised me. It’s a water-based formula rather than a gel, and has a very wet, smooth texture. Just a tiny bit plumps up my skin and hydrates beautifully. If your skin is oily rather than dry, you probably won’t even need to use moisturizer with this; I use one at night, but not during the day. If you’re suffering any dehydration at all, Aqualia Thermal will make a difference in no time. I keep reaching for it in preference over much more pricey serums, which says a lot. I’m not a fan of the packaging, but that hardly matters when the product is so excellent. This is mid-range/budget skincare that feels expensive.
You can try before you buy, too, because every Walgreens and Duane Reade stocking Vichy seems to have samples of it on hand – just ask. You can also find it on Amazon and at Ulta. Budget serums worth trying are few and far between, and this is definitely one of them. Check it out.
Note: This is not a sponsored post or ad. I genuinely like this product, acquired it myself, and use it on my own face.