Vichy Mineral Masks

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There’s a childlike joy about getting one’s face dirty with a mud mask, no? But the real payoff comes when you feel your cleansed skin once said goop gets washed off. Unlike back in the day where the only options available were those rather unimpressive-looking noxious & heavy-feeling clay versions, now there are thankfully many more attractive and truly effective options — all tailored to one’s specific needs and skin type, such as these new Mineral Masks from Vichy. Gives new meaning to war paint, wouldn’t you agree?

 

 

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French brand Vichy, known for their spa-like approach to skin care, has taken their iconic thermal water and combined it with key minerals to create their Mineral Masks, 3 distinct face masks that will leave your skin glowing. Best part? They’re all affordably priced which means you don’t have to limit yourself to just one because as we all know by now, multi-masking is the new ‘thing’. For those unsure of what multi-masking is, it’s where you can apply several differing masks at once (but not layered on top of each other) to target varying skin concerns at once. PS: it’s loads of fun too.

 

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Vichy Mineral Mask swatches

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

Double Glow Peel Mask (CAN $34.00) | With its cool-to-the-touch gel texture to go with its soft salmon hue, this mask includes:

  • AHA for a subtle peel effect
  • Vitamin C to brighten
  • Mineralizing Thermal Water to strengthen and nourish skin
  • Volcanic Stone (finely ground) for a gentle exfoliation

With its floral-citrusy scent (peach, white musk, and black tea), I have had good results by using this mask two different ways: once a week (all over) for a complete and thorough exfoliation, or along my cheeks when I’m multi-masking, for smoother skin which in turns means a more even-looking makeup application after. Tested to be safe and effective for use even on sensitive skin.

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask macro

Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask

Pore Purifying Clay Mask (CAN $34.00) | Forget clay masks of the past with their nasty odour; this version is butter-cream smooth and bears a soapy fragrance (which also kind of reminds me of Thrills gum). Key ingredients include:

  • Bentonite and Kaolin (both white) clays to draw out impurities and detoxify
  • Mineralizing Thermal Water to strengthen and nourish
  • Aloe Vera to soothe the skin and maintain hydration

A feature that makes this mask unique in the clay category, is that it doesn’t leave behind that tight-feeling upon the skin. Best for those with combination, oily, and/or acne-prone skin, I like using this all over my face (which on me ended up being slightly overkill), but have had better results by limiting application to key areas that needed it more, such as along my forehead, nose, and chin to help minimize the look of pores.

Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask macro

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

Quenching Mineral Mask (CAN $34.00) | If you have dry skin and have been leery of masking, listen up: this one’s for you. For starters there’s the freaky-feeling (in a good way) sensation of the water-gel texture that literally glides along the skin. Then there’s the combination green tea/jasmine/bamboo scent to keep things ‘green’ (although with its light aqua hue, I’d have gone for something more aquatically-themed) which adds a whole other level of fresh to this mask. Key ingredients include:

  • Glycerin for hydration
  • Vitamin B3 which calms inflammation and has a soothing quality on skin
  • Mineralizing Thermal Water to strengthen and nourish

Of the three, I’d say that this mask is the most user-friendly and perfect for a broad range of skin needs. Who doesn’t need hydration? I love using this whenever my skin looks like it needs a pick-me-up (like now) or for a much-needed boost of moisture.

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask macro

 

Yes, I am a masking fiend. There’s something almost primal about applying a mask and apart from the skincare benefits it provides, it almost forces you to stop and pay attention to your skin in detail. Unlike cleansing or moisturizing which is usually a slap-and-dash kind of affair, a mask needs your full attention re: application, and then since it has to sit on your skin for some time to do its thing, you’re left  free to do a bunch of other things. Just don’t get so carried away that you forget the mask is there and needs to be removed. Like I’ve done. Often enough to have scared the bejesus out of several delivery people (it’s too funny, though).

Available at pharmacies nationwide and online

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Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own

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4 Responses to Vichy Mineral Masks

  1. Carolina says:

    Oh I need to try the Pore Purifying Clay Mask, sounds amazing! So cool that Vichy now has masks!

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  2. I think I would really like the Quenching Masks. I haven’t tried many products by Vichy. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

    • Eugenia says:

      Vichy almost seems to be one of those brands that flies below most people’s radar but is so worth looking into, as the brand creates products that are effective and totally affordable – hope you give the mask a whirl!

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