Giveaway: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum





I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can bring a great but little-known product or a miracle ingredient some wider attention. But whatever I stumble across, of course, someone else will be quick to tell me they discovered it first. In the case of Vichy Mineralizing Water, I suppose I was very late to the party, since the first to extol its qualities was apparently Julius Caesar, who was so impressed by the benefits of the waters at Vichy that he built a spa there a good couple of millennia ago.

In the 1930s, a Dr. Haller, medical director at Vichy’s thermal treatment centre, recognised the multiple properties of the water on the skin, and about eighty years later I belatedly – in fairness, I wasn’t around during the Roman Republic – discovered the benefits for myself when handed a bottle of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum.

Alongside the Mineralizing Water (which pootles about some 4000 metres underground, picking up some fifteen minerals on the way before surfacing), the Aqualia range contains active ingredients designed to maximise the skin’s retention of water, including hyaluronic acid. Products that promise to hydrate can’t create water out of nowhere, but a good one will effectively hold on to what’s already there, and in the case of hyaluronic acid it will hold many times its own weight in water, leaving skin feeling smooth and plump.

Here I should reiterate a distinction it seems I can’t make enough – even though they may coincide, dry and dehydrated skin are two very different things. Dry skin needs the emollient qualities of a rich cream or oil, while dehydrated skin needs to retain as much water as possible.




In my case, my skin isn’t just thirsty, it’s routinely, as the saying goes, spitting feathers, and so I’m keen to try any hydrating product that crosses my path. Like a faithful hydrating companion, the Thermal Serum comes with me on my travels as I find it utterly reliable and consistent. It leaves my skin feeling comfortable, refreshed and plumped.

If you’re keen to try Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum, you’ll be delighted to hear I have 100 30ml bottles to give away*. Just enter via the forum, here. Winners will be chosen via a random numbers generator on 21st November 2016 and contacted via private message. You should receive your free sample within 28 days of me receiving your home address. Good luck!



*Terms and conditions: Please only enter if you are over 18 and have a UK address. Winners will be chosen at random and our decision is final. We reserve the right to substitute items of equal value.

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