With the onset of the cooler months here in the northern hemisphere it is worth looking at a richer skincare routine to keep your skin looking its best, so hello Autumn and hello Vichy Idéalia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm.
This is Vichy's answer to those late nights and early mornings... the nights spent checking emails/instagram/snapchat/twitter. The nights when you are up with teething babies or kids with nightmares. Vichy has combined some of their best active ingredients in a gorgeous gel-like balm that delivers a host of benefits and cocoons the skin while you sleep, so that regardless of how much (or little) sleep you have gotten, your skin looks like its had 9hours. Well that is the premise.
SO. Is it any good?
The Jasmine & Green Tea scent is calming and helps contribute to a good relaxation routine pre-bedtime. Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin to retain the Vichy Thermal Spa Water that forms the basis for all the Vichy skin products. LHA is a derivative of Salicylic Acid which smooths and evens out the skins surface through its exfoliating action, improving texture night after night. Caffeine stimulates the microcirculation in the skin. Better circulation is always goo for the skin. Vitamin B3 has anti-inﬂammatory properties, Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in fatty acids which contributes to the quality of the barrier function of the skin.
First impressions are good. This light pink gel feels lovely when you apply it but you need to work quickly as it is quickly absorbed into the skin giving you very little time to massage it in (there are lovely little directions in the box). I haven't been using Skin Sleep long, about 4 weeks, but so far so good. I haven't noticed a massive improvement, but then I generally always get at least 8hrs (I'm an old soul, bedtime is 10pm), so I haven't noticed my skin looking "more rested", but it is looking a bit more "glowy". I suspect that is the caffeine...
I am not using it every night though as I am worried about overloading my skin with my other actives so on nights where I am giving my skin time to recover from the active ingredients I like to use this. It still has enough oomph to keep the skin cells turning over, but the other ingredients help keep my skin calm and gives it time to recover. When I wash my face in the morning after using this I can still feel it, kind of like I am washing off a moisture mask, its the same texture. My pillow isn't greasy though and neither is my hair, but my skin feels soft and smooth. So it seems to act like a cocoon, keeping all the ingredients in against the skin without drying it out. Its odd, but I like it.
There is very little fault to find with any of the Vichy range, the Idéalia Pro Dark Spot Corrector is a particular favourite of mine, as is the Idéalia moisturiser and of course the Life Serum (one of the nicest serums I have tried). Actually anything that Vichy put out at the minute is pretty good stuff, and all at super reasonable price points and well worth checking out, regardless of your Age.
Vichy Idéalia Skin Sleep costs €28 for a 50ml pot which will last you at least 3 months if used nightly. That's €9.33 a month. Vichy Idéalia Life Serum costs €34.50 for the 30ml bottle but this will also last you 3 months which equates to €11.50 a month. So for a little under €21 a month you can't go wrong with this pairing.
For me, Vichy are producing products that are effective at a cost that is accessible. If you haven't tried a Vichy product yet, then I would recommend starting with the Idéalia Life Serum, it is gorgeous and will have you rethinking your skincare routine.
You can find Idéalia Skin Sleep and Life Serum in Pharmacies and Boots stores across Ireland.
**Products gratefully received for review, Opinion my own