Hydration, hydration, hydration
I remember a scene from my early-to-mid teen years, I think. I was in my room, ironing the week’s worth of clothes, and watching Oprah. There was a small, yet fat cubic piece of electronics called a TV, and it was placed on a dresser of some sort. God knows who was the guest in that particular episode, but I do remember what they were talking about. As I was gliding with the iron across a shirt, the guest in front of me bestowed 3 things she (or was it he?) deemed most important for effective skincare upon us: hydration, hydration and hydration. As I was already finishing with the housework, I turned the TV off and proceeded with putting away neatly folded clothes. The evening later was the beginning of my skincare routine buildup, and the first night I took my underused Garnier face cream seriously.
10+ years forward, I find myself swarmed with beautifying products of each and every kind. (Basically, gotta catch ’em all.) To start of with something you have probably seen everywhere by now, Vichy has recently launched Minéral 89 daily booster in Croatia – but I do have to say it had been available elsewhere for at least 6 months so far. I purchased my bottle in October while visiting Paris (I just couldn’t resist the call of my good old Monoprix skincare department!) In that sense, I had the time to properly test it out, and now I can tell you a little bit about my experience with it, and how I keep my skin hydrated as ever.
Vichy Minéral 89 Daily Booster
Some call it a serum, some enjoy the impactful title of a booster – either way, I apply it on cleansed skin, before my face cream. The number in its name refers to the percentage of thermal mineral water inside the product, which has been joined together with hyaluronic acid of natural origin to fortify the skin barrier against pollution, stress and fatigue.
It contains a lot of glycerin, making it quite viscous for a beauty product, as well as sticky when it starts drying on the skin. I used to wear it directly underneath liquid foundation in hope the total glycerin content will act as some sort of a primer for the foundation, but unfortunately I did not find this to be the case. I didn’t see much effect and was somewhat disappointed, so I stopped using it on daily basis and switched to a less frequent regime.
Recently I was looking for some change in my skincare routine, re-discovering the product upon digging through my stash-and-whatevers drawer. I decided to re-introduce it in the game but with a minor tweak: before applying the booster, I would spray some thermal water, and then massage 1-2 pumps of Minéral 89 into the skin. I had no idea this small addition would change my experience with the booster – my skin was not feeling sticky anymore, and the product had seemingly absorbed into the skin completely. What is more, I think that now my fine lines are less prominent as the skin got plumped up a bit in this hydration attempt.
Vichy likes to boats that Minéral 89 contains only 11 ingredients, and what is even better to read is that this product has no parabens, silicon, fragrance, colorant or ethanol inside. For this, I think it might be suitable for skin of every age and type.
General information – Vichy Minéral 89
Quantity: 50 ml
Price: €15-22 (160 kn)
Where to buy: pharmacies and parapharmacies
Ingredients: Aqua, PEG/PPG/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin, glycerin, butylene glycol, methyl gluceth-20, carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, citric acid, biosaccharide gum-1.
Hyaluronic acid = hydration ?
And even though hyaluronic acid is now used in every product and given the crown of the best ingredient skin can possibly have, one has to bear in mind the way it works. Sure, a single molecule of hyaluronic acid can bind a lot of water molecules at once, but everyone who had chemistry in school (yes, that’s you as well) should known that reactions like this are reversible, and can happen on both sides of your epidermis. To put it in another way, hyaluron can take a lot of water where you have it and re-distribute where you don’t.
We always like to think that our skin “has no water”, but it always contains some, and if the surroundings have even less than your skin, then quite the opposite of our desired effect might happen: our precious water will leave the skin and move to where there is less of it. We see that hyaluronic acid can really be a tricky player, but if you know how to handle it, you should not worry.
In order to prevent the unwanted scenario and to fortify the skin hydration, I prefer (and advise you the same) to apply any hyaluronic acid-containing product on a wet face. Even better, I spray some thermal water prior to applying products such as this hyaluronic booster (any brand will do, but the ones I usually have are La Roche-Posay and Avène).
Afrodita Cosmetics Why Mask Extreme Hydration
And now, my ultimate face mask that I have started to purchase in bulks: Afrodita Cosmetics Why Mask Extreme Hydration. First of all, I have no idea why is it called a why mask (at least it keeps me wondering!)
Secondly, since there is no need to remove it after the recommended 15 minutes, and I saw no harm in using it regularly as a good moisturiser when travelling (the pochette packaging made it superior to other, bulky face creams).
Thirdly, I adore leaving it overnight in a bit thicker layer as a some sort of restoration mask. The morning after, I notice my face is looking plumper, and the skin is just less inflamed, smoother and kind of feeling fresh again. Up until recently it was the only face mask I would use, and now it’s the only face mask whose complete stocks I devastate when I enter a drugstore in Croatia.
What is more, this product does not contain parabens, paraffin or silicones, and the hyaluron portion is again of natural origin. And have you seen the price? I challenge you to find a flaw for this mask! My biggest fear is that Afrodita will discontinue this amazing product one day. Well, I hope not, but if you happen to see it somewhere marked for final sale, call me on my red line – it will be a matter of life and death! :’D
General information – Afrodita Cosmetics Why Mask Extreme Hydration
Quantity: 2 x 6 ml
Price: €1.40 (14 kn)
Where to buy: drugstores, Afrodita Cosmetics webshop (they deliver to many countries inside and outside of the EU)
Ingredients: Aqua, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe arbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Healianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glyceryk Stearate, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylil Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Bisabolol, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extraxt, Brassica Campestris Seed Oil, Proylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Sulfite, Parfum, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.