A 10 day booster treatment of a few drops a day for an improve skin texture and a brighter skin tone? Colour me excited! The press release for this tickled my fancy in a flash, and I could not wait to photograph and test this beaut’ as soon as it dropped into the LLS postbox.
First things first, what is it that I rambling about? The Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Booster (or the Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, as you will), is a 15% Pure Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water formula. The 15% Vitamine C and Hyaluronic Acid will have already given it away, the goal of this little bottle is a skin that looks radiant and well rested, with a refined texture and less fine lines. Let’s just call it a time machine for your skin. A big claim for a small bottle!
It was the perfect time for this Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Booster to pop up in my life, stress at work + working mum’s guilt + a shift in temperatures + environmental pollution = a combo that was playing havoc on my skin. Vitamin C (also known as L Ascorbic Acid), a member of the anti-ageing, skin-brightening royal ingredients family, is known for it’s regenerative powers, as it speeds up the renewal of cells, amplifies the production of collagen and is a powerful anti-oxidant. The tiny bottle contains 10 ml, which would last you 10 days if you follow the 4-5 drops each morning or night rule. The golden ochre liquid sinks in really quickly, and though there is a scent to the product (as with all Vitamin C products), it dissapates really quickly.
But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding! My sensitive skin and Vitamin C have not always been the best of friends (#understatementoftheyear), so I was a bit hesitant, but the addition of the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water has a soothing effect that counters the agressive impact Vitamin C can have on my skin, and together with the hyaluronic acid, the duo injected a dose of moisture that was a much needed complement to the anti-ageing component of the treatment. After some trial and error, I found that applying the Lifactiv once every other night was the way to go for me, and once I discovered that, we went fom strength to strength. My skin looked more even, both in colour and in texture, felt and looked juicy & plumped and the tiredness and sallowness had disappeared from my face. A for fine lines, I only have those around my eyes at the moment, and I stay away from the contours of my eyes with Vitamin C, so I unfortunately cannot vouch for that. Another golden rule is to always use an SPF the day after if you apply this at night (or a the end of your routine if you apply it in the am)
If you want to venture into Vitamin C and specific anti-ageing skincare treatments, this 15% solution is a really good first step.