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Skincare Dictionary

Vichy Laboratoires is committed to skin health science. Our skincare dictionary is your guide to learning more about skincare ingredients, skin types, and skin concerns.

Acne

Acne consists of localized skin inflammation. Near the surface inflammation results in a pustule, while deeper inflammation can create a pimple or even a cyst. This can happen as a one-off, or as a full facial or body breakout. Acne can also be referred to as pimples.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Acne-Prone Skin

Skin is considered to be acne or blemish-prone when the subaceous glands produce more sebum than other skin types. This skin type is more likely to become oily and the glands can become inflamed or infected, causing pimples and other blemishes.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Active Ingredients

An active ingredient is an ingredient that performs a specific function for a specific condition. For example, Salicylic Acid targets acne-related skincare concerns.


Adenosine

Naturally present in the skin, adenosine is a molecule that acts as the energy currency so that cells can function optimally. As an ingredient, it stimulates our cellular metabolism to rejuvenate the skin.
Skincare Benefits: Has proven short term and long term anti-wrinkle activity and retinol-like effects on the skin.
Targets: Fine Lines and Wrinkles.
Featured in: Idéalia Radiance Serum, Idéalia Day Cream, Idéalia Night Cream, LiftActiv Supreme Serum 10, Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex


Agave Extract

Plant-based ingredient derived from blue agave leaves.
Skincare Benefits: It has been proven to boost hyaluronic acid synthesis by +66% thereby hydrating and plumping the skin, and decreasing the appearance of crow's feet wrinkles.
Targets: Fine Lines and Wrinkles; Dehydrated Skin
Featured in: Liftactiv Hyalu Mask, LiftActiv Hyalu Mask


AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, and grapes. They are made up of tiny molecules of water soluble acids that help the skin's natural shedding process.
Skincare Benefits: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are known for their exfoliating properties which help to stimulate cellular renewal and bring new cells to the surface of the skin. The skin is left with a healthy, glowing appearance.
Targets: All Skin Types; Dull Skin
Featured in: Double Glow Peel Mask


Allantoin

An ingredient that comes from natural or vegetal origin.
Skincare Benefits: Repairs, softens, moisturizes and calms skin.
Targets: Sensitive Skin; Dehydrated Skin
Featured in: Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream


Aloe Vera

This ingredient is 100% of pure and natural origin, derived from the Aloe Vera plant. It has a high water content of 99.5% and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Skincare Benefits: Has soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.
Targets: Irritated Skin; Inflammation; Dehydrated Skin
Sensitive Skin; Dehydrated Skin
Featured in: Pore Purifying Clay Mask


Antioxidant

Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals found naturally in the body as well as in skincare ingredients, such as vitamins A, C and E.
Skincare Benefits: Antioxidants help counter oxidative stress and protect the formula from oxidative damage, helping preserve its integrity.
Targets: All Skin Types; Anti-Aging


Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid)

It is the purest form of Vitamin C, derived synthetically or found naturally in citrus fruits.
Skincare Benefits: As the benchmark antioxidant ingredient, its presence in a formula help protect the skin against oxidative stress, reducing the signs of aging and brightening uneven skin tones.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum

Beeswax

A natural extract made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb.
Skincare Benefits: Forms a protective film at surface of skin to protect against external aggressions while soothing and nourishing the skin through holding in moisture.
Targets: All Skin Types


Bentonite Clay

A natural origin ingredient extracted from volcanic ash. It contains an abundance of minerals such as magnesium and calcium.
Skincare Benefits: It has an ability to absorb impurities, tighten pores and control oil levels in the skin.
Targets: Oily Skin.
Featured in: Pore Purifying Clay Mask


BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid)

BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) are acids extracted from the bark of the willow tree. They are fat-soluble acids and can therefore go deeper into your skin than AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).
Skincare Benefits: They can go deep into the skin to dry out excess oils and dead skin cells, unclogging pores.
Targets: Oily Skin; Acne-Prone Skin; Combination Skin


Blackheads

Blackheads are black spots that appear often around the nose, chin, and forehead. These form when the pores are open and their excess oil becomes oxidized, making the oil change from white to black.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Blueberry Polyphenols

An antioxidant derived from bluberries.
Skincare Benefits: They fight the damage caused by free radicals and also boost the production of collagen in the skin.
Targets: Anti-Aging

Caffeine

An extract found in a variety of plants such as, coffee beans, kola nuts and tea leaves.
Skincare Benefits: Caffeine has draining and decongesting properties, decreasing water retention and thus, inflammation or puffiness in areas such as under the eyes.
Targets: Dark Circles; Dull Skin; Puffy Skin
Featured in: Minéral 89 Eye Gel, LiftActiv Supreme Eye Cream, Idéalia Eye Cream, Idéalia Night Cream, LiftActiv Supreme Firming Cream


Calcium

A mineral found in the body as well as external sources.
Skincare Benefits: Known to help strengthen and reinforce aging skin's barrier function.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: Vichy Homme Shaving Foam, Vichy Homme After Shave


Ceramide

Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids (fats) present in the skin as well as formulated into skincare products. They play a key role in the skin's barrier function and its ability to retain moisture.
Skincare Benefits: They work to hydrate the skin and promote optimal barrier function.
Targets: Dehydration; All Skin Types;
Featured in: Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes


Charcoal

Charcoal is derived from carbon substance.
Skincare Benefits: Gently pulls toxins, sebum and impurities from the skin.
Targets: Oily Skin; All Skin Types;


Coconut Oil

A plant oil with a high saturated fat content and known for its emollient properties.
Skincare Benefits: Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil can help retain the moisture content of the skin. It also has exfoliating properties, making the skin feel softer.
Targets: Dry Skin; Normal Skin;


Collagen

Collagen is a protein peptide found naturally in the body. There are 28 types of collagen, largely responsible for keeping skin firm, supple and smooth. Overtime, the production of collagen in the skin decreases.
Skincare Benefits: Collagen is known to help keep the skin firm, supple and smooth. It also provides great hydrating and plumping properties.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dry Skin;
Featured in: LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer


Combination Skin

The term "combination skin" is used to describe skin types with a combination of symptoms; typically an oily t-zone and dry patches.
Look For These Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Pureté Thermale Micellar Water for Combination to Oily Skin, Minéral 89, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

Dark Circles

Dark circles can happen to anyone. There are several causes, such as genetic predisposition, age, fatigue, eye strain, dehydration, sun exposure and even allergies.
Look For These Ingredients: Caffeine; Vitamin C; LHA; AHA
Featured in: LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, LiftActiv Supreme Eye Cream, Minéral 89 Eye Gel, Idéalia Eye Cream, Aqualia Thermal Eye Balm


Dehydrated Skin

Lack of water in the skin caused by external and internal aggressors, such as stress, pollution, sun exposure. Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin lacks moisture, not necessarily oil. Even oily and combination skin can be considered dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can cause itchiness, dullness, dark circles and an increased appearance of wrinkles.
Look For These Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid; Glycerin; Allantoin; Mannose
Featured in: Minéral 89, Aqualia Thermal Serum, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, LiftActiv Hyalu Mask


Dry Skin

The term "dry skin" is used to describe skin that produces less sebum than normal skin types. Due to a lack of sebum, the skin does not have enough lipids to retain moisture and protect against external aggressors that cause dryness.
Look For These Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid; Glycerin
Featured in: Minéral 89, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal Night Spa, Quenching Mineral Mask, Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream


Dull Skin

Dull skin can result from external exposure, causing oxidative stress to the skin reducing radiance in complexion.
Look For These Ingredients: Vitamin C; LHA; AHA
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30, Mineral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate

Eperuline

An ingredient extracted from the bark of the Eperua falcata or Wapa tree, found in the Amazon forest.
Skincare Benefits: Has anti-pigmentary and anti-inflammatory properties.
Targets: Dull Skin; Inflammation; Hyperpigmentation
Featured in: Idéalia Eye Cream, Vichy Homme After Shave


Epura Bark

A natural orgin substance extracted from Eperua Falcata bark, found in Venezuela and in Brazil.
Skincare Benefits: Fights against micro-inflammation and the deterioration of the skin barrier function while improving skin firmness and elasticity.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Inflammation
Featured in: LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer


Eye Bags; Puffy Eyes

Eye bags and puffy eyes can be related to the tissues and muscles around the eyes weakening with age. This leads to normal fat moving downwards towards the lower eyelids, which in turn causes puffiness. Fluid also accumulates in this area, increasing the bags under the eyes.
Look For These Ingredients: Caffeine; Maritime Pine Extract;
Featured in: LiftActiv Supreme Eye Cream, Minéral 89 Eye Gel

Fermented Black Tea Extract (Kombucha)

It is a concentration of fermented Ceylong black tea, obtained by a biotechnology process which preserves its natral origin. Kombucha naturally contains a combination of unique active ingredients including AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), Vitamins, Probiotics and Polyphenols.
Skincare Benefits: Improves and smooths skin texture and fine lines, as well as increases radiance and luminosity.
Targets: Dark Circles; Dark Spots; Dull Skin
Featured in: Idéalia Day Cream


Fern Leaf Extract (Phytosterol)

A natural origin molecule extracted from the Fern leaf.
Skincare Benefits: Reduces skin folds and improves skin thickness.
Targets: Anti-Aging


Ferulic Acid

An antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as, wheat, rice, oranges and apples.
Skincare Benefits: It neutralizes free radicals and complements the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C and E, providing strong anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Targets: Anti-Aging


Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear as our skin becomes thinner, drier and loses elasticity as we age. The production of collagen and elastin slows down, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.
Look For These Ingredients: Retinol; Peptides
Featured in: LiftActiv H.A. Wrinkle Corrector, LiftActiv Retinol Treatment, LiftActiv Supreme Firming Cream, LiftActiv Supreme Night Cream, Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex, Neovadiol Night Compensating Complex


Free Radicals

Highly unstable oxygen molecules that use electrons and other molecules to self-stabilize thus damaging living cells. Free radical damage can lead to tissue damage, which results in wrinkles, lines, dehydration and loss of youthful volume. Everyday stressors like pollution, UV rays, smoking, lack of sleep and exercise, can all cause increased free radical production.

Glycerin

Glycerin is a humectant that can be synthetically derived or found naturally in plants and the skin itself.
Skincare Benefits: Glycerin is capable of drawing moisture from the air and surrounding environment and retaining that moisture in the skin. It also creates a barrier from environmental aggressors by fortifying its moisture barrier.
Targets: Dry Skin; Dehydrated Skin
Featured in: Quenching Mineral Face Mask, Aqualia Thermal Eye Balm, Pureté Thermale Toner


Glycolic Acid

A form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived synthetically or found naturally in sugar cane, beetroot, grapes and citrus fruits.
Skincare Benefits: Facilitates the skin's natural exfoliation ability and has a keratolytic effect which allows for gentle peeling of the skin. These actions minimize the build-up of dead skin cells and bacteria to improve overall skin tone and texture.
Targets: Uneven Skin Tone; Dull Skin; Anti-Aging
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector

HEPES (Hydroxy Ethyl Piperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid)

An acid that is used as a buffering or exfoliating agent.
Skincare Benefits: Has the ability to break the bonds that bind dead cells to the skin's surface, providing even exfoliation and re-texturizing benefits to the skin.
Targets: All Skin Types
Featured in: Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex, Neovadiol Night Compensating Complex


Hyaluronic Acid

A natural humectant found in the skin as well as in skincare products. Hydrates and visibly plumps skin.
Skincare Benefits: It helps protect the skin against external aggressors that cause dry skin, and helps it retain moisture. It is also found in formulas that help improve the look of wrinkles, plump the skin, and improve elasticity.
Targets: Dehydrated Skin; Dry Skin; Anti-Aging; Dull Skin
Featured in: Minéral 89, Minéral 89 Eye Gel, LiftActiv H.A. Wrinkle Corrector, LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel


Hydrated Skin

The term "hydrated skin" refers to skin that has a high water content within its cells. When the water content is high, the cells are plump and bouncy giving the skin a hydrated complexion.
Look For These Ingredients: Can use a variety of ingredients.
Featured in: Minéral 89, Aqualia Thermal Serum, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel, Quenching Mineral Mask


Hyperpigmentation; Dark Spots

Darkening of the skin, caused by overexposure to UV rays where there is an overproduction of mellonin. It can also be hormonal, hereditary, and/or caused by acne scars.
Look For These Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid; Vitamin C; AHA; Rhamnose
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, Mineral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30, Double Glow Peel Mask

Igefyl Yeast

An extract of candida oleophila, a yeast used in the food production industry.
Skincare Benefits: It can increase the thickness of the epidermis while helping prevent the signs of aging.
Targets: Anti-Aging

Kaolin Clay

A naturally occurring soft clay, composed of minerals.
Skincare Benefits: Gently cleanses skin and aborbs impurities from the pores without causing redness or dryness.
Targets: All Skin Types; Oily Skin
Featured in: Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask


Kombucha (Fermented Black Tea Extract)

It is a concentration of fermented Ceylong black tea, obtained by a biotechnology process which preserves its natural origin. Kombucha naturally contains a combination of unique active ingredients including AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), Vitamins, and Polyphenols.
Skincare Benefits: Improves and smooths skin texture and fine lines, as well as increases radiance and luminosity.
Targets: Dark Circles; Dark Spots; Dull Skin
Featured in: Minéral 89, Idéalia Day Cream

L-Ascorbic Acid (Ascorbic Acid)

It is the purest form of Vitamin C, derived synthetically or found naturally in citrus fruits.
Skincare Benefits: As the benchmark antioxidant ingredient, its presence in a formula help protect the skin against oxidative stress, reducing the signs of aging and brightening uneven skin tones.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum


Lactic Acid

A form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived synthetically or found naturally in milk.
Skincare Benefits: It exfoliates the skin by breaking down the material that holds dead skin together. It can also hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones. It may cause sensitivity on the skin.
Targets: Dehydrated Skin; Hyperpigmentation; Dull Skin


LHA (Lipohydroxy Acid)

LHA (Lipohydroxy Acid) is an innovation developed by L'Oréal's research team. It is an acid derived from salicylic acid desgined for ultra absorbency.
Skincare Benefits: With repeated application, LHAs can accelerate the skin’s natural regeneration process at the cellular level, giving you a more even skin tone without irritation. LHA delivers the same results as AHA with a concentration that is seven times milder.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dull Skin


Licorice Extract

An antioxidant derived from the licorice plant.
Skincare Benefits: Provides anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits to prevent redness. It can also be effective in improving uneven skin tone.
Targets: Inflammation; Uneven Skin Tone


LR2412

A L'Oréal exclusive ingredient. It is derived from Jasmonic Acid which is produced by plants.
Skincare Benefits: Corrects the signs of aging, microrelief, fine lines, loss of suppleness, elasticiy and dryness.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dry Skin
Featured in: LiftActiv Retinol Treatment

Mannose

A plant-based sugar derived from birch, beech, and/or maple trees.
Skincare Benefits: Improves the barrier function of the skin in order to better preserve and retain water.
Targets: Dry Skin; Dehydrated Skin
Featured in: Aqualia Thermal Serum, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, Double Glow Peel Mask


Maritime Pine Extract (Pycnogenol)

An antioxidant derived from the bark of the Maritime French Pine tree grown in coastal regions of the south-west of France.
Skincare Benefits: Is an antioxidant that can help reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. It can also boost circulation, firnmess, radiance, and homogenity while reducing inflammation.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Puffy Skin; Inflammation; Dull Skin
Featured in: LiftActiv Retinol Treatment


Mature Skin

The term "mature skin" is used to describe skin that is undergoing the natural effects of aging. There is a decline in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. This decline coupled with external factors such as, stress and diet can cause visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin.
Look For These Ingredients: Retinol; Hyaluronic Acid; Vitamin C
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Retinol Treatment, Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex, Neovadiol Night Compensating Complex


Mexoryl®-XL

An organic solar filter developed by L'Oréal Research.
Skincare Benefits: Protects against UVA and UVB rays by absorbing radiation and releasing it in the form of thermal energy before it is able to penetrate the skin.
Targets: Sun Protection
Featured in: Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30, Dermafinish Corrective Fluid Foundation SPF 15


Mexoryl®-SX

An organic solar filter developed by L'Oréal Research.
Skincare Benefits: It is known to protect against short UVA rays.
Targets: Sun Protection
Featured in: Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30


Minerals

Minerals are part of every living cell of the body. There are several different types such as Calcium, Iron, Lithium, Magnesium and Sulphur.
Skincare Benefits: The benefits of minerals vary depending on the type of mineral, but they can have beneficial effects on the skin including antioxidative action, hydration and anti-inflammatory properties.
Targets: All Skin Types
Featured in: Minéral 89, Minéral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate, Minéral 89 Eye Gel, Vichy Volcanic Water


Mother of Pearl

This ingredient is a combination of the ingredients Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Byron Liquid.
Skincare Benefits: In combination, Mother of Pearl provides an immediate soft focus and helps brighten the appearance of shadows for a luminous glow.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dull Skin
Featured in: Idéalia Eye Cream

Neohesperidine

A natural ingredient extracted from bigrade oranges, also known as the bitter orange or Seville orange.
Skincare Benefits: Stimulates natural antioxidant defenses and supports the skin firmness. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Puffy Skin; Inflammation; Dull Skin
Featured in: LiftActiv Supreme Firming Cream, LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum


Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

It is a water soluble vitamin, naturally present in our bodies. It can be derived from foods such as cereals, yeasts and vegetables.
Skincare Benefits: Niacinamide is found in formulas that help reduce signs of aging such as the appearance of wrinkles, and help the skin look brighter, more radiant.
Targets: All Skin Types; Oily Skin; Uneven Skin Tone; Puffy Skin; Anti-Aging
Featured in: Minéral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Normal Skin

The term "normal skin"' is used to describe skin that is well-balanced between oily and dry conditions.
Look For These Ingredients: Can use a variety of ingredients.
Featured in: Majority of products.

Oily Skin

The term "oily skin" is used to describe skin types with an excess sebum production, causing the skin to appear oily.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector, Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask


Omega 3-6-9

Omega fatty acids are valuable fats for skin and diet. There are a total of 11 omega fatty acids, with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 having specific benefits to the skin.
Skincare Benefits: They help replenish moisture on dry skin and create a protective lipid barrier to help keep skin hydrated and for a youthful complexion.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dull Skin
Featured in: Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex


Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress occurs as a result of an imbalance between free radical production and our antioixdant defenses. Overproduction of free radicals can be caused by a number of factors namely external enviornmental aggressors. When oxidative stress occurs, skin can look dull, depeted and aged.
Look For These Ingredients: Antioxidants; Vitamin C; Vitamin E
Featured in: Mineral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate, LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum

Peptides

Peptides are chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein in our skin. There are many types of peptides. Any peptide of biological origin is called a biopeptide.
Skincare Benefits: Peptides are found in skincare products that help improve skin's elasticity and firmness, as well as reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer, LiftActive Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30


Perlite

A mineral active ingredient that takes the form of an absorbent powder.
Skincare Benefits: Perlite helps to absorb excess sebum and limits oil and shine on the skin.
Targets: Acne-Prone Skin; Oily Skin
Featured in: Dry Touch Deodorant


Pimples

A pimple results from excess sebum and dead skin cells getting trapped in the pores of the skin. Also, hormones create an overproduction of sebum and oil, which when combined with an accumulation of dead skin cells and bacteria, clog the skin leading to inflammation and pimples.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Pro-Xylane™

It is a L'Oréal patented ingredient, extracted from the beech tree.
Skincare Benefits: It helps skin to recover its density and elasticity, due to its effect on the densification of collagen fibers.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: Neovadiol Day Compensating Complex, Neovadiol Night Compensating Complex


Pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid)

It is the purest form of Vitamin C, derived synthetically or found naturally in citrus fruits.
Skincare Benefits: As the benchmark antioxidant ingredient, its presence in a formula helps protect the skin against oxidative stress, reducing the signs of aging and brightening uneven skin tones.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum


Pycnogenol (Maritime Pine Extract)

An antioxidant derived from the bark of the Maritime French Pine tree grown in coastal regions of the south-west of France.
Skincare Benefits: Is an antioxidant that can help reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. It can also boost circulation, firnmess, radiance, and homogenity while reducing inflammation.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Puffy Skin; Inflammation; Dull Skin
Featured in: LiftActiv Retinol Treatment

Retinol

Retinol or Retinoic Acid are forms of Vitamin A.
Skincare Benefits: Retinol is found in skincare formulas that are shown to improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, smoothing skin and improving uneven skin tone.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: LiftActiv Retinol Treatment


Rhamnose

A natural plant sugar extracted from the silver birch tree.
Skincare Benefits: Rhamnose is known for its correcting effects on skin aging. It is found in skincare products that help firm and smooth the skin as well as improve uneven skin tone.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: LiftActiv Supreme Firming Cream, LiftActiv Supreme Night Cream, LiftActiv Supreme Eye Cream, LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a type of BHA known for its kertolytic (exfoliating) effects on the skin.
Skincare Benefits: Salicylic acid is a multifunctional ingredient. It is known for its keratolytic properties, inducing exfoliation, smoothing skin and purifying pores. It also has an effect on black-head forming acne, comedonal acne, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Vichy's products with salicylic acid have proven anti-acne efficacy.
Targets: Acne-Prone Skin; Oily Skin
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer


Sebum

Sebum is our body's natural oil, produced naturally to keep skin healthy and lubricated as opposed to dry and cracked. However, if there is an excess of sebum, skin can become oily, clogging the pores and leading to acne.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Targets: Anti-Aging; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Shea Butter

Shea butter is a plant lipid derived from the Karite Tree.
Skincare Benefits: Widely used as a moisturizing agent, shea butter is known for its hydrating and emollient properties. It helps to comfort and soothe dry skin.
Targets: Dry Skin
Featured in: Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream, Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser


Sodium PCA

A synthetic ingredient resulting from the association of sodium and PCA. Sodium is a mineral; PCA (Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid) is a molecule present in the skin tissue.
Skincare Benefits: Boosts skin barrier function and has moisturizing effects on the skin.
Targets: Dry Skin
Featured in: Aqualia Thermal Serum, Aqualia Thermal Water Gel, Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30


Sunflower Seed Oil

A plant oil, derived from sunflower seeds.
Skincare Benefits: It is often used as an emollient in skincare products. It has the ability to replenish and soothe irritated skin.
Targets: All Skin Types; Dry Skin

Titanium Dioxide

A natural mineral used as a mineral UV filter.
Skincare Benefits: This key sunscreen ingredient that forms a barrier on the skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays.
Targets: Sun Protection


Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Vitamin E is an antioxidant found naturally in our skin. It becomes depleted due to enviornmental exposure over time. Tocopherol is the most common of the eight types of Vitamin E.
Skincare Benefits: As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E can reduce the negative impacts of pollution and other environmental stessors on the skin. It also has anti-aging properties.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

UVA

UVA rays are present all year long and can cause skin aging, uneven skin tone, allergies, and photosensitivity.
Targets: Sun Protection
Featured in: Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30


UVB

UVB rays are present predominately during the summer season and can cause burning and tanning of the skin.
Targets: Sun Protection
Featured in: Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60, Aqualia Thermal UV Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30

Vichy Volcanic Water

Born in the depths of the French volcanoes and powered by 15 essential minerals, VICHY Volcanic Water is clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and protect it from exposome factors such as UV rays and pollution.
Targets: All Skin Types
Featured in: All Vichy products including, Minéral 89: mineral89 and Vichy Volcanic Water


Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a group of compounds that includes forms such as retinal, retinol and retinoic acid, and other provitamin A carotenoids, such as beta-carotene.
Skincare Benefits: Vitamin A are found in skincare products that help reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles.
Targets: Anti-Aging; All Skin Types
Featured in: LiftActiv Retinol Treatment


Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)

It is a water soluble vitamin, naturally present in our bodies. It can be derived from foods such as cereals, yeasts and vegetables.
Skincare Benefits: Niacinamide is found in formulas that help reduce signs of aging such as the appearance of wrinkles, and help the skin look brighter, more radiant.
Targets: All Skin Types; Oily Skin; Uneven Skin Tone; Puffy Skin; Anti-Aging
Featured in: Minéral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector


Vitamin B5

It is the alcohol form of Vitamin B.
Skincare Benefits: It is used as a humectant due to it's moisturizing and soothing effects on dry skin.
Targets: Dry Skin
Featured in: Aqualia Thermal Serum


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant naturally found in the skin but also exists as a skincare ingredient. It can be found in many forms including L-Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin Cg (Ascorbyl Glucoside).
Skincare Benefits: As the benchmark antioxidant ingredient, its presence in a formula help protect the skin against oxidative stress, reducing the signs of aging and brightening uneven skin tones.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Fine Lines & Wrinkles; Firmness; Dull Skin; Uneven Skin Tone
Featured in: LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, LiftActiv H.A. Wrinkle Corrector, LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer, LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30


Vitamin Cg (Ascorbyl Glucoside)

A synthetic form of Vitamin C.
Skincare Benefits: Antioxidant known to help improve skin's radiance for youthful-looking skin.
Targets: Anti-Aging; Dull Skin
Featured in: LiftActiv Peptide-C Moisturizer


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant found naturally in our skin. It becomes depleted due to environmental exposure over time. There are eight types of Vitamin E and is often found in the form of Tocopherol.
Skincare Benefits: Antioxidant known for its hydrating properties on the skin, helps to protect against environmental aggressors that cause dry skin.
Targets: Anti-Aging
Featured in: Aqualia Thermal Serum, Capital Soleil Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen SPF 60, Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

White Heads

White heads are a type of acne which occur when pores on the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and/or bacteria.
Look For These Ingredients: Salicylic Acid; AHA; Perlite; Silica; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Normaderm PhytoAction Acne Control Moisturizer, Normaderm S.O.S Acne Rescue Spot Corrector

Zinc

Zinc is a type of mineral that can be found in the cells of our body and as an ingredient in skincare products.
Skincare Benefits: As a skincare ingredient, zinc can help to visibly reduce excess oil.
Targets: All Skin Types; Oily Skin
Featured in: Normaderm PhytoAction Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, Dry Touch Deodorant

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