To be honest, when I saw the press release for the new Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water, I thought, ‘hmm sure’, even though I have professed my undying love for the it’s sister serum several times before both on this site and verbally to people (I’m an Aqualia evangelist).

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water
With all of these new ‘essences’ and stuff like that on the market, I was like, bah, Vichy is just trying to capitalize on this trend.

However, I have to say, I was totally wrong. This product is unlike anything I have tried before. Used post-cleanse all over the face, this Thermal Water is basically like a big bottle of serum. No joke.

It is pretty thick–do not just assume this is a watery toner. It is almost the same consistency as the Aqualia serum. I don’t even waste it by using a cotton pad; I pour it straight into the palm of my hand and smush it onto my face and neck.

Just like the serum, this water feels luxurious and silky on application, and I am obsessed with it just as I am with the serum and the mask of the Aqualia family. It takes a moment to sink in, but it really packs a punch on the hydration front (and I am all about the hydration).

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water

As it is quite thick, if you’re applying any treatments like I do (retinol, anti-acne products, etc.), I would probably apply those before this water. My current regimen is : anti-acne products, spritz of Serozinc, layer of Aqualia Thermal Water, hydrating serum, moisturizer/hydrating mask.

Since starting on the derm-prescribed anti-acne topicals, my skin has cleared up considerably, but this water really makes for beautifully hydrated skin. In fact, I ran into another fellow beauty blogger at a product preview this week and the first thing she complimented me on was my skin.

For people who have young, oily or acne-prone skin, the important thing to remember is that if your face is dry, it is not for the lack of oil (older, mature skin doesn’t produce as much oil)–you need hydration in the form of water. And in my opinion, the Aqualia range is really the best and economical way to get gorgeous, plumped up, hydrated skin.

Note: I haven’t been able to find a shopping link for this product yet, however, it has started making it’s way into Shoppers Drug Mart. I will post a link once it is available.

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