Monday, 15 October 2012

Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser, Scrub and Mask

I have had this product* for absolutely agessssss! I haven't tried it out for various reasons. First off, I wanted to finish the bottle of product I was already using. Secondly, my skin went into complete turmoil and I got spots. Therefore if I started trying this and my spots got worse I wouldn't really know whether to blame the product or just my skin going crazy. Then, my skin went really dry and after a while of it being like that I switched to this product to try and help prevent the dryness. I realised that the face wash I love using the most and have used for years (Clean and Clear Blackhead Scrub) is extremely high in alcohol. Although it had never made an impact on my skin before now, I wanted to prevent using it for fear it would dry my skin out further. This is why I swapped to the Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser. It has no alcohol, no parabens and no soap. I figured that if anything was going to help, it would be this.

This comes out as a thick green cream. It almost feels a bit clay-like. What I would say is that you really only need a little bit which makes this last forever! It has really fine beads in it which you can see from the picture. These help to gently exfoliate your skin and remove dead cells and impurities. Although it can be used as a mask, I must admit now that I have only ever used it as a cleanser and a scrub and therefore can only talk about my opinion on these points.

It did help to soothe my skin. After a while I stopped getting flakes and I felt that the product was really working. However I like to use skincare products for around a month before I do reviews because I feel that your skin has not regulated to the product until this period is up. This is when you can really decide how you feel about it. It has been just over a month since my initial use of this and the dry flaky feeling seems to have come back a bit. I don't really understand what's going on.

I don't know if I blame the product or whether my skin is just going through a change. I know many people say that your skin gets drier in winter but that has never happened to me. I always had oily skin regardless of the season and didn't really moisturise. When I discovered my Mac Mineralize Charge Water Moisture Gel, I started to take moisturising more seriously but I still can't say I do it every morning and night. However I tend to try and make a bigger effort when my skin is feeling extra tight and dry.

This scrub does leave my skin feeling extremely soft and smooth. It has a lovely smell and lathers up brilliantly. On all accounts I feel that it is a joy to use. However it is not regulating my skin how I want it too. Nor does it prevent the odd breakout or two.

So my opinion is a mixture and I don't feel that it will change dramatically any time soon. I do like using it and I am sure I will continue to use it until it is gone. But with regards to helping my skin out of its turmoil stage, it's been found lacking.

If you have any opinions or advice on what it could be or what I should do then be sure to let me know in the comments below :)


  1. To try and clear up the flaky bits I'd recommend vitamin e oil, it works wonders and it works pretty quick :) x

    1. Awesome. Thanks for letting me know. I shall give it a go! xxo


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