Vichy Laboratories is a sub-division of the L'Oreal Company. According to L'Oreal, Vichy Laboratories is the number one brand of skin care products sold in French and Canadian pahrmacies. Vichy products were developed by a physician and a cosmetologist in 1931 and today Vichy sells a full line of face and body care products along with some makeup. The VichyUSA.com website offers an on-line, interactive skin analysis tool that allows you to determine the most appropriate products for a particular skin type or skin problem.
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Thermal Spa Water
Vichy Laboratories uses thermal spa water as the basis for many of its products. Thermal spa water comes from a source in Vichy, France, and contains 15 different mineral salts and some trace elements. In addition to its use as an ingredient in many products, the water is also available in pure form as a freshening spray.
Some Vichy products, such as Detoxifying Exfoliating Cream, contain ubiquinone, which is also called coenzyme-Q10. Among its many functions in the body's cells, ubiquinone acts as an anti-oxidant and may protect against heart disease and cancer. According to information from the University of Maryland on alternative medicine, it may also be beneficial when used in cosmetics to promote healthy skin. MayoClinic.com also states that coenzyme-Q10 may diminish fine wrinkles in aging skin.
Several Vichy moisturizers and treatment creams contain a preparation called Zincadone A. This is a blend of three ingredients -- glycolytic acid, glycodone and stimoderm -- that may kill bacteria on the skin, remove dead skin cells and promote skin renewal.
Several Vichy products, including anti-aging skin creams, contain retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A compound and an anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals, according to MayoClinic.com. Neutralizing free radicals may help prevent the formation of wrinkles. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should avoid these products, since vitamin A may cause birth defects.