Ever wondered who you have to thank for those pesky wrinkles?
It’s all the Exposome’s fault.
Exposome is a fancy name for environmental factors. You know, pollution, sun exposure, stress… the usual culprits.
You fight it with antioxidants. Sunscreen. Probiotics, even.
At least, that’s how it works on paper. I put the Vichy Slow Age line, which has all these goodies, to the test to find out.
Interested? Read on:
Slow Age Fluid Moisturizer
Let’s start with the Exposome’s fighters, shall we?
- SPF 25: the cream uses a combination of chemical UV filters, including octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone to keep you safe from the sun without that ugly white cast. You need to apply 1/3 of a tablespoon to the face to the get SPF 25, though. If you ain’t gonna do it, stick to sunscreen.
- Bifida Ferment Lysate: a good strain of bacteria that soothes inflammation, reduces dryness and increases “skin resistance against physical and chemical aggression“.
- Antioxidants: that’s where it falls short. It has only sprinkles of baicalin and vitamins C and E. Not enough to get the job done. 🙁
One note on the Alcohol. If you’re a regular here, you know I don’t like Alcohol Denat in my skincare. It can be drying and irritating. But here, it’s not too high on the ingredient list (dose matters!), so I’ll give it a pass (this time – don’t get used to it, alcohol!).
Alcohol is there to thin the texture. It does the job well. Slow Age Fluid Moisturizer is lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind. Yet, it gives combo and oily skin all the moisture it needs to stay soft and hydrated all day.
(If you have dry skin, you’ll be better off with the Cream Moisturizer. From what I hear, it has a richer texture).
I can’t say that I’ve seen any dramatic results since I’ve started using it a few weeks ago. It just does all the usual things a good moisturizer should do. You know, making your skin look plumper. Reducing the look (not the size) of fine lines and wrinkles. Keeping your skin soft and hydrated for hours. It even doubles up as a good base for makeup.
But, you can’t use it alone. You need a separate antioxidant serum to up your antiaging game against the Exposome. I’m cool with that. I use a separate one anyway (the more antioxidants, the better, remember?).
If you’re curious about probiotics and are looking for a way to include them in your skincare routine, you may want to check this out.
Slow Age Yeux
No, you don’t need an eye cream. But I know a lot of you like to use one anyway, so I may just as well tell you all about it.
Slow Age Yeux has a lot in common with the fluid moisturizer. Same strain of probiotics to reduce irritations and strengthen your defenses. Same lack of antioxidants.
There’s also no SPF. Instead, the bulk of the formula is made up by silicones (hello, dimethicone!) that fill in fine lines and wrinkles, humectants (hi, glycerin!) that attract water from the environment into the skin and butters (hey there, shea butter) that create a protective barrier on the skin to prevent water loss.
Don’t let shea butter fool you. The eye cream has a super lightweight texture that sinks immediately into the skin. It won’t just sit on your skin and give you milia (phew!)
I can’t say the caffeine in it did anything for my dark circles and puffy eyes (boo!) but its moisturizing base does help to minimize my crow’s feet and keep the delicate skin of the undereye area soft, smoother and plumper.
That’s all eye creams can do, really.
What are you doing to fight the Exposome? Let me know in the comments below.