Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vichy - An Update - Recent Innoviations, Product Updates and New Lines

 Vichy has been around for so long, we tend to forget that they are still a leading innovator, if a little traditional.  But then, traditions are strong, and their quality undisputed.   Because they are such an established company, don't think for a minute that Vichy is standing still.  Therefore it is useful to given this update.  Browse and see if anything meets the eye.  As usual don't be fooled by some of the price differences you see on our website and the prices listed locally.  If you really believe that the Vichy formulae are as good and as effective as the French Vichy, then by all means go for it - remember we are strong francophiles at FrenchCosmetics.Net and really believe that you get what you pay for - and quality for ever!

February 2015 Vichy Product Update
An update to recent product introductions and innovation from Vichy
New Line:

Vichy Teint Ideal - a line of new foundation in several shades. See it here:

  • Vichy Teint Ideal Cream Foundation-Dry Skin-30ml
  • Vichy Teint Ideal Cream Foundation-Dry Skin-30ml
  • Recent additions to Neovadiol line

  • Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Nutritive Densifying Balm -50ml

  • Nutriextra line

  • Vichy NutriExtra Cream Body Care-Dry to Very Dry Skins 200ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Cream Body Care-Dry to Very Dry Skins 400ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Exfoliating Cream-200ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Fluid Body Care-Normal to Dry Skins 200ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Fluid Body Care-Normal to Dry Skins 400ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Hand Cream -50ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Lip Balm -15ml
  • Vichy NutriExtra Oil - 125ml

  • New product introductions for the Vichy Dercos line

  • Vichy Neogenic Shampoo-200ml
  • Vichy Dercos Neogenic-28 days

  • Vichy Idealia

  • Vichy Idealia Smoothing Lighting Cream-Normal Skins-50ml
  • Vichy Idealia BB Cream SPF25 Claire Shade -40ml
  • Vichy Idealia BB Cream SPF25 Medum Shade -40ml
  • Vichy Idealia Life Serum -30ml
  • Vichy Idealia Pro Deep Brown Spot Corrector -30ml
  • Vichy Idealia Smoothing Lighting Cream-Dry Skins-50ml

  • Try to keep up with sunscreen products. Here are some new Vichy ones of note.

  • Vichy Capital Soleil SPP 50 Children Lotion-300ml
  • Vichy Capital Soleil Sun Enhancer Compact SPF30-Beige Dore-9 Grams
  • Vichy Capital Soleil Sun Enhancer Compact SPF30-Beige Sable-9 Grams
  • Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 BB Tinted-Hale Naturel-50ml

  • A whole revamped paraben free line of Vichy Aqualia Thermal/p>

  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Anti-Fatigue Night Gel Cream (French Formula)-75ml
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Contour Roll On (French Formula)-15ml
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Light (French Formula)-50ml
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich (French Formula)-50ml
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum (French Formula)-30ml

  • Take a look at the revamped Vichy Liftactiv line

  • Vichy Lifactiv Night-50ml
  • Vichy Liftactiv Advanced Filler-30ml
  • Vichy LiftActiv Flexilift Foundation-30ml
  • Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 -Eye and Brows-15ml
  • Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10-30ml
  • Vichy Liftactiv Supreme - Dry Skins Skins-50ml
  • Vichy Liftactiv Supreme - Normal to Combination Skins-50ml
  • Vichy Men Liftactiv Anti-Fatigues Anti-Wrinkle Care-30ml 

  • That is it for now.

    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    Innovation and New Products from Bioderma

    Industry leading Bioderma continues to innovate.   To whit, look at two new products in the Cicabo range for those with damaged skins.  Cicabio is the Bioderma line meant to treat damaged skins.

    The new products are a pomade  an ointment promotes skin repair damaged skin and dried by acting on each step of the biological process of epidermal reconstruction while controlling potential skin disturbances.
    The synergistic combination of resveratrol, copper and Centella asiatica promotes epidermal restoration quality.
    Copper-Zinc complex prevents bacterial growth.
    The innovative active Antalgicin quickly relieves the discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch. BIODERMA active.
    Its nourishing and relipidizing texture associated with hyaluronic acid and moisturizing ingredients recreates a protective film. This film is physically and permanently reproduce the skin barrier to restore its biological and optimum comfort function.
    For adults, children, infants.

    The second item is even more potentially useful capitalizing on the reputation of Bioderma as a leading sunscreen manufacturer.  It is the Bioderma Cicabio SPF50 Soothing Repair Care.   Cicabio SPF 50+ promotes skin repair damaged skin exposed to sunlight acting on each step of the biological process of epidermal reconstruction and limiting the risk of post-scar hyperpigmentation (brown spots).
    The synergistic combination of resveratrol, copper and centella asiatica promotes epidermal restoration quality.
    The very high protection SPF 50+ limits the risk of hyperpigmentation.
    Antibacterial agents (copper-zinc) purify the skin.
    The Antalgicine quickly relieves the discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.
    Its moisturizing and protective texture hyaluronic acid is non-greasy, non-sticky for a real skin comfort.
    This item is Paraben free and hypoallergenic.

    Try and enjoy......

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    A Challenger to Popular Bioderma Line?

    Noreva Pharma, which is a popular French brand that has popular items such as its Actipur, Exfoliac Trio and more recently it Aquareva line has just introduced a new Micellar Lotion - an addition to its Actipur line.  This is obviously (?) a modest response to the wildly popular Bioderma line of H2O products.

    Strangely enough, Noreva, which is popular partly due to its low pricing structure has priced its lotion only slightly lower than Bioderma .

    Can they compete?  Only time will tell.

    Bioderma is arguably the most popular line of French parapharmacie-type products - certainly outside of France.   Want to know which of the extensive line of Bioderma is the most popular.   Here is a quick and in some cases surprising list:

    1.  The H2O line obviously.

    2.  Its super Photoderm suncreen line of course.

    3.  ABC Derm H2O - hidden secret

    4.  Atoderm PP - gel and balm.

    Now you know it.  Go and enjoy and see for yourself

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Same Old Same Old - US Sunscreen Shame

    Yet another article from Washington Post today Friday March 21st.  Here it is FYI and weep.  Luckily we have to help US customers protective themselves effectively from the sun.

    FDA review of new sunscreen ingredients has languished for years, frustrating advocates

     By Brady Dennis, Published: March 20

    The tourists flocking to the French Riviera or Spain’s Costa del Sol this summer will slather on sunscreen containing the latest ingredients for protecting against the sun’s most harmful ultraviolet rays.

    But American beachgoers will have to make do with sunscreens that dermatologists and cancer-research groups say are less effective and have changed little over the past decade.

    That’s because applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have languished for years in the bureaucracy of the Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the products before they reach consumers.

    “We have a system here that’s completely broken down, and everybody knows that it has broken down,” said Wendy Selig, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research.

    Her group and others, along with dermatologists and sunscreen manufacturers, have joined forces to make a public push for the FDA to approve at least some of the backlogged applications.

    The agency has not expanded its list of approved sunscreen ingredients since 1999. Eight ingredient applications are pending, some dating to 2003. Many of the ingredients are designed to provide broader protection from certain types of UV rays and were approved years ago in Europe, Asia, South America and elsewhere.

    The FDA noted that U.S. consumers “have access to a great number of sunscreen products,” but said in a statement to The Washington Post that it recognizes the public health importance of sunscreen and has prioritized its review of the long-pending applications. The agency said “it is proceeding as quickly as practicable given available review resources and competing public health responsibilities.”

    In the meantime, advocates for newer sunscreens have grown increasingly frustrated.

    “These sunscreens are being used by tens of millions of people every weekend in Europe, and we’re not seeing anything bad happening,” said Darrell S. Rigel, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University and past president of the American Academy of Dermatologists. “It’s sort of crazy. . . . We’re depriving ourselves of something the rest of the world has.”

    Even some FDA officials have expressed frustration about how the applications have become mired in a complex regulatory regime, adopted more than a decade ago, that was originally intended to simplify approvals for over-the-counter products used in other countries for at least five years.

    “This is a very intractable problem. I think, if possible, we are more frustrated than the manufacturers and you all are about this situation,” Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told lawmakers in November when asked about the agency’s sluggish over-the-counter reviews.

    Part of the holdup, she said, is that the agency must undertake a lengthy rule-writing process before it can add to the list of active ingredients approved for sunscreens. In addition, the FDA has found some applications lacking in safety data. And differing standards mean that an ingredient considered safe in Canada or Japan, for example, might not automatically get a thumbs up from U.S. regulators.

    Since last year, a group of dermatologists, sunscreen ingredient companies such as BASF and advocacy groups such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation have lobbied lawmakers and rallied public support for changes to the approval process. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill introduced legislation aimed at speeding up the FDA reviews. The FDA has planned a public meeting this month to seek input about overhauling its process for evaluating over-the-counter products.

    Selig, of the Melanoma Research Alliance, noted that the FDA has approved multiple new treatments in recent years for melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, which kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year. If patients deserve access to the latest advancements in treating a disease, she said, why not also allow them access to every possible product that could help prevent it?

    “We’re basically saying that the American people should make do with what was the most innovative science from 10 to 12 years ago,” she said. “Ask someone if they want to buy automobile technology from 12 years ago, or computer technology from 12 years ago.”

    Both UVA and UVB types of ultraviolet radiation from the sun can contribute to skin damage, premature aging and cancer. Whereas UVB light is primarily responsible for causing sunburn, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, potentially damaging cells and contributing to the development of skin cancers.

    In the United States, the UVA filters most commonly found in sunscreen include chemicals such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. Those ingredients are effective, dermatologists say, but they either protect against only certain UVA rays or break down too quickly. Other UVA filters such as zinc oxide don’t break down as quickly but cover the skin in a white gunk that only a lifeguard could like.

    The pending applications at the FDA include chemical filters such as Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M and Mexoryl SX (also known as ecamsule), which experts say offer stronger UVA protection and could allow manufacturers to create sunscreen formulations that last longer and feel better on consumers’ skin, making people more likely to use them.

    L’Oreal received FDA approval in 2006 to use ecamsule, which was approved in Europe in the early 1990s, in a handful of high-priced U.S. products. But because those products went through the traditional drug-approval process and were for specific formulations, the company can’t use ecamsule in other products.

    Some doctors and industry officials also worry that the FDA’s failure to act on the applications could chill future sunscreen innovations.

    “It definitely hurts how we approach development of new UV filters,” said Al Pearce, a personal care senior marketing manager for BASF, which owns several of the pending applications at FDA. “The U.S. market is one of the largest markets in the world. If it’s not open to new innovation, it’s extremely limiting.”

    Even as the sunscreen ingredient applications have remained in a regulatory purgatory, the FDA has taken other action on sunscreens. In 2011, it announced long-awaited rules meant to cut back on misleading labels and give consumers clearer information.

    For instance, only products that meet FDA standards for protecting against both UVA and UVB rays can be labeled as providing “broad spectrum” protection. In addition, the new rules barred the use of the terms “sun block,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof,” because the agency said such claims overstate the effectiveness of the sunscreens.

    The agency said manufacturers could label their products “water resistant” but also must say how long the sunscreen remained effective in water. It also proposed limiting the maximum sun protection factor on labels to “50+,” saying there wasn’t sufficient data to show that products with higher SPF values provide greater protection.

    But when it comes to finally allowing new sunscreen ingredients to reach the market, the wait continues in the United States. Eleven months ago, in a hearing on Capitol Hill, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg told lawmakers that sorting out the sunscreen issue was “one of the highest priorities.”

    Rigel, the New York dermatologist, hopes that’s still true.

    “I want the ultimate, perfect sunscreen for my patients,” he said. “No such perfect sunscreen exists yet. But these ingredients would help us get closer to that goal.

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    New Look for FrenchCosmetics.Net

    Our site now has new look.   For those technically inclined it css based which not only gives a cleaner look, but is also largely w3c compliant.   This means that it is much more web friendly for all sorts of purposes not the least of which making it easier for users and search engines to find.  In particular you should check out  our Bioderma page, which again is w3c compliant. 

    We are also working on updating a lot of our images and product lines.  The bottom line is that our look may have changed, but we are still offering the same old-fashioned customer service for products like Bioderma, Filorga, Somatoline, Noreva and much much more, all at reasonable, fair prices.

    Look Good + Feel Good!

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Focus on Avene Skin Recovery Cream

    An interesting product from Avene is their Skin Recovery Cream. Also known at Cream for Intolerant Skins, a translation of the French name 'Creme Pour Peaux Intolerantes' or CPI for short. As you can see from the reviews below and as for all cosmetics products, it doesn't work for all people all the time. Still it can be very effective and the reviews list some of the problems helped. One interesting review highlights a point that we make all time. The reviewer was very happy with the item purchased in Europe and then disappointed with the same product purchased in Canada. As unabashed francophiles, we of course maintain that cosmetics made in France for the French market are superior. There is for example anecdotal evidence that the Avene Hand Cream for sale at some US drugstores is not as good a quality as those available in France. The review apparently had a a similar experience with the CPI cream. Still we will always lose this argument against the customer who wants the product NOW and can deal with any modifications made for the local market. For you to judge, as always"

    I never thought an Avene product would work for me, since everything I've tried so far hasn't. Then while I was on a trip in Europe, I had this horrible allergic reaction on my face, and my skin was red, rough, itchy, just horrible. The anti-allergic gel they gave me was leaving it even drier, so I went back to the pharmacy for some moisturizer. Avene had a huge display, so I just picked this cream, it just...looked appealing at the moment. Well, it's become my HG moisturizer. It literally saved my face because the irritation subsided soon after I started applying this cream, and I was able to put on foundation without it looking like a pancake. I kept using the tube, now I'm 2 months into it and I still use it nightly, and I've been waking up to the nicest skin I've ever had - even, no pimples, smooth, soft and moisturized but not greasy. I used to be oily now I'm combo, and this little tube works amazingly on me! I will most definitely buy again, when I'm done with this one. Although it may not happen for a long time, because I haven't even used a quarter of it! EDIT JUNE 2013: I will leave the high marks I'd given this previously, because that tube was really THAT good, but if I were to rate the new version (bought in Canada 3-4 months ago) I would give it a 2! This new version (or maybe because it's not the Euro one) is not even close to my first tube. It makes me oily, my skin doesn't look calm, and I suspect it gave me some pimples. It just doesn't feel right, and I bought both the regular and the rich versions. Not to mention the packaging, the top gets nasty with product accumulation which dries and it's just...ugh. Hate it. Why did they have to change an awesome product???

    I have sensitive fair skin, prone to flushing in cheeks, dryness and general irritation. With consistent use (and sleep!), this product diminishes them all and makes me glow. I always think "oh, there's probably something better for my skin out there" and try new products, but end up coming back to this. Ie. I just tried the Dermalogica Ultra Calming line, which broke my forehead out with over 50-60 of those tiny skin colored bumps. Three days back on this and they're all gone, 99% smooth. This is the only product I actually run out of and re-buy. HG. Thanks Avene, my skin wouldn't be the same without this.

    This is a review for the Rich version (Rich Skin Recovery Cream). I have struggled to find a rich moisturiser for my very dry, VERY blemish-prone, mildly sensitive skin for years. All the rich moisturisers were comodogenic, and it just seemed to me like all the non-comodogenic/anti-acne products were geared towards oily skin types, so I just put up with those products and watched my skin spiral into pimply, flakey disrepair. Then two months ago I decided to spend a little more than I normally would on a moisturiser (I'm but a poor uni student). The price point's a little much here in Australia, where it's AU$40 for a little 40mL tube (it's $31 at Chemist Warehouse though!). But it's worth every penny - my skin is happier and healthier than it has been in years, and no breakouts (except for the occasional pimple because of a topical antibiotic I'm using). It says to use it until your skin is back to its normal balance, but when I don't use it, my skin's still dry and tight. And realistically speaking, no moisturiser can permanently change your skin type. My skin feels supple and balanced, perfectly hydrated but not at all greasy. This is quite possibly my HG moisturiser!

    You can see the Avene CPI items at the following links:

    Avene Skin Recovery Cream -40ml

    Avene Skin Recovery Cream Rich -40ml

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Product Alert from Avene

    Avene Product of Interest - Winner of BT Award 2012-2013

    The Avene Hydrance line of products have been a staple of this laboratory for many years Recently however a popular trend is for moisturizers to have sun protection, which is what Avene has added to the Hydrance line. Now you can have the moisturing properties of the Hydrance line with SPF20 UV protection. Note that for those Francophile consumers who like to buy the Made in France for the French market, will note that the SPF on the Hydrance line is SPF20, whereas the American version is SPF 25. At FrenchCosmetics.Net, of course you will only find the SPF20 French line.

    The popularity and value of the UV/moisturizer combination was confirmed this year when the Hydrance Legere - for Normal Skins received the BT awards, an award given by the influential French Review site Beaute-Test.Com

    See the following blurb on how the awards are given:

    Each member has voted in each category for their favorite product. More than 33,000 votes were cast in the seventh round of 22 January 2013 to 25 February 2013. We present here the results of votes. In each product category, you can see the first three products BT-elected Awards. Certain categories rather special did not collect enough votes to provide representative results. BT-Awards is fundamentally different from other rankings that you can read in the press and in advertisements. Here, all the products involved in the voting. There are no fees, no entry fee to participate. Classification is therefore done on all products listed and not only among some who agreed to pay for the label. Another difference is that the votes are disinterested and do not earn points or opportunities to participate in a draw. How can we establish a sincere when ranking each entry gives a chance to win the selected product? The vote is obviously representative of the year 2012, with a participation of 22 January 2013 to 25 February 2013. You can see the rankings of the best products in 2013 and even 2014! Do not be fooled.

    You can see the Hydrance line at the following links:

    Avene Hydrance Optimale Light SPF20-40ml

    Avene Hydrance Optimale Light-40ml

    Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich SPF20 -40ml

    Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich-40ml