A major sign of healthy skin is a radiant glow. It seems to come from eight hours of undisturbed sleep and a stress-free lifestyle. Unfortunately for most of us, those two boxes are often left unchecked, and it may have something to do with a new global phenomenon called “coronasomnia”.

Since the pandemic began, our levels of stress and anxiety have skyrocketed, and they’ve made getting a good night’s rest significantly harder. What’s more, Singapore is ranked as the second most overworked city in the world, so it’s no surprise we’re greeted by dark eye circles and dull skin in the mirror daily.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. French dermo-cosmetic brand Vichy has good news for those who need a little extra help in battling the physical effects of stress and fatigue. The brand has just launched its new Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions Regenerating and Repairing Concentrate, which targets every saboteur standing between your skin and that lit-from-within glow.

To see if it helps to brighten our complexions and help us look more well-rested, Daily Vanity also invited 10 readers to try the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions for one week. You’ll be pleased to know that its average verdict was a 4.7-star rating out of 5!

Keep reading to get acquainted with the product and check out our in-depth reviews ahead.

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About Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions Regenerating and Repairing Concentrate

You’ve likely heard of beneficial probiotics that aid digestion in your gut, but incorporating them into your skincare routine can promise great results too. That’s because probiotics are living microorganisms that can strengthen your skin’s protective barrier for more resilient skin that stands up to external and internal stressors, which is what inspired the new Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions.

After more than 25 years of expertise, Vichy Laboratoires has created a new Vichy active: fractions of their own probiotic. While the Probiotic Fractions aren’t live bacteria, they’re a much stabler form of probiotic that deliver similar effective results. Plus, the Probiotic Fractions are cultivated with Vichy’s Volcanic Water for an even more potent formula.

Besides Vichy’s patented Probiotic Fractions, the serum is also powered by a blend of efficacious ingredients that speed up the skin’s recovery, repair barrier function, and optimise the skin’s defences. Here are the three ingredients that bolster its formula:

  • Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that’s known to visibly minimise the appearance of pores, reduce skin congestion, and calm active breakouts. Vichy’s Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions has 4% of concentrated niacinamide, which also softens fine lines, evens out your skin tone and texture, and fades dark spots.
  • Vitamin E: This antioxidant prevents oxidative damage to cells by fending off free radicals. It also moisturises and heals the skin, strengthening the skin barrier for a more resilient and healthy complexion.
  • Hyaluronic acid: A sugar that’s found in our skin, hyaluronic acid brings moisture to the surface of the skin, so it continually keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day.

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions bottle 1

This intensive serum quickly restores tired skin by 69% overnight, creating an otherworldly glow when you wake. In a study where the product was tested on Asian skin, the reviewers saw a 56% increase in radiance, a 47% increase in elasticity, and a 27% reduction in fine lines after one month.

As you can expect from all products in the Mineral 89 range, the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions is hypoallergenic and is formulated without alcohol, fragrance, silicones, parabens, and artificial colourants, so those with sensitive skin can breathe easy.

For best results, use the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions at night, and reach for the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster during the day. (Pssst! The classic Vichy Mineral 89 serum was even crowned the winner of “Best Hydrating Serum” at last year’s edition of Daily Vanity Beauty Awards!)

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions Regenerating and Repairing Concentrate retails for S$60 (30ml). It is available at Watsons, Guardian, and the official Vichy store on Shopee and Lazada.

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions: First impressions

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions product texture

As a huge fan of the iconic Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster myself, I was excited to try the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions. Much like the Vichy Mineral 89 serum, the Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions has a lightweight, gel-like texture, and my skin drank it up within seconds.

My skin felt instantly hydrated without being suffocated by a greasy or tacky layer, so I could follow up with a moisturiser right after without having to stand around idly, waiting for the serum to be absorbed.

As I applied the product to my face, I also picked up a hint of the Probiotic Fractions, which smells a little fermented. However, that natural scent dissipated as the serum sank into my skin – it’s a faint scent that didn’t bother my nose one bit. After all, I prefer my skincare formulas without additional fragrance added.

My skin is rather sensitive and products can sometimes cause instant irritation and redness. However, this serum seemed to soothe my temperamental skin almost immediately, which boded well for the rest of my trial.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions claims to improve dullness overnight and even out skin texture after seven days of use too. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to see the results after seven days!

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions: Results after 1 week

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after jade

After a week, my skin felt much smoother and softer. I found it hard to stop touching my face, but eventually did lest I was unconsciously spreading harmful bacteria on my skin. My skin tone looked a little more even and my complexion had taken on an unexpectedly radiant glow.

Every evening during the trial, I skipped my toner and applied the serum straight on damp skin after cleansing. As I caught up on some Zs, the serum was somehow able to reset my skin overnight. It seems to work synergistically with mitosis – the process by which cells divide and repair when we’re resting – for a more well-rested appearance the morning after.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions is easily one of the gentlest formulas I’ve tried, yet it effectively livened up my complexion and banished most signs of fatigue. On top of that, my skin feels a tad firmer and bouncier too.

Now, let’s see if our 10 readers felt the same way about the serum as I did. Read on for their reviews and see the results for yourself!

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions review: 10 readers give their honest opinions

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions Regenerating and Repairing Concentrate
4.7

Summary

All of our reviewers noticed that the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions absorbed quickly into their skin. All of them said they noticed a brightening effect after seven days of use, which gave them a healthy glow, and most of them loved the serum for its hydrating properties.

While some of them said that the product doesn’t have the best scent, they were able to accept it as the smell dissipates after a few seconds.

Since plenty of our reviewers are working women who don’t get enough sleep daily, they were surprised to see how quickly the serum worked to bump up their skin’s radiance, despite getting an insufficient amount of rest.

Some of our reviewers even saw fewer fine lines at the end of seven days. Others noticed a difference in their skin texture and hydration levels after only one use, which is an impressive feat. Most reviewers said they would purchase a full-sized bottle after using up their current serum!

Pimnara, 25

Skin type: Combination-oily, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne/blemishes

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after pimnara

I am currently working from home, but after my full-time job, I do some freelance editing. I’ve been trying to not overwork myself and get enough sleep, but most of the time, these projects require me to work through the night.

I really liked that the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions has a dropper – it makes applying serums a lot easier and more hygienic. The lightweight serum quickly absorbed into my skin after a few pats, leaving my skin feeling hydrated.

The smell was something that stood out. Not the most amazing scent, but it was bearable, and it disappeared almost immediately after I applied it on my skin. From the first use, it kept my skin feeling plump and hydrated.

After seven days, I can confidently say that this is one of the serums that shows the quickest results, which makes me want to continue using it. I saw a difference in my skin within one week, which makes me very happy! My skin looks brighter and more radiant than it did before the trial, and I look less tired overall.

I would probably purchase another once I’m done with this bottle, and would definitely recommend it to my friends!

Selina, 25

Skin type: Combination-oily skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after selina

I work three shifts and due to the nature of my job, I get fewer than six hours of sleep each day.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions comes in a nice bottle that’s easy to hold. The lightweight serum absorbed in seconds and left no residue on my skin. It left my skin looking brighter and more radiant from the first use.

After a week, my skin looked more radiant than it did before the trial, and I looked more well-rested overall. It also doesn’t clog up my pores.

Overall, it is a lightweight, fuss-free product to use. It took me a while to get used to the product’s natural scent, but the results I saw were quite significant, and it all happened within a few days!

Sharon, 26

Skin type: Combination-dry skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne/blemishes

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after sharon

Working from home has resulted in a heavier workload, which requires a higher concentration level than when I was working in the office. Besides the increased work hours, I also have irregular meals, leading to even more stress.

When I first used the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions, it felt sticky at the start, but it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave a residue on my skin. My skin instantly felt softer and more supple, and it was hydrated but not greasy.

After a week, my skin looked brighter and more radiant than it did before the trial. My overall skin appearance improved, and I looked like I had eight hours of sleep. My skin doesn’t feel dry the next morning too, which is why I feel that it has worked very well for my skin type.

I would recommend it to those who need help in improving their overall skin health as it did for mine. If you don’t mind the slightly fermented scent, it’s worth buying and trying.

Sin Neen, 27

Skin type: Combination-oily, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne/blemishes

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after sin neen

Due to the nature of my job, I spend most of my waking hours on electronic gadgets. Besides that, I tend to sleep less than six hours per day. This makes my skin very sensitive sometimes, and my skin looks very dull the next day when I don’t get sufficient sleep.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions has a rich, gel-like texture that absorbs instantly into the skin, giving my skin a hydrated but non-sticky finish. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I observed a significant improvement in my skin texture right after the first use.

My skin is super soft and supple the next morning, and it looks brighter and smoother too. My skin feels very moisturised, yet it is not oily at all. The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions delivered immediate results, which really amazed me. After a week, my skin feels soft and looks radiant.

I am pretty satisfied with the effects of this product and I look forward to using it every evening! This is the best serum I’ve ever tried. I’ll definitely continue to use this product.

Serene, 28

Skin type: Combination-dry, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after serene

I work 12 hours a day, five days a week, and my lunch break is less than 30 minutes. Even on my days off, I have to attend training sessions at home, which makes me feel increasingly stressed and tense every day. I only get about six of seven hours of sleep every night.

Before the trial, I was using the Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster. I usually use it in the morning – it really hydrates and plump my skin. Plus, it’s fast-absorbing.

When I used the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions for the first time, I was surprised. It absorbed quickly and made my skin feel soft, smooth, hydrated, and plump. My skin felt the same as it did when I applied it the night before.

After a week, my skin looked more radiant and felt more hydrated. I don’t look as tired or stressed anymore, and all it took was seven days! To be honest, I am really surprised. I didn’t expect to really see such results in one week. I only noticed the visible change in my skin when I looked closely at my overall skin condition on the seventh day. It truly exceeded my expectations.

Beverly, 28

Skin type: Dry, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, dehydration, blackheads/whiteheads

Working at a media agency requires me to work overtime most days and even on the weekends. Clients can also be difficult to handle, which stresses me out, so I only get about four or five hours of sleep a day.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions has a unique scent, and the texture absorbs quickly into my skin, so I don’t have to rub or massage it in much. My skin feels refreshed after and it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy to the touch. My skin also feels hydrated after application.

I’m surprised that I can see visible results even after the first use. After seven days, my overall skin appearance has improved, and I look more refreshed overall.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with dry or sensitive skin as it doesn’t irritate my skin. The product delivers a much-needed dose of hydration to my skin too. I will definitely purchase this after this bottle is used up.

Sin Yee, 30

Skin type: Combination-dry, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after sin yee

My full-time job is a regional role, which requires me to attend meetings and conference calls at wee hours with colleagues based in the US and Europe. I don’t get enough sleep most of the time – six hours of sleep a day is a luxury to me!

The scent of the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions is one of a kind. It does not have the best scent, but it is good that the scent does not linger on the skin after application. I accept the scent – at least there is no artificial fragrance added to the product.

My skin became smoother, more refined and softer right after the first application. I used to have some small bumps on my skin, but all of these bumps disappeared after the first usage. It takes longer to see visible results with other serums, but I saw significant changes in my skin within three days with the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions.

This is the most effective serum that I have ever tried! My skin looks energetic, radiant and glowing, and I look much less tired. In the past, I used brightening skincare products to “tone up” my complexion. Little did I know that a skin-repairing serum, such as the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions, would be more effective and make my skin glow from within.

To be frank, my skin has never looked so good, I was totally mind blown! I have been telling my family and friends how amazing the serum is after trying it for three days. The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions is too underrated! I will 100% repurchase the serum after finishing the current bottle.

An An, 33

Skin type: Combination-oily skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after an an

Despite working from home these days, I only get about four or five hours of sleep per night, which isn’t sufficient.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions applied smoothly on my skin, and it didn’t smell as strong as I thought – something I braced myself for when I read the packaging, which stated that there’s an odour from the probiotic fermentation process. The serum absorbed quickly after I applied it.

After the first use, my skin felt refreshed, softer, and more supple. My skin texture felt smoother and looked more refined too. On top of that, my face felt hydrated but not greasy, and it looked brighter and more radiant. I wanted to continue using the product after I used it for the first time.

A week after, my complexion looked more radiant than it did before the trial. I looked more invigorated overall. Plus, I see fewer fine lines, and my pores seem smaller too! This product has worked better for me than other serums that I have used previously. It doesn’t clog my pores too, which is perfect for those with oily skin.

Overall, I’m happy with the results!

Jerniece, 33

Skin type: Combination-oily skin
Skin concerns: Textured skin, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after jerniece

When I used the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions for the first time, the lightweight serum left my skin feeling soft and supple. After a week, my skin felt refreshed, smoother, and more refined.

My overall skin appearance has improved, and I even saw fewer fine lines! When I wake up the next morning, my skin looks glowier and feels hydrated.

Roshni, 33

Skin type: Combination-oily, sensitive skin
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin, visible/enlarged pores, acne/blemishes

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions before after roshni

Being a full-time mum means having my schedule dictated by my toddler and infant. I have an erratic sleep schedule and get about four or five hours a night. Sometimes, I don’t have time for skincare too.

I wasn’t a fan of the smell, but the texture of the Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions was nice. The formula did make me break out a little bit, but I’m guessing that was just skin purging.

The lightweight serum left my skin feeling softer and more supple after seven days. My skin looked brighter and more radiant than it did before the trial. I also saw fewer fine lines. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks glowier and it doesn’t feel dry. Apart from the scent and initial irritation, I’m happy with the product!

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