Filorga vs Vichy

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: May 25, 2024

The Battle of the Serums: Filorga vs. Vichy

As a longtime skincare editor, I've had the opportunity to try out virtually every serum on the market from niche indie brands to big-name luxury lines. Two brands that have consistently impressed me over the years are Filorga and Vichy. Both French companies are known for their scientific approach to skincare backed by years of research. When it comes to their star serums, the formulas go head-to-head in several key areas. Here's my personal take on how they stack up.

Key Ingredients

Both Filorga's Time-Filler and Vichy's LiftActiv Specialist Glyco-C serums contain a potent blend of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. Filorga's hero ingredient is a next-generation form of hyaluronic acid called NCTF which helps plump up skin. Vichy relies heavily on vitamin C in the form of pure vitamin C (15%) combined with vitamin E to help brighten and firm skin.

Texture and Application

When it comes to texture, Filorga's milky serum has a lightweight lotion-like consistency that spreads easily and absorbs quickly into skin without any stickiness or residue. Vichy's serum has more of a gel-cream texture that's slightly thicker and richer, though it still absorbs well.

Both serums layer beautifully underneath moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup. However, if you're looking for a hydrating serum to use alone, Vichy's richer texture makes it more moisturizing as a solo act.


In my experience, both serums deliver on their promised anti-aging benefits of filling in wrinkles and firming skin, though they go about it differently. Filorga provides an intense hydration plumping effect thanks to that hyaluronic acid derivative. You'll see smoother, more supple skin within days of use. With continued use over weeks, I've found my fine lines appear softer and plumper.

Vichy's brightening vitamin C properties are its biggest draw. Over time, skin looks more radiant and evenly toned. Though not as dramatic, you'll also get a dose of firming from the amino acids.

For faster results with Vichy, I'd recommend using the serum in conjunction with the brand's other glycolic products for larger boosts of exfoliation.

Skin Types

Both serums are ideal for normal, combination, and dry skin types. However, Filorga is probably better for sensitive skin since the formula is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Those with oily and acne-prone skin may prefer Vichy's lightweight gel texture over Filorga's richer cream.

Reviews & Prices

Across retailers like Dermstore and Skinstore, both serums receive top ratings from customers for their visible results and clean ingredient lists. Filorga's 1 oz bottle is $59 while Vichy's 1 oz is $54, so they're in a similar affordable luxury price range.

The Verdict

At the end of the day, both Filorga and Vichy make excellent anti-aging serums that invest in high-quality ingredients and back their formulas with plenty of research. The serums take slightly different angles when it comes to achieving firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.

For maximum hydration and plumping of fine lines, Filorga's Time-Filler is my top pick thanks to that unique hyaluronic acid complex. However, if brightening and evening out skin tone is your main goal, then Vichy's glycolic-boosted vitamin C serum can't be beat. No matter which you choose, you're getting an effective age-defying formula from a respected French skincare brand.

Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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