Vichy Ideal Soleil

Sun and warm weather definitely are mood boosting factors now that we actually have a summer. I better tell you about these sunscreen before it is gone 🙂

Vichy has revamped its awesome Capital Soleil sun care line into Ideal Soleil this year, with many products to explore in that gorgeous golden orange packaging.

What all products in the line share:
– 100% sensitive skin suitable, paraben free
– light texture, quick drying, no white residue once shaken
– hydrating, smoothing and
– broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB (both can cause skin cancer and hyper pigmentation).

I have covered the formula (Mexoryl XL-SX, Avobenzone and Octocrylene) in my initial review (linked below) so I will not repeat it here.

Worth repeating though, Vichy suggests sunscreen application 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplication every 2 hours (or after 40 minutes of swimming/ sweating, or immediately after towel drying).

Brand new this year is Ideal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF50 (dry touch, water resistant).

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Capital Soleil Invisible Mist SPF30 from last year, no doubt this year.

Please note though: A SPF50 product blocks 98% of UVB rays, only 1% more than what a SPF30 product does, so pick one that calls your name 🙂

The 3-4-7 rule: spray 3 seconds on each arm, 4 seconds on front/ back and 7 seconds on each leg.

The 2 sprays look the same, so I’ll show you the swatch from last year.

Ingredients do differ though.
Active ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Oxybenzone 6%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) 2%.

Other ingredients: Butane, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Dicaprylyl Ether, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, etc.

The can has 155g of product, retails for $31.95.

The line also has 2 products for the face and very exposed areas. I cannot really tell them apart in terms of texture and application, so again, pick one that suits your phototype.

Ultra-fluid SPF30 (daily use) is meant for phototypes 1-4: pale, fair, light brown skin.

Active ingredients: Octocrylene 8%, Titanium Dioxide 4%, Avobenzone 3%, Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 2%, Terephthalyidene Dicamphorsulfonic Acid (Mexoryl) 1%.

Other ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat., Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Silica, Propylene Glycol, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, etc.

Ultra-light lotion SPF50 (express dry touch) is best for phototypes 5-6: brown and dark brown/ black skin.

Active ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Oxybenzone: 6%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Terephthalyidene Dicamphorsulfonic Acid (Mexoryl) 2%.

Other ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Dicaprylyl Ether, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, etc.

Both products dry quite fast, do not leave a white cast (with shaking action before application, of course) and work well under makeup. They are quite runny, however, so no texture shot 🙂

Standard amount: 2mg (half a table spoon) per squared cm of skin or the 1-2 rule: 1 tablespoon for face/ neck/ decollete and 2 for each body part (front, back, each arm and each leg).

The face sunscreens are fragrance/ preservative free, water resistant. The bottles are 40ml.

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