This sunscreen contains the L'Oreal-patented UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, listed by its chemical name of ecamsule. Along with the other sunscreen actives, it provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection. That's the good news.
The not-so-good news is that this sunscreen is overpriced for what you're not getting, namely, antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. The base formula is stunningly ordinary and void of any state-of-the-art ingredients. Although ecamsule is a great UVA filter, there are others (such as avobenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide) formulated in sunscreens designed to take even better care of your skin. If you decide to try this it is best for normal to oily skin.
The innovative formula of Capital Soleil Daily Moisturizer Cream With Sunscreen SPF 15, contains a unique UVA filter, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), to create a new concept in sun protection. As a daily moisturizing cream that contains a combinations of sunscreens, UV Activ provides intense and long-lasting hydration while the skin is protected, healthier and younger looking.
Active: Avobenzone (2%), Ecamsule (2%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Carbomer 940, Carbomer Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Edetate Disodium, Glycerin, Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Stearoyl Macrogolglycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Trolamine
Health is vital. That's the opening line on Vichy's catalog, followed by "Start with your skin." Perusing the opening pages of this catalog, it's easy to see how someone could get wrapped up in this L'Oreal-owned company's belief in listening to the signals skin sends us and then choosing products to address whatever problem skin is signaling you to correct. That might include acne, blackheads, eczema, discolorations, broken capillaries, and even excess oiliness. No surprises there, and it is sound advice to adapt your skin-care routine as your skin's needs (and signals) change. The problem is that Vichy's products, though well intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems, including most of those listed above. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.
A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radical–quelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehl’s, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?
As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.
Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) 378-4249 or visit www.vichy.com.