This spray-on, water-resistant sunscreen is positioned as a body oil that happens to provide sun protection, but its formula is minimally moisturizing. Broad-spectrum sun protection is assured and this contains stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening, but that’s about it. The packaging is colorful and eye-catching, and the spray-on application convenient, but the amount of alcohol in the formula is potentially problematic.
Vichy mentions the “powerful antioxidants” this fragrance-free sunscreen contains yet they are the last two ingredients in the formula. Besides, research has shown that alcohol causes free-radical damage, which is what antioxidants work to prevent, so you have to wonder how much the antioxidants can really benefit your skin if they’re also battling the free-radical generation from the alcohol. In the end, this is an OK option for normal to slightly dry skin but there are better, less expensive spray-on sunscreens at the drugstore.
Provides broad-spectrum UVA + UVB protection and fights skin-aging free radicals. It contains a unique combination of effective UV filters
and powerful antioxidants (Vitamin E and White Grape Polyphenol) to help protect your skin at the cellular level* to keep it looking healthy and beautiful.
This non-greasy, lightweight formula for sensitive skin is allergy-tested, fragrance-free and water-resistant. It is absorbed quickly and does not leave skin feeling sticky or greasy.
*surface layers of the skin
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Oxybenzone 6%
Cosmetic: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica Behenyl Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Polycrylamide, Xanthan Gum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, p-Anisic Acid, Isodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract
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.