Regrettably, this broad-spectrum sunscreen doesn't have a dry finish texture as the name implies. Although that's disappointing, it does contain stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection and its silky lotion texture feels light rather than being thick or pasty.
Instead of a dry finish, you get a slightly moist finish that leaves a noticeable sheen on skin. Those with oily skin hoping for a matte finish won't find this sunscreen's finish appealing, though again, it really does feel light, so in that sense Vichy's claim of "barely there after feel" is accurate.
We would rate this fragranced sunscreen higher if it contained more than a dusting of antioxidants (especially for use on the face) and, preferably, if it nixed the fragrance. Fragrance can be a source of irritation on its own, and combining it with sunscreen actives (which also have the potential to be sensitizing) isn't the best idea, especially for those with sensitive skin. If you decide to give this a try, it's best for normal to oily skin.
Note: Vichy claims this is suitable for face and body, a point that applies to most sunscreens, whether labeled for facial use or for use from the neck down. For the face and chest, however, you really need a far better formulation than this for daily use.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Feels very light.
- Despite the name, this doesn't have a dry finish.
- Contains a paltry amount of antioxidants.
- Mix of fragrance with synthetic active ingredients can be sensitizing.
The best of Vichy UVA/UVB cellular protection and anti-aging antioxidants in a breakthrough melting lotion with a “barely there” after feel.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%). Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Propanediol, Silica, Isononyl Carbamate, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Wax, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Sucrose Tristearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Steareth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-8 Laurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethiconol, Xanthan Gum, P-Anisic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, 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.