04.19.2013
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Vichy
Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion
Rating
5 fl. oz. for $30.50
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.19.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This sunscreen is fragrance-free, which is great, and something we wish we could say applies to every Vichy sunscreen. Fragrance combined with synthetic sunscreen actives can prove sensitizing for many, so, as a general rule, fragrance-free sun care is best.

That said, like other Vichy sunscreens, this provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening. It has a creamy but still lotion-like feel that sets to a smooth finish suitable for normal, dry, or combination skin.

Vichy makes much ado about the antioxidants in this product, but, sadly, they're barely present. So, this provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a lotion base, but that's about it. Quite frankly, you should expect more for your money if you're going to be using this on your face or all over your body. Check out our list of Best Sunscreens (Including Kids) for superior and less expensive options.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Amount of called-out antioxidants is likely too low to give skin a youthful environmental boost.
  • Pricey given the basic formula, especially if you're going to be using it all over the body.
Claims

Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion 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.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%). Inactive: Water, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Glycerin, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Trisiloxane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-8 Laurate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methylparaben, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract.

Brand Overview

Vichy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some fragrance-free products; all the sunscreens but one contain either avobenzone or titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection; some commendable moisturizers with sunscreen; some good, inexpensive cleansers, and scrub for dry skin.

Weaknesses: Repetitive moisturizer formulas that rarely rise above the median for excellence; jar packaging is pervasive; the at-home peel/scrub kit is mostly disappointing; a couple of irritating moisturizers; no products for those with skin discolorations; limited options for oily skin.

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.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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*4 bpBest rating given for a European version of this product and the entire range. It is a shame that the American people are still denied the photostable, broad spectrum protection of Mexoryl sunscreen.

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