It’s official: I need a holiday.
I was supposed to get ready for a fun beach holiday in beautiful Sicily now. Instead, I’m roaming all over London looking for another place to stay (yep, I’m moving for the 6th time in 2 years. I think I’m setting a new record).
Instead of a relaxing summer, I’m close to a nervous breakdown. Moving is SO stressful. I can’t even blog properly.
I mean, how am I supposed to test an anti-sand sunscreen if I’m not lying on a white sandy beach? (Sometimes, it feels like the universe is mocking me).
At least, the usually cold London weather is cooperating. The past few days, we had some very hot days (it felt like summer, yay!), so I was able to put my sunscreen arsenal (I have so many!) to the test.
I will tell you about the others another time. Today, it’s all about Vicky Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF 50.
High Sun Protection
First things first. A sunscreen worthy of this name must provide high, broad spectrum protection. Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF 50 uses quite a few to get the job done:
- Homosalate: a weak UVB filter. If it were used alone, the sunscreen would be useless!
- Octocrylene: a UVB filter that helps your sunscreen coat your skin better, boosting its effectiveness. It’s absorbed by the body, so avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Ethylhexyl Salicycilate: aka Octyl Salicylate, a UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: a.k.a. Avobenzone. It protects skin from UVA rays but it’s very unstable and degrades easily when exposed to sunlight. It can penetrate deep into your body, so it’s not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and small children.
- Drometrizole Trisiloxane: a.k.a. Mexoryl XL. It protects from both UVA and UVB rays but has an oily texture that’s not always oily skin-friendly.
- Ethylhexyl Triazone: another UVB filter.
All together, they keep your skin well-protected from the sun. But, if you have sensitive skin, there’s always the tiny chance you may react badly to one of these filters (Octocrylene is usually the culprit).
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF 50 has a texture that’s so lightweight, it’s on the point of runny! I love it because it blends it beautifully onto my skin.
There’s no greasy residue.
There’s no stickiness.
There’s no white cast.
It’s easy to build up and then you forget it you have it on (until it’s time to reapply it, that is). It also makes a good base for makeup. Foundation applies beautifully on top of this.
But, it’s not very hydrating. It may be infused with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, but if I didn’t apply moisturizer beforehand, my skin would scream for moisture.
I also wouldn’t recommend it to sensitive skin. There’s no way of knowing how it reacts to chemical UV filters. Some people with sensitive skin can use octocrylene, avobenzone & co without problems, while others get a bad rash.
If you have sensitive skin, you’d better off with a mineral sunscreen – even thought they don’t aren’t as lightweight and aesthetically pleasant as this one. *sighs*
But, if your skin ain’t prone to throwing tantrums and you hate the traditional feel of sunscreens, you may want to bring this with you on holiday. Just saying.