Is Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand Milk SPF 50 The Ideal Sunscreen For All Skin Types?

by Gio

vichy ideal soleil anti sand milk spf 50

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:

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.

[su_spoiler title=”Ingredients” style=”fancy”]Aqua/Water, Dicaprylylether, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicycilate, Nlyon-12, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dicapryl Carbonate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxan, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, P-Anisic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Peg-32, Peg-8 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance.[/su_spoiler]

[su_box title=”THE BOTTOM LINE” box_color=”#000000″ radius=”16″]Pros: Super lightweight texture, easy to pile up; Makes a wonderful base for makeup; No sticky residue; No greasy feel; No white cast.

Cons: Not very hydrating; Some of the UV filters may irritate sensitive skin.

Summary: Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand Milk SPF 50 has a lightweight, non-greasy texture that’s easy to pile up without leaving a sticky white mess behind. But it’s not very hydrating and may irritate sensitive skin.

Price & Availability: £18.00 at Look Fantastic and Feel Unique

Rating: 4/5[/su_box]


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Louise September 9, 2017 - 8:44 am

Hi Gio, I’ve just started reading your blog and wish I had discovered it years ago. It is so good to read science based skincare advice from someone who really knows. I recently bought a sunscreen but now i’m not sure if it’s a sunscreen or just a moisturiser with sunscreen. I’m using Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer Spf 30 and in different places it seems to be described as both a sunscreen and a moisturiser. Do you know if this is sufficient protection? If not what would you recommend for someone with slightly sensitive, oily acne prone skin? I’ve also got a very limited budget but think sunscreen is really important. Thank you again for providing such an informative easy to understand blog.

Gio September 17, 2017 - 8:52 am

Louise, hi and thank you! So glad you find my blog useful! I’ve had a look and that can be classified as a moisturiser. I don’t like to rely on cosmetics with SPF for sun protection because it’s so easy to believe you can apply a thin layer of moisturiser as usual and be well-protected. But if you use the recommended amount (1/3 teaspoon for face and neck alone), then it will provide adequate protection. I’ve also written about my fave sunscreens for oily skin here:

Tamara January 9, 2019 - 9:41 pm

Hi Gio, I love your blog I find it very informative. I just read this article and was wondering what you think about the Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Blemish SPF30 sunscreen? I want to start regularly using sunscreen on my face but my skin is finally recovering from a bout of adult acne and I don’t want to risk using anything that will break it out. I normally have combination skin which is normal to oily. If not are there any others you can recommend? I have already wasted money on suncreams that won’t work or break me out in the past and am sick of researching every ingredient in case it will break me out. Thanks!!

Gio January 19, 2019 - 5:52 pm

Tamara, I hear ya! Unfortunately it is impossible to know if a sunscreen will break you out just by looking at the ingredients as everyone’s skin is so different. Plus, it also depends on how well you’re cleansing/exfoliating etc. This one is fairly lightweight and doesn’t have anything considered too comedogenic so it should be alright.


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