One of my skincare resolutions that I’ve been trying to do is applying sunscreen daily, rain or shine, indoors or outdoors. I’ve spotted the Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Face Cream from a drugstore in Norway and decided to get it because it contains some decent ingredients. However, I can’t find it on any of Vichy’s website, so I’m guessing it has been discontinued or reformulated. Still, I decided to make a review of it just in it still available somewhere. Here is how it works on me.
This cream contains many good sun protection ingredients for both UVA and UVB. Titanium dioxide is high up in the list, followed by Avobenzone and Octocrylene to stabilized Avobenzone. The box says it contains both Mexoryl SX and XL, but from the ingredients list I can only see Mexoryl XL (did I miss something?). There are many moisturizing ingredients and tiny amount of vitamin E. It is formulated for sensitive skin but like most, if not all Vichy products, this one contains perfume. It’s not a bad scent but there’s nothing special about it. It smells florally and lingers on my skin for about an hour or more.
How I use it
I firstly apply three drops of rorsehip oil for antioxidant benefits. After waiting for about up to 15 minutes to let the oil fully absorbed, I apply this sunscreen as the last step of my morning skincare routine. I tried to use it over a moisturizer for a couple of times, but it always pills. I tried to wait longer for the moisturizer to absorb and even changed to a non-silicone one, but it sill pills.
I haven’t seen any clogged pores or breakouts after using this. It gives a very tiny bit of white tint on my yellowish-skin tone. I also need to carefully check for any white streak it may leave on my face. It is moisturizing enough without a moisturizer underneath. It gives a dewy effect on my dry skin without feeling greasy, which is nice in a colder climate like the Arctic Circle. In Thailand though, the combination of three drops of rosehip oil underneath gives too much sheen on my face. Up to the point where a Lancome staff kindly recommended an oily skin product to me while I was browsing their counter. Having said that, it feels comfortable on my skin even in a hotter climate.
I will continue using it for now because it doesn’t break me out and I can double it as my day moisturizer. But, because it is difficult to blend in and the pilling, I personally will not be purchasing it anymore (it might be discontinued anyway). Also, those who are sensitive to perfume might need to be careful with this product. And it is definitely NOT for oily skin!
My search for a holy grail sunscreen continues. Do you have a favorite sunscreen?
Bought from: Apotek1 (Norway)
Price: 199 NOK (50 ml)
Made in: France