04.27.2012
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Vichy Capital Soleil Daily Moisturizer Cream With Sunscreen SPF 15
3.4 fl. oz. for $32
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This sunscreen contains the L'Oreal-patented UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, listed by its chemical name of ecamsule. Along with the other sunscreen actives, it provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection. That's the good news.

The not-so-good news is that this sunscreen is overpriced for what you're not getting, namely, antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. The base formula is stunningly ordinary and void of any state-of-the-art ingredients.

Although ecamsule is a great UVA filter, that this is an SPF 15 means that you are barely getting the minimum of sun protection. At this price, you should expect at least an SPF 25 or greater, along with added beneficial ingredients to boost your skin's free-radical defenses. If you decide to try this it is best for normal to oily skin.

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Sunscreens Rated SPF 20 or Lower: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 20 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 20 or lower is an option—and certainly better than no sunscreen at all—but only if you’re willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less.

While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreen with an SPF lower than 20 will rate higher than two stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens section of the site.

Applying an SPF 15-rated sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. This layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection even if you’re not applying liberally.

Last Updated:02.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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The innovative formula of Capital Soleil Daily Moisturizer Cream With Sunscreen SPF 15, contains a unique UVA filter, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), to create a new concept in sun protection. As a daily moisturizing cream that contains a combinations of sunscreens, UV Activ provides intense and long-lasting hydration while the skin is protected, healthier and younger looking.

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Active: Avobenzone (2%), Ecamsule (2%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Carbomer 940, Carbomer Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Edetate Disodium, Glycerin, Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Stearoyl Macrogolglycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Trolamine

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Vichy At-A-Glance

Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. 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 Beautypedia Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.

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