Sunscreen Holy Grail: Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion

The key to using sunscreen everyday is to find something one that you really like so that you don’t mind using it every morning.  It’s important to find something that’s not greasy so that it doesn’t make your skin too shiny, and you also need something that rubs in quickly so that you don’t perceive it as a time-waster.  I also need something that doesn’t look white on my skin, because that’s not a good look, and if I can find something that’s oil-free, then we’re golden.

Guess what?

Vichy’s new Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion gives me all those things.  It’s a thick cream that melts into your skin and blends in quickly with a clean finish. The sunscreen is oil-free but formulated with silicone so that it has a dry, powdery finish, and appears to be matte while absorbing oil throughout the day. There’s no white stuff here, and then you can follow up with your makeup.  The best part is that because it’s clear, you can apply it all over and not worry about it getting on your clothes. 

This sunscreen is also long-wearing and sweat resistant, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, but of course all of that will vary depending on how oily your skin is, what you put on top of it, and exactly how much physical activity you’re doing outside.  It also has Mexoryl in it which helps the sunscreen stay photostable meaning that it won’t break down as easily in the sun.  All good qualities, especially if you’re going to be using it in the summer.

Available online or in drugstores for $28.95.

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