Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Luxurious Protective Oil

An SPF in an oil is not as oxymoronic as it may sound. Back in the day when sitting under the searing rays with any old oil to help a tan grow deeper in hue seemed to make sense Baby oil with its SPF -30 anyone? Today, we all get annoyed with those thick, chalky sunscreens, which tend to leave some grimey second coat of some sticky mess that mixes all too quickly with sweat & sand while we try to idle around. Seeing as how skin is the most vulnerable organ to environmental aggressors, it was a thrill to see Vichy launch Capital Soleil SPF 30 Luxurious Protective Oil ($28.50) just in time for summer frolicking.

While worshipping the sun has fallen largely out of favour with the masses, this doesn’t mean exposed shoulders, legs, and even tummies are immune to the free radical havoc that we know those vicious UV rays will be certain to cause. And, if there was ever a common sense product that hadn’t hit the marketplace before, it has now. How has no thought to put out an oil with SPF protection? Vichy has. And, it’s simply a must have for anyone who spends more than 15 minutes in the sun doing whatever is their idea of engaging in some fashionably hip or relaxing outdoorsy fun.

Vichy’s Protective Oil ensconces a broad-spectrum, allergy-tested SPF 30 within a base of Fractionated Coconut and Grapeseed oil. Grapeseed contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help slow the process of aging, as well as bring anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe on the spot any raw, sun-seared skin from overexposure. Both work synergistically to retard the evaporation of precious moisture from within but without clogging the pores. This is just what’s needed for summer. For prudent measure,  you really ought to spritz the oil over shoulders or feet, which will likely be getting some incidental exposure with strappy dresses and sandals. Heck, go on and use the UV filters over hair to protect the strands from getting stripped in the ocean’s brindy-y water, as the oil will coat your hair and the SPF will protect. I did and it does really wash out with one shampoo rinse.

Beyond the delectable charm of its colour, the oil is quite hydrating and satiny dry oil, but blends within seconds. And, don’t be shy with your sprays as the more you use, the more you protect. Though fragrance is listed, it’s too subtle of a floral scent to even notice, which may be a good thing for those finicky noses. A bit chemically scented, fleeting at most, but that's just the SPF settling onto your skin.

Really, this oil is an unquestionably staple protectant for the body with its tech-y slant, whether you love oils or not. Where was it all along?

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity (1/10)