Beauty,  Body,  Skincare

Vichy Ideal Capital Soleil Summer Picks

I like to support local as much as I can, but one thing I’ve hardly ever gone the local route on is sunscreen.

Way before the Carte Blanche CANSA-gate report, my dermatologist told me to not use local brands, as they were not legally required to be tested for effectiveness, stability and protection. Thus my love for European sunscreen brands like La Roche-Posay, Piz Buin, Eucerin and Vichy.

Today I’m going to run you through my favourites from the Vichy Ideal Capital Soleil range for this season. All of the products in the range have good UVA and UVB protection – vitally important when choosing a sunscreen. An easy way to remember which one does what is UVA = Aging and UVB = Burn, so UVB damages the top layers of your skin, while UVA penetrates deeper and does damage that sometimes is only seen years later.

For body, I love the texture of the Fresh Hydrating Milk (available in SPF 30, 50+) (from R370) as the formula contains hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate the skin. It also contains vitamin E for antioxidant protection.

Mattifying Corrective Care Anti-Blemishes SPF30 (R265) is what I like to use on my face because, while I don’t have oily skin, it can get a bit greasy when I wear sunscreen, especially when I’m reapplying regularly. This formula contains a host of anti-inflammatory and mattifying actives to treat imperfections while you’re wearing it. I love a multi-tasking product at the best of times, but this one really is fabulous. I do find that it tends to pill a little under makeup, so this is one where I’m just going to be outdoors all day, when makeup isn’t on the agenda.

And finally, for Jools, I use the Kids Gentle Spray SPF50+ (R320) because it has extra UVA protection, to protect from long-wave UVA (very damaging to baby skin), as well as being super water-resistant. It applies easily, blends well, and most importantly, doesn’t leave her skin super sticky.

There are 19 products in the range, so get down to a Clicks or Dis-chem store to see which ones will work best for your summer sun protection needs.


  • Prof Michael C Herbst

    I could hardly believe it when I noticed that you are under the impression that sunscreens are not tested locally. Have you ever taken the time to check the sunscreen section in a pharmacy or general shop? Please do so and look for the CANSA Seal of Recognition. Sunscreens must comply with the SANS regulations and evidence must be provided to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in order to use the CANSA Logo on a product. CANSA is a leader as far as this is concerned. We also test independently (at random) sunscreens bearing the CANSA Logo to ensure that they are compliant.

  • Rouge Beauty Girl

    Hi Professor

    Thank you for the information. I am aware of the above, but as I say in my post “they were not legally required”. I’m not stating that they are currently not tested. What I was referring to was the Future Cosmetics controversy and their non-disclosure clause they enforced.

    As you’re here, could you confirm how many labs are currently able to test sunscreens in South Africa? Are we still only relying on two, as was the case when this happened?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,