Vichy Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water Review

Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water Review

Keeping my skin protected in both Bali and Jamaica this summer has been the Vichy Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water.

A unique oil in water consistency that feels light and softening on the skin, it gives my skin the SPF 30 protection it needs when I’m sunbathing while still enabling me to achieve a gorgeous golden tan. I always opt for the highest factors I can when it comes to sun protection, regardless of the country I’m going to. There’s a huge misconception that wearing a high factor stops you from tanning which is false, it simply stops you from burning and helps to reduce the risks associated with sun exposure, such as skin cancer and premature skin ageing.  Essentially, by wearing a high factor, you can stay out in the sun for longer before needing to reapply.  In a way, this can mean that you’ll use the product more slowly as you’ll not be using as much and can therefore save yourself money by not needing to buy as many bottles.  Of course, reapplication is always necessary after excessively sweating or swimming and towel drying but this formulation is great because it does have some water resistance to it.  The formulation sort of creates a barrier on the skin that water droplets sit on top of and sort of glide off, so if I just go for a quick dip or swim over to sit at the pool bar, I’m ok!

There are currently two formulations of the UV filter rich Vichy Solar Protective Water; hydrating and tan enhancing, which Vichy claim to have formulated as being safe for both the face and body.  I have the hydrating formula that’s enriched with hyaluronic acid and now that I’ve seen how great it is, the tan enhancing formula is on my radar to buy next as you all know much I love to look bronzed!

I first tried out the Solar Protective Water when I went to Bali back in May.  In the run up to my trip, I was kindly gifted a bottle to try out from Vichy and I loved using it that much while I was away that I bought a bottle for my boyfriend and I to use out here in Jamaica.  We’ve just got to the end of the bottle and I thought it was about time I give you my thoughts on it.

What we love about the Vichy Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water is the way it makes our skin feel hydrated and silky soft while being, most importantly, highly protective.  It sinks in really quickly which my boyfriend loves because he likes to be up and out in the mornings.

The formulation is unique and unlike either of us have tried before.  The inclusion of hyaluronic acid impresses me as this is a youth inducing ingredient that I look for in my skincare products as it helps to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Something that I really appreciate is that it has never stained my swimwear, towel or beach coverup which many, many other products have.

I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this SPF again and I’d certainly recommend it to you all to try out, especially as it’s dermatologically tested and suitable for even sensitive skin.

The hydrating formula is available from the Vichy websiteEscentualFeel Unique and Look Fantastic you can pick up the tan enhancing versions from Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert.

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Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water Review

What are your favourite SPF and Vichy products? I’d love to hear your recommendations!


  1. October 1, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Now this sounds like a really interesting sun screen. I find it interesting that it is an oil based water, it sounds like it would be quite easy to apply and I would be interested in giving it a try.

    • whatlauraloves
      October 2, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      It is Sarah, just spritz it on and go. The protection and the way it makes my skin feel is unreal! xxx

  2. October 1, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I have not seen this one before so glad read this review as sure going to get some .

    • whatlauraloves
      October 2, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      You’ll not regret it, one of the best SPFs I’ve ever tried xxx

    • whatlauraloves
      October 2, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Go for it, you’ll not regret it! xxx

  3. October 1, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    This sounds like a great SPF product. I haven’t tried many Vichy products but I will definitely check this out.

  4. October 2, 2018 / 11:20 am

    this sounds like it has a glowing recommendation – what a great product!

    • whatlauraloves
      October 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      It is indeed Rebecca, I cannot recommend it more highly, especially as its so effective at protecting the skin which is the most important feature! xxx

  5. October 2, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Sounds really nice I’d love to try this out next summer 🙂 x

    • whatlauraloves
      October 8, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      That’s awesome, hope you love it as much as I do xxx

  6. October 2, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I’m going away next March on one of my first summer/ hot holidays in a while so I need to check this out as I need to rebuy all my sun tan lotion etc x

    • whatlauraloves
      October 3, 2018 / 1:44 am

      Ooh yes definitely pick up a bottle for then. If you haven’t been on a hot holiday for a while, this SPF should give you great protection and help to prevent your skin from burning xxx

  7. ChelseaMamma
    October 3, 2018 / 8:34 am

    This sounds like a fab product, perfect for winter sun holidays

  8. October 3, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I always feel so much pressure when it comes to buying something that’s going to protect mine and my family’s skin! This sounds fantastic and really easy to apply.

  9. October 3, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Vichy products, but I’ve not come across this one before! It sounds fab though, so I’ll definitely be looking out for it next summer 🙂

    Louise x

  10. October 3, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Sounds great! Will definitely save it for next summer – if I’m lucky before.

    • whatlauraloves
      October 8, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      Absolutely! Vichy are a great brand. Do check them out and let me know if you’d like any more product recommendations xxx

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