Thursday, June 30, 2011

Anthelios La Roche- Posay Sunscreens

It's July 4th weekend and it's going to be hot, hot , hot. That  means sunscreen, sunscreen , sunscreen.

Awhile back I did my sunscreen expose ( The FDA has since finally updated the rules) talking about how much I love Mexoryl based sunscreens. I have always had people truck back some from overseas, but had not yet used one of the  few brands to use Mexoryl that can be bought  here- Anthelios by LaRoche -Posay.

Anthelios has 2  sunscreens with Mexoryl SX : Anthelios SX and Anthelios 40 .  A new addition to the Anthelios line is Anthelios 50, a 100 % mineral based SPF that also is great.

Anthelios SX  is a daily moisturizing cream with SPF 15.  This is much like a body lotion, only a bit heavier. There's no white cast and it sinks in fast. It has a nice light scent and is great for  everyday wear.

Anthelios 40 is a regular sunscreen cream with high protection . This one goes on thick  and has some white residue, but that easily blends in. I've been using this a lot , for daily use, and have not noticed any suntan getting through on my arms . Once you apply it , it doesn;t feel like anything is on .

Anthelios 50 Ultra Light Fluid  ( new) has 11% Titanium Dioxide  with a patent pending CELL-OX SHIELD™ formula that offers  antioxidants as well as SPF.  It's is a thin liquid that goes on very sheer. It dries fast and leaves behind a matte finish with little moisture making this a great choice for faces. It feels barely  there.

Each of these  makes a great SPF choice and I feel good having them all at hand. I try and use the Mexoryl ones everyday as they work and work well. Nothing does the job like Mexoryl.

La Roche Posay is dedicated to sun safety and continues this year with their  Save Our Skin initiative , which is a national awareness campaign encouraging daily sun safety. To that end they have a very cool iPhone app My UV Check.

Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen is $ 31.95 and you can get all of these at Walgreens, CVS  and


chatchien said...

Thanks for the information on the Mexoryl products. I am tempted to try one. But I have sensitive skin (and am not sure how it would affect my skin) and am also looking at zinc oxide sunscreens too.

I have found a place in NYC that purportedly sells Mexoryl XL, The Cure Shop in the US. What do you think of that? I've seen Mexoryl XL in Canadian Pharmacies, but this is a US Drugstore.

Well I'm still thinking about it, and I am going to have to decide very soon. Appreciate your efforts and information.

Beauty Alchemist said...

Hi Chatchien,

Anthelios says the new Mineral one is great for sensitive skin but that doesn't have Mexoryl. But they do also say their formulas are made to be good for all skins even the most sensitive. La Roche Posay works work with dermatologists,so it may be ok for you.

The Cure Shop looks good. The products look to be the real deal. Hadn't heard of this place before but now I want to check it out next visit :)

New London Pharmacy in NYC also lists them on site but more exp. I do know though, that it is a great store.

Good luck

Joanne said...

I'm a CVS beauty advisor and I've found both Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer and Anthelios 40 quite suitable for most people with sensitive skin. The great thing about the Healthy Skincare Centers in many CVS stores is that there's a beauty advisor there who can often give you a sample to try before you buy.

Beauty Alchemist said...

Thanks Joanne. I didn't realize CVS could give you samples.That's great to know. Thanks for the tip.