Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face
At one point, the Anthelios sunscreens from La Roche-Posay were all about the UVA sunscreen ecamsule, better known as Mexoryl SX. This sunscreen skips the ecamsule and provides UVA protection with avobenzone. That’s fine, but what’s interesting is that not too long ago, L’Oreal, the company that owns La Roche-Posay, was denigrating avobenzone in favor of Mexoryl SX! Why they’re now using avobenzone is a mystery, but as far as this sunscreen product is concerned, it’s an overall dud. The base formula contains too much alcohol (alcohol causes free-radical damage, dryness, and irritation) and far too little of the beneficial extras (like antioxidants) you should be looking for in sunscreens. You’ll get broad-spectrum sun protection, but that’s about it. There are far too many sunscreens available that do not contain alcohol and that do contain antioxidants for you to waste your money on this poorly formulated product.
Ultra light sunscreen fluid for face with breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, provides a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level.
La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance
L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.
That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!
For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.
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