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La Roche-Posay

Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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It’s interesting that La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 sunscreens do not contain Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), the UVA-protecting active ingredient that their parent company, L’Oreal, has the patent on. Instead, Anthelios 60 contains avobenzone for UVA protection. The big thing with this lightweight, matte-finish lotion is the claim that it contains powerful antioxidants. It does contain antioxidants, but only two—vitamin E and Cassia alata leaf—and they are barely present. This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and has a texture that those with normal to very oily skin will appreciate, but it doesn’t “walk the talk” when it comes to providing a superior antioxidant boost.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion with Cell-Ox Shield is a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. This fast absorbing, sheer-finish sunscreen lotion provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level. It's excellent for use outdoors and at the beach. The advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 60 is a unique association of photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer-lasting protection, with advanced efficiency against UVA rays. Anthelios 60 also uses a powerful anti-oxidant complex called Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Trisiloxane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin

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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