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La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Activewear Lotion Sunscreen SPF 60

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Activewear Lotion Sunscreen SPF 60 gets so much right but makes a major misstep with its aesthetics. So major, in fact, that we can't strongly recommend this otherwise decent formula.

First, the good – Anthelios Activewear Lotion Sunscreen SPF 60 provides the broad-spectrum sun protection it claims with synthetic-based actives. It lacks a robust blend of antioxidants to boost environmental defense, but it contains nothing irritating, and is fragrance free as well.

The issues with this sunscreen begins with its application – it's thick and somewhat difficult to spread. The bigger problem is apparent as soon as it dries down: it has a powdery finish that, while it does help absorb moisture as claimed, doesn't feel comfortable on skin. It also manages to have a noticeable white cast that particularly gathers in skin lines and folds, despite it not having any mineral sunscreen actives (which are known for their white cast). We suspect the white cast comes from a combination of perlite (a type of volcanic rock that has a powdery, slightly pearlescent look) interacting with the film-forming agents in the formula.

As if that wasn't a problem enough, the powder-like finish rubs off onto clothes and just about everything else you'll come in contact with, making it a huge mess.

It's a shame, because the sun protection and fragrance-free aspects are appealing, but with aesthetics like this, it's likely to discourage reapplication during longer days outdoors or after you've been perspiring.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 60.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Lacks a robust blend of antioxidants for environmental defense.
  • Difficult to apply, which is likely to discourage reapplication or daily use.
  • Has a chalky, powdery white finish that rubs off onto clothes and everything else.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Heavy-duty lotion rubs in with a dry touch and helps absorb sweat during outdoor activities.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%. Inactive: Water, Silica, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Perlite, Beeswax, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Diethylhexyl Syringydenemalonate, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, P-Anisic Acid, PEG-8 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum.

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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