Anthelios Demo-Kids SPF 60 Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF 60 Sunscreen is sold as being gentle for kids due to its texture; however, from a formulary perspective, this broad spectrum sunscreen isn't different from countless others marketed to adults. This isn't a bad water-resistant sunscreen, but it's not special for kids, either.
A big issue that keeps this fragrance-free sunscreen from being as kid-friendly as it seems is the blend of active ingredients. Ideally, sunscreens for kids should only contain the gentle mineral actives of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This one's use of only synthetic sunscreen ingredients rather than mineral poses a greater risk of being sensitizing if the child gets it in their eyes or on fingers and then rub their eyes.
The lightweight lotion applies easily and although it might seem pricey, you're getting twice the amount most other sunscreens provide. Still, the overall formula isn't what we'd label "splurge-worthy" or best for kids.
The CELL-OX SHIELD® mentioned in the claims is supposed to be a mix of antioxidants, but those are in very short supply—and research has shown that a sunscreen with a robust mix of antioxidants is better for skin of any age compared to a sunscreen without antioxidants. Disappointingly, this sunscreen contains more denatured alcohol (the kind that hurts skin) than antioxidants!
See our list of Best Water-Resistant Sunscreens for kid-friendly options whose formulas are more impressive than this.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight lotion formula applies easily.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn't distinguish itself as being better for use on kids.
- Doesn't contain the gentlest active mineral sunscreen ingredients.
- Comparably low amount of antioxidants.
- Contains drying alcohol denatured (albeit not in a high quantity).
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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