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La Roche-Posay

Hydraphase UV SPF 20

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 35.99
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The best part about this daytime moisturizer for normal to oily skin is its in-part avobenzone sunscreen. The base formula, while it does have a silky lotion texture, doesn’t treat skin to much beyond the basics. Almost all of the antioxidants are listed after the preservative, and as such don’t count for much. Still, this provides great broad-spectrum sun protection and works well under makeup. The tiny amount of plant oils is unlikely to be a problem for blemish-prone skin (although those with very oily skin may want to avoid this product). Contrary to claim, the active ingredients plus the inclusion of fragrance do not make this safe for sensitive skin. Those with sensitive skin would do better using a mineral-based (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) sunscreen that is fragrance-free.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Intense and long-lasting 24-hour hydration for dehydrated skin with SPF 20 to protect from harmful UV rays. Light non-oily fluid that is safe for sensitive skin. Hydrates and helps defend against UV rays that may contribute to skin damage while delivering long-lasting 24-hour hydration.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Polysorbate 61, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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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