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La Roche-Posay

Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 19.99
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La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is among the better options for daily sun protection you'll find at the drugstore. We wish it were a bit more impressive, but it's still worth considering, especially if you apply an antioxidant-rich serum beneath it.

This moisturizer comes in a convenient opaque plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. The product inside is somewhat creamy, but not overly thick, spreading easily across skin. It sinks in quickly while still feeling moisturizing and setting to a slightly dewy finish (for this reason, it's best for normal to dry skin) without feeling greasy or heavy and the SPF 30 is stellar.

In addition to the sun protection, this also includes some skin-replenishing and skin-soothing ingredients to boost skin's barrier as claimed, and it's fragrance free.

If fact, the only quibble we have with this is that La Roche-Posay skimped on antioxidants. Not only does this group of ingredients have anti-aging benefits, but they also help boost sunscreen's effectiveness and help defend skin against the harmful effects of pollution.

That aside, this is still a good option for daily sun protection (provided you're also using skincare products such as serums with added antioxidants), and for the amount you get, the price is right, too.

Pros:
  • Absorbs quickly while still feeling moisturizing.
  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Includes skin-replenishing and skin-soothing ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional antioxidants.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Daily oil-free facial moisturizer to help restore healthy looking skin and protect against damaging UV rays. This Double Repair Moisturizer with SPF 30 works in two ways. Replenishes moisture for all-day hydration and helps restore skins natural protective barrier.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%. Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Silica, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Ceramide 3, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Glycine, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, T-Butyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol.

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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