La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen
5 fl. oz. for $35.99
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The cooling effect from this lightweight lotion is due to the amount of alcohol this contains along with the menthol derivative menthyl lactate. Both are skin irritants and make this water-like sunscreen lotion impossible to recommend.

On the upside, this does supply broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening; however, you can find many other sunscreens that offer this type of protection in lightweight formulas you'll wan to apply—no need to expose skin to the drying, pro-aging effects of so much alcohol. See our list of Best Sunscreens for today's top picks!

  • Light-as-water lotion texture feels elegant.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • The amount of alcohol adds to this product's light feel and fast dry-down, but it's also irritating and drying for all skin types.
  • Menthol-derived ingredient that provides the cooling effect is another source of skin irritation.
Last Updated:05.01.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Advanced protection that transforms to a refreshing water-like lotion upon contact with skin.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.24% (Sunscreen), Homosalate 8% (Sunscreen), Octisalate 2.4% (Sunscreen), Octocrylene 4.48% (Sunscreen), Oxybenzone 2.88% (Sunscreen). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Proprylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Menthyl Lactate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin.

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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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