This is a thin-textured lotion that provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening. The water-resistant formula is silky and easy to apply, but we should note the antioxidants L’Oreal boasts about on the label are barely present.
What’s good about this formula is that it is fragrance-free (something we wish all L’Oreal products mimicked) and it doesn’t have the thick, occlusive sunscreen feel many people (rightfully) dislike.
Best for oily to combination skin, and for the price, this is one of the better options at the drugstore, especially if sheer and lightweight is the goal.
Sunscreens That Lack Antioxidants: While this sunscreen goes the distance in terms of providing broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, a high SPF rating and unique aesthetics (making it one you’ll actually wear and apply liberally every day), it lacks a comprehensive array of added antioxidants. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants, when formulated into a broad-spectrum sunscreen formula, boost its effectiveness in defending your skin against UV and other environmental free radicals (Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, 2004 and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012).
Thus, if you decide to try this sunscreen, we would strongly recommend you layer it over a well-formulated antioxidant rich serum. Serums are available in water-light textures for oily or combination skin, or hydrating formulas for normal to dry skin. Wearing one under your sunscreen every day will pay dividends in defending your skin against free-radical damage and inflammation that destroy the skin’s ability to heal, remain healthy and firm over time (Journal of Pathology, 2007 and Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012).
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Protect skin with patented long-lasting UVA/UVB protection. Beautify skin with multi-action anti-oxidants - Vitamin E & White Grapeseed - to provide multi-layer protection. Ultra Water Resistant. Ultra Sweat Resistant. Oil-Free. Non-Pore Clogging. Dermatologist Tested. Sheer Lightweight Feel. This ultra-lightweight lotion is instantly absorbed with no greasy residue - leaving skin silky soft.
Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%) Water, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Trisiloxane, PEG-8 Laurate, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylparaben
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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