La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreens

I always talk about the importance of sunscreen in any anti aging skin care routine. And while you can easily get confused trying to sort through the myriad of brands sitting on drugstore shelves, one brand that I recommend and use most is La Roche Posay Anthelios. Unless you have very sensitive skin and must use physical blockers that contain only zinc oxide and titanium, this line will meet the sun protection needs of most individuals.

As a pharmacist, I’ve done my research and there are several reasons why I stand behind this line.

  1. L’Oreal, the cosmetics giant that manufactures La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreens, has invested years of research into developing its patented sun filtering system that includes Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) stabilized with Octocrylene and titanium dioxide. Mexoryl SX is water soluble and protects against short to medium range UVA rays, affording protection in the UV spectrum that is missing from many other sun filters. Mexoryl XL is its oil soluble cousin and it delivers protection from UVB rays as well as some UVA rays. Rather than any one ingredient being the key to Anthelios’ efficacy, it’s the combination of the two Mexoryl molecules plus the addition of the others that makes it work so well.
  2. Photostability. Clinical studies have demonstrated that the Mexoryl molecules hold up well when exposed to UV rays. Many sunscreen formulations degrade upon exposure to sunlight leaving you unprotected and prone to sunburn and other long term skin damage. In fact, studies have shown that Mexoryl retains its UV blocking ability for as long as 4 to 5 hours after initial application.
  3. La Roche Posay Anthelios formulations feel great on the skin. Many sunscreens feel thick, heavy and greasy. And while they might work, they feel uncomfortable, make you break out and often leave a white cast on skin. This can be particularly noticeable if you are not fair skinned. The Fluide Extreme formulation, in particular, is very light and can be used by all skin types with or without moisturizer every day.

Choose from a range of formulations developed for all skin types. Top selling La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreens include Anthelios XL SPF 60 Cream, Anthelios Fluide Extreme SPF 50+, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Crème and Dermo Pediatrics SPF 50+ Spray and Lotion. One of my favourite products is La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30. While not a sunscreen – it’s a moisturizer with SPF protection – it has a wonderful hydrating formula perfect for normal to dry skin types. Because it is a moisturizer and not a sunscreen it is ideal for daily use on days when you won’t be exposed to the sun for long periods of time.


Anthelios Sunscreens

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What Are Anthelios Sunscreens?

mexoryl sunscreens
Anthelios is a high end sunscreen product line of French cosmetics firm La Roche Posay. Anthelios sunscreens have been available in Canada and Europe for the last few years now. It still can be difficult to get in the USA but Anthelios has been approved by the respective governments’ drug agencies.

Anthelios is recommended by many dermatologists and other healthcare professionals it is now available to the USA.

What Makes Anthelios Unique?
La Roche Posay owns the right to the active ingredient Mexoryl (ecamsule) in their Anthelios brand. Mexoryl is a patented molecule that when combined with other sunscreen ingredients provides broad spectrum protection from BOTH UVA and UVB rays, a rarity among sunscreens. Most sunblock on the market only provide only one type of protection.

Multiple Formulations
Anthelios with Mexoryl comes in a range of different formulations. All sunscreens in the product line offer both UVA and UVB protection but options are provided that are geared towards:

  • moisturization
  • easy application
  • day or evening use
  • makeup base

Some popular products include:

Anthelios XL SPF60 - ultimate protection from damaging sun rays; Mexoryl SX, Mexory l XL, avobenzone, other unique sun filters gives you the ultimate SPF60 protection

Anthelios Lait - a nice light formulation that feels great on the skin

Anthelios S SPF30 - creamy formulation for everyday sun damage protection

Anthelios Spray - SPF30 convenient and fast application

Anthelios Face Stick - great for sports enthusiasts,lips, nose, ears, cheekbone protection in a handy stick that easily slips in your pocket

Check out the full line of Anthelios sunscreens on this page.


La Roche Posay Line

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La Roche Posay Cosmetics Line


La Roche Posay is a French skin care line world renowned for their quality and dedication to scientific researched products. Highly recommended by dermatologists, La Roche Posay creates products for all skin types.

La Roche Posay has formulations for these skin types:

  • oily skin
  • dry skin
  • combination skin
  • problematic and highly sensitive skin

La Roche Posay has its roots in a small French village in the Vienne region. That region is known for it’s thermal spring water that people have been using since the 17th century. In fact, the first European Thermal Dermatology center was founded there. And ever since, that special thermal spring water has been used to treat skin conditions. That thermal spring water is a main ingredient in all of La Roche Posay anti aging products.

La Roche Posay is famous for applying the most current technology and scientific advances in dermatology to develop skin care products that target the protection of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Mexoryl (ecamsule), a key ingredient in their sunscreen products was invented and patented by La Roche Posay. This highly effective component can only be found in their product lines such as Anthelios and Hydraphase.

La Roche-Posay treatments are formulated according to two fundamental principles: high standards and dermatological safety. The formulas are developed such that their concentration of active ingredients is very gentle on the skin, while remaining totally effective.

Find out more about La Roche Posay’s sunscreen and anti aging products like:

At, we carry the full line of La Roche Posay products not just one or two common items.