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.

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