Thursday, September 20, 2012

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

I got to try a whole slew of sunscreen products throughout the summer. As it draws to a close, I need to make note of the better-performing items of the bunch. One such is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (which I will be referring to simply as Anthelios 60 throughout this review).

By all means, I think that this sunscreen product competes remarkably well with the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection SPF 55 that I have been buying for the last few years. In fact, I think that Anthelios has, at this point, outperformed my beloved Neutrogena as a facial sunscreen to use with or without makeup on.

The La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is fast absorbing and has a matte finish. It provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and contains the brand's Cell-Ox Shield which boasts a mixture of sun filters and antioxidants. It is reasonably water-resistant and is recommended for outdoor or beach use. However, I think that it's excellent for use under makeup as well. Because the skin laps it up really quickly, it's easy to put liquid foundation over it. There are no tell-tale white marks. Even when worn without any foundation on top, any residual whiteness goes away rather quickly. I've found myself preferring this over any other facial sunscreen product now. What makes it different from the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection SPF 55 is that it hasn't made my eyes sting. I also like the addition of antioxidants into the formula. It is fragrance-free, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

Years back, when news of the instability of most sunscreen products in the face of actual sun exposure became massive, La Roche-Posay's Anthelios line made waves. It was one of the few brands that dermatologists earmarked as photostable. The other two were Lancome for their products that contained Mexoryl and Neutrogena whose sunscreens were endowed with Helioplex. I remember though that I stopped myself from trying out Anthelios because I thought it ridiculously expensive for something I'm going to buy at a CVS. I still think that it could be priced lower but there are ways to pay less for it.

Current deals: If you're a member of the CVS Extra Care Beauty Club, you could print a $10 coupon that can be used on any Healthy Skincare Center purchase. This includes brands like Vichy, Lierac and La Roche-Posay. The coupon is valid until Monday, September 24th. Check your email for the link. CVS is also giving out $10 extra bucks for a purchase of $30 or more from the Healthy Skincare Center (select products only, see CVS weekly ad) until Saturday, September 22nd. If your CVS is like mine, you're likely to find $5 coupons taped to La Roche-Posay shelves as well. The coupons are usually stackable.

If you prefer to buy directly from La Roche-Posay's website, there is an ongoing promotion for 20% off any order $75 or over with coupon code START.

I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try Anthelios 60 because it's now the facial sunscreen that I use most often. I've gotten a closer look at the Anthelios line and am going to try Anthelios SX to see if the creamier formula would suit me better. Anthelios 60 is meant for normal to combination skin and if I'm to use it in the colder months, I'm definitely going to need more moisture. (Nothing wrong with applying a moisturizer before the sunscreen but if I can get away with just one step, why not?) Anthelios 60 is packaged just like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection SPF 55 and I'm beginning to wonder if maybe a pump dispenser might be more suitable. But as for performance, I think it's a solid choice.

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