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Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen
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1.35 fl. oz. for $39.99
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fragrance-free primer is silky enough to blend on easily, and the consistency is more like a lotion than a standard, serum-like primer. It wears well under makeup (but doesn't really do much to enhance it) and is best for normal to combination skin with slightly dry areas. Although this is really a daytime moisturizer masquerading as a primer with sunscreen, the formula offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection and includes some skin-beneficial ingredients, although not in a high enough concentration to get too excited about.

Pros:
  • Silky, lotion-like primer wears well under makeup.
  • Offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Could use more skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Pricey.
Claims

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen provides high UVA and UVB protection to prevent skin damage while giving you a smoother, more refined complexion. The non-greasy and fragrance-free formula leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky. Formulated for all skin types

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5% Oxybenzone 6%

Other: Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Talc, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica Silylate, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Diethylhexyl Sryingylidenemalonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin

Brand Overview

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers; anti-aging formulas tend to be stably packaged to get the most out of the air/light-sensitive ingredients; many fragrance-free options; a unique lip moisturizer; some praiseworthy specialty products.

Weaknesses: Some problematic, overly irritating exfoliants; several ho-hum moisturizers and sunscreens; ineffective skin-lighteners; disappointing toner.

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. Sound familiar? L'Oreal-owned Biotherm makes similar claims for the water in their products, yet their marketing niche is spas, while La Roche-Posay caters to doctors and consumers interested in effective, no-frills skin care. Regardless of the source of their water, or how many minerals there may be in it, or the other benefits they assert it has, water is water and skin can't tell the difference. Even if the water were somehow "special," it takes a lot more than water to create and maintain healthy skin. This is something La Roche-Posay is aware of, because they do offer a fairly broad range of products to address the various needs of skin.

Their thermal spring water is said to be a rich source of selenium. Selenium is a nonmetallic element that has potent antioxidant ability. However, almost all of the research surrounding its benefits pertains to dietary or supplemental consumption, not to topical application. According to the research, selenium is absorbed into skin and helpful when applied topically only when applied as l-selenomethionine (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2004, pages 149–155). It is unknown whether the water La Roche-Posay uses contains this form of selenium, but we wouldn't bank on it for a unique benefit.

For a dermatologist-oriented line like La Roche-Posay, most of the products are surprisingly devoid of state-of-the-art or other interesting ingredients. There are some standout products, such as those with retinol and stabilized vitamin C; however, most of them are one-note options that offer the help of their promoted ingredient but don't commingle it with anything else of value to skin. It's ironic that although there's not a jar package to be found in this line, most of the moisturizers lack light- or air-sensitive ingredients, so jar packaging actually wouldn't be a problem. In fact, most of the moisturizers are downright monotonous. For the money, these products will leave your skin wanting more.

If you steer your way to the well-formulated products La Roche-Posay offers, you will find some first-rate options. They're not as varied as what many other lines offer, but for a pragmatic, no-frills approach to serious skin care, they'll do just fine. In fact, among all of the L'Oreal-owned skin-care lines, La Roche-Posay comes closest to successfully competing with the best of the best. It's up to you to decide if "close" is good enough. However, if you need to avoid fragrance and a range of potentially irritating plant extracts prevalent in the products of many brands, this line may suit your skin to a T.

Note: La Roche-Posay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although La Roche-Posay does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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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08.26.2014
GREAT GREAT Product!

I had to write this review after reading Paula"s review. First, let me say that I think Paula is pretty spot on in terms of ingredients.I ALWAYS read what she has to say about a product and her review HIGHLY influences me. But I am learning she is not always in line with me on the things that i have tested & tried & love. So it is indeed subjective. This primer SS is the bomb! It blurs imperfections. Perfect for oily skin, mattifies. I use it on my 16 year old son to calm his red, acne skin

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