This sheer, tinted daytime moisturizer with sunscreen lists titanium dioxide as its sole active ingredient, so it provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection. The fact that it's also fragrance-free makes it a gentle option for those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin, too.
Sensitive or not, if you have normal to oily skin, you'll likely appreciate this product's thin, fluid texture and lightweight matte finish. It is definitely an intriguing option for those who find that most SPF-rated products feel too heavy or leave their skin shiny.
We wish the formula contained more than a trace amount of vitamin E (tocopherol) for antioxidant benefits. Research is clear that combining antioxidants with sunscreen gives skin a significant environmental boost and helps further offset the damaging effects of UV light.
Note: The amount of titanium dioxide in this product makes it a tricky option for those with breakout-prone skin; that is, the titanium dioxide may make matters worse. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to experiment and see how your skin responds. This product's warm tint completely eliminates the white cast high amounts of titanium dioxide can leave.
- Provides effective broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin.
- Fluid, silky texture is easy to apply.
- Doesn't leave skin feeling slick or looking shiny.
- Water-resistant formula is ideal for active people, but you still must reapply after perspiring heavily or toweling off.
- Amount of titanium dioxide is potentially problematic for those with breakout-prone skin.
- Contains only a tiny amount of vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
A revolutionary SPF with a dual-protecting formula. An advanced filtering system, featuring titanium dioxide, delivers long-wearing broad-spectrum protection while patent-pending Cell-Ox Shield combats environmental damage. The light texture dissolves instantly into the skin for a satin finish. Fragrance- and paraben-free, this non-comedogenic formula is water-resistant and is ideal for all skin types.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (11%) Other: Water, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Undecane, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Silica, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG-8 Laurate, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Benzoic Acid, PEG-9
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.