Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion

by La Roche-Posay   Anthelios
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$29.95 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/21/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

It’s interesting that La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 sunscreens do not contain Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), the UVA-protecting active ingredient that their parent company, L’Oreal, has the patent on. Instead, Anthelios 60 contains avobenzone for UVA protection. The big thing with this lightweight, matte-finish lotion is the claim that it contains powerful antioxidants. It does contain antioxidants, but only two—vitamin E and Cassia alata leaf—and they are barely present. This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and has a texture that those with normal to very oily skin will appreciate, but it doesn’t “walk the talk” when it comes to providing a superior antioxidant boost.

Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion with Cell-Ox Shield is a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. This fast absorbing, sheer-finish sunscreen lotion provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level. It's excellent for use outdoors and at the beach. The advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 60 is a unique association of photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer-lasting protection, with advanced efficiency against UVA rays. Anthelios 60 also uses a powerful anti-oxidant complex called Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Trisiloxane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin

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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