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 patented by their parent company L’Oreal. 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 so they aren’t particularly powerful or potent anyway.
On the plus side, this sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and has a texture those with normal to very oily skin will appreciate. In fact, if you don't mind that shortcoming, this is a good option to consider when used on top of an antioxidant-rich serum to boost your skin's free-radical defense.
Had this formula not made much ado about its antioxidant load, it would have easily made our highest rating for a sunscreen. Unfortunately, we have to judge it in part based upon its marketing claims, and it doesn’t “walk the talk” when it comes to providing a superior antioxidant boost, and what antioxidants are present are at the end of the ingredient list.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening.
- Sheer fluid feels light and applies easily.
- Despite claims on the label, this contains a small amount of antioxidants.
- Contains alcohol denatured, although its position in the ingredient list (and the ingredients it is listed behind) pose little potential threat for skin.
Sunscreens That Lack Antioxidants: While this sunscreen goes the distance in terms of providing broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, a high SPF rating and unique aesthetics (making it one you’ll actually wear and apply liberally every day), it lacks a comprehensive array of added antioxidants. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants, when formulated into a broad-spectrum sunscreen formula, boost its effectiveness in defending your skin against UV and other environmental free radicals (Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, 2004 and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012).
Thus, if you decide to try this sunscreen, we would strongly recommend you layer it over a well-formulated antioxidant rich serum. Serums are available in water-light textures for oily or combination skin, or hydrating formulas for normal to dry skin. Wearing one under your sunscreen every day will pay dividends in defending your skin against free-radical damage and inflammation that destroy the skin’s ability to heal, remain healthy and firm over time (Journal of Pathology, 2007 and Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012).
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