Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray

by La Roche-Posay   Anthelios
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$35.50 - 5 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

Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, which is great news for your skin (think anti-aging) and your health (sun damage goes deeper than skin). The formula is dispersed through a sprayer, which makes it a bit easier to apply in hard-to-reach areas of your body. The lightweight, silky lotion feel dries down to a non-greasy finish that is suitable for all skin types, but those with oily skin will particularly like the ultra-light finish.

The formula contains antioxidants (albeit very small amounts) to boost skin's environmental defenses, and it's labeled very water-resistant, so it's ideal for water sports or outdoor activities. Unlike many other sunscreens in spray form, this doesn't contain alcohol or other skin irritants, but be aware that some people may be sensitive to the non-mineral sunscreen ingredients, especially in the eye area. If that's not a problem for you, this is a great option to consider for face or body.

Note: Despite claims that this is fragrance-free, the formula actually contains a fragrant plant extract, but it is present in such a low amount that it isn't cause for concern.

Pros:
  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection and is rated very water resistant.
  • Lightweight silky lotion dries down to a non-greasy finish.
  • Sprayer makes application easier for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Contains antioxidants to boost skin's environmental defenses.
Cons:
  • Some may find the sunscreen ingredients sensitizing around the eye area.
  • Not truly fragrance-free as claimed.

Active: Avobenzone 3%,Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Oxybenzone 6%. Dimethicone, Water, Isododecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trisiloxane, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Flycol, PEG-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, P-anisic Acid, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Propylene Carbonate

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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