La Roche-Posay – Anthelios XL Suncream
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Haven’t we been having the loveliest sunny weather recently here in the UK? I’ve loved waking up to sunshine, and it’s also given me a great opportunity to test out these 50+ SPF suncreams from La Roche-Posay. Designed for sensitive and sun intolerant skin these Anthelios XL products contain very high protection from both UVA and UVB rays (UVA rays are the ones that age our skin, and UVB rays are the ones that burn us).
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid* was the first of the two suncream products that I tried out. It’s really light, almost like a liquid so you have to be careful you don’t drip any when you’re applying it, plus it’s tinted a dark brown colour although the colour doesn’t look quite so dark once you’ve applied it. It feels a bit like a BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream) once you’ve applied it to your face, although with it being so light in texture you would still need to apply a foundation product unless you’ve got almost perfect skin (and let’s face it, none of us have!).
I have just been applying it with my fingers then smoothing it around my face. As it’s so fluid it spreads out easily and doesn’t leave any streaks or lines… just make sure you blend it really well around the jawline.
You could use this product all over your body but I’ve just been using it on my face. I have quite fair skin which tans well as long as I’m not out in the sun for too long, but I do suffer from photosensitivity on my chin and around my mouth – this means that my skin reacts to the sun and I come out in lots of little white itchy spots – so I always try to wear a good SPF on my face to prevent this from happening.
A strong SPF is always good too if you suffer from pigment patches on your face. This can often occur around the eyes after exposure to the sun, and is common in pregnancy.
The only thing I’m not keen about this Tinted Fluid is the shape of the bottle with its asymmetrically placed lid… I’m a bit OCD about symmetry so it strikes me as a bit odd to have the lid at once side of the bottle!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream* is the second suncream product. This one is a white cream that looks like any other regular suncream, but once it is applied to the skin it dries with a non-sticky matt finish and doesn’t leave any white marks either. This makes it great for anyone with combination or oily skin, it doesn’t leave your face looking like an oil slick! And if you used it on the beach I’m guessing you wouldn’t end up with sand stuck to your skin too!
If you are applying make-up on top of this suncream it provides a nice smooth matt base for your foundation to sit on and doesn’t leave your face looking shiny.
The tube is easy to use too, just open the flip-top lid and the product just squirts out of the nozzle at the end making it easy to dispense the correct amount.
I think out of the two products this Dry Touch Gel-Cream is my favourite and it’s the one that I’ve been using most over the past sunny week.
Overall I would say that SPF50 is probably a bit higher than I would wear on my face all year round, however when it is sunny these Anthelios XL products really come into their own. Remember, there is no safe way of natural tanning… I would much rather have a pale face and have to apply a touch of bronzer than have premature wrinkles, dark pigment patches, a burnt nose or sun-caused allergies, and these protective suncreams help prevent all those.
These aren’t the cheapest suncreams you can buy, but if you’re just using them for your face or other sensitive areas then they’ll last a while, and personally I’d rather pay that bit extra to know that I’m helping to keep skin cancer at bay…
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid SPF 50+ is priced at £14.45 for 50ml, available from Escentual.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+ is priced at £14 for 50ml, available from Escentual.
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