We believe that "La Roche-Posay Anthelios - Face and Body Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50" can provide reliable sun protection based on the ingredients listed. It can protect from both UVA and UVB rays. This is great news because not all sunscreens with SPF ratings give UVA protection. (UVA rays do not cause sunburn, but still damage our skin and lead to early aging).
Like all broad-spectrum sunscreens, this product has an anti-aging benefit.
It is a mineral sunscreen. It uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for sun protection. Both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide almost never irritate even the most sensitive skin and eyes, but can leave a white cast.
This formulation includes some common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide a benefit for the skin. We assess the overall irritancy of it to be low. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here
You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.
What our users sayBased on 1 review 100% recommend this product
- When it comes to comedogenicity, the reviewer found that it does not clog pores.
- As for the white cast, it did not leave a noticeable white residue for the reviewer.
- When it comes to using this sunscreen under makeup, the user found that it pills under a foundation.
The product retails for 31.99$ in the United States.
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Promise: Sun protection
This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.
It is a mineral sunscreen. In other words, it contains non-organic UV filters. It will probably not sting your eyes but might leave a white cast.
This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.
Other benefit: Anti-aging
This product can help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.
Other benefit: Evens skin tone
This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).
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Other benefit: Exfoliation
This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: capryloyl salicylic acid.
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Ingredients & concentrations
- capryloyl salicylic acid
- caprylic/capric triglyceride
- titanium dioxide
- Vitamin E
- zinc oxide
- +2 more
|Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin|
|A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant|
|45% - 55%|
|Plain old water|
|6.4% - 7.9%|
|Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth|
|5.1% - 6.3%|
|Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent|
|4.8% - 5.9%|
|Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness|
|3.6% - 4.5%|
|Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients|
|3% - 3.7%|
|Helps oil and water mix together|
|2.6% - 3.1%|
|Helps water and oil mix together|
|2.1% - 2.6%|
|Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin|
|1.7% - 2.1%|
|1.3% - 1.5%|
|Helps soften the upper layer of the skin|
|1.4% - 1.7%|
|Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin|
|1% - 1.3%|
|1% - 1.2%|
|Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH|
|0.5% - 1%|
|A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products|
|0.9% - 1.15%|
|Used to stabilize mixtures of oil and water, and create thicker, gel-like product textures|
|0.95% - 1.15%|
|Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture|
|0.75% - 1.15%|
|Used to stabilize the product formulation|
|0.75% - 1.1%|
|A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation|
|0.7% - 1%|
|Is used to add opaque (non-transparent) appearance to formulations. Can be used to coat other ingredients for even dispersion. This is a different ingredient compared to the ones used in antipersperants (aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate)|
|0.7% - 1.05%|
|Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient|
|0.55% - 0.8%|
|Used to help evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in a formulation|
|0.16% - 0.32%|
|0.5% - 0.75%|
|A type of clay that is used to thicken the product consistency|
|0.6% - 0.9%|
|The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products|
|0.5% - 0.7%|
|Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation|
|0.4% - 0.65%|
|Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself|
|0.35% - 0.65%|
|Helps preserve products. Can mask unpleasant smell. Could be irritating|
|0.3% - 0.55%|
|0.25% - 0.5%|
|Used to create a thicker product consistency|
|0.2% - 0.4%|
|Stabilizes the product formulation|
|0.25% - 0.45%|
|Is used to dissolve other ingredients and create nice product texture|
|0.25% - 0.45%|
|A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin|
|0.1% - 0.2%|
|Might have some anti-oxidant properties. Can be used as a fragrance. Can be irritating|
|0.1% - 0.2%|
|Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil|
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