La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Protective Oil SPF50+

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Protective Oil SPF50+

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SPF 50
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • paraffinum liquidum
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • drometrizole trisiloxane
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • homosalate
  • octocrylene
  • +4 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

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.

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WIMJ summary

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.

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What does the product description say?
"The extremely high, broad spectrum protection helps protect against sun-induced pigment spots."
WIMJ summary

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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"With its non-sticky, invisible satin finish, it’s both comfortable to wear and moisturising."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: paraffinum liquidum, c12-15 alkyl benzoate.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: paraffinum liquidum

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
24% - 35%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
4.8% - 7.2%
A weak sunscreen that offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not offer meaningful protection against protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen. When used in low concentrations, helps to stabilize the product formulation
3.8% - 5.7%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
2.7% - 4%
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
2.8% - 4.2%
1.6% - 2.3%
Octisalate. A UV filter. It offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
1.8% - 2.7%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
1.6% - 2.3%
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
0.8% - 1.2%
Mexoryl XL. A UV filter. Effective in the UVB and UVA range. It is stable. Unfortunately, not approved in the US yet
0.9% - 1.35%
Uvinul T. A UV filter. Effective against UVB rays. It is photostable. Can increase water resistance properties of the sunscreen. Unfortunately, not approved by the FDA (US) yet
0.45% - 1.05%
Used to increase stability of product formulations
0.15% - 0.55%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.3%

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