Sunscreen Sunblock Review: LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 40 SPF

Sunscreen Sunblock Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Suncreen with Mexoryl (US Version)

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Ecamsule 3%, Octocrylene 10%, Titanium Dioxide 5%; Other Ingredients: Carbomer 940, Carbomercopolymer Type B, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Edetate Disodium,Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isopropyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone, Eicosene Copolymer,Propyleneglycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Stearic Acid,Stearoyl Macrogolglycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Trolamine

This is a combination of chemical and physical sunscreen agents (see ingredients above); most are chemical.

  • Not greasy looking or greasy feeling
  • No break outs for me
  • Fragrance free
  • Allergy-tested
  • Broad spectrum protection (UVA and UVB)
  • Photostable – the Mexoryl makes the 2% avobenzone stable, which means it doesn't break down when exposed to UV rays (don't you think that's important in a sunscreen ;)

  • EWG rating of 2, but note that some ingredients receive 5 and 6: “Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES), Occupational hazards”
  • Too many chemicals
  • Too reflective, even with powder
  • Feels dry, so I have to wear additional moisturizer under it
  • Pricey at nearly $25 for less than 2 oz.
  • Application - a tricky product to apply: it's thick and white. The only way it worked for me was to rub it between my fingers to warm it then pat it on my face (not rubbing or trying to spread).
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Suncreen with Mexoryl (US Version)

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