La Roche Posay • Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 • Moisturizers
|Would buy this product again.||71%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Each time I attempted to use this, I woke up with sore, under-the-skin spots on my forehead the following day. If you are prone to facial KP, redness, and clogged pores, I would avoid this. It's fairly expensive in the U.S. at $35 from CVS or Ulta, but you do get a decent amount in the tube. I've switched to Philosophy's Hope in a Jar Oil-Free SPF 30 with better results.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I thought this sunscreen would be a good option for my dehydrated oily skin but unfortunately, it was too moisturizing and contributed to foundation oxidation.
I purchased this at CVS because they have a decent return policy. It was $35 before tax but I did use a 20% off coupon, which CVS offers pretty regularly.
I had read this product was very moisturizing so I skipped my own moisturizer and just went with the sunscreen. It was creamy and melted onto my skin nicely. When I used a full 1/4 teaspoon, which is the recommended amount for one's face, I looked like a white, greasy mess. Fortunately, the white cast went away after a couple of minutes and the sunscreen dried down decently to a semi-matte finish. Decently only because I felt the finish was a bit tacky even after several minutes.
While I had no problems applying any of my makeup on top of the sunscreen, my foundations oxidized more than I was comfortable with. I'm sure the issue had something to do with the sunscreen being so moisturizing and my skin already being on the oily side (even as it is dehydrated too).
Speaking of moisturizing, this is not a drying product in the least. I wore this sunscreen on a couple of cool days and I got oily pretty quickly. I did not experience melting foundation or anything drastic but my skin did feel uncomfortable.
While a high-PPD product, I would not say this is a tenacious sunscreen because I found that it washed off my hands fairly easy. I do, however, always use an oil-based makeup remover for anything I wear on my face.
One other issue I had with this product was that it contains avobenzone. I don't have an issue with the filter itself -- no breakouts or anything -- but I find that it is a bit of a headache trying to avoid unstable sunscreen combinations such as avobenzone and octinoxate. Not a huge deal -- just a personal inconvenience considering some of my foundations do contain octinoxate.
Overall, a nice high-PPD sunscreen for someone who isn't oily.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Ecamsule 2%, Octocrylene 10%.
Inactive ingredients: Carbomer 940, Carbomer Copolymer Type B, Cyclomethicone, Cimethicone, Edetate Disodium, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isopropyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Stearic Acid, Stearoyl Macrogolglycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Trolamine.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
Excellent moisturizer. It isn't greasy or tacky and leaves a semi-matte finish on my combination oily/dry skin. And it's comfortable to wear. Physical sunscreen moisturizers tend to feel dry on my skin. This doesn't. The SPF is low for outdoors but it works fine during the week when I'm indoors all day. I highly recommend this product.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I love this cream. I wish it were called a moisturizer instead of a sunscreen because I think more people would try it. It is my "go to" moisturizer. I don't know of another brand that has Mexoryl sunscreen in it. Mexoryl screens out damaging rays better than creams with higher SPF's. You can read a more in depth review at http://www.anniesnuggets.com/2011/04/second-best-sunscreen.html
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I have dry/dehydrated combo skin that can break out from spf or moisturizers. This is the best I spf moisturizer I have found and I have been on the hunt! It feels so light. I put it on my husband's hand and he hates spf and won't wear it. He was impressed and couldn't feel it. Rubs right in fast and leaves no white cast. It is very light feeling - not greasy. There is zero sting or temporary redness, which I some times get from other chemical ss. I really like putting it on, as opposed to can live with it, as it protects and softens my skin. Too bad it's not 30 spf, but the protection is said to be excellent. I can use it around the eyes, with no irritation or watering. It is expensive, but they tube seems like it would last a long time. I wouldn't say it has zero shine though. Some days I do have more shine. It does have silicones, so if they clog you or you have oily skin it might not be for you. I found it soothing and protecting on my dryish skin out in the wind and cold. It's very simple and the that is the beauty of it - so few ingredients to create problems. Another plus is that it has no added fragrance. It does have a mild spf smell from the ingredient. The smell fades fast! I have been looking for a light weight, no-clogging, oil-free spf moisturizer. It goes on thick and while it absorbs, it remains tacky. Feels like you have glycerine on. On my body, that be heaven. It's a bit sticky as a moisturizer. Can make my eyes water.
invisible - no white cast
softens skin and protects
great UVA/UVB protection
Only 15 spf
Leaves a shiny greasy finish, though light
Can make mu slide and adds shine
Update: having huge problems combing makeup and spf under in general, which they all do. Make seems to slide off more. If they are dewy they can more so. I love PC Moisture Boost 30 SPF for moisture and texture and it is stable and has AOX and my skin loves it. But this has better UVA protection. So I am wearing this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Brown
I hate sunscreen. It's smelly and usually feels awful on. That being said La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX (SPF 15) is the most tolerable. It has the least amount of odor and from what I researched the broadest range of protection without paying achingly high prices on European imports. It is an excellent light duty (non waterproof) sunscreen. I'm Fitzpatrick type V, so the SPF 15 is fine although I wish they would approve Mexoryl XL and some of the other European sunscreens in the US. I can tell it works because I can use my winter foundation well into mid summer if I am diligent in my application. The only negatives are 1) it can be a bit greasy in the summertime. This is easily remedied with a light dusting of powder. 2) It's on the expensive side. I usually stock up when I get a coupon or it goes on sale. Otherwise, A+ until something better comes along.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I bought this product after my dermatologist recommended it. She said it provides the broadest sun protection of any sunblock on the market in the US and said she uses it herself (her skin is gorgeous so I figured I would take her word for it). I have been using it every morning for 2 weeks and so far so good. I am a product junkie, so I have tried quite a few moisturizers... And I really like this product. It is a straight forward, semi thick cream... It is very moisturizing and has been nice under my makeup. I have mild rosacea and fair skin, and haven't experience any breakouts or irritation. Since my derm recommended it so highly (and looking at her as proof of its effectiveness) I will be sticking w it for a while looks like!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This has been a mainstay sunscreen for me for several years now. I have dry skin, and anything with a dry or matte finish (as a lot of sunscreens have) dries me out too much. This is like the polar opposite of that. It's not just a moisturizer; it's a cream, and incredibly emollient. When fully absorbed, it leaves a somewhat shiny finish, so you have to wear makeup over it (at least I do). I tend to wear a fair amount of it because I want the sun protection as well as the moisturizing benefits.
I would say it absorbs decently well. It's not the kind of sunscreen that you just smooth it on and it's gone--you have to work at it a little bit. On the other hand it does become fully absorbed and doesn't just sit on top of the skin. It has a really nice feel to it.
The price is a little high, at $10/ounce, but if you buy it with a 20% off coupon online or at the drugstore it becomes more reasonable, especially if it takes the place of two products for you (sunscreen and moisturizer). The packaging is OK, but I wish there were an easier way to get the last bits out. I always keep an empty 1/2 ounce jar on hand and when no more will squeeze out I cut the tube open with kitchen shears and scrape out what's left. It always comes to 1/2 ounce or more! That's $5 worth of sunscreen left in the tube.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
Did some research and found that this is the only mexoryl-containing product for sale in the US. (Mexoryl (ecamsule) is the ingredient that blocks UVA rays responsible for photoaging--it's also way more photostable than comparable sunscreens which is why it is so popular outside the states.) This contains a 2% concentration, and I'm not sure how much that is in comparison to other LRP products in Europe, but I am only looking for a daily moisturizer with good sun protection and not a heavy-duty sunscreen, so it works for me.
If this didn't have Mexoryl I would probably discount it as too heavy (I wear this under my powder foundation) but I'm willing to sacrifice a little bit for the extra protection. It takes 5-10 minutes to absorb completely before I can put makeup on over it, and after that I don't really notice the heavy feeling until later in day when my skin's gotten oily (with this on, it feels oilier than normal.) I don't notice any white residue and I've got a medium, olive skin tone.
This is pretty expensive (for me) costing around $35 dollars for a 3.4 oz tube. I bought it at CVS when they had a $10 extra bucks rebate. It will also last quite a while as I only use a dime size for my entire face.
Overall not a bad product if you're prioritizing sun protection in your search for a daily moisturizer.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I've tried dozens of sunscreens over the years (chemical and mineral--you name it), and this is the best. I had some mild sun spots for years that had resisted retinol, glycolic acid, peptides, etc. I went through a whole jar of Clinique Even Better SPF 20, and it brightened my skin a little but didn't reduce the spots or even out my skin noticeably. Then I switched to Anthelios SX. A couple weeks later, I noticed that my skin was looking more even. It got more even over the following weeks, and now, a few months later, my sun spots are much diminished. I believe this product simply protects from UVA rays more effectively than other sunscreens, and that is all a sunscreen needs to do to improve one's skin.
It is a bit sticky, but also highly moisturizing. Happily, it's gentle enough that I can use it around my eyes, although it will sting if it actually gets in my eye. But I work out and sweat a lot while wearing it, and it doesn't travel into my eyes.
As others have reported, it can cause breakouts. It gave me small pimples here and there for weeks, but the improvement in my skin tone made me want to use it anyway, and eventually the breakouts stopped. I have only moderately acne-prone skin, however, so I can see that this product is not for everyone. But if you can tolerate it, it's a very effective sunscreen.