Wednesday, 11 June 2014

La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL Melt In Cream


For a very long time, I was completely in the dark about sunscreen. Shock horror considering that I was born and raised in Australia where the sun is notoriously bright and dangerous. I got into sunscreens quite late, only using a moisturiser with SPF20 in my very early 20s. And this was after I started noticing freckles on my face! Ever since then, I've been trying to educate myself on sunscreens whilst hunting for the best one for my dry/sensitive skin.

For me, I think it's important to wear a dedicated sunscreen considering that blemishes show up much more visibly on my pale skin.

I've come across quite a few sunscreens but I've yet to find something that's made me want to go out and buy it in full size. At my wits' end, I went out on a whim and bought La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL SPF50+ Melt-in Cream.

Why do I say I went out on a whim? Because La Roche Posay's Anthelios line is a bit of a cult product and, as I've mentioned before, cult products rarely work for me!

Most people go for the XL SPF50+ Extreme Fluid which is designed for oily and combo skin types. But I opted for the melt-in cream because it is more for dry skin types. To be honest, both sunscreens felt and finished relatively the same on the back of my hand. It wasn't until I layered some foundation on the swatches in store that I noticed that, on my skin, the foundation on top the fluid seemed to be drier. On the other hand, the melt-in cream seemed to hold up foundation quite well.

The Melt-in cream has quite a few attractive selling points. It has a broad, photostable UVA/UVB protection - meaning that it won't break down when exposed to light and it will also protect against sun related damage that causes aging and burns. The formula is also water resistant, fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic which is great news for sensitive skin users. It also has low nickel levels and is enriched with La Roche Posay's Spring Water, which all help to minimise irritation.

A little goes a long way when it comes to this sunscreen. The texture is on the thicker side and so I prefer to take my time patting it into the skin.

It definitely takes awhile to 'melt' into the skin and it is a pain to use on busy mornings when I'm in a rush to leave because it does leave my face looking white/gray. The white cast does take time to face and so it's difficult for me to immediately ascertain the amount of foundation/coverage I need for that day. 

I'm slowly getting the hang of it but sometimes it can be really, really annoying!

I've also noticed that, on days when I have not moisturised my face enough, it will finish slightly drier and look powdery if I don't wear foundation on top.  

Considering these issues, I actually sometimes run out without it! I end up relying on the SPF15+ in my foundation which is not a great idea for long days outside.

But what I really like about this sunscreen is that I can wear it around my eyes. Other sunscreens tend to get into my eyes and sting them like mad. Luckily, this one doesn't do anything like that!

Also, the finish is surprisingly not greasy. It feels a bit oily at first but, once I pat it in, my face doesn't seem to mind it. Having said that, this is definitely not for anyone who doesn't have super dry skin. I can't even imagine myself using this during the Summer.

I bought this from Priceline and I have to say that one of the concerns I have with this sunscreen is the use by date. On the box it says the expiry date is July 2015, whereas it says July 2016 on the actual product. I think that I'll be through with the sunscreen before 2015 but it does make me curious as to what went on there...

That aside, this is a good sunscreen considering the level of protection it provides. I have used this during sensitive skin periods and I haven't had any problems to date. I also like the thicker texture during the winter months and how it doesn't sting my eyes. The latter is definitely a winner for me!