A sunscreen that has been designed for acne-prone skin, what’s not to love? The Anthelios sunscreen is formulated to be a dual-action formula. The product should prevent breakouts and help with oil control – I should be in love! But now you see why I purchased this with gusto!
Some issues I typically have with sunscreen is the greasy and sticky texture that never goes away, on top of the grey/purple/blue/ashy cast. Looking at the ingredients, this seems to be a combination sunscreen (chemical and physical), and with a gel texture, l thought this might help with issues I fear in a sunscreen.
I generally buy facial sunscreen around an SPF 30, but this Anthelios sunscreen is SPF 50 – so I was looking forward to seeing how well this performed. I had never tried a 50 SPF sunscreen either so I was interested to see if extra protection did anything to the formula compared to what I was used to.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Imperfections SPF product claims
As you would expect, this product claims to have a high level of sun protection, which I can vouch for. The Anthelios sunscreen certainly did its job on several 30C plus sunny days with no hint of burning. I also did not experience the little milk beads of sweat on those particularly hot days – so gladly no embarrassment on that front!
The Niacinamide should help to control oil production; I’ve used this a few times and generally within a couple of hours my t-zone looks very oily. Using this product, you will probably be better off blotting quite regularly.
The salicylic acid is there to help control spots. I think as an ingredient, this worked pretty well – my skin has been relatively well behaved while using this product.
As with most La Roche-Posay products, it is formulated with the brand’s thermal spring water to aid hydration. I am not too sure if this is a gimmick, but this seemed to work just fine.
My final thoughts
As a sunscreen, the Anthelios this works brilliantly. I appreciate the gel texture, which makes it easy to blend in, and it leaves no cast at all. On the first application, this product leaves you with a radiant glow.
Being mainly a chemical sunscreen, I put this on before my moisturiser, which works fine.
My main issue with this product being, an hour or two after application and my t-zone looked like it’s been covered in oil! I found this was worse if I applied the moisturiser first! However, this might suit someone with a normal or dry skin type.
Re-application of this product seemed to magnify the problem (as you would expect). After a full day of wear, my skin just felt like it had lots of layers of claggy SPF on my face. A double-cleanse was needed to ensure that I got all of the product off of my face.
At the time of writing, you could purchase a 50ml tube of this product for £15-20 (Feelunique.com), this is one of those products where there are always good deals or offers on, so it pays to shop around.
While the Anthelios sunscreen works brilliantly at the sun protection bit, the oiliness I am left with after a relatively short amount of time makes this a hard pass for me. As already explained above re-application made the feeling of the texture of my skin feel terrible.
I can honestly say, after each day of wearing this product I was glad to wash it off at the end of the day.
To read about other sunscreens, I have tried you can click here to see my reviews.
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