La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Review
Sandra Tuesday, May 13, 2014
In the light of the Melanoma Awareness Week that is currently going on in my country (more information about it here), I'll be talking about sunscreen today. I have to admit, I didn't always do the best job at protecting my skin from the sun. When I was younger, my skin turned very dark every summer and never got sunburnt, so sunscreen was the least of my worries. As I got older, though, my skin became more prone to burning, and sunscreen and I have taken our relationship to the next level. During the summer, I'm wearing it everywhere, all the time, but during the colder months, when my skin rarely sees daylight, I tend to leave it have its winter rest until our Val Thorens spring break skiing trip. This is when the sunscreen becomes my best friend. If you don't have it by your side 24/7, on the altitude ranging from 2300 to 3200 meters while you're having fun on the snow, you're basically screwed. You wouldn't believe what the combination of sun and snow can do to your face on such a high altitude. I see people walking around with literally burnt faces every single year. And I'm not even talking about the horrendous lobster effect. They look even worse! So, the moral of the story is, wear sunscreen!
The one that I've been wearing this year is La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL Ultra-light Fluid sunscreen with SPF50+ that arrived in my mailbox just in time for my trip to France. I can definitely say this is the best face sunscreen I've used so far. Not only did my skin stay free of burns, but the product also felt very comfortable to wear. The cream is very liquidy, so it is very easy to apply, sinks in fast, and the best thing about it is that it doesn't leave a white residue or a tacky feeling, which makes it perfect to wear under makeup. Nobody can tell you're wearing sunscreen! It is also water resistant and suitable for sensitive skin, because it contains soothing thermal water, and is free of perfume and parabens. As it doesn't contain perfume, the scent is quite weird, I have to admit. I don't know how to describe it, but it doesn't smell pleasant to me. Having said that, I wouldn't say it smells particularly bad either, so it's not something I can't live with. And now lastly, the packaging. I love it! It doesn't come in a tube but in a small-ish plastic container with a lid that doesn't leak out any product. It is certainly very handy, about the size of my hand (no pun intended). I could easily fit it into my ski jacket pocket. Bingo! As you can tell, I'm head over heels with this face cream and I would definitely recommend you to get one for yourself. I can certainly see a repurchase on the horizon...