La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Review

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Review

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…

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  1. Laura b
    May 14, 2014 / 3:19 am

    I think sunscreen is also the product I'm most lax about applying, which is terrible because I live in Australia. I've always wanted to give this sunscreen a try though, thanks for the review 🙂

    • Sandra
      May 14, 2014 / 6:48 pm

      It's definitely worth trying! I was paranoied about not applying enough sunscreen when I was visiting Australia. I kept seeing skin cancer clinics around every corner! 😀

  2. Laura Neuzeth
    May 14, 2014 / 4:15 am

    That sunscreen looks fantastic! I didn't get to try it out in France and I think this specific one isn't available in the U.S. so I'll have to check if I can get it in Mexico once I finish my Avène sunscreen.

    • Sandra
      May 14, 2014 / 6:49 pm

      It's amazing! Perfect for us makeup wearers! 😀

  3. Adjusting Beauty
    May 14, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Jaz tudi uporabljam to in sem prav tako navdušena:) Všeč mi je, da je tako tekoča in poleg tega še za občutljivo kožo – nič iritacij. Res super:)

    • Sandra
      May 14, 2014 / 6:50 pm

      Ja, res je odlična! 🙂

  4. MissGreenEyes
    May 14, 2014 / 10:57 am

    I'm fanatical about sun cream, I found the LRP range the best last year when we had the heatwave here in Ireland. I will definitely get some of this to have on hand!

    • Sandra
      May 14, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      It's amazing! I hadn't tried any higher priced sunscreens before, but now I see I was really missing out.

  5. Anamika
    May 15, 2014 / 7:17 am

    I never go out without sunscreen and this seems like a good option

    • Sandra
      May 18, 2014 / 11:50 am

      It's definitely a smart thing! 🙂

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