I started using LaRoche-Posay sunscreens after buying into the hype in magazines (no doubt to keep their advertiser L’Oréal , which owns LaRoche-Posay, happy) about the introduction of Mexoryl SX to the U.S. While Mexoryl SX is more stable than avobenzone, another chemical sunscreen, it protects only from UVA rays, not UVB rays. Visit Paula Begoun’s web site for more information about Mexoryl SX.
I use LaRoche-Posay sunscreens only on my face, because they are pricey. Curiously, none of the LaRoche-Posay sunscreens that I’ve tried have Mexoryl SX as an ingredient. So much for hype. I used Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, and thank goodness that it didn’t have the petroleum odor that Smashbox’s primer with sunscreen had.
After I finished the tube of Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, I switched to Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. While I’m still using Anthelios 60 and liking it, I’ve loving LaRoche-Posay’s new Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50). It’s lightweight, and I honestly believe that it’s improving my skin. For those who seek a matte finish, I suggest that they put something like Mally Beauty’s Face Defender over the serum.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 cost $42.50 US for 1 fl.oz., so keep on the lookout for discounts.
Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%(sunscreen) Homosalate 9.60% (sunscreen) Octisalate 2.88%(sunscreen) Octocrylene 5.38% (sunscreen) Oxybenzone 3.46% (sunscreen)
Inactive ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine