Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

In my mission to find a good facial sunscreen I read up on a lot of reviews and decided to try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It was the 2011 Allure Best of Beauty award winner for facial sunscreen. Here is some information on La Roche-Posay from there website:
A Powerful Dermatological Ingredient
The unique selenium-rich Thermal Spring Water at the heart of a small village in central France called La Roche Posay flows through La Roche-Posays skincare formulas.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water is the result of rainwater flowing over vast expanses of limestone rocks, natural reserves of the element selenium, and deep water over 20,000 years old, flowing through the deep sands of the Cenomanian period. Of the highest purity, and with an almost neutral pH, La Roche-Posay thermal spring water is protected from all pollution and not treated in any way until safely packaged.

The complexity and rarity of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water lie in both the stability of its ingredients, which maintains its high selenium content and the physiological balance of the skin.
Selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant protects cells from oxidative stress (one of the causes of skin aging) and plays a fundamental role in cellular preservation. It is used to treat numerous skin problems. 
I have read that you should use a sunscreen that offers a broad spectrum uva/uvb protection. And the active ingredient in this sunscreen is titanium dioxide which offers both uva and uvb protection. Because titanium dioxide is not chemical rather a physical sunblocker of uva/uvb it is good for sensitive skin. Such as mine!

All I'm looking for in a facial sunscreen is that it should be light, non-greasy, and non-whitening. This sunscreen is advertised as

  • High UVA protection & SPF 50 for outdoor use
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Photostable, long-lasting protection
  • Light, satin finish
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-free, PABA-free
  • Safe for Sensitive skin
  • Paraban-free
  • Water resistant
  • ...all of which are quite true from what I've experienced so far. But the main CON and reason I would probably not buy this sunscreen again is that it leaves the scariest white cast on my face. Lol. I look like a vampire. No matter how much you blend in it will leave you looking white in the face. It is a very light liquid and leaves a semi-matte finish, I think it would be a great primer. I suppose if you were fair skinned, like really fair skinned, the white wouldn't show so much but I have a medium skin tone. My shade is a 127 in Make Up For Ever HD foundation. Which is actually a light-medium complexion.

    This product retails for $32.95 on the La Roche-Posay website and I believe I've spotted them at local CVS's, but you can find this also on Amazon for $26 + free shipping.

    Overall, I would love this product if it weren't for the white face I get. Lol.


    1. You should try the tinted mineral sunscreen from la roche posay. I believe it is the same as this sunscreen except the tint cancels out the whitening effect.


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