Beauty Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ SPF

Even though we are heading into winter, our Autumn days have still been magnificent and the sun still really warm. This has definitely helped to remind me every day to apply my SPF and I have really enjoyed reviewing the sunscreen below. 

Sunscreen tip: Apply your SPF throughout the year!

History of La Roche-Posay

This brand dates back to the 17th century where the reputation of the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring began to spread. By the beginning of the 19th century, a thermal hospital was built at La Roche-Posay and in 1897 the site was recognised by the French Academy of Medicine. In 1975 La Roche-Posay Laboratorie Dermatologique was created with the brand set to be based on simplicity and efficacy and they seem to have achieved what they set out to do.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ SPF

This sunscreen is ideal for a normal to combination skin. It is lightweight, invisible, non greasy, non-comedogenic and great for sensitive skin too. It contains the highly acclaimed Thermal Spring water and has a very high, broad photostable UVA/UVB/Infrared protection.

Its efficacy as a sunscreen is thanks to its patented filtering system Mexoplex® combined with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. The water has a high Selenium content-Selenium being a powerful antioxidant, so assists with protecting the skin from free radical damage.

Sunscreen tip: Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure (and a good few minutes before foundation application)

If you are looking for an SPF that is just about everything “free”, you need to look no further- its paraben free, fragrance free, hypo-allergenic and dermatologically tested. It is also water, sweat and sand resistant (yes sand resistant! I didn’t know you got such a thing but there you go!).

Sunscreen tip: Reapply frequently after swimming, towelling and perspiring.

The cream itself has a slight yellowy colour but leaves no colour residue on the skin and has little to no smell. It is quite runny, so be careful when you squeeze this little bottle as it can come out quite fast! It does need a good shake before use (you will hear when you shake it that it has a little “ball” inside to help with the mixing of the product), otherwise it can look like it has separated a bit.

Image: The Puzzle of Sandras Life

It is a strangely shaped container (a thin rectangle) but surprisingly quite comfy to hold and it is also recyclable which is great, I personally prefer a flip up lid for a sunscreen but this one is a screw on lid.  It is a 50ml container which is a lovely size for a handbag, making reapplication throughout the day easier.


Stockists: Dischem stores and online for R245


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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