How to Choose Anthelios Sunscreens

We get calls every day from customers asking us how to choose the Anthelios sunscreen that’s best for their needs and why La Roche Posay’s Anthelios is such a great product. With so many sunscreens on the market today, these are valid questions. There are reasons why dermatologists recommend Anthelios to their patients and why discerning customers choose it over many other sun products and in this post, we’ll explain just that.

How the Sun Damages Skin

It’s important to first understand how the sun’s rays can cause skin damage. The sun is made up of shorter length UVB rays and longer length UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for tanning and sunburns. UVA rays, on the other hand, penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to wrinkles, premature aging, allergic reactions and some types of skin cancers. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection that a sunscreen delivers. As of yet, there isn’t an official, international standard for measuring the UVA protection of a sunscreen. However, it’s taken that a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen will deliver adequate protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

The Anthelios sunscreens that we stock at PhaMix contain the ingredients Mexoryl SX and/or Mexoryl XL, which offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. When combined with other effective sun filtering agents such as titanium dioxide, avobenzone, octocrylene or Tinosorb S, for example, Anthelios delivers excellent protection against UV rays. Many sunscreens on the market only deliver UVB protection, so while you may not get a sunburn, you aren’t protecting yourself against skin aging and skin cancers. The Anthelios formulations are also highly photostable, meaning they don’t degrade when exposed to sunlight, thus preserving their protective properties. Studies have shown that Anthelios maintains the majority of its sun filtering capability even 24 hours after initial application.

If you’re not already convinced about the benefits of choosing Anthelios, consider this: Anthelios is luxuriously formulated into cosmetically elegant lotions and creams that feel great on the skin. The finish and texture are made to be wearable every day.  That’s why many of our customers return to PhaMix to buy Anthelios.

Here are a few of our most popular Anthelios products with benefits and features to help you choose the one that’s right for you:

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 60 COMFORT CREAM (100ml/3.4 oz)

Benefits:

  • Fragrance free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Smooth, non-greasy texture and velvet finish for face and body
  • With Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters
  • Water-resistant (up to 40 minutes in the water)
  • Fast-absorbing

Suitable for:

  • Extreme exposure to sun
  • Sun sensitive skin such as those with fair skin or rosacea
  • Protection for healing scars
  • Individuals at risk of hyperpigmentation (melasma, oral contraceptives)
  • Face and body

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50 LAIT VELOUTE (250ml/8oz)

Benefits:

  • Water-resistant (up to 40 minutes in the water)
  • Paraben-Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • With Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters
  • Large value-sized tube

Suitable for:

  • Face and body protection
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sun intolerant skin

 

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 60 ULTRALIGHT LOTION (150ml/5oz)

Benefits:

  • Now in larger size
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Dry touch finish
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and other sunscreen filters

Suitable for:

  • Sensitive skin
  • High sun exposure
  • Face and body

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ ULTRALIGHT FLUID AKA FLUIDE EXTREME (50ml/1.7oz)

Benefits:

  • Best- selling lightweight fluid
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fragrance-free
  • Very water resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and highly coveted Tinosorb S as well as other sunscreen filters
  • Ultra-light, velvety finish

Suitable for:

  • Combination to oily skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sun intolerant skin
  • Extreme sunshine intensity
  • Daily facial wear

ANTHELIOS XL SPF 50+ BB CREAM (50ml/ 1.7oz)

Benefits:

  • Optimal UVB and UVA protection (twice stricter than the European recommendations for sunscreen)
  • Tinted for naturally fresh and luminous finish
  • Formulation contains antioxidant Biacalin for extra UV protection
  • Very water-resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Tested under dermatological control
  • Contains Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and highly coveted Tinosorb S as well as other sunscreen filters

Suitable for:

  • Sensitive Skin
  • Medium to olive tone skin
  • Sun intolerant skin
  • Extreme sunshine intensity

Still not sure?  Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help!