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Review - LA Roche Pasay Anthelios

Review: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Spray

Review: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Spray

Hi guys, today we’re going to talk about this new sunscreen I’m going to be using this summer: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Spray.

About La Roche Posay
La Roche Posay is French skincare brand and prides itself for working with tens of thousands of dermatologists and work relentlessly to bring clinically tested results through their skincare (and hair products). Like Avene and Vichy, they base their concoctions on their iconic spring water. You can check out my reviews of La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ and La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche Soothing Protective Cream here.

The best way to use it

I was instantly attracted to La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Spray because this one is in the form of a spray. The last good SPF spray was Shiseido which was discontinued shortly after I fell in love with it.

Coming back to Anthelios XL, it’s very easy to use, just spray this on your arms, legs, back, massage it a bit and let it be. For areas like face and bikini area (if you’re heading to the beach), the brand recommends you first apply it on your hands and then use it–the reason being you may wanna avoid any accidents with your eyes etc.

What about sun protection?
 La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ pray provides both UVA and UVB protection. It says SPF 50 which is relatively higher and that makes it my go-to on sunny days in New Delhi or on my pending vacation.

OK, so basically I like chemical based sunscreens (like this one) unlike physical sunscreens or sunblocks that literally block UV rays. Instead of using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, they use Mexoryl SX and XL. These basically absorb the UV rays and filter it out and are better formulas (at least that’s what experts were saying the last time I checked).

My experience
First up, it’s not oil-based which is a huge relief. It is creamy but not in a gross, oily way. You apply it, and after 5 minutes, you don’t feel anything bad on your skin. According to the brand, this sunscreen has been designed keeping in mind people who are intolerant to the sun or like my sister, are allergic to sunblocks too. It’s fragrance-free too, so I suggest you do a patch test before applying it on your whole body.

It’s a bigger bottle than my last sunscreen (which was Dermalogica) but given that it’s a spray, it’s okay. I’ve carried bigger things in my makeup pouch and I am looking forward to carrying this around to the pool or the beach.


If you’re travelling with your family, you just need to carry this one bottle because it’s suitable for children too.


Lastly, is it waterproof?
Well, I actually haven’t been in the water with it. But if I remember my basics right, you’re supposed to re-apply the sunscreen every 60-120 minutes to avoid getting sunburnt.

It’s for Rs 2,300. It’s a little steep but I think it can easily last you for 2 years.

You can check out the product on Amazon La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Spray, 200 ml

Hope you liked this post!

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