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Sunday, May 17, 2015

My In-Depth Review of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

It’s sunshine time in most areas of the US. In Florida its lets burn my skin of as the sun tries to kill us time. I thought this would the perfect time to review a sunscreen I just started to use. So, I now present my review of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (and the crowd goes wild). 

I’m pretty new to the idea of skincare. I really started this journey because I was tired of my Rosacea. Even the prescription medications were not working, and after having cancer I wanted to expose myself to as little medication as possible. I’ve done a lot of research on sunscreens and decided to try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. 

From the La Roche-Posay website:

Anthelios 45 Ultra-light Sunscreen Fluid has been formulated with Cell-OX Shield™ technology, an exclusive combination of: 
  • UVA and UVB filters to provide Broad Spectrum protection.
  • A powerful Antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.
  • All Anthelios sunscreen have been formulated for optimal skin tolerance.
  • Water resistant for 40 minutes

Active Ingredients
Avobenzone 3% (sunscreen) • Homosalate 10% (sunscreen) • Octisalate 5% (sunscreen) • Octocrylene 5% (sunscreen) • Oxybenzone 6% (sunscreen).

Inactive ingredients
Water • Cyclopentasiloxane • Alcohol Denat. • Silica • Dicaprylyl Ether • Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer • Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate • Dimethicone • Cyclohexasiloxane • Polymethylsilsesquioxane • Nylon-12 • Dicaprylyl Carbonate • Phenoxyethanol • Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone • Sodium Chloride • Caprylyl Glycol • Methylparaben • Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate • Disteardimonium Hectorite • Disodium Edta • Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate • Cassia Alata Leaf Extract • Maltodextrin • Dodecene • Poloxamer 407

If you’re interested in a breakdown of the individual ingredients here is a link to COSDNA, which has the information.

General impressions of the product
The smell is like any other sunscreen but it does dissipate pretty quickly. When they say ultra light fluid they are not exaggerating. You cannot feel the product on your face and instead of being thick when you dispense it the product has the consistency of water. I actually didn’t expect this and dropped some all over my pants the first day I put it on. 

I’ve worn this product in two ways – Just casually doing errands and outside working in my garden (so sweating up a storm). 

It worked perfectly under my makeup for daily running around and special events. I had no application problems and it did not change the texture of my products. I will say that I went a little crazy the first time I used the sunscreen (it’s so light) and put too much on. When I went to rub it in I did noticed that it pilled a little (like rubbing off dead skin) but I’ve gotten used to the consistency and I haven’t had that problem since correcting the amount I apply. 

I used it before gardening and of course I did not put on makeup. I was sweating and it did not burn my eyes (of course it got in my poor eyeballs). I also reapplied the sunscreen twice while I was outside and there was no buildup and I did not get sunburnt (score!). 

After washing it off
No irritation! Usually sunscreen irritates my face. At the very least my cheeks will get red and I’ll have some small pimples. They’re Rosacea pimples so they’re little red bumps more so then the traditional pimple. I had none of this. Even after sitting outside and gardening my face had no reaction to the sun or the sunscreen. I have used this product for two months without any signs of irritation (sometimes it takes awhile for me to see irritation) so I am saying its irritation free for me. 

I love this product and it is now part of my daily face routine. It’s a great sunscreen for any skin type but for those of us with sensitive skin or rosacea who have been searching for a non-irritating sunscreen it’s perfect. 

What sunscreen products do you use?


  1. I love the Anthelios line, they are the best sunscreens I know! I have the tinted version and it's so light on the skin and yet sooooo effective, it's the best!

    1. I have not tried the tinted version. Looks like I'll be making another purchase. :D