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**Why I want the product**
Since my first encounter with La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30 Extreme Fluid, I knew this would be a brand for sunscreen I would be using for a long time. Only now am I coming to the end of the SPF 30 Extreme Fluid, I was pondering whether I should re-purchase the same product or go for a different one in the line that cost the same but for 200mls instead of 50mls.
**About La Roche Posay?**
La Roche Posay are located in France and owned by L'Oreal. They are the only brand to offer a wide range of sun protection for different skin types, such as sensitive and sun allergy prone skin, sun protection for everyone, oily skin with imperfections and sun care for children.
Their sun protection offer high UVA and UVB protection, fragrance free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, which means it will not block your pores. In fact La Roche Posay's sun protection is recommend the most by European dermatologists and to top it off they own an ingredient called Mexoryl.
**What product did I pick?**
I selected Anthelios SPF 30 Spray. Anthelios range is their high protection range. Anthelios has been designed for skins that are sensitive and skins that suffer from sun allergies. It is also recommend for my skin type oily with imperfections.
Anthelios is their SPF 30 range and comes in a range of formulas such as, Fluid, Melt in Cream, Spray, Velvety Lotion and Gel.
**What else is available?**
Also available are, very high protection, which is their SPF 50 range (Anthelios XL) and formulas include, Fluid, Tinted Fluid, Melt in Cream, Spray, Lotion and Stick.
Medium protection (Anthelios W), which is their SPF 20 range and comes in formulas such as, Fluid, Melt in Cream, Spray, Gel and Velvety Lotion and finally
Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics, which is a SPF 50 and SPF 30 range for children's delicate skin. Formulas include Lotion, Aerosol Spray and Spray.
**About Anthelios SPF 30 Spray**
As with all La Roche Posay's sun protection you will find they are all fragrance free, paraben free, lighter in chemical filters (easier to penetrate into the skin), non-comedogenic and water resistant.
SPF 30 Spray offers a photostable UVA and UVB protection. Ingredient Mexoryl SX and XL, more minimalistic dermatologically tested formula. None greasy, tested on acne prone skin.
It is said to be fast absorbing while drying to a matte finish, ideal for the whole family, easy to travel with and water resistant.
**How does this product work?**
Thankfully this sunscreen doesn't contain an ingredient called Avobenzone, which means this product is photostable. The main ingredient in La Roche Posay sun protection is called Mexoryl and this is the first and only stable sun filter designed to protect from short UVA rays.
Avobenzone is an ingredient used in some sun screens that absorb the full spectrum of UV rays; this is more known as broad spectrum. Avobenzone degrades when sun light hits it giving you less protection over time, which doesn't make it good for a sunscreen of any factor.
**What does photostable mean?**
Sunscreens are known to be photostable when the UV filters inside the product do not break down once exposed to direct sunlight unlike Avobenzone.
The active ingredient in sunscreens that protects you against the sun includes Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and Zinc oxide (ZnO).
**What is Mexoryl?**
Mexoryl has been known as the most affect FDA approved organic filter that is designed to protect you against short UVA rays. Mexoryl has a high photostability, which is the key factor in sunscreen for protection. This means the product will maintain a higher UVA protection ability longer and will not degrade when in direct sunlight.
**Why is Mexoryl so unique compared to other ingredients?**
When UVA and UVB protective filters we are first introduced to the market, they provided minimal protection against the sun rays.
Mexoryl protects the skin by absorbing the energy of the sun's short UVA rays. Mexoryl becomes highly energised by absorbing the energy of a UV photon. Mexoryl protects against UVA rays penetrating your skin.
SPF 30 Spray comes in a 200ml opaque white bard plastic bottle with a spray nozzle. The front sees writing in black, orange and blue, which gives the product a clean feel without dressing it up to be a brilliant product with a fancy bottle. The front tells you the name of the product and what SPF you will receive. It tells you this product is also for sun sensitive skin.
The back of the bottle states who this product is designed for and will expire 12 months once opened.
**What is the formula like?**
Spraying some product onto the back of my hand I am delighted to see it is almost the same consistency of the fluid I was previously using, but even better as the spray is slightly more runny white still being white in colour. Smearing it around my hand the product feels very light and sinks in quickly, however I am left with a slight sticky feeling that I hope won't be the same once applied to my face.
**Applying the product**
As with all sun care protection you apply to clean dry skin 30 minutes before sun exposure and repeat every two hours and apply after swimming.
Shaking the bottle gently before spraying some product out onto my fingers I applied a good amount to my face, paying special attention to the corners of my eyes where crows feet develop, the tops of my cheeks where I am prone to redness, sensitivity and of course broken capillaries.
The product felt so light like a serum and easy to work with without constant rubbing. I was left with a slight white cast that disappeared within a few seconds as the product sank into my skin.
Normally when I have applied the fluid I am to wait until it sinks in until I can apply a mattifying primer to tone down the shine, I was absolutely surprised to see I did not even need to apply a matte product this time. My 'matte' face lasted a good part of the day with only a light dusting of powder was needed.
**How did it feel through the day?**
While out in the sun, whether it was a hot day or cloud day I never felt like my skin was burning or becoming damaged. As I applied the product in the morning and applied makeup, I did not reapply throughout the whole day and still felt like my skin was being protected.
My skin never looked shiny either with makeup on and my makeup never slid off my face thorough the day.
My skin always felt moisturised and able to breath. I have never been so impressed by sun protection.
A month of application and I am still impressed with the results from this product. I never awoke to find my skin had developed little bumps where the product clogged my pores like other SPF's I have tried in the past.
Although I have been out in all weathers I have not noticed anymore broken capillaries and my skin looks less red on an evening, which goes to show it is working its magic for me.
I have had this product for over a month and because so little is needed I have hardly made a dent in the bottle and I am applying all over my facial area, neck and chest area when wearing a low cut top.
**Price and availability**
I bought my product from chemistdirect.co.uk for a magnificent price of £18.99 for 200ml.
**What I think about it/do I like it?**
I cannot stress enough how much I love this product, and I cannot believe I am saying this but I prefer the spray SPF 30 than I do the Fluid SPF 30 due to the product being so light while still moisturising and not leaving me with a greasy feel.
My skin has never become irritated nor have I never broke out from using this product every day. The redness on my cheeks have calmed down and I feel my skin can breath without all the clogging ingredients in a lot of sunscreens.
Another good thing about this particular product is it can also be used on the body unlike the Fluid as that is designed for the facial area. This product is also great to be used by the whole family.
**Would I purchase again and recommend?**
I would not have a problem recommending this product and the rest of the La Roche Posay sun protection to anyone. I think the range of sun protection is second to none with no nasty formulas that block pores or leave you looking like you've applied lard all over your face and body.
As you can guess I would purchase this product in a heart beat.