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I must admit I wouldn't ordinarily use Factor 50 suncream on the kids, Factor 30 is fine for the weather we get here in England as I think it's important to allow some of the sun-rays to penetrate through to their skin and provide much needed Vitamin D. Obviously it's a balancing act though as children's skin is so delicate that we, as parents, need to make the judgement call as to the factor required on any given day - enough to stop ANY sun damage from occurring, but not so much that you block out the goodness of the sun completely from their skin. This week it hasn't been so much a judgement call as an 'oh poo, the sun is shining and we don't own a single sunscreen' - Charlotte to the rescue with a bottle of La Roche Posay Anthelios Extreme Fluid which she received in her Glossy Box a couple of months ago, Factor 50 is much too high for her olive toned skin so she thought it would be more suitable for her blonde fair skinned younger siblings.
The sun cream is more of a thick milk than the lighter textures you may think of when you see the word 'fluid' to describe sun protection products, it doesn't smell of anything other than general creaminess and the consistency feels airy but dense at the same time on my fingertips. It dispenses out of the bottle easily with the bottle itself being squeezable so you can help it on its way, I haven't had any issues with getting the fluid out of the bottle thus far and don't envisage any problems once the bottle has become emptier either due to the fact that it slips out so freely. I think really it's a facial sun cream as (amongst the French on the bottle) I can decipher that it will help to prevent sun damage spots from occurring on the face, I checked with my pharmacist (who happens to be French Canadian) and was advised that it would be fine to use on the kids bodies as (and I quote) 'Factor 50 is Factor 50 whatever format it's in' - he then reiterated what I already knew regarding the use of very high factor sunscreen and sent me on my way, confident I was doing the right thing for my two youngest children at the very least.
The fluid dries (or sinks in, whatever sun cream does) very quickly, making it ideal as a facial sun cream and also ensuring I'm able to fully apply it to my two year old son's body before he manages to wriggle away. As I rub it in the fluid disappears so there's really an element of pot luck as to whether every square millimetre of skin is covered, it's easy enough on Hollie and David as I can apply a blob and sort of swirl-rub it into their skin to make sure they receive a thorough coating - not so simple when you're applying it to the back of a six foot bloke who won't stand still for long enough to check all areas are covered! It leaves their skin neither greasy nor dusty feeling, in fact within a couple of minutes of application their skin both looks and feels as if it's free of any product at all - neither of the kids have experienced any irritation from the fluid, indeed Hollie says she likes the sensation of the fluid being rubbed into her skin and has shown a preference for this compared to the Avon Kids suncream my mum uses when she's at her house.
I'm confident the suncream works as for the past four or five days we've had a minor heatwave in the Midlands and although both Hollie and David have been hot and bothered due to the intense heat, neither of them have burned or suffered any redness/sore areas whatsoever. I checked and double checked this with Hollie as she's been wearing cute little summer dresses with spaghetti straps, at one point her shoulders were starting to look a little pink but again I realised this was down to how hot Hollie was rather than any sun damage - the area wasn't tender or sore, just very warm and as soon as she came into the house she went back to her normal skin colour.
Obviously you don't just apply the fluid and forget about it for the rest of the day, I reapply roughly every two hours and have instructed the staff at David's nursery to do the same because there's very little shade in his playground. Hollie applies her own at school and I've attempted to drill into her the importance of reapplying at lunchtime (after I apply the first lot at around 8.30am) - this is a little longer than I'd like personally, but short of campaigning for longer break times there's not a lot I can do about this as if I insisted she apply at morning and afternoon playtime she'd end up losing quite a lot of her outdoors time due to the kids at her school only having fifteen minute breaks. The fluid obviously needs to be reapplied after getting wet (whether this is full on swimming or simply water play) and also if the kids have been running round and are particularly sweaty.
Our 50ml bottle of La Roche Posay Antihelios 50 fluid is lasting reasonably well considering I'm using it on two kids regularly and my older two are dipping in and out of it too, it's hard to gauge how much is left but the bottle feels more than half full at this point after over a week of use and I'm confident it's going to get us through the current spell of very hot weather. At £16.50 (Boots price) for a 50ml bottle it's not horrendously expensive so even if I decide to go back down to a Factor 30 next time (depending on the weather) I'm probably going to stick to a La Roche Posay sunscreen, I've heard some Glossy Box members received a cream version of the Factor 50 which I fancy trying so will possibly look out for that one next.
First of all, does this sunscreen protect your skin?
Yes, it's great. The SPF50+ is great - it protected the sun-sensitive patches on my face for 4-5 hours each application, and really reduced the look of sunspots.
Is it easy to apply?
Yes it is. Give it a shake before each application, and the milky fluid really slips onto your face.
And at £16.50 (sometimes with offers if you buy from Boots), it's not unreasonably priced.
But still, only 3 stars. This is because I usually use Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (SPF 50+) and, when you compare this product and the Biore product, the texture is similar - both leave your skin feeling very silky (not sticky at all).
However, leave it on for 1-2 hours (with sun exposure), and La Roche-Posay starts blotching. There are visible white patches all over, which is all the more obvious on darker skin types. Sadly, this is not to do with the application procedure. I've had the same problem with all La Roche-Posay products. It really starts leaving white traces unless you rub it in so thin that my sun-sensitive spots are not getting the protection they need.
I am intolerant of fragrance especially on my skin in hot weather. I had tried virtually every product on the market and finally came accorss this product and the wider la Roche Posay range whilst on holiday in southern Spain many members of my family are allergic or intolerant to many things and over the years we have realised that the primary cause is Perfume and fragrances and some of the propellant chemicals used in them . This product works 100% my family havent had a single skin problem on holiday since we began using this range it is more expensive than most other sun products on the market but if you had ever spent 7 days laid on your hotel bed in Mexico with the curtains closed a wet towel on your chest and the air conditioning on full blast you would wish you had bought it. Our skin isour largest organ and as such it absorbs almost everything you put on it. recently whilst working in scandinavia I discovered that the wearing of fragrances has been banned in some Government buildings in consideration of those who react adversly to their presence for me inhaling someone elses fragrance is as bad a s passive smoking. Putting fragranced products on your skin leads to an accumulation of toxins in your lymphatic system and preliminary investigations indicate there may possiibly be a link to some forms of skin and breast cancer.
we have recommended this produt to many of our freinds who all now use it on a regular basis.
If you care about yourhealth consider this excellent product and other items from the range.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios is said by many to be the best sunscreen in the World. I am always skeptical about such claims, but when I hear that something is said to be that good - I must try for myself!
I bought this facial sunscreen after doing some research online (along with a tube of body sunscreen). I suffer from a condition called PMLE (Polymorphic Light Eruption) - my skin is intollerant to UV rays and I have to take an antihistamine before I travel to a sunny climate. I have to wear sun-block and cover up completely (yes, it's pretty miserable folks!).
My skin in very sensitive and sometimes these sun lotions can be a real irritant and make the problem worse.
During my research I found La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL range which specialises in a suncare range for sun intolerant skin. It contains no parabens, it is fragrance free, non-Comedogenic and water resistant. It contains an ingrediant called Mexoryl SX or Mexoryl XL which is a new filter system which contains Senna Alata extract, a natural cell protector.
What I noticed about this product was that it wasn't 'sticky' or 'heavy' it almost melted into the skin. I applied it half an hour before I went into the sun (I used this as a base for my makeup also with no problems). It did it's job, and my skin did not react badly at all - this truely is a miracle. For me this is life-changing. I used to get painful spots on my hands and feet which spread accross my body, they were a painful and made me feel like everyone was staring at me- now, when I wear this sunscreen I don't suffer!
I have used La Roche-Posay's cleansers, toners and moisturisers before - and I know from experience that they are a quality brand. All their products use spring water from the ancient spa town of La Roche-Posay in France.
To give a little bit of a background into the company: "Legend has it that Bertrand Du Guesclin, high constable under the reign of Charles V, discovered the La Roche-Posay springs on his way home from Spanish campaigns at the end of the 14th century. He stopped at the spring to quench his thirst. His horse, which suffered from eczema, plunged into the water and came out cured".
If you have normal skin, I still would reccommend you buy this sunscreen just for the protection value and the non-sticky feeling on the skin. It is also recommended by many dermatologists (info can be found on their website). They also do a great range for children and babies.
It is a very costly brand, but I feel it is worth it's weight in gold. Anthelios XL SPF 50+ costs £15.00 for 50ml, and you can find it at many good pharmacies.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme / Minimum chemical filters, non-comedogenic. A fluid, non-greasy, invisible texture. Water resistant / All Anthelios products are Paraben-free and non-perfumed to reduce the risk of intolerance / With Mexoplex, Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX to provide the highest broad spectrum sun protection available against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays / Contains Thermal Spring Water, which has hydrating, soothing and softening properties / Anthelios efficacy has been demonstrated via clinical studies carried out in-vivo on patients suffering from sun intolerances, particularly those caused by UVA rays / Anthelios products all have a high PPD (Persistent Pigment Darkening) factor, offering one of the best protections against UVA offered by any brand in the world / The efficacy has been proven by an unrivalled file of 16 clinical studies carried out by world-renowned expert dermatologists / The brand was also the first laboratory to use Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX and the first to use photostable UVA filters in its sun protection.