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La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreens - Opinions?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:58 am    Post subject: La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreens - Opinions? Reply with quote

I suppose I am creating this post since I have noticed that quite a few people on here have either tried Anthelios sunscreens or are currently using one. I know several have tried different formulations of theirs as well.
I really am interested from hearing from orangehrzn about the Dermopediatrics line. I currently use the Lait Veloute in Spf 50+/PPD 33. It replaced the Aqua-Lait that was also 50+ with a PPD of 28. I suppose the main difference between the two is that the Lait Veloute is supposed to have a "velvety" texture while being water resistent and fragrance free.The Aqua-Lait was advertised as non-greasy and non-sticky - it wasn't! I don't really notice a huge difference between these two formulations. If anything the newer formulation is less greasy I would say. I apply prevage, wait 10 minutes or so, and then I apply my sunscreen. It absorbs really quickly and very well. I don't use any other topical.
The dermopediatrics line is supposed to be non-greasy, so I was interested in trying it. I do not know why it is 12 dollars more expensive at zitomer, but it is, so I wanted an opinion first. Orangehrzn - what is the PPD rating on your sunscreen? Are you still using it? Do you have any guess at why it is their most expensive sunscreen?
Also...the active ingredients in the Lait Veloute are Mexoryl Xl, SX, Titanium Dioxide and Octocrylene. Pardon my ignorance, but what what type of sunscreen is Octocrylene? I would appreciate anyone who could explain how it works and what it interacts with if they know. I thought it might just be another name for avobenzone, but I looked around and didn't read anything that connected the two ingredients. One sight said it was an organic compound.
So yes, anyway...anyone interested in answering the questions I have thrown out or if you are just interested in talking about your likes or dislikes of anthelios products and which ones you have tried would be appreciated by me. And I thought it might be somewhat helpful now that Mexoryl SX is now quite popular in the U.S. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I no longer use Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics spray SPF40 PPD18 (by La Roche Posay).

The two major grips I have with it:

That spray looks 'matte' only if you apply too little. The recommended 1/4 teaspoon on whole face is about 10-12 pumps on my bottle, and at that amount it is NOT matte.

Another thing I didn't like is the TiO powder in it. In hotter weather your sweat and sebum mix with the screen and create more even layer but in cooler weather the sunscreen tends to setlle in faint lines and emphase them. In general I don't like such powdery foundation look at all.

I switched to all chemical sunscreen (Piz Buin) which is still shiny (even their lightest 'oil-free' version but I mattify it very successfully with Monistat powder gel on top. Piz Buin doesn't contain powders so no problem with that. Also it is not irritable to my sensitive skin, it keeps skin hydrated (contains glicerin) and has antioxidant (vit E).
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