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Skin Care Review: L'Oreal Solar Expertise 50+ (Mexoryl)

by Jennifer Quinn, Los Angeles, CA US


Great ultra sunblock for rosacea

Takes awhile to rub in. Relatively expensive.

I've been reading about the advantages of Mexoryl sunscreen products for many years now (at least four years) but as I live in the US, I didn't know where to get products with this active ingrediant. Such products are sold over the counter in so many nations in Western Europe and Canada. So on a trip to London last winter I purchased several different brands of Mexoryl sunscreens including the L'Oreal Solar Expertise 50+. The label says "specially for sun intolerant skin" and "with Regenerative Activa-Cell". I have no idea what "Activa-cell" means. But because of my rosecea, I do have sun intolerant skin and so far I have been happy with this product. I live in Los Angeles and am out in the sun constantly. Sometimes even when I've dutifully applied Zinc Oxide or Parsol 1789 sunblocks or sunscreens, during peak sun hours I still feel a burning feeling on my face in the trigger areas for Rosacea, especially the nose area. This leads to redness. With this Mexoryl product, this burning doesn't happen nearly as much, if at all. L'Oreal Solar Expertise 50+ is gummy to apply and it takes effort to rub in, but it's worth it. ALSO I use Retin-A Micro and this product blends okay with it. Sometimes, however, there is a "stinging" feeling when I apply the Mexoryl product on senstive areas of my face. This doesn't happen when I apply Eucerin SPF 30 (zinc oxide), but does with Parsol 1789 products. In fact I have given up applying Parsol 1789 products in rosacea areas altogether because of irritation.

Pricey, hard to find, but potent.

Price (paid by reviewer)

Where to find it
Drugstore in London


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