After a really cold long winter, i am relieved that is time for me to resurrect my precious La Roche Posay 50+ fluid to protect my skin from the sun. I have a sallow skin naturally, but i still prefer to use the highest protection available. In the past, i reached for 100 SPF, but due to the new regulations, the manufacturers are not allowed to say “total protection” or “100 SPF”, using instead the maximum of 50+.
I prefer to reach for companys like La Roche Posay or Vichy as i trust there research and there products provide both UVA and UVB protection. The key ingredient used is called Mexoryl XL which has one of the highest photostability and its role is to absorbe the sun rays, instead of reflecting them (other sunscreans).
Back to my sunscreen Anthelios 50+ Fluid. Well as you probably deducted, comes in a fluid form designed for a oily/combination skin. Provides a very high protection, it is made for people with sun sensitivity, free of fragrance and parabens (preservatives).
The general recommendation to use is to apply it on top of your normal moisturiser and apply your make-up as normal. Well for me it doesn’t work like that, i have to use it instead of a moisturiser (i apply a serum underneath though) and apply my foundation on top. I do it this way because it tends to rub off my skin otherwise in small white bits and looks just bad. When i apply it alone, it doesn’t go white on the skin and it is fast absorbed leaving the skin ready for foundation.
I really like this sunscreen, i recommend it to men as well as it is very light, shine free and easy to use on the scalp as well. For the people with a dry complexion, La Roche Posay makes a 50+ cream with a ticker texture (not oily). Also there are available in the tinted version, if you like a more natural look.
Just to end, here are 3 reasons why to use a sunscreen on a daily basis:
1. Melanoma/cancer . It is a fact, especially for the fair skinned that burn fast. Protect your kids from the beginning with high SPF, as the most damage happens in our childhood. Also, do not use sun beds!!!!I cant stress enough on the danger that this “coffins” provide and the irreversible damage.
2. Protects your skin from sun damage. The UVA rays are responsible for skin aging, wrinkles and pigmentation spots, so always read your labels and check for both UVA/UVB protection. There is no point in investing in expensive moisturisers and treatments if you don’t protect your skin.
3. Protect against Rosaceea – little broken capillaries on the skin surface. Rosaceea is a common skin affection amongst the fair skinned and it can be caused by the sun, amongst other factors (genetics, hormonal etc) but it is surely agraved it by it.
Also use a sunscreen, even if you work mostly indoors. Harmful sun damage can be made when we drive our cars or even if we work near a window. A very interesting study was made on a school teacher, who had more damage on one part of the face (the one facing the window) then the other one. This was because the lady was sitting mostly on the same position, while teaching the kids.
Ok, I am finally done. Sorry for the long post, i am really passionate about sun protection :).
Enjoy the sunny days!