La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL and sunscreen guide

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Hello everyone!

Choosing a good sunscreen is not as easy as it may seem, but wearing a sunscreen all year round is essential for protecting the skin against sun damage. I’ve been using La Roche-Posay sunscreen which is a very light sunscreen, appropriate to wear it underneath makeup and it provides a high protection against UVB and UVA sun rays.

I will share my thoughts on it, but before I want to introduce some important facts to take into account before getting a sunscreen.

  1. You should always wear sunscreenIt doesn’t matter the season or if your are on holidays on warmer weathers or in the city, you should always wear sunscreen. Sun rays are one of the main causes of ageing. I know it is something that everybody is not keen on, because some sunscreens are not good for layering over a moisturizer and underneath makeup, but that is why it is important to choose a sunscreen that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
  2. There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain natural ingredients that will protect skin against sun such as zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens contain chemical ingredients to protect your skin. Just taking into account the level of protection against sun rays, some dermatologists recommend physical sunscreens because they provide a broader protection.

If you’ve been searching like me a sunscreen, you may as well be familiar with these terms: UVA, UVB and PA+, PA++, PA+++, maybe you know what they mean but if you don’t keep reading:

  • UVBUVB sun rays burn your skin which results in redness and irritation.
  • UVA. UVA sun rays penetrate deeper in the skin they damage skin’s cells and cause ageing, they can also cause melanoma and cancer.
  • SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Indicates the level of protection against UVB rays. The higher the number the higher your skin will be protected against UVB rays.
  • PA+, PA++, PA+++ (PPD- Persistent Pigment Darkening). Is often found on Asian sunscreens, which used this terms to indicate the level of protection against UVA rays, being PA+++ the highest level of protection.

Since most sunscreens don’t indicate the level of protection against UVA rays, you should make sure that in your sunscreen it is indicated that it is “broad spectrum” which means that it also protects your skin against UVA rays, or that it is indicated that it provides a high protection against UVA rays.

The sunscreen I’m using is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, which is really light making it suitable for wearing under makeup. It is a chemical sunscreen that provides a high UVB and UVA protection. It is available with colour or white which turns transparent once applied. 

I really have liked this sunscreen as it’s the lightest one I’ve ever used, my skin haven’t got a bad reaction from using this sunscreen. This sunscreen is absorbed easily and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

The tinted sunscreen doesn’t cover imperfections, it just gives the skin a hint of colour, I’ve used it alone when it’s too hot for doing makeup or underneath my bbcream.

What sunscreen do you recommend?

Thanks for reading!

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