Monday, 13 May 2013

La Roche-Posay SPF 50.

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50

I have very, very pale skin, as many of you know. I struggle even when the sun pops out for a millisecond I will turn a shade of pink, so it is very important for me to have a good SPF. During the winter I usually wear around SPF 15, but as we are (hopefully) going to see some more sun as we head into summer I was on the search for something at least factor 30. 

I wanted something specifically for sun protection, not something blended into a moisturiser or make up. I hunted high and low for the perfect SPF for me, and really struggled to find anything from the brands I usually go to. For some reason although SPF is an essential and everyone should wear it, it has a unbelievably high price tag. After A LOT of trawling the internet I kept coming back to the same product.

I don't buy from La Roche Posay generally, purely because they are owned by L'Oreal and I don't agree with their animal testing policy, but I took exception in this case as I feel a good SPF is very important. I have a pretty small budget being a student and this was the cheapest/highest factor I could find.

This particular SPF is made for combination skin, so is perfect if you get oily throughout the day. It doesn't feel like it dries my skin out either and leaves a very matte finish. It's light and easy to apply and I really don't even notice I have it on my skin. It's not heavy or greasy and dries within a minute and you can apply make up straight away. I was worried because of the factor strength this would be really awful on the skin, but cos this is tailor made for your face it sinks right in.

This does leave the tiniest white mark, but it can be covered very easily with make up and isn't noticeable at all. It's light enough to apply on it's own and will be perfect for my holidays.

I picked this up from Boots for just under £13, which is pretty amazing considering a high end SPF 50 is well over £20. You can check out this SPF and others in the range here.

Katie xx


  1. I can't believe how ridiculously over priced sun cream and SPF is it's insane!
    This one seems a bit more reasonable. I struggle with the sun too so need to wear an SPF all the time!

  2. Ive been trying a sample of this & love it. a really good spf. another of my favourits is clinique city block but the highest in that is 40. X

  3. I received this in my Glossy Box and I was eyeing it up for a while. I'm looking forward to giving it a try :)

  4. High SPF creams are a bit pricey but they are life savers!! I love this cream, it's my favourite!! xx

  5. I fancy this - I do love this brand. Especially my effaclar duo. Have you tried it? Laura A Scottish Lass ❤


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