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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Suncreen Cream UVA Protection with Mexoryl SX, 1.7-Ounce Tube

Anthelios 40 is a unique sunscreen that combines Parsol 1789 (avobenzone) and an innovative ingredient, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule) to help provide UVA and broad UVA/UVB protection

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Unsafe and toxic ingredients

I wish I could give this product zero stars. It contains octocrylene, which “can penetrate into the skin where it acts as a photosensitizer. This results in an increased production of free radicals under illumination. Free radicals are known to induce indirect DNA DAMAGE and an increased concentration of free radicals might have contributed to the increased incidence of malignant melanoma in sunscreen-users compared to non-users.” This is from a peer-reviewed, science journal.Another active ingredient, avobenzone, easily penetrates the skin and is a strong free radical generator as well. It also contains titanium dioxide (causes breakouts and a possible carcinogen) and a whole host of other chemicals.The whole purpose of sunscreen is to protect you from damage, not CAUSE it.Your best bet for SAFE sunscreen: mix a little unrefined shea butter with either unrefined coconut oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil. That’s all. Toxic chemicals not included.If you MUST use a chemical-based sunscreen use only zinc oxide (it is photostable when exposed to radiation-aka sun rays.FYI: you should also avoid sunscreens containing PABA, Oxybenzone and any other benzene compounds.

Mellisa Allendale, SC


I really wanted to like this product since I’d heard and read so many good things about it online. I took the plunge and purchased the product, hoping that this would be the last sunscreen I’d try.For background, I am a darker skinned African American with allergies, really reactive, sensitive skin and adult acne. Therefore, I can’t deal with really heavy sunscreens, creams, harsh cleansers or things like that.While the sunscreen did protect my skin from feeling like it was slowly burning, I looked grey. The sunscreen doesn’t fully rub in, leaving a white film that makes my skin look ashen. It was so not cute. I rubbed it in unsuccessfully but because it gets humid where I live, the sweat forming on my skin made the look of the film a bit better. However, this product costs too much for me to not be completely in love with it.I will not give up on LR-P, though. Their thermal water is a staple of mine. Whenever I need to wake up a little or want fresh clean skin during the day, I reach for it.

Hollie Edgemoor, SC

Blendable, excellent sun protection

I am very pale, and there is skin cancer in my family. Until now I have mostly been an indoors person who used sunscreen when I knew I was going to get a lot of sun exposure. I recently adopted a lovely dog, and I have been walking him twice a day around our neighborhood. I didn’t think I was getting enough sun exposure to warrant sunblock. When I started seeing tan lines, I knew I needed to take daily sun protection more seriously.I useNeutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray, SPF 100+, 5 oz.for my body coverage. For my face, I decided that the low SPF in most facial moisturizers and makeup wasn’t enough. When I read about the benefits of Mexoryl XL, I decided to take a chance on this product.I think the benefits of UVA & UVB protection far outweigh the drawbacks, but your mileage may vary. It does go on white, and you’ll need to blend it well. I can see how this might look pasty on darker skins. If you’re very pale like me, this won’t be much of an issue. It is thick, but it’s easy to massage it into your skin, and I have no trouble using makeup on top of it. I was expecting a hard, wax-like consistency, but that’s simply not the case.I am acne prone, but this sunscreen doesn’t aggravate the condition. It’s not greasy at all, but I do feel like I have a coating of some sort on my face. Most other facial sunscreens get into my eyes somehow, but this one stays put.This sunscreen is protecting my skin from the sun very well, and it’s a perfect fit for me. This product is hard to find, and costs more than other sunscreens, but I think it is worth every penny. This product is for anyone who is serious about sun protection and doesn’t mind extra effort blending, or a possible white sheen on darker skins. For pale people, it’s a must-have for summer.

Gilda Silver Beach, MA

Not for acne prone skin

I always wear sunscreen under makeup or alone.This one is thick and isnt the best if you have acne prone skin.It doesnt cause my skin to break out any worse but it also doesnt help when breaking out.

Kasey Marion, LA

Good sunscreen

My mother recommended this sunscreen, and her dermatologist recommended it to her. It has good UVA and UVB protection which is the reason that it was physician recommended.Other customer reviews complain of this: It is thick, and if you apply too much it will leave your skin very pale. However, if you apply just a dot to your finger, and spread evenly, the cream will absorb, and you will not look ghostly. Also, I put a light moisturizer on first, and then let it absorb. Then, I apply the sunscreen.

Bertie Eastpoint, FL

seems to help my PMLE

In the past two years, my mom started developing a rash whenever she went out in the sun. After some investigation, it seems like she has PMLE. She has tried using various drugstore sunblocks, up to spf 70, but still was breaking out from the sun. I bought her this sunblock based on reviews and by running the ingredients through the BASF sunscreen simulator (I don’t know if I should post links in a review, so just google "BASF sunscreen simulator")– supposedly many sunscreens do not offer good protection against longer wavelength UVA rays, which contribute to PMLE eruptions, but the Mexoryl ingredient in this seems to have a broader spectrum of protection. For a research paper discussing this, search "Prevention of Polymorphous Light Eruption and Solar Urticaria by R. Bissonnette, MSc, MD, FRCPC."My mom tried it once so far, and said she didn’t break out after a day on the lake. It seems to be working, and I’ll update if that changes.

Cecilia Hatley, WI

Works for Polymorphous Light Eruption!

Yes this goes on thick. Yes its very milky white and might make you a bit pasty looking especially if you are not pale as a ghost like me (this white was a pretty close match to the skin on my legs). Yes it is very pricey. But yes it also works like it should. I bought it at the last minute for a trip to New Orleans where I would be spending hours upon hours out in the sun (one day was a 3 hour bike ride which almost entirely in the bright sunshine). If you have polymorphous light eruption you dont mess around with UVA protection unless you happen to enjoy getting a full body rash akin to the chicken pox. Good stuff but I do hope to find an equivalent at a cheaper price.

Kathrine Livermore, CO