La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ Review

Posted in Products, Reviews
on September 7, 2017

So, I know it’s kind of Autumn now, but I also know that my social media is full of people trotting off on sunny holidays still. So, I wanted to tell you about my favourite product this summer – Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ from La Roche-Posay

We only booked our recent holiday to Tenerife a week beforehand, and I didn’t have time or inclination to buy new stuff. BUT I did want to find a good sunscreen for my face.

I can’t stand anything heavy on my face normally, never mind in the heat, so I really wanted something lighter than normal body sunscreen. Problems I’ve had previously with facial sunscreens are that they’re too heavy, too greasy, don’t sit well under makeup, or cause my skin to overreact, break out, and just be a general oily mess.

A few days before we left, I happened to be watching Caroline Hirons’ Instagram story where she was answering random questions from her comments section. Someone had asked her for sunscreen recommendations for people with acne, and this was one of the ones she mentioned.

I Googled it and was pleasantly surprised by the price, and found that it was stocked in a few high street pharmacies, so I nipped into town and bought it.

I used it every single day on holiday and it did not cause me to break out at all! I repeat – I did not get a single new spot while I was using this! Huzzah! Miraculous.

What’s it like to use?

It’s a chemical SPF which means it is an ‘absorber’, using chemical filters to protect against rays, and making it more water and sweat resistant. Just don’t get it in your eyes! Tastes pretty rank, too.

I washed my face in the morning and just applied this straight onto my skin, nothing else, and waited about 20 minutes before going out into the sun. I also used it on the back of my neck, shoulders, and chest. Basically anywhere I would be more susceptible to burn, and tbh anywhere I’d be more likely to show sun damage later in life.

It wasn’t greasy, or shiny (as you can see above), and I didn’t feel it was at all clogging. Once it had absorbed, I didn’t feel it on my skin at all, which is exactly what I wanted. It’s a horrible feeling in the sun when you’re sweaty hot and your SPF is all greasy. I reapplied every few hours like a good little sun-worshipper and it didn’t clog or rub.

In the evenings, I would reapply after a shower and put my makeup on top. With other formulas, I’ve found it reacts badly with makeup and rubs off in little bits on my face which is not the look. This wasn’t at all like that, it was a great base for makeup and I had the added ease of not having to have SPF in my foundation. You really have to cleanse thoroughly to remove all traces of makeup and SPF, but I find that quite refreshing after a day in the sun!

What do the brand say?

There’s an informative little leaflet in the box, which explains more about UVA/B rays and what their effects are. According to the packaging, the Anthelios mission is to offer a ‘better life for sensitive or sun-intolerant skin’. They use a patented UVB-UVA photostable filtering system which gives high protection against sun damage and reinforced UVA protection to help prevent intolerance.

I should also mention that it comes in high SPF 30 and very high SPF 50+. Guess which one pasty old me went for?

The formula is non-perfumed, paraben free, non-comedogenic, and tested under dermatological control on sensitive skin in 24 clinical efficacy studies.

The other products in the Anthelios range are targeted to different types of skin from dry to oily, and one for kids. I also went out and bought the anti-shine formula in SPF 30 for use in less intense sunlight back home. It’s a gel cream texture which is aimed at oily skin and I did love it as much as the ultra-light formula, just not as a makeup base.

I can’t rave about the Anthelios XL enough. It offered the high SPF I need, it delivered the non-greasy, non-clogging formula I wanted, it works under makeup, and it’s perfect for hand luggage at 50ml.

It cost me £11.90 because I bought it on offer, but the RRP is £16.50. I’m more than happy to pay that for a specialised product that works for my fair, sensitive, acne-prone, allergic to the sun skin!


Are any of you going on holiday soon? Let me know if you’ve tried this, or any products for similar skin types that you love! And do any of you have essentials like this that you take on holiday with you?

I know it seems like it, but this post wasn’t in any way sponsored. I just love this stuff!


  • Esther Wilson

    I broke out in a rash

    January 12, 2019 at 07:34 Reply
    • North

      Ohh that’s really unfortunate 🙁 hope you find something that does work for you!

      January 28, 2019 at 14:30 Reply

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