Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Queen of SPF

If you've read this blog a while, you'll know I wear sunscreen daily and I have tried a fair few different products in my quest for the perfect SPF. I'm currently finishing a rather posh sunscreen, one I had had many high hopes for, but as I'm reaching the last dregs I feel rather relieved I can return to my beloved Anthelios XL fluid by La Roche-Posay.

It really has everything going for it. The texture is light, quite matte and dries quickly, and it does not pill when you apply makeup. Other brands I try are oily to the touch or, as with my most recent SPF trial, would make my eyes sting if a little got into them. As I'm not one to throw out products, no matter how I much I detest them, I spent mornings with my eyes watering, and vowing to myself to never stray from La Roche-Posay again. I have very sensitive eyes, yet I've never had trouble with Anthelios XL, no matter how closely I apply it to the area.

The packaging is brilliant, too - compact and slim, perfect for travelling and, if you're so inclined, ideal for popping into your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day (reapplying SPF to a made-up face is of course impossible, but having sunscreen with you can be useful for use on hands, chest, etc).

While it's not a few dollars, it's far from being a very expensive product - in Australia, it costs around $28, but if you look out you can sometimes snap it up cheaper when the Anthelios range goes on sale at Priceline. In the day I'd rather go without moisturiser than without a sunscreen, so I'm happy to pay more for an excellent SPF. And compared with the quality of pricier products on the market, I think Anthelios XL is an absolute bargain.

This post is as much a product recommendation as it is a reaffirmation of my love for this product. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll never find an SPF I prefer to Anthelios, but I'm not disappointed about it; I'm very much pleased to have already found my ideal sunscreen.

If you think you know a better sunscreen, please let me know! I'm still up for trying others, but I'll always have a little bottle of Anthelios XL in my cupboard, just in case.

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