SPF – BEACH/CITY – FACE – La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid and Creme

Broad Spectrum? UVA symbol (in EU)?

Yes – symbol and ‘Very High Protection’ on both.

Physical or chemical?


La Roche-Posay also state that all Anthelios products scored a high PPD rating, but they don’t give an exact figure.

SPF active ingredients (in order of %)?


Tinosorb M

Ethylhexyl Triazone

Drometrizole Trisiloxanev – Mexoryl XL

Titanium Dioxide nano and non-nano


Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone


Drometrizole Trisiloxane – Mexoryl XL


Cream and runny lotion

White/ash residue on darker skins?

No, surprisingly, as the cream is quite thick.  

Absorbs well even at high SPF?

The cream understandably takes longer to absorb.

Potential to block pores based on the above?


Works under makeup?


Does it leave you shiny?


Is it sticky?


Contains fragrance?


Suitable for all skin types?

Yes, but the cream is designed for even the most sensitive and sun intolerant skins, so if you are the type of skin that develops a rash as soon as you step out into the sunshine, try the cream first.

Water resistant/waterproof/sweat resistant?

Both labelled ‘Very water-resistant’

Antioxidants/any skin benefits?

Yes. Baicalin – to protect against UV, including long UVA.

Additional info?

One of the best sellers in the UK and Europe, this formula may differ in the USA unless you bring it in from a European seller, be warned.


Creme – £15.50 for 50ml

Lotion – £17.00 for 50ml

Both available from Boots.com – word of caution – Boots.com says that it contains fragrance – they’re wrong. Relax. It doesn’t. Someone is clearly confused by the term ‘sans parfum’. 😉