Any seasoned Vogue reader knows that without sun protection, you really don’t have a skincare routine at all. Antioxidants, retinol and hydration are all well and good, but UV protection is the crucial step that many of us miss, and without it, your complexion is left open to a myriad of woes. Even when it’s not hot enough out to burn your skin (or indeed, you don’t seem to burn at all), UV damage can be responsible for the development of harmful melanomas, as well as ravaging your natural stores of collagen and elastin, causing hyperpigmentation and potentially even dilating your pores.
No matter how good your intentions, finding the right SPF can be difficult. Some are greasy and cause breakouts, others dry out the skin, and some leave a white film that won’t seem to blend away. Enter La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF – a family of sun protection options from the cult pharmacy brand that French women stock their bathroom cupboards with. All the formulas are breathable and blendable, and melt effortlessly into the skin.
Normal to combination skin will enjoy Anthelios Shaka Ultra-Light SPF50+, which has an invisible, non-greasy formula and high protection and works excellently as a primer for make-up. If your complexion is more oily and breakout-prone, your skin will rejoice when it meets the Anthelios Anti-Shine Gel Cream SPF50+, which offers the same protection in a mattifying gel formula that won’t slip or slide. Those with skin on the drier side should plump for Anthelios Ultra Comfort Cream SPF50+, which cossets the skin in an ultra-moisturising formula for all-day wear without the dry patches.
The clinically proven formulas have all been tested on the most sensitive skin, while a staggering 99 per cent of UK dermatologists* say they would recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios for sensitive skin – no reactive redness or uncomfortable tingling here. What’s more, you can team your SPF with the La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum to add a vital antioxidant hit that will turbo-charge your SPF – studies have shown that two work beautifully together.
At a pharmacy price point, but with luxurious textures and professionally-approved protection, it’s easy to see why La Roche-Posay is so enduringly popular in its native France. An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, but you need not endure breakouts and smudged make-up while staying sun-safe – as these skin-friendly options demonstrate.
*According to a survey of 249 dermatologists at the BAD annual meeting, July 2016, conducted by La Roche-Posay.