Battle of my two favourite sunscreens

I like layering skincare but not with anything heavy that would sit on my skin, whether it is a leave on mask, a night cream or a heavy sunscreen, even when it can promise not to clog my pores. This is especially important when it comes to sunscreen because we need to apply 2 mg of sunscreen per cm square, which is a lot of product. For more details, visit what we need to know about sunscreen.

So, I use any cosmetically elegant sunscreen that is not going to break my bank or break me out. These two sunscreens are perfect examples, so let’s compare them.

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

  • non-greasy, lightweight, runny fluid (shake well before applying)
  • water resistant
  • broad spectrum (UVA and UVB)
  • not tinted and works well under makeup 
  • price: £16.50 but you can always find it on offer somewhere
  • formulated for normal to combination sensitive skin but I apply on my dry sensitive skin with no problem
  • paraben and fragrance-free
  • alcohol denat is the third ingredient in the list, which might irritate some skin
  • lovely packaging 
  • chemical sunscreen
  • Infrared protection
  • hypoallergenic
  • Overall score based on my experience and preference: 4.5 out of 5

Eucerin Sun Face Mattifying Fluid SPF50+

  • non-greasy, lightweight, runny fluid (shake well before applying)
  • water resistant
  • broad spectrum (UVA and UVB)
  • formulated for combination to oily skin but I apply on my dry sensitive skin with no problem
  • The cellular protection formula, with Licorice Extract and Glycyrrhetinic Acid, supports the skin’s own protection system and helps protect skin cells against sun-induced damage caused by free radicals. (copied from product details)
  • not tinted and works well under makeup 
  • price: £16.00 but you can always find it on offer somewhere
  • fragrance-free; they do not market as paraben free but I did not notice any paraben in the ingredient list either
  • Alcohol denat is the fifth ingredient but I can smell and feel alcohol more than La Roche Posay Anthelios, although it did not noticeably irritate my skin 
  • contains Titanium Dioxide (nano). Although this sunscreen is EU and Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association (formerly called Colipa)-compliant, nanoparticles are still hugely debatable. 
  • packaging is fine 
  • chemical sunscreen with mineral in it (Titanium Dioxide)
  • Overall score based on my experience and preference: 4 out of 5

I would happily use both of them and I am not paid by either to say this. I love both La Roche Posay and Eucerin as both these brands make highly effective products within a relatively low price range. Last but not the least, let me know your favourite sunscreen in the comments.

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25 comments

  1. The sunscreens here are something not distributed in the Philippines but I love how you made an insightful yet straight-to-the-point review! 🙂 Remember to use the one that’s less harmful to our oceans, too!

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  2. I don’t use any specific sunscreen. I like my Vaseline lotion which also works as sunscreen. I’m not clear about SPF 50+ one actually which one is the perfect for the skin?

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  3. Interesting – if I ever need sunscreen while traveling I’ll keep an eye out for one of these two! My favorite at home is Neutrogena 70. I know they claim that an SPF that high doesn’t really matter, but it makes a difference for me!

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