La Roche-Posay Sunscreen Fluid Is the Mineral SPF I Relied on During Pregnancy (and Beyond) 

It feels more like moisturizer than SPF, and doesn't contain any chemical UV filters.

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Best of Beauty
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  • 2012, 2011
Readers' Choice
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  • 2018
TL;DR:
  • What it is: A mineral sunscreen for face and body
  • What it does: Protects against sun damage with zinc and titanium dioxide, plus a botanical antioxidant
  • Who it's for: Anyone who doesn't want a chemical sunscreen (or a sunscreen-y sunscreen!)

My sunscreen requirements changed when I got pregnant last year: I shelved my usual chemical sunscreens and went in search of a good mineral formula, but a lot of the ones I tried took forever to rub in. I wound up skipping sunscreen a lot of days (don't tell my dermatologist!) but then I was introduced to La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.

It is a mineral sunscreen that looks and feels like a really good, lightweight moisturizer (and it's got an Allure Best of Beauty award to prove it). It rubs in as quickly as I put it on and actually makes my skin feel softer, both while it's on and after I've washed it off (there is zero SPF greasiness here). It's reinforced with antioxidants (from the topical Senna alata plant), and works on darker skin tones, too: "I'll admit I was skeptical at first — mineral sunscreens are notorious for making my skin look pasty — but the silky lotion melted right into my dark complexion without any excessive rubbing," says Gabriela Thorne, an editorial assistant at Allure.  

The zinc and titanium dioxide formula is ideal for anyone who doesn't want a chemical sunscreen, or who is pregnant. Allure has reported in the past that dermatologists recommend pregnant women (and children) choose physical, not chemical, filters. “We don't believe chemical products are harmful, but we know physical products aren't, so we err on the side of overwhelming safety assurance,” Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist in New York City, has told us. (It's worth noting that La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 is NOT a baby sunscreen, and the bottles states "Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.")

Now, I happily slather this sunscreen on before taking my baby for walks or going for beach days. I always give it a few minutes to dry completely before putting on my cloth face mask (if products are still damp, they could risk making masks and cloth face coverings less effective). And my skin has never been softer. 

You'll find the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid in our September 2020 Allure Beauty Box.

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