La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is a great option for protecting delicate facial skin when out in the sun for extended periods of time. It's a gentle, fragrance-free formula is great for sensitive skin that won't leave your face greasy. This sunscreen is low on antioxidants, so if you prefer a facial sunscreen with lots of extra benefits for skin, reviewers recommend EltaMD UV Clear (Est. $29 for 1.7 oz.) .
Gentle and effective. Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light relies on titanium dioxide as its sole active ingredient. Users at MakeupAlley.com say the formula is very effective. One reviewer says, "My skin got much paler than my neck, I didn't tan at all." Beauty expert Paula Begoun says this makes it not only an effective option, but also a gentle one that's suitable for sensitive and rosacea-affected skin. She notes that it would be even better if it contained more antioxidants -- it only has a trace amount of vitamin E.
Barely there -- in scent and feel. Reviewers say the thin consistency of La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 is pleasant and easy to apply. The formula is lightweight and dries to a matte finish, Begoun says, "definitely an intriguing option for those who find that most SPF-rated products feel too heavy or leave their skin shiny." Editors at Allure and Self magazines agree and further praise the formula for being fragrance-free. Several users say that the high titanium dioxide content leaves a white tint on skin that can be hard to blend, especially for darker skin tones. Others point out, however, that the trick is to use a smaller amount.
Paula Begoun praises La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light for its light texture and for being gentle enough for sensitive and rosacea-affected skin. She says it would be better, however, if it contained more antioxidants.
Review: Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, SPF 50 Face, Paula Begoun, Feb. 21, 2013
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 is included in Allure magazine's list of best beauty products for two consecutive years. Editors test hundreds of products to find the best in several categories. La Roche-Posay is chosen for its lightweight, non-greasy texture and high SPF rating.
Review: La-Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 Face, Christiana Molina, Not dated
3. Self Magazine
More than 1600 Self magazine readers test the latest beauty products to find the best of 2013. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light makes the list for "Best SPF 35+ for Face". Reviewers say the formula goes on smoothly and has no scent; great for sensitive skin.
Review: Healthy Beauty Awards: Face, April Franzino, Not dated
More than 30 users at Amazon.com give La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 an above average rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Most like the smooth and silky consistency but several complain that it leaves a white tint on skin and takes a while to blend in.
Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
About 20 users at MakeupAlley.com give La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 an average overall rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars but only 35 percent say they would purchase it again. Most say the consistency is very lightweight and pleasant but several complain of a whitish tint that is left behind.
Review: La Roche Posay-Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of July 2013