The Sunscreen Project, Part 30: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 + Anti-Aging Primer SPF 50

/ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 /

At a fundraiser hosted by my school's Dermatology Interest Group, I was given several samples of these two products to try and evaluate. They were handed to me by two very well-known dermatologists in the local community!

I have heard of La Roche-Posay before from Jerlene's favorite products on her blog, Musicalhouses. It is a highly-touted European brand that is generally on the more expensive side. Nonetheless, since I got these samples, I thought it'd be a great idea to review them.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate (15%), Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 6%

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Silica, Dicaprylyl Ether, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/18 Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Cassia Alata (Candle Tree) Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Dodecene, Poloxamer 407

Price: $23.60 for 1.7 fl oz at


Active Ingredients: Avobenzene 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 6%. 

Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Talc, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica Silylate, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Diethylhexyl Sryingylidenemalonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin.

Price: $39.99 for 1.35 fl oz at Ulta

As one can see, from the above lists, both the primer and the sunscreen have a lot of silicone-based ingredients that provide for a smooth, silky finish. A lot of skin protectants are mentioned with the methicone-based products. As listed above, the sunscreens are chemically-based - meaning no zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

The primer notes that it is not sufficient by itself as a sunscreen - that after all, it is supposed to be a primer.


  • Really smooth, silky finish with hydrating factors
  • Primer was really smooth and allowed for a great add-on with the sunscreen
  • Primer allowed sunscreen to adhere to the skin and stay on for a long time
  • No white cast
  • Did not make my skin break out, even after 2 weeks of use.
  • Primer allowed for great oil control
  • High SPF and PA factors
  • Primer allowed for great coverage
  • Pretty pricey
  • Skin could not breathe as well with the double-layering of the ingredients
  • Oxybenzone controversy
Overall, I think these are great products to use that I would recommend for people of any skin type, as well as people who don't want to use a BB cream but still want coverage. Of course, the price is there, but overall I think it's worth it.


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