One of the key reasons I’m uncomfortable with using chemical sunscreens is because studies at all levels have proven that chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin, get into the bloodstream and are harmful to the body. As a matter of fact, a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called Oxybenzone, also known as Benzophenone-3, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage with a new study recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to back it up.
These are from my recent Mexoryl-based sunscreen loot:
- Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50+ Face Cream For Reactive Skin
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme For Face
- La-Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lait Veloute Face & Body Lotion
In my earlier entry about Mexoryl-based sunscreens for maximum protection, I mentioned I wanted to get one or two to try out but eventually, I went out to buy three of them. They were all below S$40 and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Fluide Extreme in particular was even going for under S$20 with a special promotion. So it was really hard to resist.
Even though I’m a fan of physical sunscreens, I’m now keen to try out the chemical sunscreens under Vichy Capital Soleil and La Roche-Posay Anthelios because these feature Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX which are said to be the most potent photostable anti-aging sun filters for UVA and UVB rays.
Here is a summary of information I have uncovered regarding these two potent sunscreen chemicals: