La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Spray SPF50+

La Roche-Posay Antelios XL SPF50+ Spray

I received this bottle of  La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Spray SPF50+ complimentary from the company in Singapore recently.  Although I prefer a mineral sunscreen, I do use chemical sunscreens as mentioned in my earlier entry about my sun protection arsenal and La Roche-Posay is a brand I highly rely upon. 

Anyway, I share my chemical sunscreens with my husband.  In fact, I haven’t really tested this new La Roche-Posay sunscreen and this review is mostly based on his inputs.   In fact, we were already planning to get this La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Spray SPF50+ as he likes the control with the spray because it provides an easier application with an even spread.

Texture is non-greasy and non-sticky
I’ve tried the texture on my hands and it feels a bit close to La Roche-Posay Anthelios Fluid Extreme.  It feels slightly sticky upon application but that dries up pretty quickly and my skin did not feel greasy but if I tried to rub my skin, I can feel there’s a coating which I suspect is coming from the alcohol content.    My husband, who applied this to his body before heading to the pool felt the same and he was generally happy with the product.  In fact, he likes this more than the other two La Roche-Posay sunscreens I’ve gotten for him because of the easy application plus the fact that this does not leave any whitecast.

This product is said to be water resistant, non-perfumed, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.  I did find a faint scent after application but it’s hardly noticeable.

La Roche-Posay Spray Sunscreen

Contains Mexoryl XL & SX plus other sun protection ingredients
The reason why I prefer La Roche-Posay sunscreens is because they contain both Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL which provides complete UVB and UVA protection.  On top of the SPF50+,  La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Spray SPF50+  comes with a PPD of 22, which is very high protection against harmful UVA rays.  This sunscreen also contains a number of other chemical sunscreen ingredients on top of the physical sunblocker Titanium Dioxide.  Going forward, I’m not going to analyze all the ingredients as I used to because I realized that I sometimes omit some of them because I cannot recognize all the names as there are so many variations!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Spray Ingredients

Overall summary
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Sun Spray SPF50+ is great for outdoor sports, including those that involve water activities because it’s water resistant.  You can apply this on your face but you should spray the lotion into your hands for that purpose.  I do mind the alcohol content but since I’m going to use this only occasionally, I can live with the ingredient sometimes.  The 200ml cost around S$59 and is available at La Roche-Posay counters located in the retail pharmacies.  When asked about the rating, my husband gave this product 4 out of 5 hearts and when asked about the missing heart, his reply was – I cannot get tanned with this product!  LOL.


  1. flym says:

    wow, that’s rather costly for a sunscreen. I wonder how it compares to Avene’s SPF 50 spray, which costs about $41 from CGH’s pharmacy.

  2. Blovet Beauty says:

    i think my skin is way too sensitive.I’ve tried this and it gave me red bumps ? but some other friends of mine use it regularly and love it… every skin is unique i guess

  3. stella says:

    I’ve not found any body sunscreen that doesn’t feel sticky – just different degree of stickiness. Even the Neutrogena spray feels sticky on me.

  4. pf1123 says:

    I realised I can’t use sunscreen on my body. In fact, I should try not to put things on my body. I have a prickly heat issue. Thats the reason why I keep having pimple like bumps on my arms and back. ?

  5. sesame says:

    It’s 200 ml so I think it’s still okay. But maybe there are other brands that are cheaper. I haven’t tried Avene…felt some of their texture and thought they feel too thick for me.

  6. sesame says:

    Yeah, some people can’t take to chemical sunscreens. You might be one of them, or just sensitive to some of the other ingredients in the long list.

  7. sesame says:

    This one doesn’t feel sticky after awhile. But you can feel a coat or residue.

  8. sesame says:

    Oh…I’m not sure what causes the pimples/bumps on arms. My husband used to have them but in recent years, they just disappeared. I wonder?

  9. Liyi says:

    Hi Sesame! thanks for this review! I’ve always wondered if the La-Roche range of products were any good.
    btw, i dropped you an invite to the Philips Christmas workshop.. do let me know if you will be keen to attend? Thanks! =)

  10. raelynn says:

    my first spray was from coppertone kids. it left this “coating” feeling too.. i think it’s a common thing amongst spray sunscreen. although it’s much easier to apply, but i find it hard to determine if i’m applying the “appropriate” amount…

  11. sesame says:

    Thanks for the invite but it doesn’t fit within my schedule unfortunately…

  12. sesame says:

    Ah…that’s a valid point. Yes, quite hard to tell the amount.

  13. Jyoan says:

    The price is about the same as the Eversoft I am using. But I am still not sure if I can use chemical sunscreens. Broke out from L’oreal UV Perfect (which I think is a very good one!).

    It looks like chemical sunscreens are so much nicer to apply than physical ones.

  14. pf1123 says:

    They are prickly heat rashes.

    I finally found out after some research. No wonder no matter how much or whatever body lotion I put and how much exfoliation I go through, it doesn’t help. Its only when I use the “snake brand” powder for prickly heat then its better.

    In fact, I can’t even use some of the luxurious shower creams. Those that will leave a thin film on my skin would block my sweat glands more and cause more bumps on my arms.

    I’ve recently bought a new shower cream from Yes to Tomatoes range. I think its quite good. Not so many bumps.

  15. sesame says:

    Yes they are because they usually don’t leave a whitecast.

  16. sesame says:

    Some people get these frequently. I remember some kids do too…

    I don’t know if you’re keen to try some home remedies but I read that Aloe Vera can help, or using Lavender or Chamomile essential oils as they soothe the skin and help those with prickly heat. I’ve had success using essential oils so I thought you maybe interested to know. But do check up more if you plan to try them.

  17. pf1123 says:

    Aloe Vera can help? Maybe I will try that. I have a tube of aloe vera gel half used. I’ll try that and update you!

  18. sesame says:

    Aloe Vera is good for a number of skin ailments…hopefully it’ll help your prickly heat.

  19. nora says:

    Likes your reviews on this sunscreen.
    Been wanting to try this brand for awhile after seeing this @ NTUC Unity.
    For an everyday wear, should I get just SPF30+ or SPF50+ for better coverage?

  20. sesame says:

    Personally, SPF30 is good enough for me but if you want better coverage, go for SPF50.

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