Although associated more frequently with the beach and tropical holidays, sunscreen is actually a necessity in our daily lives. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun poses 2 threats to us:
1. Threat to life: It emits ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that causes DNA damage and is estimated to cause 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers.
2. Threat to quality of life: Exposure to the sun leads to premature wrinkling, sagging, a leathery texture and hyperpigmentation on the skin.
There are 2 types of UVR – UVA and UVB. While UVB is highest only at mid-day(also known for being the cause of sunburn), UVA is present all day and is deadlier as it cannot be felt on the skin, neither is it filtered by clouds or windows and also causes free radical production which can lead to cancer. The good news is that we can prevent this by wearing sunscreen everyday. Having acknowledged this, researchers from La Roche-Posay travelled to Brazil, where the sunny and humid climate (very similar to Singapore!) provided the strictest testing ground for the perfect sunscreen – non-oily, non-sticky with a matte finish and yet still feels comfortable on the skin.
The result of their research? The brand new Anthelios SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-cream, empowered by the “dry touch” innovation – sunscreen is instantly absorbed into the skin after application, leaving an ultra-dry and matte finish. Produced with the patented Mexoplex filtering system, this sunscreen guarantees both high UVA-UVB protection and optimal tolerance for sensitive/sun allergy-prone skin, making it suitable for all skin types.
- UVB protection: SPF 50+ protects from sunburn
- UVA protection: PPD 31 (Persistent Pigmentation Darkening) combats UVA rays
Anthelios SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-cream (SGD$49.90)
In line with their commitment to skin cancer prevention, La Roche-Posay also launched a website aimed to help users take better care of their skin. At www.myskincheck.org, you can evaluate your risk of skin cancer, self-monitor your skin, pick up good sun habits and manage your sun exposure – all free of charge!
To see whether this sunscreen lived up to its claims, we test drove it in the following places, under different conditions, and here are our reviews:
Location: New Zealand
Season and temperature: Autumn, 12-15 degrees celcius
Activity: Mountain biking
Two people with different skin types tried this.
On the first skin type, sensitive, dry skin. We first applied a thick layer of creamy moisturiser before applying the sunblock. The sunblock spread on smoothly and was comfortable on the sensitive skin and did not irritate.
On normal skin, we applied the sunblock over a regular moisturiser.
We did reapply it when we spent more than 4 hours in the sun, especially when we were out during the hottest part of the day, as our faces started to feel a little bit of burn (Dr Jean Ho also explained that the burn you feel when you’re in the sun- that’s the skin cells dying. Gulp!).
Temperature and environment: 29-32 degrees celcius, very humid
Sweaty faces, hot and humid weather makes for a sunblock challenge. The dry touch sunblock stayed comfortable and held onto my face despite prespiration and my gloved hand wiping my face as I rode. Definetly made for this weather!
Location: Bhutan – right after stepping off a plane.
Temperature: 25 degrees celcius
The weather was not supposed to be this hot! Unprepared for the heat and sun, I stepped off the plane with dry skin and felt the sun burn on my face. Thankfully my friend brought the La Roche Posay sunblock and I gratefully slathered it onto my skin. However, with my skin feeling so dehydrated after the plane ride, it felt a little ashy upon application. Also applying it on my hot and dry arms, there were white flakes when I rubbed in the sunblock, it did not apply so well on dry skin.
Overall review: It’s a great product for normal skin to skin types susceptable to oiliness and in tropical climates which are humid, like Singapore. It really does give a dry touch finish and matte look to it, which is great for wearing under makeup or while working out. When I used it, I didn’t get pimples, as compared to some thicker sunblocks which clogged my pores.
Users with dry skin should first make sure your skin is adequately hydrated before applying.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-cream retails at SGD$49.90 and is available at major drugstores and pharmacies island-wide.