As an person of very Northern European descent (Norwegian/Irish) with fair skin and red hair, I am at the top of the list when it comes to sun vulnerability. I burn within minutes, freckle rather than tan and am at the highest risk for skin cancer. I need my sunscreen, and am always on a quest for the perfect “One”.
What would my Holy Grail Sunscreen look like?
- Spf 30 or higher
- Physical with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide being the main active ingredients
- Easy to apply
- No white cast
- Water resistant
- Less than $40 USD
I found La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Mineral 50 at my local CVS. When I lived in England (nearly 2 decades ago), LRP made my holy grail sunscreen which was not available when we returned to the US, and alas, is no more.
What it says it does:
For the first time, a mineral sun filter and powerful anti-oxidants are combined in a unique patent pending formula that offers 100% mineral sunscreen in a unique lightweight, non-whitening texture. The first line of defense is an advanced UV filtering system featuring an optimized blend of titanium dioxide (TiO2) that offers long-lasting**, broad spectrum protection with demonstrated efficacy against UVA rays. A proprietary dispersion technology is the key to assuring this enhanced uniform protection. The second line of defense features CELL-OX SHIELD™, a powerful patent-pending antioxidant complex featuring Senna Alata.
- SPF 50 for outdoor use
- Broad spectrum UVA/UVB
- Photostable, long-lasting** protection
- Light, satin finish
- Fragrance-free, PABA-free
- Safe for Sensitive skin
- Water resistant (40 minutes)
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 11% Other Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Undecane, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Silica, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Peg-8 Laurate, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Benzoic Acid, Peg-9.
Anthelios Mineral 50 is quite liquidy and must be shaken before using or it will separate.
It absorbs fairly well on dry skin, but is a little more resistant over a moisturizer. And despite its claim of not having a white cast, it definitely has a white cast that did not disappear on me.
The white cast is a deal breaker, unfortunately. It did meet other criteria — with SPF 50 of mineral origin and under $40 (it was around $33 at my local CVS).
I will continue using this sunscreen since it has a nice texture and looks fine under make-up…
but the quest for the Holy Grail continues…