Isn’t La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50+ for kids? Why are you using it, Gio?
Why not? Sunscreen is sunscreen. If it’s good enough for kids, it’s good enough for adults. Plus, I was curious to see if sunscreen for kids is really gentler.
Turns out, not that much. Here’s what I mean:
Key Ingredients In La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50
You’d think that a sunscreen for kids used only mineral filters like zinc oxide. Wrong. La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50 went down the synthetic route. Here’s what UV filters it’s using:
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: aka avobenzone, an UVA filter that’s very unstable (ie stops working quickly when exposed to light) and is absorbed by the body. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid.
- Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone: suitable for water-resistant formulas, this very stable UV filter protects you from all UVB rays and some UVA rays.
- Drometrizole Trisiloxane: a.k.a. Mexoryl XL. It protects from both UVA and UVB rays but has an oily texture that’s not always oily skin-friendly.
- Ethylhexyl Salicylate: a weak UVB filter. If it were used alone, it wouldn’t even be able to protect that well from UVB rays!
- Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine: a.k.a Tinosorb S, it offers excellent protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Titanium Dioxide: a white, gentle mineral that protects you from all UVB and some UVA rays.
I’m on the fence about Avobenzone. It’s one of the most effective UVA filters but I’m not sure I’d use it on very young children. For my adult skin, it’s totally fine.
The rest of the UV synthetic UV filters belong to a new generation that’s gentler and more suitable for sensitive skin. Good choice!
Related: Is Avobenzone In Sunscreens Safe?
I know what you’re thinking… Alcohol? In a sunscreen for kids? Really?
Alcohol has a reputation (not totally undeserved) for being drying and irritating. So, why add it to La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50?
Alcohol is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to thin the texture. Without it, this sunscreen would leave a greasy, oily mess all over your skin.
As for the side effects, you can always prevent them by using this sunscreen together with a moisturiser or hydrating serum.
Related: Is Alcohol In Skincare Good Or Bad?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Despite the alcohol, La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF 50 isn’t that thin. Certainly nothing like those runny Asian sunscreen that are so popular at the moment (and they have alcohol, too!).
I’d describe it as a thickish white cream that spreads easily without leaving a greasy residue behind. On my dry patches, it absorbs instantly. On my oilier t-zone, it takes a few minutes to sink in and leaves my skin shiny for a while. I fix this with a mattifying powder.
The texture may not be as aesthetically pleasant as I thought it’d be, but I can’t fault its protection. I’ve used this in the height of summer when even London was in the middle of a heat-wave for weeks. Temperatures were over 30+ (in the shade).
I spent entire days outside and, with regular reapplication, didn’t get any sunburns. Sure, my skin still darkened a little (hey, even SPF 100 still lets 1% of UV rays through) but overall, I’m pleased with its performance.
I also know it helped me keep wrinkles and dark spots at bay for that little bit longer. But those are results you see a few years down the road, not in a month or two.
Related: Does SPF 100 Provides The Best Sun Protection Or Just A False Sense Of Security?
Available at: £14.00 at Boots and Escentuals
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Ingredients: Aqua/Water, C12-15 Alkul Benzonate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, BIS-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Alcohol Denat., Diisopropyl Sebacate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Ammonium Polyacrylicdimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Palmatic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine