La Roche-Posay is my favourite suncare brand after I fell in love with their Anthelios XL Comfort Nutritive Comfort Oil and Anthelios XL Comfort Cream last Summer. This Summer, La Roche-Posay have introduced two new additions to their facial suncare range; the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF 50+ and the La Roche-Posay Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+. Shockingly enough, 73% of people don’t always apply suncream to their face and La Roche-Posay have facial suncare products which suit dry, oily and combination skin types so they have everyone covered. To coincide with the launch of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream, they have also started their new MY UV PATCH campaign which is the first ever stretchable UV monitor.
The MY UV Patch is a transparent adhesive that stretches and adheres directly to any area of the skin the consumer wants to monitor. The patch measures approximately 1 square inch and is 50 micrometers thick which is half the thickness of an average strand of hair so it’s super thin and lightweight. The patch contains photosensitive dyes which work with all skin tones, changing colour when exposed to UV rays to indicate varying levels of sun exposure.
Consumers will be able to take a photo of their patch and upload it to the La Roche-Posay My UV Patch app. Amazingly the patch is available from June onwards free of charge with advice from the La Roche-Posay website but the waiting list opened on the 6th of May so make sure you sign up if you’d like one.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream 50ml £16.50 is described as having a very high, broad, photostable UVA/UVB protection. It contains optimal SPF 50+ protection reinforced against UVA rays (stricter than the European recommendation) thanks to a patented filtering system called Mexoplex, combined with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
It is described as being suitable for those with fair and sensitive skin, and has anti-shine technology making it ideal for those with oil or combination skin types. The Gel-Cream claims to have a dry touch texture with double anti-shine action, immediate absorption, and ultra dry finish, no white marks and is water resistant.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream comes packaged within a white, plastic, squeezy tube with a pump which allows you to dispense however much or as little as you want. The gel-cream is beige coloured, and has the consistency of almost a foundation. Due to the cream being tinted, I suspected that the tint would be too dark for my porcelain skin tone and I was right sadly, as it’s much too dark but I think it would work for fair to light skintones, but not the fairest.
The gel does absorb quickly into the skin, and becomes dry almost instantly which isn’t ideal for dry skin but it would be perfect for oily skin as it instantly mattifies. As the tint is much too dark for me, I haven’t been able to fully test it but there are some great reviews on the Escentual website and Boots website which might be a little more helpful. However in theory it’s a very good product and the SPF 50+ is fantastic, plus I’ve never been disappointed by a La Roche-Posay product, so I think it’s a summer must-have for those with oily/combination skin.