La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ – New Canadian Version (comparing it to Europe’s Shaka Fluid) SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #17

When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”

In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.

Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to review! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.


Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.

Price: $29 CAD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS (Total: 7):
Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%
Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 5%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 2%
Ensulizole 0.5%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~60)
UVA: LRP Canada said on their Instagram the PPD is 35.


ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID VS. SHAKA FLUID

Feel free to skip past this part if you really don’t care lol.

CANADIAN LRP INCI Canadian website
Active ingredients: Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%, Bemotrizinol 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 2%, Ensulizole 0.5%
Inactive ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Perlite, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

EUROPEAN LRP INCIDecoder
Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

SHARED UV FILTERS
Mexoryl XL – Drometrizole Trisiloxane  (UVB UVA)
Tinosorb S – Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Bimotrizinol (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Avobenzone – Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVAI UVAII)
Octisalate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB)

CANADIAN ONLY
Octocrylene (UVB some UVA II)
Homosalate (UVB)
Ensulizole (UVB)

EUROPEAN ONLY
Mexoryl SX – Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Uvinul T 150 – EthylHexyl Triazone (UVB)

In short, first 10 inactive ingredients are the same, 5 of the same ingredients are in different order, and there is 1 different ingredient:

Canada – Disodium Edta – viscosity
Europe – Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride – emollient

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.

As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).

In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!


My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.

STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.

WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.

SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.


Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
  • This does not sting my eyes

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
  • Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
  • I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe

The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.

WHERE TO BUY:
Well.ca *
Shoppers Drug Mart

*This is an affiliate link. If you click on this link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50

Well-known or their Vitamin CE Ferulic Acid serum, Skinceuticals is an American cosmeceutical brand that can be found in many a dermatology or medispa clinic. I decided to pick up their Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 at my dermatologist’s clinic. I’ve heard this being a great mineral sunscreen for all skin tones, so I had to try it for myself!

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INFORMATION ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types, Very Sensitive
SKIN CONDITION: Aging and Sun-Damaged Skin, Discoloration
WHAT IT IS
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a tinted, broad spectrum sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral-based UV filters which promotes radiance and an even skin tone.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR

• Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
• Boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion 
• Helps boost skin’s natural defenses to environmental stress

DID YOU KNOW?

• Water- and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes 
• Sheer, tinted sunscreen adapts to most skin tones without a white cast 
• Non-comedogenic, paraben-, alcohol-, dye-, fragrance- and gluten-free

– Skinceuticals.ca

Price: $34 USD / $48 CAD
Amount: 50 ml
Packaging:  Opaque grey plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

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UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide: 5% Z-Cote®
Titanium Dioxide: 6%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50
UVA: ~16.67 – in Canada, the recommended minimum UVAPF has to be 1/3rd of the SPF. (See Table 4 on the Government of Canada’s website). I found on this website that the PPD is 21, but nowhere on Skinceuticals website is it confirmed.
Contains Iron Oxides

INGREDIENTS:
Active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide. Cosmetic ingredients: water, dimethicone, isododecane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, undecane, triethylhexanoin, isohexadecane, nylon-12, caprylyl methicone, butyloctyl salicylate, phenethyl benzoate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, 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, caprylyl glycol, iron oxides, peg-8 laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, tocopherol, propylene carbonate, artemia extract, benzoic acid, peg-9, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminum hydroxide.

The Zinc Oxide in this sunscreen is Z-Cote®, described as a microfine, photostable physical UV filter that is translucent and non-greasy. Knowing this, it is what’s supposed to help this mineral sunscreen produce minimal cast for most skin tones. Skinceuticals describes the Titanium Dioxide in this formula as microfine, and the Iron Oxides as translucent coloured spheres. Aside from Tocopherol as an antioxidant, the bulk of the ingredients list make up the texture and emollience of the sunscreen.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: I applied the sunscreen in 2 thin layers. It slides on very easily with a light touch.

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FINISH: Glowy, sometimes too shiny for my liking. Even when I give it time to set, it still has quite the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? A little bit on application, but it goes away.

WHITECAST / TINTED? The tint is slightly grey, and if applied in thin layers it seems to mostly adapt to my skin colour. I have tried 2 thin layers, and 3 even thinner layers, both types of application had resulted in a similar tone – mostly my skin shade and undertone, a smidge grey. If too much is applied at once, the grey is very visible and doesn’t seem to adapt so well. I also tested this sunscreen on my cousin (she is NC40 in MAC shade) – I made her apply a VERY generous layer of this sunscreen on, and it looked great on her! She told me she actually uses the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield as her current sunscreen as well with no makeup on top. We both have fairly neutral undertones on our face so that could be another reason why it blends into her skin tone as well as mine (NC16 or NC20).

WATER RESISTANT? The Canadian website says yes for 40 minutes, but on the packaging itself it recommends to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. For sun safety, I’d go with what’s on the packaging.

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SKIN BENEFITS? Evens out my skin tone, makes my skin feel slightly drier as I wear it throughout the day, and seems to always gather/pill around my hair line. In the colder months I notice it picks up my dry patches more easily, so I need to have a lighter hand with application to prevent it. I also find when I mix an occlusive with my moisturizer prior, it helps prevent worse dry patches.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. I don’t need to apply as heavy of a coverage because the slight greyish tint cancels out redness. Doesn’t impact the finish or make it look cakey.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF50

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50 (although I always prefer SPF50+)
  • Fairly easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Evens skin
  • Skin-like finish
  • Doesn’t look cakey
  • With specific application, I can wear this on its own (provided there are no patches visible)
  • Reminds me of what a classic Korean BB cream does – the grey reduces the redness and allows for a thinner foundation application to make your makeup seem more natural looking.

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings.
  • Pills around hairline and emphasizes dry patches – didn’t notice this when I used it in the summertime though!
  • I find my skin becomes drier throughout the day

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • I don’t think anyone would be a fan of the price per ml, however I look past it because of how well it performs compared to other all-mineral sunscreens I’ve tried (during summer especially)
  • Sometimes I feel like the undertone looks too neutral, almost grey. If you have easily reddened skin, you may like this though. In addition you need to apply this a certain way to minimize that grey tint as much as possible

I am pretty impressed with Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50! Next to the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield, this one has a pretty forgiving tint on my skin tone with the right application, and it performs well under makeup. I personally still prefer using either hybrid-sunscreens or pure organic UV filter sunscreens because I can confidently apply 2mg/cm2 without worrying about a cast or grey tint. This is a feeling I can never shake off with 100% mineral sunscreens. However, for a high SPF all mineral sunscreen, the Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 did a pretty good job! I think this will work more for normal to oily skin types since it does pick up on dry patches, but for my dryer skin type I still found it to work well in the warmer months.

WHERE TO BUY:
Skinceuticals.ca
Skinstore *
Dermstore *

*This is an affiliate link. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

My Summer 2020 Morning Skincare Routine

If you live in Ontario, we really have 2 seasons – Summer and Winter lol. I decided this year I will share my skincare routines by season – I usually mention here or there the slight changes I do in my routine based on the warmer or colder months, but I thought it would be more helpful to not only demonstrate it, but to talk through my thought process as well when it comes to how I approach my skincare. In this morning summer skincare routine, I use my prescription Dapsone, 5% Aczone.

Skin type: Acne prone, normal to dry. Becomes easily sensitized from drying products or environment.
Skincare Focus: Acne control, hydration, barrier protection.
What my skincare addresses: Acne prevention and healing, hydration, barrier protection, promoting graceful aging, fade pigmentation, minimizing pore size, reducing redness and inflammation, improves texture, promotes collagen synthesis, skin thickening.


Products marked with * are PR Samples/gifts. This does not change my opinion of the product. My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*

All links are affiliate links. This means when you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.


MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

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The products below are my tried and trues out of the rotation of items I receive from PR, gifts, and my own purchases. Each are purposeful and contribute to my skin’s overall health.

1. Hydrator

Product: By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence *
How I use it: Apply on a cotton round and wipe face to remove a night’s buildup or fluff. Depending on how skin is feeling, apply another layer or 2.
Why I use it: Due to my problematic skin, layering something as light as a hydrating toner/essence/lotion really helps reduce my skin’s chance of becoming dehydrated without feeling congested. I also find hydrators make my skin just a bit plumper, brighter, more even, softer.
Blog Post: REVIEW: By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence
Where to Buy:
Wishtrend
Yesstyle

2. Vitamin C

Product: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
How I use it: Apply immediately while skin is still slightly tacky from hydrator step. Massage a full dropper all over face and neck and pat once evenly spread.
Why I use it: Mainly for photoprotection, and it’s nice that it maintains my bright and even complexion. Vitamin C is the most expensive and finnicky product in my routine – L-Ascorbic Acid oxidizes in 3 months and I can’t visibly tell if it’s working. I spoke with my derm about it, and she’s pro-Vitamin C. I decided to keep it in my routine as an extra boost to the graceful aging aspect.
Blog Post: My 3 Must-Have Actives After 3-6 Months of Differin
Where to Buy:
Paula’s Choice
Nordstrom

3. Aczone

Product: Valeant Aczone Gel 5% Dapsone – (prescription only)
How I use it: Apply a thin layer all over face and under jaw
Why I use it: Helps reduce inflammation around any active acne lesions, also helps to control non-inflamed lesions. It also pairs well with my Retin-A Micro, Vitamin C serum, and chemical exfoliants.

4. Moisturizer

Product: Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume
How I use it: Apply once Aczone has settled. Massage half a pump or less all over face and neck
Why I use it: Skin always feels comfortably moisturized without feeling congested. Calms my skin, softens it, and leave a non-greasy residue on my skin.
Where to Buy:
Well.ca

5. Sunscreen

Product: La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
How I use it: Apply once moisturizer has settled. Shake up bottle and pour a generous amount in the palm of hand. Lightly massage in 2 separate layers all over face, ears, and neck
Why I use it: Due to my nightly use of Retin-A Micro and other actives, sun protection is a must. I also have found that the generous amount I apply and the high UVA protecting susncreens I use have made a big difference. It’s helped to further prevent pigmentation from lasting on my skin, I rarely have irritated skin or an uneven skin tone, and in pair with my prescription topicals my skin texture seems softer.
Where to Buy:
Well.ca

Video:

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And that’s it for my morning skincare routine during the warmer months! As always, I hope you find this type of content helpful and informative!

xo, M