SPF is arguably the most important skincare step, and yet still it’s all too easy to forget.
But if there is one sunscreen you should invest in, make it La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60.
The French dermatologist-created SPF, which is available in the US for $35.99, but is not yet sold in the UK or Australia, recently earned a perfect score of 100 from Consumer Reports for the fifth year in a row, beating out competition from 80 other products tested.
The French dermatologist-created La Roche-Posay SPF recently earned a perfect score of 100 for the fifth year in a row, beating out competition from 80 other products tested
And while it isn’t widely available outside the US and France, British and Australian customers who are desperate to lay their hands on the award-winning SPF can buy similar products from La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range, which features several different sunscreens up to SPF 50.
However it is the Melt-In Sunscreen Milk that is the star of the show, wowing both consumers and experts alike.
The SPF60 melt-in sunscreen milk by French brand La Roche Posay is available to buy in the US for $35.99
According to the Annual Sunscreen Guide by Consumer Reports, the product effectively protects skin from UVA and UVB rays and the subsequent skin damage they cause.
And it wasn’t just the La Roche-Posay sunscreen’s efficacy that was praised by Consumer Reports.
Each sun cream was also evaluated by ‘trained sensory panelists’ for texture and scent, where La Roche’s product also earned high scores for its ‘melting into the skin’ capacities.
Meanwhile Consumer Reports’ experts deemed La Roche-Posay’s the best money can buy for several reasons.
The sunscreen contains avobenzone, a chemical active ingredient which researchers have found to be more successful at blocking harmful rays than mineral sunscreens containing ingredients like zinc oxide.
It also has the antioxidant, Baicalin, to fight free radicals on the surface of the skin while offering the highest UVA and UVB sun protection.
The product is also the only lotion-formula sunscreen to receive a perfect score from the expert report.
The sunscreen contains avobenzone, a chemical active ingredient which researchers found to be more successful at blocking harmful rays than mineral sunscreens
La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios also has the antioxidant, Baicalin, to fight free radicals on the surface of the skin while offering the highest UVA and UVB sun protection
La Roche-Posay’s fifth year as the world’s best sunscreen comes just days after two big-name celebrities spoke out to warn about the importance of using SPF.
In a recent interview with People magazine, actress Brooke Shields, 53, revealed that doctors had found a precancerous spot on her face in 2009, and admitted that the scare made her much more vigilant about using SPF, both on herself and her two daughters.
Top tips for using SPF
- Put sunscreen on clean, dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to allow it time to interact with your skin. Re-apply it just before you go out – you’ll increase the amount applied and be more likely to get the stated SPF benefit.
- Cover all parts of the body not protected by clothing (don’t forget your ears, the back of your neck, the backs of your hands and the tops of your feet).
- Apply it evenly, and don’t rub it in excessively – most sunscreens will absorb into the outer layer of skin and don’t need to be rubbed in vigorously.
- Re-apply at least once every two hours and after swimming or exercise.
- Think beyond the beach and pool – use sunscreen whenever you go outdoors for a significant amount of time, such as to the park, a lunchtime walk to the shops, playing sports or gardening.
- Store your sunscreen at a temperature of less than 30 degrees Celsius. If you leave it in the glovebox of your car or in the sun, it may lose its effectiveness. Keep it in the esky with the drinks, in the shade or wrapped in a towel.
- Don’t use sunscreens that have passed their expiry date as they may have lost their effectiveness.
‘I don’t want them having stuff cut off their face like I’ve had to in my later years,’ the Lipstick Jungle star said. ‘They just burn so easily.
‘And whenever I have to get a procedure, something burned off, I show it to them. I say, “You want this?” Getting stuff cut off my lip. There was an era where we were baking in the sun, and you can’t do it.’
Similarly, reality star Kris Jenner, 63, told Refinery29 that she used to cover her body in ‘baby oil and sit with a reflector on the beach’ when she was growing up – before she came to realize the damage it was doing to her skin and body.
‘We didn’t know any better,’ she said. ‘Now, this generation really takes care of themselves in a way that we just weren’t educated to back in the day.’
When it comes to finding the perfect SPF, Australian consumer organisation Choice has revealed exactly what you should look for in a sunscreen – and the key words to look out for on the label.
‘Use SPF 50+ sunscreen for maximum benefit,’ Choice posted.
‘All sunscreens on the market must be listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and tested and rated according to Australian standard AS/NZS 2604:2012. So the cheapest 50+ sunscreen should provide you with the same protection as the most expensive.’
They also said it’s a good idea to look for water-resistant options, as well as something with insect repellent.
Finally, even the best sun cream won’t work unless you apply it properly.
Choice recommend one teaspoon for head and neck, two teaspoons for the torso, one for each arm and one for each leg.
‘Not applying it often enough, not reapplying after swimming or exercising, and inadvertently rubbing it off on clothing, towels and so on can also reduce its effectiveness,’ they added.