UV Filters: Octisalate, Uvinul T 150. Tinosorb S, Avobenzone, Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX

Has alcohol, no fragrance, oil free. It smells like how all Anthelios un-fragranced sunscreens smell. If you blindfold me and ask me to sniff an unrecognized sunscreen to me, I can 100% correctly guess it's a sunscreen from La Roche Posay lol. I have tried Anthelios Wet Skin Gel, Anthelios Dermo pediatrics, Anthelios Anti Shine, Anthelios Mist, old Anthelios Ultra light Fluid - they all have that distinct smell; unless if they are fragranced.



I applied the sunscreen on my left arm, wait for 20 mins and take a photo using UV camera (Sunscreenr). I usually give 15 mins for sunscreen to set, but I know this sunscreen never ever sets on my skin, so I give it extra 5 mins.

For experiment purpose, I'd just cover from back of my hand to somewhere around my wrist. I'd leave my wrist area as comparison. No white cast, just shiny and sticky to the touch after 20 mins. And as expected from sunscreen with avobenzone, it turns pitch black under sunscreenr.

Initial application
Initial application
With flash
Trying to capture white cast with flash - no white cast detected
Shine level
Shine level
Initial application vs 20 mins dry down
Under UV Camer: Fresh application vs After dry down


Rubbing under Running Water

I put my back of hand under running water over the sink, and rubbed vigorously, trying to rub off the sunscreen off. Then just gently pat dry with tissue.

Rubbing under running water
As this has no white cast, you can see the redness I got from rubbing (ouch). I have mild dermatographia so my skin can get red and swollen easily when scratched, so don't mind that.
I don't think normal people will get that red.
I can see the the skin is less shiny and slightly faded on the rubbed part vs the undisturbed swatch (wrist area).
Thankfully it's still a good even layer.


Removal with foaming body wash

I tried with my foaming body wash from Shokubutsu. I think it removes well.

Washed with Shokubutsu body wash


Removal with DHC Cleansing Oil

Well, if body wash can remove it, of course DHC cleansing oil can also remove it lol. I left the middle part as undisturbed as possible for comparison.

Cleanse with DHC Cleansing Oil


Extra - Blot test

I really can't stand the stickiness, but still I wish to use this (it wasn't cheap!) and I found an idea. I did another test. I applied it on my back of palm, let it sit for 20 mins. And blot it with tissue paper. I want to see how much the layer is being removed. Once it's blotted, my skin is pretty dry to the touch; not like matte dry ala Skinfood Sunflower No Sebum gel, but at least not sticky and wearable yay!

Fresh application, wait 20 mins, notice it's shiny even under sunscreenr

Second attempt
Second attempt: fresh application, waited 20 mins. Notice that it's shiny even under UV camera


After patting with tissue
After patting

So it definitely removed some of the layer. Looks similar with when I rubbed it hard under the running water. I think I can apply more than usual to compensate. It can be just as wasteful, but it's better than throwing the whole bottle away lol



There you have it. I can't use it on my face as it broke me out on my chin area (itchy red bumps). I'll be using it on my body. Won't repurchase it though.

It costs S$46.90 for 50ml in local drugstore, and Anessa Perfect Milk (2020 formula) costs for S$41.90 for 60ml (and this is frequently on discount) - so I better off purchasing Anessa one for a better finish. Well, at least until I can find a non greasy high PPD EU sunscreen that I can happily wear here, humid tropical southeast asia (96% humidity). If you have recommendations, I'm all ears!


About UV camera

I only use this to see if a sunscreen disperses an even layer (or patchy and spotty); and if I miss out a spot during application. It's not by all means to measure the sunscreen protection level. Got mine from sunscreenr.com. It's compatible with android phone.


Originally posted on Reddit.