There are reasons why many dermatologists recommend Anthelios sunscreens to their patients and why discerning customers choose it over any other sunblock protection. But do Anthelios sunscreens really deserve to be called the best sunscreens in the world?
UVA-UVB, The Two Types of Protection Required
It's important to first understand how the sun's rays can cause skin damage. The sun is made up of shorter length UVB rays and longer length UVA rays. UVB rays are responsible for tanning and sunburns; UVA rays on the other hand, penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to wrinkles, premature aging, allergic reactions and some types of skin cancers. In North America, a sunscreen's effectiveness is measured by its Sun Protection Factor or SPF rating. SPF is a measurement of the amount of UVB protection that a sunscreen delivers. As yet, North America does not have an official standard for measuring the UVA protection of a sunscreen. Regardless, an effective sunscreen should offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays and should remain stable when exposed to sunlight.
Anthelios With Mexoryl
Anthelios sunscreens by La Roche Posay contain the ingredients Mexoryl SX or Mexoryl XL, which offer considerable UVA protection. When combined with other effective sun filtering agents such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone for example, Anthelios becomes a broad spectrum sunscreen delivering protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Many sunscreens on the market only deliver UVB protection. So you may not get a sunburn, but you will not be protecting yourself against skin aging and skin cancers. The Anthelios formulation is also highly photostable (does not degrade when exposed to sunlight) especially compared to most sunscreens on the market today. Studies have shown that Anthelios maintains the majority of its sun filtering capability even 24 hours after initial application.
Anthelios is a sunscreen, but people always comment on how lovely it feels on the skin. The texture is far smoother than any other sunscreen.
So are Anthelios sunscreens the best sunscreens in the world? Based on studies, the protection that they afford and feedback that I receive from my customers, I would have to say yes. And Anthelios sunscreens come in a range of formulations for different skin types and protection.