Sunscreen + primer has been my newest curiosity as of late, and I’m always looking into ways to cut a step out of my morning skincare routine. La Roche-Posay is known for their fabulous skincare and suncare products so I didn’t hesitate to try the new Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen. Now that the summer months are approaching and I’m trying to avoid layering on too many products during the day, this particular product peaked my interest.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen is a product that “combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants in a primer that provides a blurring effect on skin. This innovative skincare product provides instant optical correction of aging and daily prevention of aging caused by the sun.” Initially these are some bold claims — and the best of both worlds.
La Roche-Posay describes this product as a way to achieve “instant correction of signs of aging.” I don’t even think that that’s even possible; however, the product is described to be “colorless, lightweight [in] texture [that] fills in and smoothes fine lines, wrinkles and pores for an even complexion and an instantly younger-looking skin. Its formula is enriched with absorbing powders to mattify skin and eliminate excess sebum in combination and oily skin.”
There’s some truth to their claims. The sunblock does contain high SPF, but applying too much of the primer makes your skin greasy and wouldn’t help your make up stay on longer. In contrast, if you applied too little of it then you wouldn’t be getting adequate sun protection. For me, I realized a little bit of this went a long way — only a small amount of it was needed to spread onto the skin. For this reason, I relied on my regular sunscreen underneath and applied tiny dabs of this primer on my nose, forehead, and cheeks.
Another truth is that the texture of this product is really nice. It’s lightweight and blends easily since it’s kind of moussey texture. It fills in lines and pores really well, which I was impressed with. It didn’t irritate my skin and didn’t interfere with my makeup application, so in that sense, it worked as a primer should. However, again, I wasn’t into wearing this alone and skipping my usual sunscreen since I felt that it wouldn’t be giving be the amount of protection needed based on the small amount of product applied.
Honestly, it didn’t reverse any major aging, nor did it all of sudden give me the sudden appearance of younger looking skin. While the “daily anti-aging and antioxidant protection” sounded nice I think this performed better as a primer more than anything else; and, I certainly wouldn’t rely on only this to protect my skin. Additionally, although La Roche-Posay’s “Advanced Anti-Aging Filtering System” and “Powerful Cell-Ox Shield Antioxidant Complex” are known to “protect from signs of skin aging caused by the sun,” you’d have to apply a hell of a lot to get that protection — in which case you’d be applying way too much primer on your skin.
I think La Roche-Posay aimed to produce a multi-functional all-in-one kind of product. However, I didn’t like applying too much of this stuff too my face because it got so oily fast. I wore a separate sunscreen underneath this primer — just like I would for any other primer I would use. So, for me, this product didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. All the fancy shmancy words and promises sound great, but I think it’s more responsible to apply a good amount of sunscreen to your face and add on a primer only in the places where you need it. I don’t recommend this product, even though I’m a big fan of La Roche-Posay products and would recommend the line to everyone (depending on your skincare concerns). Unfortunately, this product didn’t wow me even though the concept was nice.
Made in France.
Retails for $39.99 USD.