We take sunscreen very seriously, here at Care to Beauty. Not only is sunscreen the best anti-aging, it’s also essential to maintain the health of our skin. It’s no wonder, then, that we love La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid (previously known as Anthelios Shaka Fluid). Truth to their mission to provide safe as well as comfortable sun protection, the experts at La Roche-Posay have put everything into this product; in essence, this is everything you could possibly want in a sunscreen.
Let us tell you all about it!
⚠️ This post was last updated in 2021. As of 2022, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid has been discontinued and reformulated into La Roche Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+. Read our deep dive into the new Anthelios UVMune 400 range here. ⚠️
1. It’s a new and improved version of a top-rated sunscreen
First there was the fan-favorite La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+; then, there was the Anthelios Shaka Fluid. Today, we have La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid to replace them both.
The greatest improvement is the level of protection. Like it predecessors, the Anthelios Invisible Fluid features SPF50+. Where it really shines, however, is the PPD rating; it offers a PPD rating of 46, the highest UVA protection ever achieved on an Anthelios product.
PPD, meaning Persistent Pigment Darkening, is a system that Asia and Europe use to measure a product’s level of protection against UVA rays. The European Union, in particular, recommends that sunscreen products feature a PPD rating that’s at least a third of the SPF. Products that fulfill this recommendation feature a standardized UVA label, which looks like the letters “UVA” inside of a circle. You will see this label on the packaging of the Anthelios Invisible Fluid.
2. It’s ultra resistant to water, sweat, and sand
With an ultra-light texture, the Anthelios Invisible Fluid absorbs extremely quickly without leaving white traces on the skin. Its unique formula, which is enriched with intelligent polymers, uses a micro-crystal structure to form a strong, near-unmovable film over the skin. It’s this film that lends the product its water, sweat, and sand-resistant properties.
The film-like finish also keeps the product from running down your face and into your eyes, avoiding that dreaded eye sting so often associated with sunscreen products. As if that weren’t enough, the experts at La Roche-Posay took the formula a step further and had it ophthalmologically tested, in order to ensure that, even if you do get some product in your eye, you will be safe from discomfort and pain. Finally!
3. It’s so fluid it needs special packaging
The Anthelios Invisible Fluid comes in a stylish, flask-like bottle with a precision applicator. This is more than just for show, though! Because the texture of this product is so fluid, it needs packaging that will help you carry and apply it with minimal fuss. If you shake the bottle, you’ll even hear a rattling noise: there’s a little sphere inside that ensures the product is evenly mixed when the time comes to apply it.
If you’ve ever wondered why this product used to be called Shaka Fluid, now you know: it’s because you’ve got to shake it before use!
4. It suits every skin type
The experts at La Roche-Posay know that not all sunscreen is created equal–this is why they’ve created different, color-coded ranges that suit some skin types better than others. Products that feature the blue stripe suit dry skin the best, while the green suits oily skin, and the yellow suits normal to combination.
The Anthelios Invisible Fluid is a proud member of this yellow family, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work on other skin types. The non-greasy, non-sticky, non-comedogenic formula is a great match for oily skin; on the other hand, the fact that this product contains glycerin ensures that the skin stays hydrated and moisturized for 24 hours following the initial application, which makes it suitable for dry skin.
5. It’s available in four different versions
The Anthelios range is all about variety, so it stands to reason that this product would be no different. This revolutionary sunscreen is available in four different formulas:
- The original formula → Invisible Fluid SPF50+
- A fragrance-free variation → Invisible Fluid Fragrance-Free SPF50+
- A tinted sunscreen that suits most skin tones → Invisible Fluid Tinted SPF50+
- An SPF30 version of the original → Invisible Fluid SPF30
We’ve tried the Anthelios Invisible Fluid and loved it–indeed, we’re happy to consider it one of the best La Roche-Posay products ever created. Now it’s your turn to try it. How do you feel about this ultra-fluid, ultra-versatile sunscreen?
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