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COMPARISON: The best sunscreen

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Are you struggling to find your favorite sunscreen? I know it’s hard, I’ve tested several sunblocks and only a few have been perfect. In my comparison of sunscreens you can read about my experience with products from brands like Paula’s Choice and La Roche-Posay to see if they’re the ones your morning skincare routine needs!


A few days ago I told you about the importance of using a good sunscreen and why it is necessary to use it daily. Sunscreen is the most important product of your beauty routine. In fact, if you only have time to use one thing, let it be sunscreen.

However, even knowing that sunscreen is very important to keep our skin young and healthy, it is sometimes difficult to choose the right product. The variety is infinite: there are all kinds of textures, finishes, fragrances, etc. and it can be difficult to find a product that fits everything we are looking for. With this post I want to help you find the perfect sunscreen: that you can use every day without getting tired of it and knowing that your skin will be very well protected.


In this comparison I have divided sunscreens according to the type of filters they incorporate in their composition:




As you will remember from my previous post about sunscreens, sunscreens with a physical filter reflect radiation, as a shield. They are the most appropriate ones for pregnant women and children, since they are not absorbed, but remain on the surface of the skin. The most common physical filters are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as we can see here:.



The Anthelios line from La Roche Posay is a classic. It has an immense variety of products that adapt to all skin types and to all tastes. In this case, I am going to talk about a product with physical filters designed to provide a very high sun protection (it is SPF 50). Among its ingredients it incorporates niacinamide and salicylic acid, so it is a great solution for those who have a certain tendency to oily skin.

The first thing you notice when applying it is that it has a very light and comfortable texture, it’s so easily spread. One aspect that I did not like too much is that it leaves a bit of residue (a kind of white cast), something characteristic of sunscreens with a physical filter, despite incorporating nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. That residue can be removed easily, but it can be annoying if you do not realize it’s there. The protection it provides is very good, it is not oily at all and I have used it throughout the day without feeling that it needed reapplication (although you already know that it is always convenient to do it).

In short, it is a very comfortable product to use. I will have to investigate if that residue is a result of my beauty routine, of the particular tube that I have or of the product in general, but removing that aspect is a highly recommended product.

Aqua / Water, Homosalate, Silica, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene, Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Perlite, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, P-Anisic Acid, Peg-8 Laurate, Salicylic Acid, Silica Silylate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol Terephthalylidene, Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Zinc PCA.




Sunscreens with a chemical filter are characterized by absorbing ultraviolet radiation, instead of reflecting it. Some of its usual ingredients are oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, homosalate and octocrylene. Among their advantages, it should be noted that, by not leaving a film on the skin, their finish is usually invisible, without leaving that whitish rest typical of physical filters. Among the best sunscreens with chemical filter we can find: .


I had read great reviews of this Paula’s Choice sunscreen, but I wanted to check for myself if it was worth the hype. Aaaand it became a clear favorite. Its texture is very light, closer to milk tan cream. Even though it takes a couple of minutes to get fully absorbed, the result is wonderful, it doesn’t leave any cast at all and my skin ends up glowing.

It was developed for oily skin, so even though its finish is glowy, it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy at all. It has SPF 50, and its composition includes antioxidants, so it’s a great sunscreen for daily use. I totally recommend it!

Aqua, Homosalate (10%) (sunscreen agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Benzophenone-3 (6%) (Oxybenzone, sunscreen agent), PEG-8 (thickener), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (5%) (Octisalate, thickener), Polyethylene (thickener), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (3%) (Avobenzone, sunscreen agent), Octocrylene (2%) (sunscreen agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Silica (dry finish slip agent), Picea Excelsa (Spruce) Wood Extract (anti-inflammatory agent), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin-based antioxidant), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin-based antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Titanium Dioxide (Nano, thickener/opacifying agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Bentonite (absorbent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emulsifier), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Kaolin (thickener/absorbent), Ethylhexylglycerin (water-binding agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chlorphenesin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

You can find the Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen on Paula’s Choice.

When La Roche Posay offered me to try this new product from their Anthelios line I was pretty intrigued. This sunscreen with chemical filters is designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive. There are two possible finishes: invisible and sheer. It is resistant to water and sand and hypoallergenic.

Its application is very comfortable, it is a very light product, it is absorbed in an instant and does not leave any kind of residue. It spreads very well and the colored finish barely leaves a very soft tint, so it is suitable for everyone. To highlight a negative aspect, alcohol denat. It is the second ingredient in its composition. It is a very comfortable product for day to day, but I am not convinced that they have used this type of alcohol so predominantly in its composition.

Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyltriazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22Alkylacrylate / Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine, Disuccinate.

You can get La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid sunscreen on SkinStore.



This sunscreen is very particular, since it includes physical and chemical filters for a better protection against solar radiation. It has SPF 50, and is designed to absorb quickly, without leaving white remains. If your skin is sensitive or has an oily tendency, this sunscreen can be perfect for you.

The sensation when applied is slightly thick, more than with other fluid sunscreens. The one that I have tested specifically is the tinted version, which does not leave much color but can be a good option for those first days of summer in which you still look like a ghost (which happens to me a lot) and you want to give yourself a little touch of colour.

Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua). C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate. Dicaprylyl Carbonate. Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol [Nano]. Water (Aqua). Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine. Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone. Silica Diisopropyl Adipate. Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate. Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane. C10-18 Triglycerides. Mica. Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Decyl Glucoside. 1,2-Hexanediol. Glyceryl Stearate. Peg-100 Stearate. Potassium Cetyl Phosphate. Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer. Ascorbyl Glucoside. Benzoic Acid. Butylene Glycol. Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride. Disodium Edta. Fragrance (Parfum). Glyceryl Behenate. Glyceryl Dibehenate. Iron Oxides (Ci 77492). Iron Oxides (Ci 77491). Iron Oxides (Ci 77499). Oxothiazolidine. Propylene Glycol. Sodium Benzoate. Sodium Hydroxide. Stearyl Alcohol. Tocopherol. Tocopheryl Glucoside. Tribehenin. Xanthan Gum.

You can get the Avene Eau Thermale Dry Perfect Touch Dry Skin sunscreen on Amazon.


As you can see there is a perfect sunscreen for everyone. You can choose one depending on what you like: more dense, lighter, with physical filters, with chemical filters, etc. In the end it is a matter of finding the one you like and using it daily, re-applying it and taking good care of your skin.

And what is your favorite sunscreen? Is there any that you did not include in the comparison and that you would like me to try?


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I’m Nacho and I’m passionate about skincare. I really enjoy learning and sharing my knowledge about skincare and I read scientific papers so you don’t have to. I want to break stereotypes because I believe skincare has no gender: skin is skin.  

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