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L’Oreal Revitalift UV Cream with Mexoryl, SPF 15

loreal sunscreen LOreal Revitalift UV Cream with Mexoryl, SPF 15I was quite happy to see the new L’Oreal sunscreen, L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Revitalift UV, Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen LOreal Revitalift UV Cream with Mexoryl, SPF 15, because I have been waiting for a sunscreen with Mexoryl to become easily available at the drugstores.

With that said, I do have a little quibble with L’Oreal’s advertising. They have been portraying the sunscreen as “just approved” by the FDA and “finally available.” Well, guess what? It was approved over a year ago and has been available in the United States for some time in my favorite sunblock, Lancome UV Expert, and in La Roche-Posay Anthelios LOreal Revitalift UV Cream with Mexoryl, SPF 15, both of which happen to be a L’Oreal companies. Sketchy advertising honestly bugs me and this is good stuff that doesn’t need the exaggerated newness factor.

OK, so now that I got my little advertising rant out of the way, I do recommend this sunscreen. With the help of Mexoryl as an ingredient, it provides full spectrum protection. It is moisturizing and absorbs well, but unlike its predecessors, it is pretty easy to find in any local drugstore. Further, it is a bit cheaper than the others.

I still prefer the Lancome branded version because it includes a physical blocker as well as Mexoryl. When I reported on the sunscreen database, one of the concerns I found about Mexoryl was that like many chemical blockers, it is not entirely stable in sunlight. So I tend to like a physical blocker mixed with my chemical blockers. Since the Lancome version has that, it is my first choice. But it is nice to see yet another, and a bit more accessible, alternative.

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  1. For some reason I thought Mexoryl is stable in sunlight. I tried Anthelios last year, but it clogged my pores like crazy, so I had to stop using it. I’m also a big fan of sunscreens with physical blockers – specifically titanium dioxide. If the L’Oreal had a higher SPF, I would try it, just to see if it caused me to breakout or not. I love experimenting!

  2. The people behind Mexoryl claim that it is completely stable in sunlight, but my understanding is that any chemical blocker will degrade to some extent. The sunscreen database reports 40% degradation over 2 hours, which I think is pretty good performance, but obviously not perfect. Here is the link: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=706484

    Let me know if you try the L’Oreal one!

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