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It’s not even officially summer, but I have already found the sunscreen that I will be wearing for the rest of short and sandal season. Thanks to the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Non-Perfume Dry Touch Gel-Cream Anti-Shine SPF 50+.

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Finding a good sunscreen can prove difficult because of all of the cold, thick, chalky and artificial-smelling formulas that are often found on drugstore shelves. It means that it can take some trial and error to find a formula that is actually decent. Happily, there was no need for a lot of sunscreen experimenting this year because La Roche-Posay’s formula has none of these characteristics.

As the name states, it is a dry touch gel-cream. You squeeze the mini pump bottle and it dispenses a small amount of a white sunscreen at a time. While the opaque white formula might make you recall some gloopy sunscreen options, one touch of it will make you quickly realize it’s different. And the effect is only enhanced when you put it on your face. It is very lightweight and creamy.

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One or two pumps usually gives me enough product to adequately cover my face and neck. And unlike some sunscreens, I don’t need to spend hours rubbing it in. All it takes is a few pats for the sunscreen to be fully absorbed.

The only way you’re able to tell you’re wearing sunscreen is that it has an anti-shine finish which is a lifesaver if you have oily skin and are addicted to blotting sheets in the summer. I tested the formula out of the Memorial Day weekend and I felt I could completely skip powder and blotting sheets thanks to the mattifying formula. And unlike some mattiyfing products, it didn’t suck all of the moisture from my skin. I was able to apply the sunscreen through the day without my face feeling uncomfortable.

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Another big positive is that the sunscreen doesn’t contain any fragrance which means you don’t have to worry about smelling like artificial coconut.

It may have only just been Memorial Day, but the sunscreen has impressed me over the past few weeks so much that I plan on using it until Labor Day. Then we will see how the matte formula fairs in the fall and winter.

(Photo: La Roche-Posay)