Anthelios Gel W 40 is an SPF 40 water resistant sunscreen marketed by La Roche Posay, a division of L’Oreal. Manufactured in France to exacting standards, Anthelios Gel W 40 contains La Roche Posay’s patented sun filtering formula that includes Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL, titanium dioxide and avobenzone (Parsol 1789) stabilized with Octocrylene. In addition, Anthelios Gel is photostable, meaning that the sun filters maintain their effectiveness for hours after sun exposure.
Anthelios Gel W SPF 40 is designed for use on the face and body and it delivers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This feature of the sunscreen means that you are protected against sunburns as well as the long term damage associated with sun exposure – wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. It is light with a fluid like consistency that makes it ideal for sports use and hairy areas. There is no greasy residue and no stickyness.
Anthelios Gel W SPF 40 is classified as highly water resistant. It is, in fact, the most water resistant of all the Anthelios sunscreens. Sunscreens that are highly water resistant give one 80 minutes of sun protection in the water or from heavy perspiration. This translates to more time to enjoy your favourite activities outdoors, whether swimming, water skiing, bicycling, running or just lazing by the pool or beach.
Anthelios Gel W SPF 40 is preservative free. If you are sensitive or allergic to preservatives including parabens, then this formulation is right for you. It is also fragrance free. The addition of tocopherol (Vitamin E) provides additional protection to skin. Vitamin E has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens by protecting the epidermis (skin’s top layer) from the early stages of ultraviolet light damage. And, due to its antioxidant activity, Vitamin E can help to fight free radical damage associated with exposure to sunlight.
If you are looking for a lightweight, easy to apply and effective sunscreen for your outdoor sports acitivities, then Anthelios Gel W 40 is one to consider.