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1/2 Price La Roche-Posay Athelios Range - Ultra Light Fluid Facial SPF50+ Sunscreen $14.96 @ Chemist Warehouse/Amazon AU


It looks like Chemist warehouse has 1/2 price on La Roche-Posay Athelios sunscreen range. Not sure when this went on sale but it wasn't in the catalogue. This is the lowest price I've seen for this very popular sunscreen.

The linked product is their most popular facial sunscreen, designed for normal, combination and sensitive skin prone to sun intolerance, is fragrance-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic. It also comes in a tinted version

For other skin types:

  • Those with oiler skin types may prefer the Anthelios XL Dry Touch SPF50+ Sunscreen For Oily Skin - untined or tinted - $14.96
  • Those with dry skin types may prefer the La Roche-Posay Anthelios ULTRA SPF50+ Face Sunscreen For Dry Skin 50ml- untinted or tinted - $14.96

Amazon has matched the facial sunscreen (Sold out) and it may work out better for you if you have Prime or want to pay subscription price. Be careful though, not everything has been price matched - the ultra-light spray is more expensive than Chemist Warehouse, but the oily skin and dry skin versions are the same price.

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  • +1

    Incredible price, haven't seen it so cheap. I already stocked up on previous sales nowhere near as good as this price, so I won't get more.

    For anyone with sensitive skin or who feels hot when they wear sunscreen I highly recommend giving this a go.

    Tip - always give this bottle a good shake, it needs to be mixed before applying.

    • I've always wanted to try this sunscreen but I'll have to hold off as well, given my existing stash of facial sunscreens and the fact that any new ones I buy are likely to expire in a year or two….

    • Priceline also seems to be selling them this cheap but their sale ends tonight

  • +1

    Highly recommend the un-tinted version of this suncreen. Nothing else that we've tried compares to it. The tinted version does look a little too orangey for my taste but you may be able to pull it off if you have a warmer skin tone like my wife.

    Cons: Does have a strong smell to it and it is normally so bloody expensive in oz, compared to what we used to pay for it when we lived in France.

    Cheers Op ! Time to stock up :)

    • +2

      Nothing else that we've tried compares to it.

      I'm not sure how you personally compare sunscreens. Aren't these things rated by SPF? For example, how is this better than Le Tan SPF 50+ Coconut Sunscreen Lotion 500ml that's rated the same SPF50+, and costs $3.47 less, for 10 times the quantity?

      • +1

        Le Tan is super greasy, feels tacky and smell odd on my skin. OK to wear it on my body but not on my face. Others I've tried tend to make my skin look grey.

        When LA Roche is not on special, I wear Neutrogena hydro boost water gel, which tends to make my eyes water but I'm willing to suffer (a little) to look good. I don't need to with this product :)

        • smell odd on my skin

          You did say in your previous message that the stuff on this thread has a strong smell as well. Most sunscreens are going to have a smell and I don't think it's a drawback.

          "Feels tacky" makes little sense to me as well.

          "Super greasy" I can understand, but I'll probably be ok with it if it costs less than ten times what's being pushed here as being "on offer".

          Of course, your should use what you like. But I don't see it justified paying over 10x for this over something else that offers the same level of sun protection. I suppose I'll save 10x the money, and look a bit greasy. :)

          • @CocaKoala:

            smell odd on my skin

            The perfume in these products react differently to the chemistry in the wearer's skin. I can smell a very faint rancid coconut smell to it on hot days.

            Feels tacky

            "Tacky" as in sticky, which bothers me to no end.

            Super greasy

            I can't really turn up to a board meeting looking like a greasy teenager, smelling like a rancid coconut and constantly touching my face because of the weird , sticky sensation - it wouldn't be a good look :)

            • @DisabledUser102420:

              I can't really turn up to a board meeting

              Look out guys we’ve got a big shot here

              • -2

                @quaddie: Lol, may be you don't need to wear sunscreen to a board meeting?

    • The tinted version does look a little too orangey for my taste

      I think you might be using it wrong…

      • I think in their spare time they moonlight as POTUS.

    • I find it has the least smell to any sunscreens I've used. Other ones in this range (especially the spray-on) have a smell for me, but not the ultra light fluid. Having said that, I think that different people can detect different smells, maybe you're more sensitive to one of the ingredients and can detect it.

  • Thanks OP

  • +4

    50ml? It would last me a couple of days.

    • i think its just meant to be for the face - so you wouldnt need much for each application.

      • +8

        I have a big face.

        • +2


    • +1

      Yeah that's like one surf

    • -2

      Most mean use about 50 times too much "product" because they think adding more makes it work better and that's what advertising taught them.

      • +7

        Actually when it comes to sunscreen and protection from the harsh Australian sun the opposite is true.

        The Melanoma Institute of Australia says most people don't use enough 'product' to ensure adequate coverage, especially when it comes to places like the top of the ears, cheeks and nose.

      • The recommended amount is 5ml for your face, which is about a teaspoon.

        • +1

          That's for face, neck and ears :), if you have an average sized face (most women would need only <80% of that).

          • +1

            @Bargainbeth: Yeah both sides of your neck is bigger than the surface of your face

            You can use cheaper stuff neck down, hate having hair stuck to my face from sticky sunscreen

            • +1

              @brnaodn: I know, then you get these snape-like strands of hair everywhere 😂

              As a female, my hair is long, so cheap stuff usually isn't ideal for neck down as it sticks everywhere. Struggles! Expensive stuff is still a bit sticky but not half as bad.

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  • +1

    Sold out on Amazon

  • +1

    Dry touch still available on Amazon Anthelios Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF 50+ Ultra Light Fluid https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B017ROO5TS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i...

    Tinted cheaper with s&s

    • What's the difference between the one in the OP (Ultra light) and this dry touch one?

      • dry touch is tinted, the ultra light is clear.

        • Not quite, there are tinted and untinted versions of each type. See my description above.

          • @moocher: Sorry, I just re-read your post. Cheers for the speedy correction.

            • @Ching ching: No worries, I had to do a double take on most of them myself!

      • +2

        The ultra-light is more suited to normal to combination skin types.

        The Anti-Shine Dry Touch is recommended for oily, acne-prone sensitive skin types. It combines chemical UV filters with mattifying ingredient Airlicium – an anti-sweat molecule that can absorb up to 150 times its volume in sebum, sweat and oil.

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  • How does it compare to the Cancer council matte version?

    • This leaves your face less matte but "glowy", not oily. I prefer this to Cancer Council matte version mostly because it's lighter

      • Ok thanks.
        Cancer council works fine for me and is way cheaper, so I think I will go with CC.

        • I can't talk about the feeling on the skin, but La Roche Posay is much more advanced and uses a much wider and more potent variety of UV filters in their sunscreens. Sunscreen is much more than just "SPF 50" it's a lot more complicated then that. La Roche-Posay is a lot more likely to protect your skin efficiently.

  • +1

    I have no idea if I have dry skin or oily! What's the safest route?
    I'm like combo skin!

    Suits men? Tint worries me

    • +4

      Go the nearest window (preferably one looking into a ladies’ gym) and press your face up against it. Look at the Window and if your face leaves a greasy smudge, you have oily skin.

    • Get the untinted one in the main link, best for combo skin. Fine for men.

  • -1

    facial sunscreen

    A way to rip customers off by pretending there's a special requirement for sunscreen used on the face.

    • Same as Amazon reviews are ripping off.

    • +3

      How ignorant can one be.

    • +4

      Why are face wash, hand wash and body wash all different products?

      There’s different types of skin on your body, and people react differently to different products. Your skin may not be sensitive to generic, cheap
      sunscreen, but a lot of people require something more specialised.

      • -6

        Why are face wash, hand wash and body wash all different products?

        Marketing, again. Why sell one product when you can sell three?

        Source: I use the same bar of soap to wash my hands, body and face. I also once used body wash on my face and hands with no negative side effects.

        • +5

          I also once used body wash on my face and hands with no negative side effects.

          Oh great, lucky every single person has the exact same skin sensitivity and condition as you right! Only your skin matters and every product should be based off your skin.


          • -3

            @Ughhh: Judging by the negs I've received, I'm going to draw the conclusion that people with sensitive skin are generally emotionally sensitive as well.

            • +1

              @Nomadesque: You must be somewhat emotionally sensitive too if you noticed and had to whinge about negs. Think you need more than sunscreen though.

              • @Ughhh: Hard not to notice them when your post is in a different shade and has a number next to it. That said, I don't think anything I wrote could be construed as whinging?

        • +1

          Again, your skin is different to others. You blanket the single data point of your experience to be applicable to everyone else’s skin. I’ve got psoriasis, eczema and generally sensitive skin, I can’t use generic body wash on my face or general skin with an adverse reaction.

          No one has denied that it can work for you, but you’re clearly narrow minded being unable to comprehend that other people have different experiences and reactions to the same products as you.

    • Sunscreens used on the face are formulated to be less harsh as facial skin is more sensitive. They are also designed to feel lighter and absorb faster, as well as sit better under makeup. It's not all about how well it protects you from the sun, comfort and suitability to one's skin sensitivity are very important too.

      I wear sunscreen on my face -every- day, I buy Japanese sunscreen as in general Japanese and Korean sunscreens feel WAY more comfortable on the skin. Unless you've tried both types you can't really comment, because the "experience" is absolutely night and day for me, I would never ever throw banana boat on my face to go to work as i'd feel like a sticky mess and look oily as hell.

    • +2

      For people lucky enough not to have sensitive skin, count yourself lucky and just buy cheap sunscreen.

      This sunscreen won't block pores, so less likely to cause break-outs. It feels lighter on the skin than most sunscreens. It doesn't leave a white cast on your skin. I has no added fragrance, I don't notice any smell at all. And its highly protective for me, I can wear this for a few hours and not get sunburned, whereas with other sunscreens with same SPF rating I can still get sunburn.

      As someone with sensitive skin on my face and possibly rosacea, its really important to protect my skin from the sun, but most sunscreens and face products will make my skin react and feel hot and sometimes turns red. If it isn't noncomedogenic (non pore blocking), it will almost always react. The ones with lots of zinc make my skin extra white and looks stupid. Most are really greasy, most are sticky. People don't tend to wear sunscreen if it feels yucky. Its hard finding a good sunscreen that doesn't react on my skin. I love this stuff.

      This is expensive compared to regular sunscreens even on this great sale, I only use on my face. Its way cheaper though than the fancy dermatologist sunscreens. For my neck and arms etc I use Surf Life Saving Daily Spray, it is the cheapest (find at half price at CW sometimes) that feels ok on my skin. I did use it on my face but found after a few days it started to react on my skin.

  • +1

    Another good thing about this sunscreen is that is has one of the highest UVA protections on the Australian market (another leading brand is Neutrogena in this respect). UVA also contributes to skin cancer risk and is responsible for visible signs of ageing and long-term damage.

    • +2

      It also uses a combination of both physcial and chemical sunblocks.

      Physical sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin and block and scatter UV rays. They do this via mineral filters, the most common of which are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

      Chemical sunscreens , on the other hand, contain active sun filters that penetrate the skin and absorb UV rays to prevent them from causing damage.

      Compound formulas like La Roche and Neutrogena, with multiple filters ,ensure the most effective broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

  • +1

    Is this good for swimming?

    • +2

      Yes but I would use something cheaper as you need to reapply often. Don't work to slip, slap, seek and slide too.

      • Don't work to slip, slap, seek and slide too.

        Don't forget to slip , slap, seek and slide too.

    • Yes.

  • +3

    This and the NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer Clear Face Lotion are recommended for those who suffer breakouts from other products and so are perfect for everyday use. And both provide excellent matte finish UVA and UVB protection.

    I notice Chemist Warehouse has both for sale at half price at the moment. While the La Roche-Posay product is twice the price of Neutrogena, at this price I am willing to give it a go.

    Thanks OP.

    • +1

      The Nivea No shine is also really good. Comparible to Mecca famous To save face sunscreen. Great texture for make up.

      • Thanks for that. See the Nivea Shine control is on sale at Woolworths atm for half price ($6.50). With more than a month left in our hottest summer on record now seems like a good time to stock up.

    • +1

      Nivea is SPF30. Had to look up SPF30 vs SPF50

      "SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent."

      • Interesting.

        Most people would assume, wrongly, that SPF50 blocks out two thirds more UV rays than SPF30.

        Which is why (iircc) Australian standards people were so reluctant to allow any sunscreen to be marketed above SPF30….

        Because the difference between SPF 30 and SPF50 is non critical in reality and can be used simply as a marketing tool and encourage cosmetic companies to put more chemicals in their product to bump up the SPF score for zero practical benefit.

        • Yep pretty much. Not worth that extra $$$ for 1% extra protection. I actually bought SPF 50 assuming significantly better protection. I'd buy the Neutrogena over the ops one based on price…

      • +1

        Are you sure you're referring to the same product as mine? Nivea has many lines of sunscreen.

        But the no shine is spf 50


  • Thanks op. I was going to try out Natio's one but seeing the good reviews here I'll go this instead :)

  • +1

    Awesome, this is the one I use daily. Have sensitive skin that easily pigments.

  • +1

    I have tried the ultra light one but it left a white cast on my face.
    Anyone else had this issue?

    • Not on the ultra light fluid one.

  • I can recommend this one also, I have combination dry) Lily skin that is also sensitive and reacts often to different sunscreen types. La Roche I've never had a problem with.

    And to those that are commenting on it being expensive, yes I agree it can be but in balance this a something that protects me with no side affects so definitely money well spent.

  • I also can recommend Hamilton Sunscreen: https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/84808/hamilton-sun-s...

  • This is a nice sunscreen, great price. For others like me who are picky with facial sunscreen (I get acne with most), the best 4hr waterproof facial sunscreen I've used is the Propaira Dry Touch. Aussie brand, with nicotinamide in it that has been proven to reduce skin cancers when taken orally.

    • I assume you don’t take the sunscreen orally though?

  • But is it safe for reef? Doesn't say so, so I assume not?

    • +1

      Zinc has been shown to be harmful to reefs. Contrary to what a lot of brands (and somw countries' policies) state.

  • -1

    u gota love posay.
    only 50ml? need alot more than that, if your like me it wont last and you cant go to long without needing more posay.

  • Is this better than Biore sunscreens?

  • +2

    Wow, great price. Never seen it lower than $18 before!

    Can't justify paying so much for 50ml, though. You need 1/4 teaspoon for your face, which is roughly 1.2ml. Add your ears, neck, upper chest and that is roughly 4ml, at least.

    So after about ~12 uses (12 days if you apply sunscreen just once a day, or 6 days if you apply twice).

    Almost a dollar a day for sunscreen!

    I use their spray one for my face.

    If anyone knows how the formula compares to the spray, please comment :).

    For reference, the spray is 200ml and currently $18.46- roughly half price. You won't burn through as much in a day, no pun intended.

    • I can't tolerate the smell of the spray one (tried the tester a few times), they're different enough as evidenced by the smell. Haven't left it on my skin long enough to see how it compares as a sunscreen.

      • Ahh ok, yeah it has a strong alcoholic smell. But it sinks in and looks "cosmetically elegant". How did it feel on your skin compared to the other one, if you can recall?

        • I think it felt fine, light.. but the smell remained long after the alcohol would have evaporated (I assume it evaporates). I wouldn't use due to the smell.

          Found that with other brands too, I like the Surf Life Saving finger spray version for neck and arms, no smell to me, but the standard bulk 1L version has smell I don't like.

          • @SeeTheLight: Oh thanks, and oops. I meant the one in this post. Have you used that one, and if so, how did it feel compared to the spray (smell aside)?

            Ooh, that one has Bemotrizinol in it :). Will probably try it out when my la roche one finishes.

            • +1

              @Bargainbeth: Oh right, yep. The ultra-light fluid one in this deal is my main face sunscreen. I find no smell, but others detect a bit of a smell, something you just need to try or see if they have a tester. I find it really good, couldn't recommend more. You must shake it well. There's no white cast. It isn't sticky or yukky on the skin. A very slight shiny look on the skin, but since it does such a good job at stopping sunburn and doesn't cause reactions on my skin, I can put up with that very slight negative. Hope you like it if you get it. I also love the unusual shape, it fits into bags/backpacks/pocket/waist bag and hardly know its there.

              • @SeeTheLight: Thanks, though would you say the feel is really similar to the spray? I have the spray and just wondering if it's worth buying this one. I don't mind the smell of the spray much at all.

                • @Bargainbeth: I can't remember the feel in comparison. I think the spray is probably lighter from memory. If the spray works and you don't mind the smell, you might as well keep using it.

  • picked one up at chemist warehouse, cheers op!

  • Would totally jump on this except I bought a ton from Japan and I find the sunscreens from Asia extremely light and non greasy (milk or gel like) so they are better than most of the ones sold here. This is probably the best non Asian face sunscreen.

    • Any specific brand from Japan? I going there in May , might stock up.

      • +1

        Anessa is a good one. Biore too.

      • +2

        Biore UV watery essence (blue bottle) has a gel like texture thats very different but dries nicely. Sunplay (big pink bottle) is a milk that also dries well. Skinaqua (gold bottle) I found a bit greasy feeling yet dries matte and is very moisturizing.
        There's loads, just go into any shop that has testers and try them all out :) use your arms as testers too for how well they go on and dry out.

        • Cheers!

      • This is an excellent guide on japanese sunscreens released in 2019.


        • Cheers!

    • +1

      I agree, I use a mix of Korean and Japanese sunscreens. Atm my favourite everyday sunscreen for my face is the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV (highest PA rating, physical and chemical filters and works amazingly with makeup, no alcohol, fragrance free, no white cast, it's extremely popular among asian skincare communities), and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence if i'm swimming. Also a big fan of MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun. In terms of body sunscreens actually love the Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen, it's not asian it's the ONLY one i've tried that feels like you're not wearing any. I can't stand how sticky sunscreen makes your body feel. It's also an ok size at 85ml, it's quite cheap when half price. I can't justify using the tiny japanese/korean ones on my body as it would just go way too fast :(

  • Probably a stupid question but do they sell this in France? Specifically in Paris? If so how much is it?

    • Not sure, but the version they sell in USA contains different active ingredients and isn't as good as the UK one or the one sold in Australia (I think the same version).

  • -1

    Alcohol denat is the fifth on its long list of ingredients. Is that good?
    Unsafe Alcohols for Skin
    this link says:

    The unsafe alcohols in some skin care products are generally simple or denatured alcohols, which are created using petroleum-based ingredients. In other words, not really something you want on your skin or in your bloodstream. These not-so-skin-friendly alcohols include ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and alcohol denat.

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