Read the Label!

La-Roche-Posay-Anthelios-XL-Melt-In-Cream-SPF-60-100ml I am a fan of both La Roche Posay’s Anthelios XL SPF 60 Melt-In Cream and Garnier’s (formerly L’Oreal) Ombrelle SPF 60 Ultra Light Cream for Face. While making a recent trip to Shopper’s Drug Mart I decided to pick up some of my beloved La Roche sunscreen. Usually retailing for $28 I was pleased to see that it was on sale for $23 dollars. I picked up a box then wandered over to the general sunscreen section where my Ombrelle sunscreen was on sale for $12.99 marked down from $18.99!31SWETtwO+L._SY300_ I didn’t want to plop down money for both sunscreens but the skin care princess in me was telling me to get the higher-end La Roche Posay brand…until I read the labels of each product. Both the La Roche Posay and Ombrelle sunscreens had the exact same active and inactive ingredients, all in the same order and at the same percentages. I knew they were very similar and both touted the use of Mexoryl as an active ingredient yet I never realized that they were essentially the same product but branded differently. So, I put down the La Roche Posay sunscreen and opted for the more affordable yet virtually identical Ombrelle. Don’t get me wrong, I probably will purchase The La Roche Posay sunscreen again in the future but at least now I’ll be making an informed decision.

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