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Reviewed and recommended: Fallene Solar Protection Formula SPF 65

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Sun Protection for Face
April 2, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

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I am back to an old favorite sunscreen (although, confusingly, it comes with a new name and packaging). The sunscreen formerly known as Cotz is now called Solar Protection Formula. I like it because it delivers a whopping SPF 65 and full spectrum sun protection without causing me to break out.

As a quick aside, I prefer a separate sunscreen than to have one incorporated into other products. I feel I have more control over when and where to use it, the ingredients and the potency.

Solar Protection Formula has four active sunscreen ingredients. One of them, octonoxate, is toxic but studies have shown that not in concentrations that can be absorbed and do harm. There are some nice additions in the form of vitamin C, vitamin E, maritime pine and beta carotene. The only thing I don't like is the inclusion of talc (although its tight near the bottom of the list so is presumably a small concentration) and a preservative called phenoxythanol, which can be an irritant.

  • January 18, 2010

    by nm

    randomly browsing this site - came across this while looking up some reviews on favourite products thought I would answer the last post...
    Lóreal technically owns the patent on mexoryl - at least as far as i know in north america - It was orgnally created by Vichy. However since vichy is owned by lóreal it has ended up in many of the products owned by lóreal - however the results are somewhat mixed, in the vichy products it is in all of the products (even regular face creams) with an spf, it is also blended with mineral filters. in the La Roche Posay products mexoryl xl is in all of the face products and the sunscreens with the exception of two which still contain mexoryl sx, I believe LRP also blends the mexoryl with mineral filters for some reason I think it's 3 mineral filters. It can also be found in many Biotherm products, and some Lancome products. Mexoryl also exists in lóreal's umbrelle products but it almost exclusively the sx formula and not the xl, also if i'm not mistaken they don't blend any mineral filters in. However if you live in the USA - I don't think mexoryl XL is approved for use as of yet.

  • June 14, 2009

    by Michelle

    Thank you for the suggestions Marta! I am going to purchase a new set of anti-aging regimen products ranging from shampoos/conditioners, to serums/creams, moisturizers and lotions. I'll look into your suggestions for guidance! =P Oh, and I think the site you recommended for the Anthelios sunscreen is by La-Roche Posay, and not L'oreal. Or are they involved with the same company? I don't know. thanks again!

  • June 13, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Michelle
    The Fallene is not greasy, but it is thick with a white cast. Mexoryl is recommended because it has a broader spectrum coverage than other sunscreens. It is in L"Oreal's Anthelios (<a href="" rel="nofollow">reviewed here</a>). Otherwise take a look at our <a href="" rel="nofollow">Five Best zinc oxide sunscreens</a>, you might like the Pratima Neem.

  • June 13, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Marta,

    I'm looking for a good sunscreen and found this recommendation on the regime for 20 somethings. I was wondering where we can purchase it. Also, is it thick and greasy and leave a white cast like most sunscreens, or does it smooth on lightly like a moisturizer? Lastly, I also heard that when looking for sunscreens, we should make sure it has mexoryl. Is this true? Thank you!

  • September 26, 2008

    by marta

    <p>It's always that last thing I do (unless I am adding on a tinted moisturizer or other makeup and then that goes on over the sunscreen).</p>

  • September 26, 2008

    by ash

    <p>Silly question Marta,</p>

    <p>In your regiment where does sunscreen go? Before or after a facial moisturizer? I always get confused.</p>

    <p>Now that I am using pure moisturizers, I need to include a daily sunblock like this one (covering both UVA and UVB rays). Thanks.</p>

  • August 29, 2008

    by Trina

    <p>I Love this stuff, however it is different than the Cotz, Cotz is still available via my Pharmacist and online. The solar protection line is available from a Plastic surgeons office, dermatologist or a medi spa. and it is called solar protection 58. Thanks for turning me onto this. <br />

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