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Rachel said,

May 30, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Dear Sharmani,

Please could you recommend a high spf daily facial sunscreen to be worn under make up. I live in California and although I don’t spend time directly in the sun I am exposed through daily activities! I’m 37,have sensitive skin and don’t like products with parabens etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



Sharmani said,

May 30, 2016 @ 10:43 am

For Frank,
We carry a few Neostrata products that contain FRUIT stem cells, such as the Anti-Aging SPF 15 Cream and the Anti-Aging Eye Cream.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

May 30, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

For Rachel,
We’re so glad to hear that you are wearing a dedicated sunscreen every day, especially in sunny California. Our favorites made specifically for the face would be either the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme (invisible finish, very lightweight feel) or the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Fluid (was called Fluide Extreme in the past, seems to be more suitable for normal to oily complexions based on customer feedback). Both contain Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and Tinosorb S, all very effective sun filters. However, we are currently awaiting new stock to arrive in the next 2-4 weeks from France. In the meantime, our next go-to sunscreen without parabens or fragrance would be Anthelios XL SPF 60 Ultra-light Lotion which uses Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and a combination of other sun filters. Please note that it does not contain titanium dioxide so it does not leave a white finish on the skin. It has a dry-touch finish and would be a very good choice under makeup.
Best, Sharmani

Susan said,

June 5, 2016 @ 11:46 am

Hello Sharmani,

Could you tell me the percent Mexoryl SX and the percent Mexoryl XL in the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Melt-In Comfort Crème ($35/1.7oz)? I see this info is listed for the Anthelios XL SPF 60 ($29) but not this one.

Thank you.

Sharmani said,

June 6, 2016 @ 10:52 am

For Susan,
Thank you for your blog question. Anthelios XL SPF 60 is made in France and labelled for the North American market where laws require the percentages of sun filters to be listed in the ingredients. The Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Melt in Cream/Comfort Creme is made and labelled for the European market where laws do not require those specifics. As such, we are not able to pass on that information. However, Anthelios continues to be a leader in Europe of effective sunscreens containing Mexoryl XL and, in some of their products, Tinosorb S.
Best, Sharmani

April said,

June 13, 2016 @ 8:19 am

I have d neostrata acne cleanser, neostrata acne clarifying solution 2% and neostrata acne clarifying lotion and l aso have d neostrata glycolic peel lotion am i going to use all?what would be my daily routine?

Mary said,

June 13, 2016 @ 9:16 am


I want to know what the difference is between Anthelios 60 with Cell-OX Shield and Anthelios 60 XL with Mexoryl? and which is better. Everything I read talks about Mexoryl and nothing about the Cell-OX Shield.
Thank you!

Sharmani said,

June 13, 2016 @ 10:50 am

For Mary,
Thanks for your question. Anthelios sunscreens manufactured for the American market are often formulated with Cell-Ox Shield, a combination of 5 older-generation sun filters (Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene and Oxybenzone) These sun filters are not unique to Anthelios and can be found in many other sunscreens. Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX are some of the latest sun filters available. Safe, efficient and photostable, Mexoryl XL has been available in Canada and Europe for many years but has not yet been approved by the FDA for the US market as of yet. Read more about Cell-Ox Shield here and Mexoryl XL here in our blogs.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

June 13, 2016 @ 11:06 am

For April,
We would suggest that the Neostrata Acne Care Gel Cleanser be used twice a day. In the morning, this can be followed with the Clarifying Lotion. In the evenings, you may want to alternate the two products which contain glycolic acid (so one night the Clarifying Solution and a gentle moisturizer if needed, then the next night use the Glycolic Renewal 5% Smoothing Lotion). Please give your skin time to build up tolerance to the active ingredients in these products by introducing them gradually into your routine in order to minimize any possible irritation.
Best, Sharmani

Michele Tolbert said,

June 21, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

I am not sure what he needs but he has an allergy to the sun he breaks out in hives all over the ares exposed to the sun. This just started about 3 years ago and he has to take Steroids at least 3-4 time a year to get rid of it. He is a Farmer he is in the sun regularly and he is over 50 and changing careers at his age is not a option. Can you please help us?

Sharmani said,

June 23, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

For Michele,
Rashes and hives from sun exposure can be caused by many different conditions, including heat rash, benign summer light eruption, PMLE or solar urticaria. If your husband has already consulted a doctor or dermatologist, he may want to combine the steroidal treatment with a stable, broad-spectrum sunscreen such as Anthelios XL SPF 60 with Mexoryl XL. Although avoiding the sun may not be possible with his work, using a sunscreen and wearing protective clothing may go a long way to minimizing outbreaks. Please see our website here for a full list of ingredients of the Anthelios XL SPF 60 and consult your doctor to ensure that it is suitable.
Best, Sharmani

Sandy said,

June 28, 2016 @ 6:12 am

I just saw a retinol product claiming 2.5% retinol. Yours says highest is .o9%. I’m very confused. Hope you will help answer.

Mark Russell said,

June 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

It is seeming harder and harder to get Mexoryl sunscreen. Is there a problem with production of is Laroche Posay focusing on other things.


Sharmani said,

June 29, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

For Sandy,
Thanks for your question. We currently carry two retinoid products: Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum and Green Cream in three levels, including Green Cream Level 9 with 0.9% retinol. Both are high potency products with levels of retinoids that do not require a prescription. Without knowing specific information about the 2.5% retinol product that you are referring to, we are not able to comment on whether it is an item that is commercially available or how it would compare to the products we carry.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

June 29, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

Hello Mark,
Thanks for your question. There is typically high demand for sunscreens at this time of year, and although we are currently waiting for some stock to arrive, we do have available many sunscreens which contain Mexoryl XL and Mexoryl SX, including Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream (our top seller), Anthelios XL SPF 45 Comfort Cream and Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lait/Lotion in the 10oz value-size. If there is one in particular you are interested in or would like to be placed on our waiting list for a favorite product, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best, Sharmani

#sahil said,

July 20, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

I want to ask that why the black layer appear on the face n nose n what is the genuine reason for that?
And with which drug we can treat it?

Sharmani said,

July 21, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

For Sahil,
Thanks for your question. There could be many reasons for discoloration or hyperpigmentation of the skin, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, even side effects from certain drugs and medications. It would be best to consult a doctor or dermatologist to properly diagnose and treat your particular case.
Best, Sharmani

Leslie said,

July 23, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

My dermatologist suggested Anthelios Melt In Creme 60. I do not find that. has the name changed? I just want to make sure I get that exact product as she says it is the only one that does not leave any white and does not pill on your body. Thank you

Sharmani said,

July 25, 2016 @ 11:35 am

For Leslie,
Our topselling sunscreen, Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream, was renamed a few years ago from Melt in Cream. However, the formula remains the same and is still the one product that our customers tell us more often that they use based on recommendations from their dermatologists. With sun filters Mexoryl XL, Mexoryl SX and titanium dioxide, this combination provides excellent UVA and UVB protection.
Best, Sharmani

Jonathan said,

August 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Do you know when you will be getting Ombrelle Lip Balm back in stock?

Tracey said,

August 4, 2016 @ 8:44 am

Hello, can you please tell me what the current expiration date is on the Anthelios XL SPF 60 Melt-In Cream? Thank you!

Sharmani said,

August 5, 2016 @ 11:09 am

For Jonathan,
Thanks for your question. Our suppliers are not able at this time to confirm a date of when the Ombrelle Lip Balm will be back in stock due to a manufacturer shortage. We do, however, still have the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lip Stick in stock to protect one of the most neglected parts of your body with regards to sun protection.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

August 5, 2016 @ 11:12 am

For Tracey,
Thanks for your questions. The stock of Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream (aka Melt in Cream) that we are currently receiving from our suppliers have a best before date of September 2018. Please keep in mind that once opened, products generally have a shelf-life of 12 months.
Best, Sharmani

Haneet said,

August 6, 2016 @ 8:59 am

i have dry feet top and bottom, especially the heels. i’ve used a lot of different products and pedi solutions however nothing seems to really be effective. Recommendations on what products / techniques should be used.?

Sharmani said,

August 7, 2016 @ 9:30 am

For Haneet,
For dry feet, you may want to consider a product containing urea, a part of the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor. When used as an ingredient in a skin care product, urea not only attracts moisture to the skin but exfoliates as well. It can be found in Flexitol Heel Magic Balm and Eucerin Smoothing Foot Cream. Of course, consistency is always key to success. Giving your feet a warm soak, exfoliating, moisturizing and covering up will go a long way. Read more about dealing with dry feet here in our blog.
Best, Sharmani

Elizabeth Wong said,

August 29, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

Dear Sharmini,

I have been trying to register for the newsletter. After I have typed in my email address. I am told to do so again and again.

Please advise.


shy estacio said,

August 31, 2016 @ 7:35 am

Dear Sharmani,

I have been using Vit C and E serum and Malic and Mandelic acid at night. I have oily skin and at times have pimples. I stopped using my retenoic acid lotion since my skin got so sensitive on it Just 1 month ago I have been using this anti age primary treatment in the morning which contain 5% unbuffered glycolic acid w/ green tea, rice phytic acid and virgin coconut oil. My question is, if its safe to use or to combine this cream w/the M2 and glycolic unbufferd cream? Do they have the same benefits? Thanks. Hoping for your reply.

Sharmani said,

August 31, 2016 @ 10:32 am

For Elizabeth:
We would be happy to add you to our bi-weekly email newsletter list. We have forwarded your email address to be included manually. Please accept our apologies for the trouble you have been experiencing in signing up online.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

August 31, 2016 @ 10:48 am

For Shy Estacio,
Malic acid, mandelic acid and glycolic acid are all from the AHA family and work to do the same thing: help remove dead skins, improve acne and reveal a brighter complexion. In general, malic and mandelic acids are more easily tolerated, especially for sensitive skin. Unbuffered glycolic acid may cause more irration. We suggest using those products on different nights, not in combination with each other.
As your vitamin C and E serum acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals, you may want to consider using that in the morning under your sunscreen and then using your AHA products at night.
With oily skin and blemishes, you may also want to keep an eye out for clogged pores as coconut oil can be comedogenic.
Best, Sharmani

Hazel Vargas said,

September 7, 2016 @ 7:36 am

Hello. I stumbled upon your site while searching for this product. My dermatologist recommended hydroquinone 4% with sunscreen topical cream (substitution permitted) to apply to discolored skin as a result of hyperpigmentation (acne scars; bruising; small areas under eyes from darkening birthmark, knee, ankles, palm). I am Asian with tan skin. Please recommend the right product to go with my current skin regimen. I use anti-wrinkle serum and facial cream with hyaluronic acid and sometimes use exfoliants — e.g. St Yves apricot scrub and mud masques with vitamin C. Not consistently, though. My makeup consists of toner, antiaging serum, moisturizer, foundation, concealer and loose powder — of varying brands. My skin doesn’t tolerate glycolic acid. I have a combination skin and generally it’s in good condition for my age (69). I would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

Sharmani said,

September 7, 2016 @ 10:30 am

For Hazel,
Thanks for your question. You may find that one of the Ultraquin 4% hydroquinone products may be suitable for you. These do not contain glycolic acid in their formulations. Using a combination of products can increase the chance of success when dealing with hyperpigmentation. A must, however, is a stable, broad spectrum suncreen like Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme, to prevent further darkening of the skin. Read more about what works best together in our blog post here.
Best, Sharmani

Amy said,

October 1, 2016 @ 11:43 am

Dear Sharmani,

I am a long term Anthelois sunscreen user and I have great experience ordering Anthelois products from your site for the past a few years.

I would like to ask you what is the different between Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme vs Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Creame? I know the SPF number is different, besides that, what are other major differences? The reason I am asking is that I noticed SPF 50+ creme is priced at $35 for 50ml, however, SPF 60 creme is priced at $29 for 100ml. I am little bit confused, I thought the sunscreen with higher SPF # and larger volume should be more expensive. Can you please let me know? What makes you determine SPF 50+ at 50ml price should be higher that SPF 60 at 100ml ? Thank you so much.

Victoria said,

October 2, 2016 @ 8:01 am

I recently found out I’m pregnant with our second and am not sure all of my La Roche-Posay products are safe to continue using. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
I’m using the following products: Redermic C Eyes and I switch between Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Tinted Sunscreen Fluid for Face, Water Resistant with SPF 50 & Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen with SPF 50.
If these are not safe can you suggest an eye crime and a facial & body SPF that are safe to use during pregnancy? I am fair skinned and have dry skin that can be sensitive at times.

Thank you!
is safe to use during pregnancy?

Sharmani said,

October 4, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

For Victoria,
First off, congratulations on the new baby! Skincare choices do occasionally need to change when pregnancy and/or breastfeeding are in the picture. In general, retinoids and hydroquinone should be avoided. The main ingredients in the products you mentioned (vitamin C, mineral sun filters and antioxidants) are generally considered safe during pregnancy. However, oxybenzone, a common sun filter, has been associated with hormone disruption. You may want to discuss this with your doctor as choices are even more important during pregnancy.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

October 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

For Amy,
Thank you for your question. We’re so pleased that you have been using Anthelios sunscreens. We are also big fans.
The Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream is made in France for the Canadian market. The Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme is also made in France but for the European market. The formulations, sun filters and overall finish/feel are different, although both contain coveted Mexoryl XL. Anthelios XL SPF 60 is made for the face and body but does have a slightly heavier feel with a bit of shine and can leave a white cast on some complexions. The Antheliox XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme in the smaller tube is made specifically for the face with an invisible, lightweight, velvety dry finish that some customers find more pleasing and comfortable to wear on a daily basis.
The prices on PharmacyMix are based on acquisition costs from our suppliers and, as always, we strive to remain competitive while bringing our customers what we consider the best and most effective sunscreens currently available.
Best, Sharmani

Tina said,

October 5, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

My dermatologist has recommended using a sunscreen called Tinosorb-Bemotrizinol and recommended your website as a place to purchase it. I cannot find it on your site- any suggestions?

Sharmani said,

October 7, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

For Tina,
Thank you for your email. We are so pleased that your dermatologist suggested contacting us. Tinosorb-S (also known as Bemotrizinol)is actually one of the newest sun filters available. We love it because it is photostable, helps to stabilize other sun filters, is compatible with filters Mexoryl XL and SX and is not associated with any known skin irritations. Read more about it here in our blog.
You’ll find it in a few of the sunscreens that we carry which are made for the European market: Anthelios XL SPF 50 Comfort Creme for the face, Anthelios XL SPF 50 Lait Veloute in the large 300ml/ 10 oz tube, Anthelios XL SPF 50 BB Cream and both the tinted and untinted versions of Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultrafluid (aka Fluide Extreme).
If you have questions about finish, feel and suitability, please don’t hesitate to give us a call as we make it a point to try as many of the sun protection products as we can for first hand information.
Best, Sharmani

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