Avène Sunscreens contains a unique UVA(those are the sun rays that AGE you)/UVB(the sun rays that BURN you) filter system called SunSitive Protection. Sunstive Protection is courtesy of the Pierre Fabre Research team, and it means very broad spectrum protection that’s photostable and enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E(Pre-tocopheryl, a vitamin E precursor) to protect against free radicals. PLUS there’s Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin too! All of them are highly water and sweat resistant as well, while still being gentle on the skin.
So to put it simply, Avène sunscreens are triple duty sunscreens: protection from burning, protection from aging free radicals that can cause damage, AND they soothe and moisturize your skin with Avène Thermal water. Win, Win, Win!
The Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50 + and Avène Very High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ are formulated especially for those with hypersensitive skin-those of us that burn as soon as we step outside in the summer. If I don’t wear sunscreen, I burn in under 10 minutes. What makes Avène Very High Protection Sunscreens so good for those that burn easily is that they are stable and effective for quite a long time. They are highly water and sweat resistant. The spray is an alcohol-free non aerosol spray, which is much appreciated for sensitive skins, because no irritating and drying alcohol! Both versions are lightweight and absorb easily into the skin without leaving a white cast. There’s a slight flowery fragrance I can’t put my finger on, so they doesn’t smell like “sunscreen”, if ya’ know what I mean. I like the fragrance, but I also like the smell of sunscreen too-yeah, I’m a freak. 😛
Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 is a mineral or physical sunscreen containing Titanium Dioxide (10.78%) (Sunscreen), and Zinc Oxide (2.40%) giving broad spectrum protection. I personally prefer a mineral sunscreen for my face especially, as I find them less irritating and less likely to break me out. Plus, I’m on the camp side that chemical sunscreens actually bring out and cause hyper-pigmentation. Yeah, I know-it’s controversial but I swear it happens to me. And it makes sense too, since chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation, so wouldn’t that cause brown spots to say HI? Does for me! If I use a chemical sunscreen on my face, spots reappear and I have to do damage control and correct those dark spots with skin lightners. But, if I use a mineral sunscreen? UV rays are REFLECTED off of my face, and not absorbed so I get NO spots rearing their ugly heads. Mineral sunscreens are my personal choice, and of course-it’s up to you in the end. Whatever works for you, WORKS. As long as you wear sunscreen!
Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 has a light peachy tint to it, and it’s thick and creamy. And like most mineral sunscreens it does leave a bit of a white cast on the skin. But I don’t mind that. I like the glow factor it gives! It does take a bit of time to soak in, but it’s worth it for me. It’s moisturizing enough that I don’t need another moisturizer on top, and wowza does it stay put! All I do then is just add some mineral powder and Bazinga! I’m protected from the sun all day. Oh, and no breakouts at all. I used Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50 all the times I was at Disneyland this past year and it was perfect. No worries or fear of getting a burn, or a tan. In fact, I think I came back from every California trip even paler than I was before I left HA! First time in years that has happened!
Prices range from about $25-$30 or so depending on where you buy from, so keep your eyes out for sales! These are great choices for hypersensitive skins that have problems tolerating sunscreen.
What do you prefer for sunscreen on your face? Mineral? Or Chemical? Also….chemical sunscreens…unless they are specifically touted as being photostable as these ones from Avène? I won’t go near. But truthfully, most do claim to be photostable these days which is good! There’s a lot to know about sunscreen, hey? It’s important to know ALL the facts! I hope I’m helping, and not confusing you! If there’s anything you want to ask-DO IT! I’ll get you the answer TOOT SWEET. Man, it’s amazing how many times a day I can use TOOT SWEET. Makes me 😀