Avène Sunscreens: Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50, Avène Very High Protection Sunscreens

Welcome back to Sunscreen Week! Today Let’s talk about some of the new sun protection offerings from Avène, which is of course one of my favourite skincare brands!
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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!

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50, Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50 + and Avène Very High Protection Lotion SPF 50+

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.  😛

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50

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!

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Avène High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50

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  😀

  • Hey Tracy, I usually stick to physical sunscreens but I think some are a combination so I kinda hope for the best LOL Probably not what one should do but I’m guessing most sunscreens are the market are OK?!

    • Yes of course they are! It’s all a personal choice. I use whatever on my body, as I don’t care, but my face has sun damage, so I prefer mineral on my face. I find it makes a difference for me.

  • Angela

    Happy to see the sunscreen recommendations you have, Tracy! I’m a daily user, being a pasty skinned gal from the north and all. I’ve heard a couple people mention quite recently some ‘problem’ with a chemical in sunscreens, but that’s all they could remember. I have no time to look these things up, though during my 30-s Google check I think found oxybenzone was an ingredient of concern. And of course, the EWG most likely has every chemical on their ‘danger’ list, but this seemed to be a different situation (or maybe since I have kids now I’m more sensitive to rumblings over chemical toxicity??). Sorry to be so vague!!

    • Hey Angela!! If you check my Coppertone post I explain how sunscreens work and what the bad stuff is!

  • I like sunscreens with both chemical and mineral blockers. All mineral ones are not as cosmetically elegant and tend to have a gummy texture. I’d love to try the Avene sunscreen line as I am a fan of the brand. That mineral lotion actually looks great with the light tint!

    • I’m more mineral for my face if I can help it. It is a pretty cool one! I hope you try it!

  • Liz

    I’ve started dipping my toes in with Avene. Or, rather, my face. Sunscreen next year! (I’m well stocked for this year. :))

  • Honestly both mineral and chemical sunscreens break me out but I still wear them daily! I will have to try Avene, maybe that will be the end of my search!!

    • Both kind of do for me too-just depends I think how much I sweat hahaha! But minerals I can handle a bit better-the zits are tiny lol!

  • Lily

    I wonder if we have the sprays here. I love that it’s alcohol free non aerosol and that it’s very water resistant. Sounds perfect for my kids before their swimming session. I need to go have a look!

    • Yeah, they’re not like those aerosol ones, so you have to spread it with your hands, but then you see where it goes and won’t miss spots!

      • Lily

        Dude I bought the mineral cream and the other orange bottle one. We don’t have the spray though. I’m loving the mineral cream even though it’s thicker. In our humidity and heat, it doesn’t turn oily. Win!

      • WAHOO!! Stays put like I said! Yeah, it worked so well walking around Disneyland all day-I didn’t have to reapply at all. I’m glad you like it!

  • Glow factor? Then I guess it’s a no no for me. I need sunscreen that mattifies my butterstick phase, not one that makes it look more shiny. I’m with you on the prefering mineral sunscreens though. REFLECT THAT SH*T OFF MAH FACADE!

    • Yeah, mineral sunscreens will always kinda’ glow-they’re minerals so….but I bet they’re are some that are matte just gotta look!
      Yup! I’d rather it reflect off too!

  • Is it weird that every time you review an Avene product, in my mind I sing “Horse pony! Check it and see!” to the tune of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded”?! That whole thing with the spring water horse has really stayed with me, lol!! I used the Tres Haute protection one last summer and yes – NO rays penetrated that sunshine barricade! I totally hear you on coming back from California PALER than when you left – now that’s a spicy meatball a/k/a excellent sunscreen! 🙂

    • HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA I LOVE IT! Me too-I have to stop myself from mentioning the itchy horsey every time!
      For me minerals on my face is the best-like NOTHING gets passed!