Friday, 8 July 2011

Review Avène very high protection SPF50+ emulsion

Avène is one of those brands that I love to try new/other products from... I'm a sucker for French brands: Caudalié, Avène, Nuxe and so on... totally and fully my cup of tea, pleading guilty of purchasing way too much stuff. Last year when I had finished my Bioderma sunscreen (which is ok but nothing special + there are some items on the ingredients list that I don't support) I didn't want to repurchase it. So I was browsing around for a new one... Initially I wanted to try La Roche Posays SPF50+ but on the ingredients list was alcohol denatol at the higher part of the list and that's a no-go for me, so I turned to Avène - browsed the ingredients, saw things to my likings and purchased! I chose the emulsion and not the cream version because experience has learned me that creams easier leave a white cast and a shiny surface - even dry skin can't absorb that much cream every few hours. Now I'm on my 2nd tube of this sunscreen...

The Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+ is specially formulated for hypersensitive skin, light and very fair skin; skin prone to sunburn and skin exposed to intense sunlight. The Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+ covers a very broad spectrum UV protection using a combination of exclusive active ingredients: Sunsitive® protection from Pierre Fabre Research.Its photoprotective complex is optimised, stable and effective for extended periods. It offers the best protection against UVB and also short and long UVA rays; Pre-tocopheryl, a vitamin E precursor (powerful anti-oxydant) protects the skin cells from free radicals, rich in Avene Thermal Spring Water, skin benefits from its soothing and anti-irritating properties; the oil-regulating cucurbita pepo extract gives the skin a matte finish. Paraben free. Available in 50ml.

INGREDIENTS:

AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER. OCTOCRYLENE. C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. BUTYLENE GLYCOL. DIMETHICONE. DISOPROPYL ADIPATE. METHYLENE. BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRA METHYBUTYLPHENOL CYCLOMETHICONE. WATER. TITANIUM DIOXIDE BUTYL METHOXY-DIBENZOYYMETHANE. BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXPHENOL. METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. PEG-100 STEARATE POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE.PVP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED OIL (CUCURBITA PEPO SEED OIL). DECYL GLUCOSIDE. DIMETHICONOL. DISODIUM EDTA. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). GLYCERYL BEHENATE. GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE. HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER. ISOHEXADECANE. POLYSORBATE 60. PROPYLENE GLYCOL SILICA. SORBIC ACID. SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE. STEARYL ALCOHOL. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. TRIBEHENIN. XANTHAN GUM.

A tube packaging is always on my positive list and there's a handy pump on it with a dop so you can put it up straight. The orange colours is typical sunscreenlike. It contains 50ml and costs around 15euros - available in IU-stores, pharmacies or online shops. Dispensing with the pump goes easily, 1 thourough pump is what you can see underneath (on daily basis I use 1 pump, when spending time outdoors I minimum use 2 pumps). Something that I've noticed with continued use is that you best use a whole pump and don't cut off with a little bit, otherwise the product gets left behind in the front part of the pump and dries up.

The product truly is an emulsion/lotion and is very light - it's easy spreadable. Scentwise it has that typical sunscreen scent, but it's not too strong - it's present but not too disturbing. The product feels a bit sticky and needs some time to sink in, proper blending is necessary. Then again it does leave a matte surface which is easier for makeup (I have dry skin, don't know about oily skin). If you blend thouroughly you won't see a white cast, but I've found that when I'm in the outdoors and reapply every few hours a white cast is inevitable. The product doesn't irritate my skin, nor does it irritate my eyes. I've been wearing this sunscreen when going to work or when spending a day in the outdoors and whenever I put it on, I don't get sunburned - thumbs up. For reference I sunburn very easily and have fair skin, an SPF of 20 doesn't do me much good.

The goods: nice ingredients (no perfume, no alcohol denatol), decent protection, pump packaging, no white cast when blended properly, easy to spread, leaves a matte surface, no irritation

The bads: slightly sunscreen scent, white cast when used frequently, product can dry up in pump

Overall I consider this to be a good product with decent ingredients and proper protection. There are a few minor discomforts that I would like to see gone but it isn't easy to come across a sunscreen that has everything I desire. This however is a close call and I can live with its negatives, hence my repurchasing. Nevertheless I'm still on the lookout for a better one, but for now I'm happy with this one and would recommend it!


2 comments:

BeautyLoves said...

Wel handig, zo een pompje aan je tube. Ik gebruik eigenlijk geen aparte zonnecrème voor mijn gezicht.

Evelien said...

Ja, het is nog handiger dan een tube zelf :). Je kunt ook een dagcreme met SPF erin gebruiken. Maar als ik een gewone creme gebruik of de SPF te laag is als ik heel de dag buiten zit smeer ik er hiervan nog een laagje overheen.

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