Friday, May 25, 2012

Avène: Sun Protection Made Easy!

When we were invited to Avène's press day last week, the sun seemed but a distant dream, as we sat talking about all these lovely sun care and tanning products while the rain lashed down outside the window. What a difference a week makes! In fact, I'm going to credit Avène with our current good weather - they had faith. Thanks Avène! Anyway, this week I've been putting some of the products to the test and these are two that I'm really liking and that I think you will like too. 

First up is the Very High Protection Emulsion 50+ SPF with UVA and UVB protection for normal to combination skin (€20.33). This comes in a 50ml squeezy tube that also has a handy pump dispenser. I'm using this instead of my normal daily moisturiser - I don't feel the need to add any extra moisturiser which I have done with high protection SPFs in the past. It was always a bit of a pain to apply SPF, wait for it to dry, and then apply moisturiser. If you didn't let the SPF dry sufficiently, you got those highly irritating white ball-ey things all over your face. HATE that! No such problems with this. It sinks in quickly and while it does leave a slight white tint on my pale skin, it's no biggie if you're wearing foundation over it (or even if you're not). 

The second product is the Very High Protection Stick for Sensitive Areas (€17.28), again this is 50+ SPF with broad UVB and UBA protection. This little wind-up stick is so handy for keeping in your bag and topping up when you're out and about, or if you want a bit of extra protection on areas like your hair line, nose or hands. I don't know about you but I probably don't protect my hands as much as I should do (certainly not as much as my face) and they are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. 

We're all aware of the importance of sun protection at this stage and to ensure maximum protection, Avène offers two lines of broad spectrum suncare to suit different skin types. Their orange line (in orange packaging, including the products above), offers a complex of mineral, organic and chemical sunscreens which is perfect for normal to sensitive skin, including children's skin. The white line (in white packaging, funnily enough) is made from 100% mineral filters which makes them suitable for everyone, but they have been formulated for those with highly sensitive skin and conditions like eczema.

We're really impressed with the products from this range so look out for more reviews... for now, I'm back off out to join my Avène products on the balcony ;)

Have a lovely sunny weekend all!

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