Sun Sprays

Suncare is a section not to be passed by in the French Pharmacie. In fact, for radiant and youthful skin, it may be the most important beauty aisle of all: defending against painful sunburns, premature skin ageing, and the risk of skin cancer.

Although sun and body care is a daily, year-round routine (or should be), it becomes especially critical in the hot, sunny days of summer. Two glorious suncare products – in the sun and after the sun – sprays from the renowned French skincare brand, Avène.

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EAU THERMALE AVÈNE HIGH PROTECTION SPRAY SPF 50 and EAU THERMALE AVÈNE AFTER SUN REPAIR LOTION  are specifically designed for sensitive skin, but all skin types can benefit from the effective formulas and beneficial ingredients.

IN THE SUN

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EAU THERMALE AVÈNE HIGH PROTECTION SPRAY SPF 50 

I love the sun spray –  it’s quick and easy to use; requires only a light massage to apply; the fragrance is mild and pleasant without the traditional artificial tropical scent; and once absorbed it’s undetectable and is lightly hydrating, but not greasy. Nor does not leave a white cast on the skin.

Although it can be used on both face and body, I prefer to use it on my arms and legs since on my face it tends to be a bit too shiny after a time (it is not oil-free). But for the body, it works beautifully. The spray is convenient and kids love it because it is rather fun to spray on. Thus it’s a sunscreen they will actually use, rather than avoid; which, as mothers know, is half the battle.

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The bright orange packaging just says Summer. The sturdy bottle is perfect for the beach bag: the lid shuts tightly, it doesn’t leak, is hygienic, and delivers 360° controlled application (even upside down). The large size (200 ml) is great for a holiday and perfect for the whole family (ages 6 months and up).

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BRAND CLAIMS

The Very High Protection Spray SPF50+ is formulated specially for hypersensitive skin, light and very fair skin; skin prone to sunburn and skin exposed to intense sunlight.The Very High Protection Spray SPF 50+  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-oxidant) protects the skin cells from free radicals; Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, skin benefits from its soothing and anti-irritating properties. Very water resistant. No-white residue.

Paraben, alcohol and silicone free. 200ml. Price: $32.50 (London Drugs here, Amazon here)

MY VERDICT

Overall, this is a fabulous body sunscreen with broad spectrum sun protection. I love the light fluid texture and find the spray mechanism very convenient. I prefer mineral over chemical sunscreens and like the fact that it is paraben, alcohol, and silicone-free. Highly recommended especially for those with sensitive skin. 

AFTER-SUN CARE

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EAU THERMALE AVÈNE AFTER SUN REPAIR LOTION  

BRAND CLAIMS

Soothes and hydrates the skin after sun exposure. Paraben free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Helps prolong tan.

Unctuous and fluid texture that is pleasantly fragranced. Soothing, hydrating* and nourishing actives promote the reconstruction of the skin barrier. Offers a creamy, fluid, pleasantly fragranced texture. Light and non-oily, it is very pleasant to apply and rapidly absorbed. *Hydration of upper layers of the epidermis.

Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic. 200ml. Price: $27.50 (London Drugs hereAmazon here)

Sometimes you get too much sun, or even a sunburn. Although we should try to avoid excessive sun exposure, it can – and does – happen, and when it does your skin needs some TLC. After Sun Lotion is calming and soothing with Avène thermal spring water to restore skin that’s caught too many rays. It absorbs quickly, sealing in moisture to counteract the drying effects of the sun. A lovely and reparative after-sun cream.

Beautiful summer skin is just a spray away.

AVÈNE online: Canada; USA; UK; Australia

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