I’m so happy that french pharmacy brands are approaching the Irish market, after Vichy and La Roche Posay, Uriage (yay), Avene has now a full range available mainly in the Irish chemists. Does that means that there is hope for Bioderma, Klorane, Phyto? I really hope so.
I was invited to the Avene press day to learn and play with this summers sun range. Ironically, it was a rainy, miserable, cold day in Dublin. It is the end of May people, MAY! Anyway, in theory im all set now for this imaginary summer.
The main attribute of the Avene sun range is the pure spring thermal water, the lack of parabens, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Also some of the products are fragrance free, making them perfect for sensitive skin and they have a very high UVA/UVB filter.
The formulas are very good, there are tinted sun products with mineral filters (reflect the sun, mirror action), the tint takes all the whiteness away or you can choose the chemical filter ones (absorb the sun rays). You can confidently choose either, the textures are not sticky or white at all regardless the product.
Two products caught my eye the most: the Beige Compact SPF 50 and the Stick for sensitive areas.
The Beige Compact SPF 50* it is a makeup type of sun factor, it can easily replace your day to day base (you will love it if you are a tinted moisturizer type of girl) or you can top it up on your foundation if you like your full coverage. It comes in a shade suits all, because it should be used in a fine layer, taped on the skin as opposite to rubbing, that will adjust to your skin color. And my favorite part, besides the convenient packaging – it doesn’t transfer at all! It is water-resistant so no excuse for bad beach skin :).
The High Protection SPF 50+ Stick* its a dark horse too, it can be used by even the most intolerant people, cancer patients, irritations etc and can be applied under or on top your makeup. It has a dry finish, no color and non sticky. Perfect to keep in your bag to top up on the go.
I suppose all we need is the sun…