Avène - Very High Protection Anti-Ageing SPF50+ Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin

Avène Very High Protection Anti-Ageing SPF50+ Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • ascophyllum nodosum extract
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cocos nucifera oil
  • diethylhexyl butamido triazone
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +10 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

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"Very High Protection Anti-Ageing SPF50+ Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin"
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This product can help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, butylene glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera oil.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Tinosorb M. A UV filter. Is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable and can also be used to improve photostability of other sunscreen ingredients. It is soluble in water, which helps to create lightweight sunscreen formulations. Unfortunately, it is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
8.1% - 9.9%
Plain old water
4.8% - 5.8%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
3.5% - 4.3%
Tinosorb S. One of the most effective broad spectrum sunscreen ingredients. Protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable. Unfortunately, not approved by FDA (US) yet.
3.3% - 4%
Uvasorb HEB. A UV filter. Is effective against UVB and UVA II rays (but not UVA I). It is photostable. Unfortunately, is not approved by FDA (US) yet
2.8% - 3.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
2.1% - 2.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2.1%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
1.7% - 2%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.7% - 1.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.05%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.7% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.55% - 0.85%
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps dissolve other ingredients
0.4% - 0.6%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
Brown seaweed extract. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some antioxidant effect
0.35% - 0.65%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
0.35% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.3% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.5%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.25% - 0.45%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.4%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.35%
Antioxidant that helps stabilize product formulations and, if used in higher concentration, might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.15%

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