I know what you are thinking, ‘Mel, have you seen the weather outside?!’ Yes, I know its wet, cold and miserable here in Britain at present (Probably will be throughout the whole Summer too, but we can but live in hope!) but that doesn’t mean than some lucky people won’t be jetting off to the hotter climates for their holidays. So, with this in mind I wanted to share with you some sun protection products from one my my favourite brands, Eau Thermale Avene!

I was sent 3 great products to share with you;

Moderate Protection 20 SPF Emulsion, Very High 50+ SPF Mineral Cream and Very High 50+ SPF Spray

Eau Thermal Avene Moderate Protect Emulsion SPF20

A little information about Moderate Protection Emulsion SPF 20….

The Moderate Protection SPF 20 Emulsion is specially formulated for light to dark skin; skin not prone to sunburn.The Moderate Protection Emulsion SPF 20  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; the oil-regulating Cucurbita pepo extract gives the skin a matte finish. Paraben free.  Available in 50ml.
Directions for Use
Before exposure to the sun, apply the product evenly onto the skin. Re-apply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming or prolonged periods of exposure. Avoid exposure between noon and 4pm.
The Moderate Protect Emulsion is great for the UK weather I feel. With a good SPF 20 it is great for early and late Summer days. The cream looks quite runny but is spread over your skin really easily and absorbed, so you aren’t left with white smears all over your skin.
The tube is a good size to carry in your handbag or beach bag for top ups throughout the day. It also has a really nice mild fragrance, unlike many sun creams which can smell a little ‘plasticy’ and synthetic.
Although its hard to test sun creams when I don’t really have great weather here at present, I have tried applying them to my skin still to see how they feel and last throughout the day. I found that this one left my skin feeling moisturised and not sticky (Which I hate from sun creams) and lasted throughout the day too. So, I think its fair to say it would perform just as well in the sun!
As with all Avene products I have ever tried, I did not get ANY reaction at all even to the areas of skin which have eczema and psoriasis on them. This is definitely a cream I will buy again to use on myself and the family (If we do see any sun at all!), especially as its very water resistant too!
Eau Thermal Avene Moderate Protection Emulsion SPF20 can be purchased in Boots and online for £10.50 for 50ml.
Eau Thermal Avene High Protection Cream SPF 50 (for intolerant skin)
A little information about Eau Thermal Avene High Protection Cream SPF 50…
The Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ is specially formulated without chemical filters, is fragrance and paraben free. For sensitive skin; skin intolerant to chemical filters and  fragrance.  The Very High protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ covers a broad spectrum UV protection using a combination of exclusive ingredients, from Pierre Fabre Research: a complex of mineral filters, 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 and lightly tinted, its rich and creamy texture protects and moisturises intolerant skin. Paraben and fragrance free. Available in 50ml.
Directions for Use
Before exposure to the sun, apply the product evenly onto the skin. Re-apply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming or prolonged periods of exposure. Avoid exposure between noon and 4pm.
I have sensitive skin but am lucky compared to some. The High Protection Cream SPF 50 (for intolerant skin) is designed for those people who’s skin is uber sensitive. The product has exactly the same performance as other high protection sun creams but without all the things that often set sensitive skin off and cause reactions. Needless to say, I had no reaction to this product.

I did find it a little thick and due to its ‘tinted’ colour, I found on application this one did leave a slight coloured residue. It is exceptionally thick in consistency and although you can massage it into the skin it wasn’t as absorbed as the Moderate Protection Emulsion SPF 20 or the Very High Protection Spary SPF 50+.

The little tube is perfect for slipping in your handbag and beach bag and as you don’t need as much of this product to get good coverage I feel it will last you a while. You will however probably need to wipe off your hands after as I found it was hard to remove the cream being highly water resistant.

Eau Thermal Avene Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50+ is available in a 50ml tube and costs £13.50.
Eau Thermale Avene Very High 50+ SPF Spray Cream 

A little information about the Very High 50+ SPF Spray….

The Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ is specially formulated without chemical filters, is fragrance and paraben free. For sensitive skin; skin intolerant to chemical filters and  fragrance.  The Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ covers a broad spectrum UV protection using a combination of exclusive ingredients, from Pierre Fabre Research: a complex of mineral filters, 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 and lightly tinted, its rich and creamy texture protects and moisturises intolerant skin. Paraben and fragrance free.  Available in 200ml.
Directions for Use
Before exposure to the sun, apply the product evenly onto the skin. Re-apply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming or prolonged periods of exposure. Avoid exposure between noon and 4pm.

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I always find Spray sun creams very easy to use and in many cases prefer them over tubes – especially if you have children! Children do not hold still long enough to apply cream to your hand, then to them. A spray illuminates part of the problem and makes for a happier child (And less stressed parent – or at least in my case).

The Spray is a good size and dispenses a good amount to the skin, a few pumps of the spray is more than adequate to cover an arm and shoulder. I also liked the consistency of this cream. It is thick, but blends in really well to the skin and doesn’t leave a pasty coating either.

There was also a really lovely light, fresh fragrance to it like the Moderate Protection SPF20 Emulsion. So, no smelling all synthetic and horrible like with some sun creams.

The spray is also designed for Sensitive skin, so for those of you out there like me with problematic skin, this product could be good for you (If you however have exceptionally sensitive skin which reacts to everything I would recommend using the Very High Protection SPF 50+ Mineral Cream instead). I had no reaction to this product at all, even applying it directly on top of my eczema.

Lasting power is a must for Sun Cream, this spray both lasted all day and protected my skin (On the one sunny day we did have recently). I didn’t test it for its ‘very water resistant’ claim as it wasn’t quite swimming pool weather – however I can tell you its hard to wash off even with soap, so I feel it does live up to its claim.

Eau Thermale Avene Very High 50+ SPF Spray Cream is 200ml for £19.50.

Overall, I was really impressed with the 3 products and think there is something for everyone. If I had to pick a favourites I think it would probably be the Very High Protection SPF50+ Spray as I like to use a high protection on all the family and the fact it is waterproof and designed for sensitive skin makes it even better in my opinion.
Will you be trying the Avene Sun Care range this Summer? Maybe you’ve already tried them, what did you think?
Lots of Love,
Mel xxxx