05.21.2014
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High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50
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1.94 fl. oz. for $24.79
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This sunscreen includes only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients, so it’s great for reliable sun protection. The formula is also slightly tinted to offset the white cast a high amount of mineral actives often has. These active ingredients are preferred for those with sensitive skin; however, Avene also included fragrant orange oil (although only a small amount), thus reducing the appeal for those with sensitive skin. In addition, there’s a very low amount of antioxidants. This is still an OK but not exceptional choice for those with normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin not prone to blemishes.

Claims

Offers 100% mineral sunscreen protection for skin that is extremely sun sensitive. Ideal for use on children.

Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (10.78%), Zinc Oxide (2.40%). Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Decyl Oleate, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT, Butylparaben, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil (Citrus Dulcis), Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride Citrate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491), Isobutylparaben, Lecithin, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Octyldodecanol, O Cymen 5 OL, Ozokerite, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, PPG 3 Myristyl Ether, Propylparaben, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Glucoside, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Glutamate

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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04.11.2015
Great Protection and Comfortable

white glow is easily covered with a good makeup

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MC
03.16.2015
Avène SPF 50 mineral cream

Love this cream. It gives the luminosity of a mineral powder in a beautiful cream base leaving the skin dewy and radiant. Instant skin brightener! My skin is sensitive combination and this product hasn't caused me break outs. I am very reactive to chemical filters in sunscreens so I would definitely recommend this product. It doesn't sting my face (particularly around the eyes) and offers unbeatable protection from environmental damage. The tint works perfectly for me- no white cast.

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Alison
07.23.2014
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After a month and a half of trying this out, it's just too tacky to work with and made me break out couple of giant pimples, -I'm not even breakout-prone. I am contemplating throwing it out.

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nY
06.06.2014
HMMMM

My mother rejected this because of the white cast and texture. We have medium beige, yellow undertones, so it looked a bit kabuki on her. I gave it a try and found the white cast was very strong, even though it has a tint, and the tackiness of the creme made it hard to blend onto skin. It didn't feel like a regular tinted moisturizer; it's more like a BB creme or light foundation. After I managed to get it to blend nicer, I liked it. It brightened up my face and made me look dewy.

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