Last summer, I really enjoyed Avène Very High Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ (Reviewed). It served as a great moisturizing sunscreen – it helped cut down some steps in my skincare routine for the summer while providing broad spectrum protection. This year, I wanted to give Avène Intense Protect SPF50+ a go. It’s in a bigger tube, alcohol free and fragrance free. It has been my go-to sunscreen for just over a month now, so I thought it’s time to review it.
Information on Avène Intense Protect SPF50+
“A suncare product suitable for the most intense sunlight conditions, as well as the most vulnerable skin*. Its hybrid texture allows it to absorb into the skin in 3 seconds**, provides intense hydration for 8 hours*** and anti-drying action. Its nude shade offers a transparent, invisible finish with no white streaks, even on dark skin tones. It is extra water-resistant and sweat-resistant.“– avene.co.uk
Price: 25,56 Euro
Packaging: Opaque orange tube with pop-off cap.
Water Resistant? Yes
Avène Intense Protect SPF50+ Ingredients
Ethylhexyl Triazone – Uvinul T 150 (UVB)
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate – Uvinul A Plus (UVA1 & UVA2)
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVA1 & UVA2)
Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine – TriAsorb (UVB, UVA1, UVA2, visible blue light)
UVB: SPF 50+ (~SPF 60)
UVA: PPD 20 or more
INGREDIENTS: AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE. DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE. GLYCERIN. ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE. PHENYLENE BIS-DIPHENYLTRIAZINE. WATER (AQUA). BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE. STEARYL ALCOHOL. VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER. BENZOIC ACID. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. GLYCERYL BEHENATE. GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. PEG-100 STEARATE. POLYACRYLATE-13. POLYISOBUTENE. POLYSORBATE 20. PPG-1-PEG-9 LAURYL GLYCOL ETHER. RED 33 (CI 17200). SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE. TOCOPHEROL. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. TRIBEHENIN. XANTHAN GUM
According to Pierre Fabre’s press release on their official website,
“TRIASORB™ is the first organic filter with a unique ability to absorb and reflect the harmful portion of the solar spectrum, which includes UVB, short UVA and long UVA rays, as well as high-energy visible blue light. TRIASORB™ has also been thoroughly tested under experimental conditions to demonstrate that this filter is not toxic for three key species of marine biodiversity: a coral species, a phytoplankton species and a zooplankton species (scientific publications are currently being prepared).“
Alongside the other UV filters I like seeing in my sunscreen, TriAsorb is definitely most welcome to the club! It protects skin from all major wavelengths including visible light. I also feel better when I use it while swimming in the sea! It is water-resistant, and as stated above it is tested to be non-toxic to varying species of marine biodiversity.
Like many of Avène’s products, their Intense Protect SPF50+ ingredient list starts with their famous thermal spring water. As mentioned in my Sun Cream Review…
“Do not underestimate the soothing ability of Avène thermal spring water. It is one of my top S.O.S. skincare products to have on hand in my skincare collection. Be it from irritation from a product, allergic reaction, post-procedure… Avène thermal spring water instantly soothes and relieves skin of itchiness and irritation.”– Me
The rest of the non-actives in the INCI list are various emollient/skin conditioning ingredients which give this sunscreen it’s creamy texture.
The sunscreen is denatured alcohol-free and fragrance-free.
My Experience with Avène Intense Protect SPF50+
TEXTURE: Runny medium-heavy fluid with a yellow tint.
APPLICATION: Applied all in one go all over my face and neck. There is a yellow tint at first but disappears the more the sunscreen is rubbed in.
FINISH: My skin looks like freshly moisturized, glowy skin. I notice some colour correction. I find the Intense Protect to be shinier than the Sun Cream.
FEEL: Light; It feels like a light cream moisturizer had been applied.
STINGS EYES? No.
Final Thoughts on Avène Intense Protect SPF50+
- High UVA protection sunscreen
- Additional claimed protection against visible light
- Evens out skin tone without leaving a tint
- Can use as a moisturizing sunscreen
- It looks shinier than the sun cream
- Feels slightly greasy, not enough to bother me
- The yellow tint causes more stains on clothes, especially my white tops
As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!