Ingredients in Avene Sunscreen

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Ingredients in Avene Sunscreen
Sunscreen helps protect the skin from sun damage. (woman holding sunscreen image by Alina Isakovich from Fotolia.com)

Avene makes two sunscreen products: a Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 and a spray that includes an SPF of 20. Both products protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays and are composed of the same elements. The sunscreen that comes in a spray bottle is easy to apply and is hypoallergenic. The cream needs to be rubbed on 15 minutes before sun exposure.

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Avene Thermal Spring Water

Half the composition of the Avene suncreen is thermal spring water. According to Avene, the spring water has been clinically proven by more than 300 studies to calm, soothe and soften the skin. The Avene Hydrotherapy Center in France has used thermal spring water since 1743 to treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Octocrylene, Octinoxate

Octocrylene and Octinoxate are ultraviolet absorbers and ultraviolet filters. These ingredients are used in sunscreen as they have low potential to sensitise the skin. This ingredient is only included in the Avene sunscreen spray.

Titanium dioxide

Titanium dioxide is a natural mineral that appears white and opaque. It is chemically processed to remove impurities before it is used in cosmetics or sunscreens. It is odourless, absorbent and serves as sunscreen agent and an ultraviolet light absorber.

Pre-Tocopheryl

Pre-Tocopheryl is a patented ingredient that is a derivative of vitamin E, but is less fragile. It is photostable and moisturises the skin while also providing antioxidant protection. The skin absorbs it very easily.

Glycerine

Glycerine is odourless, sweet tasting and found in all natural lipids of animals or vegetables. It can be found naturally or manufactured synthetically. It absorbs water, which increases the water under the skin layers, and is used in sunscreen to keep the skin hydrated. This ingredient is only included in the Avene sunscreen spray.

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