Ever thought about how your sunscreen impacts the environment?
The holiday season is here & sunscreen should be an essential item on the packing list! Ensure you choose good quality sun care with broad-spectrum protection. But, have you ever considered the potential impact the sun product you use have on the ocean & marine life?
Many ingredients found in sunscreens are not biodegradable & can be assimilated by corals & other marine organisms, which can have a very harmful impact on marine ecosystems.
It’s with this is mind that Eau Thermale Avène have introduced a range of sun care that offers optimal sun protection while minimizing environmental impact. The Skin Protect – Ocean Respect initiative promotes better formula biodegradability through a strict selection of ingredients. Avène sun care products are developed to minimize impact on marine ecosystems. These gentle eco-friendly formulas contain no silicones, no water-soluble filters, are free of controversial filters like octocrylene, octinoxate, oxybenzone & homosalate.
Not only is Avène kinder to the environment, it’s kind to your skin too.
The brand is constantly improving the performance of their sun care to be more efficacious and optimally tolerant for even the MOST sensitive skins.
Whether you are lounging in the sun, enjoying outdoor activities or simply sitting in an office – you are exposed to UV rays almost everywhere. Exposing your skin to the sun, no matter where you are is not without consequence as they can cause sunburn, DNA damage, dark spots, premature aging and increase your risk of skin cancer.
The Avène sunscreens have had some impressive upgrades that are worth mentioning. The new Sunsitive Triple Combination consists of extremely broad and phot stable UVA-UVB sun filters, and a unique antioxidant complex for complete cellular protection. It is also rich in the soothing & softening iconic Avène Thermal Spring Water.
Antioxidants have also been added into the formulas. Antioxidants work to intensify sunscreen efficacy, making them preform even better. Avène have updated their sunscreen to include the antioxidants Thialidine & Pre-tocopheryl. Thialidine, when combined with Pre-tocopheryl, a photostable precursor to vitamin E, a unique antioxidant complex is formed, capable of providing complete cell protection against attacks from UV-generated free radicals.
Eau Thermale Avène SPF 50 Lotion R299.95 for a 250ml tube
Not only does this sunscreen protect, it also hydrates the skin for up to 6 hours thanks to the addition of glycerin. And, when skin is well hydrated, its protected against dryness and remains comfortable and supple. I like that it can be used on both face & body and I was impressed at how quickly the formula penetrated the skin. It’s also water-resistant and leaves no white marks on the skin.
Eau Thermale Avène SPF 50 Spray R295.95 for a 200ml spray
This eco-friendly formula has all the benefits of the Lotion mentioned above, just in a spray formula. I’m very impressed with this sunscreen new, convenient and eco-friendly spray. I mean, how often do you lose the cap of your sunscreen? The new OPEN/STOP system on this sunscreen has a retractable spray nozzle that is far more convenient and user-friendly. Simply turn it on and the nozzle appears. Turn it again, and the nozzle disappears.
A word on the iconic Avène Eau Thermal Spring Water R159.95 for a 150ml
I am NEVER without a bottle of this soothing, anti-irritating mist. I use it throughout the day to keep my skin cool and refreshed. I also use it after applying my makeup as I find it gives my skin a gorgeous glow. When I’m at the beach, I use it to cool any irritated, sun exposed skin. It’s one of the few products I AM NEVER WITHOUT.
Help Save the Turtles this Summer & Win a Luxe Beach Getaway Valued at R70 000
Between November & February every year, endangered loggerhead & leatherback turtles make their way to selected beaches in KZN & Mozambique to nest. Female turtles come to the shore at night to dig a nest & lay their eggs. Once the nesting process is complete, the female turtle returns to the ocean. After an incubation period of 2 months, the turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean. The eggs & hatchling face many threats, including predators, poachers, pollution & human disturbance. It’s estimated that only 1 out or 100 hatchlings make it to maturity.
For every Eau Thermale Avène Sun Care product sold in November & December, R10 will be donated towards turtle conservation initiatives along the Southern African coast. Funds raised will be used for monitoring, tagging & conservation of nesting females & their hatchlings.
You can help save the ocean & stand a chance to win a luxury beach getaway to White Pearls Resorts in Mozambique valued at R70 000.00! The prize includes a 5-night stay for 2 in a luxury pool suite, all meals & return border transfers.
To enter, share your support by posting a photo on your Instagram feed of you & your Avène sunscreen, tag @avene_sa & use #SkinProtectOceanRespect
Competition runs 22 November – 31 December 2019 T&C’s apply
Avène sunscreens are available to purchase at Clicks & Dischem stores nationwide. You can also purchase them online at www.dermastore.co.za
*This blog post is sponsored by Avène*