Avon Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen

Avon, Anew, Solar Advance, sunscreenI think we all go through a phase of stupid rebellion. I mean stupid rebellion, like being too cool to wear a bicycle/motorcycle helmet, or not wearing sunscreen.

I went through my stupid phase in college, and got a couple of sunburns I regret. I got a fascinating gradient sunburn while watching a mid-morning soccer game from one side of the field (I should have worn sunscreen, but I also should have changed sides of the field at the half). I’ve gotten that stupid last-day-of-vacation sunburn because I’m tired of slathering myself in sunscreen several times a day, and I haven’t burned yet so I must have developed some kind of superhuman sun immunity.

Regardless of your skin color, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Sun exposure is cumulative, and you can get a rockin’ t-shirt tan in two months, just walking to and from your car, 10 minutes a day.

I spend quite a lot of time outside, and I’ve got my technique down: face, chest, shoulders, back of the neck, arms, tops of the feet. If I had a pixie cut, I’d put sunscreen on the tops of my ears, too.

Anew (an Avon brand) recently came out with two new sunscreens: for face and for body, and they asked me if I’d like to give them a whirl. As a sunscreen-a-holic, I enthusiastically agreed.

Based on the price point ($34 for the 5 oz. SPF 30 for body or the 2.6 oz SPF 45 for face), I had pretty high expectations for these suncreens. After giving them a whirl, they’re not my favorites.

Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen Body Lotion offers “very water resistant” SPF 30 with UVA/UVB protection and something called “RepairShield Technology” (which is supposed to improve wrinkles and even out skin discoloration while it protects you from the sun). What turned me off was the way the product pilled as I was rubbing it over my skin. The lotion component also made the sunscreen kind of heavy, and it doesn’t dry very matte. Not a great feeling for an already hot and humid Texas summer.

Like the body lotion, Anew Solar Advance SPF 45 Sunscreen Face Lotion boasts UVA/UVB protection, water resistance, and “RepairShield Technology.” The face lotion felt better than the body lotion, but it had a VERY luminous finish. Okay, my face was really shiny… almost greasy-looking. I ended up matting it down with a powder sunscreen. In a time when everyone (Chanel, Bobbi, Dior, Neutrogena) is offering these sheerer-than-ever, wear-under-your-makeup facial sunscreens, Anew Solar Advance seems out of sync.

This post is part of my participation in Avon’s blog ambassador’s program. Avon provided the sunscreens for this review, and I am compensated for my participation in this program.

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6 Responses to “Avon Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen”

  • AshD says:

    What are the active sunscreen ingredients? without knowing that we can’t know if the sunscreen is photostable (so many in the U.S. aren’t, it’s scary) or the amount of UVA protection (many claim UVA protection when they are only coverage like 1/100th of the UVA spectrum.
    most of the “cosmetically elegant” sunscreens don’t provide great UVA protection -it’s so hard to find one that does!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    I don’t know how to interpret the information, Ash, but from Avon’s website, the body sunscreen is
    HOMOSALATE 8.00%
    OCTISALATE 4.75%
    OXYBENZONE 4.75%
    AVOBENZONE 2.80%

    The face sunscreen is
    HOMOSALATE 9.50%
    OXYBENZONE 6.00%
    OCTISALATE 4.75%
    AVOBENZONE 3.00%

  • AshD says:

    thanks Karla! So it IS stable b/c it has avobenzone combined with octocrylene, and it is providing some UVA protection, but not as much as if it had Meroxyl (available in US but not used that often) or Tinosorb (which sadly isn’t in the US yet :-( ). But Karla, I would not use it because it has oxybenzone, which is bioaccumulative (it accumulates in the body at a higher rate than other sunscreen filters) and has estrogenic activity, and it is a potential carcinogen. I avoid that ingredient at all costs. thanks for the sunscreen review! I am always looking for new sunscreens!

  • Stefani says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t fall for this new sunscreen obsession?! No offense to anyone who wears a lot of sunscreen…. as I certainly haven’t been offended when its been thrown at me for a few years now. The “dangers” of sun exposure have been greatly exaggrated by docters, beauty experts…. and whoever else feel they know what their talking about without fully understanding it.
    “nature’s most powerful life-giving force, has been tagged as one of nature’s most harmful elements. And yet, statistics show that almost a million people die and contract serious illnesses each year due to the lack of exposure to sunlight!”
    Okay lets get this straight. People have been in the sun without any sunscreen ever since the existence of humans. And that means people in Africa and other HOT countries. Why would nature do somthing that apparently so blatantly kills and hurts you? Im not trying to be a “rebel”… becuase common sense doesn’t need to be fought for. Common sense doesn’t need an explanation, even if there is one. The only instance this would make any sense to me is if its in the vain of beauty. The benefits outway the risks, so im going to stick with my vitamin D (different than the stuff you buy at walmart), my cancer-immune skin, and the other countless benefits it gives me.

  • Debra says:

    Sunscreen is a necessity, but like too many other necessities, it has been marketed out of reality and now suffers from backlash.

    I was “fortunate” to develop the “mask of pregnancy” 25 years ago. I looked like a blonde, freckled raccoon; seriously, it was not pleasant. At the time I was prescribed a full-spectrum sunscreen, which means that, in 1986, that product did not exist on shelves. By 1992 (after my 2nd pregnancy and even worse chloasma), SPF 15 (ha) “broad spectrum” was widely available. So I dutifully used the greasy stuff to improve my skin tone. The surprise benefit, I have discovered, is really good skin at age 56. Well, who’d have thunk?? Genetics help, but trying to treat hyper-pigmentation was a blessing in disguise.

    I’m NW25, and with pink undertones, hyper-pigmentation was a given for me during “the change.” Sunscreen once again helped me, but I learned that a physical one was better than a chemical one (uneven absorption). I now use a blend of both.

    Ladies, let’s agree that the sun is good for many reasons and good for many of us, but too much of anything good is not good. Thanks for reviewing another sunscreen that might be an option.

  • I am dying to try this! I do understand how folks feel regarding the whole sunscreen movement, it does get a bit ridic.However, even our ozone layer doesn’t offer the same protection as it did 10 or more years ago. Additionally I see many women who refuse to wear it and many are in their mid 20′s and are showing signs of aging. I am 30, no botox, fillers,etc and still have zero smile lines nor crows feet, fine lines around my eyes. I attribute that partly to my skin regimen and not being a sun worshipper. Some sun exposure I feel is absolutely necessary. But lately, I see women who are in their 30′s and fromm across the room they look like they have never used a sunscreen. Unfortunately they look leathered and older than my mom who is in her mid 50′s. You can eventually lift your face, get fillers, but it will never look like the natural plumpness you once had.It looks taunt and expressionless. You also can’t get rid of hyperpigmentation via surgery. Sunspots are the devil to get rid of. To each is own, but I don’t go one day without wearing SPF.

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