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.