Review: Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF20

Today I am going to talk about my recent favorite daily moisturizer  with SPF. If you have normal to combination skin and you are looking for one daily sunscreen with low SPF that suits you and will not leave you overly shiny, this could be a right product for you.

If you want to find a sunscreen with a bit higher SPF , and still leave your skin comfortable, non-greasy, and non-oily, please check out my recent post on Eucerin Oil control Sun Gel-Creme SPF 30 here .

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What is it?
A moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 20.

Who is it for?
Everyone especially if you have normal, combination or oily skin type. This is a great daily sunscreen if you work in office and are not exposed to a lot of sun. It sits great under make-up and will not leave your face shiny or oily in the middle of the day. This product is also suitable for acne-prone skin, since it is non-comedogenic which means that it will not clog your pores.

When to use it?
Use it daily after your applying your serum and/or moisturizer and before you put on foundation or BBcream (assuming that you apply foundation 😉 ).

What is the texture?
The texture is a bit creamy, but it is very easy to be absorbed and will not leave your skin shiny (because it is a chemical sunscreen).

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As you can see from the picture, the skin is not at all shiny.

How much to use?
British Association of dermatologists recommends 2.0 mg/cm2  for SPF application, which means at least half a teaspoon usage of sunscreen for your face/neck. This 40ml volume of sunscreen will only last you 16 days if you only apply it to your face/neck.  Even as a sunscreen maniac, I do not think I apply enough sunscreen on my face.

Why only SPF 20?
Some people may say that you need to apply SPF 50 all year round for a good protection. SPF 20 is just too low to achieve any sun protection. However, this is not true.

According to, if you apply a very thick application of an SPF 20 formula, it will allow 1/20 UVB rays through, or about 5%.On the other hand, if you apply a very thick application of an SPF 50 formula, it will allow 1/50 UVB rays through, or about 2% . However, increasing SPF will also increase the sensitivity for your skin. What is most important is to apply ENOUGH sunscreen.

What does the product claim (given the Avene website)?
Hydrates your skin while protecting it from the sun.

Does the product live up to its claim?
Totally! I have used this product on and off for last half an year. This sunscreen has become my one of my favorite.This is a great product that defies the general misconception that sunscreen will make you oily.

What I  like about it?
It not only protects your skin from the sun, but also hydrates your skin. It does not leave your skin oily or give you dry patches. For the hydrating purpose, it contains nice moisturizing ingredients such as Beta-Sitosterol and Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride.I have also recommended this sunscreen to my friends. All of them love it!

What I don’t like about it?
Nothing! This is a reasonably-priced broad spectrum chemical sunscreen (even though it does not label as much) so that unlike physical sunscreen, it won’t make your skin white.  It contains both UVA filter (Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine,) and UVB filter (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene).

Causes of allergy or concern?
This product does not have mineral oils or paraben. It does have fragrance but fragrance lists very low in the ingredient lists. If you are very particular about the fragrance in the sunscreen, you should avoid the product. However, in general, this is a product suitable for most people, even with sensitive skin.

Avene price varies based on where you make the purchase. On (where I usually made my Avene purchase), this product is 18.75 euro without discount for 40ml. It is great price for such good quality.

Where to buy?
This product is on the shelf in countries where Avene is available. There are also lots of online retailers that carry Avene.

Would I buy it again?  
Definitely. This has become my go-to sunscreen in the winter and even in the summer.

Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua). Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate. Octocrylene. Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine. Cyclomethicone. Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate. Polymethyl Methacrylate. Potassium Cetyl Phosphate. Benzoic Acid. Beta-Sitosterol. Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride. Carbomer. Chlorphenesin. Disodium Edta. Parfum. Glycerin. Glycine

Disclaimer Featured Image and Ingredient lists from avene


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Thao Hoang says:

    love reading this. i have used this suncream for a long time and i think i’ll not change any suncream in the future. i really love it, so easy to apply and suit for sensitive skin 😀 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your comment. Everyone seems to love this sunscreen 😊


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