Avène Sunsimed

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Avène Sunsimed


Protection? Effectively, Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Filters? Tinosorb M, Tinosorb S, Uvasorb HEB, Avobenzone

Country of Origin? France.

Water resistant? It doesn’t appear to be, no.

Who is it for?

Skin types? I will say: all skins, but the people who will like this the most are those who like to feel their sunscreen on top of their skin. Good for the sun intolerant, and those who want their sun protection to be like a moat around a castle.

Works for all skin tones? I don’t think it is ideal. There are much better options for deep skin tones.

What is it like?

Texture? The texture is bizarre. It’s like a wet, heavy mousse. With friction, it gets a wet slickness.

Filmy, sticky, or heavy? It isn’t sticky. It does feel filmy, and it does feel a little heavy. It really seems to sit on top of the skin.

Flashback / White cast? No flashback. There is some cast. It fades with time.

Greasy? Greasy… hm. Yes, but not in a like, grease way. In a wet way.

Finish? Matte-ish? Sunscreen finish? There’s something going on finish? Does a reader get what I mean?

Positive opinions?

I am low key really into Sunsimed. It is worth writing that it proclaims its status as a “Medical Device” that “Prevents actinic keratosis, skin cancer (excluding melanoma) and skin photo-aging.” Hardcore, right? (It is also important to bear in mind that literally all sunscreens sold in the US make the same claims.) However, I don’t know of any US sunscreens that come with an instruction manual on application, which Sunsimed does. I think the point is: I have confidence that this product takes a hardline, serious approach to sun protection. And that is worth a lot to me.

Sunsimed takes some time to apply, but unlike more commercial, dry touch counterparts, this sunscreen stays quite wet, which makes it such that I don’t need to tug to get an even layer. As with any casty sunscreen, working gradually in small sections across the face mitigates some of this.

There are people who like to feel their sunscreen on top of their skin. One likes that, and wants a high protection, organic sunscreen with good broad spectrum protection, this is a good option.

Any bad news?

It is totally bizarre texturally – it reminds me of hair mousse, but with the density of a stiff-peaked meringue. It’s not like, bad, just… weird. I’ll say that once I’ve applied thoroughly and carefully, I find it okay to wear.

I have two real gripes. One, if my skin has been sensitized, I find it burns a bit on application. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling sensitized in the future tense, but it isn’t ideal. Two, this sunscreen takes about one hour to apply. It doesn’t want to go clear – you need to give it several good palms to get it to give up its opacity.

Feel as though my characterization is a bit all over the place. I think my point is: I want to like this more than I do. I like its hardline approach to sun protection a lot. I don’t love it esthetically, and I don’t think many will.


$31 / 80 ml | $0.39 / ml

Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?

My love for this sunscreen is of note (7/10).

Similar products?

Struggling. Nothing really springs to mind. I guess I will go with the La Roche-Posay Ultra Cream which isn’t all that similar. It is a lot more elegant. I think I am comparing them because they are both French Pharmacy sunscreen creams with good broad spectrum coverage. So it is not really a good comparison.

[It can be purchased here.]