Lovea Bio SPF50 Anti-Ageing Face Cream – an I Choose What I Use Review
The summer seems to have arrived (ish!) so it’s a good time to review something from our sun care department, let us introduce you to Lovea Bio SPF50 face cream.
Lovea Organic Sun Care products are certified by ecocert and the brand is the top selling organic sun protection in the French market. The formulas combine Tahitian Monoi Oil, a low level natural sunscreen, with stronger mineral sun blocks (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide).
Our main reasons for selecting Lovea as our primary sun care brand are:
- they do not use nano particles in their products
- their products are suitable for vegans
- they use a high percentage of natural ingredients
- they are Ecocert certified
In the case of the SPF50 face cream we’re reviewing, 100% of the ingredients are from natural origin and 12.2% of them are organic. This particular product also contains 1% Tahitian Monoi Oil. It comes in a 50ml pump bottle and retails for £15.99.
What’s the difference between a sunscreen and a sunblock?
Sunblocks reflect Ultraviolet (UV) rays, stopping them from reaching the skin. They are a physical barrier between your skin and the suns rays. These sun blocking ingredients tend to be natural in origin, eg Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and by their nature do have a whitening effect on the skin unless they have been reduced to nano particle size. Sunblocks don’t need reapplying as often as sunscreens but it’s always worth doing so in case you haven’t applied enough. You should always reapply if you have been swimming or exercising/sweating a lot as even waterproof ones can be washed or wiped away. Sunblocks are also referred to as physical sunscreens.
Sunscreens absorb instead of reflect UV rays and this means that their absorbing properties tend to break down after a few hours and so need reapplying frequently to maintain the protection level. Ingredients that act as sunscreens tend to be mainly synthetic though natural ones, such as the Tahitian Monoi Oil used by Lovea, are available.
So what is Lovea Bio SPF50 Anti-Ageing Face Cream like?
First I should say that I agree with the school of Vitamin D that says a little unprotected sun exposure each day is good for you and I would not wear this face cream as a matter of course every day unless I was expecting to have prolonged exposure to the sun. It’s for the latter reason that I have been trying it out because at the weekends I can be out walking for 4 hours or more and even in our unpredictable climate some sun protection is needed.
The instructions on the bottle say to use a teaspoon sized amount on your face, on the box it says apply that amount to your body – I think something got lost in translation! I think I have to hold my hands up and say I haven’t been putting quite that much on but it has still done a brilliant job of protecting my face (and neck and ears!) when I’ve been out in the sun for long periods.
Because the sun blocking ingredients are not nano particle sized, you do get some whitening effect when you first apply the face cream. This pretty much disappears once it has been rubbed in and I would rather that than run the risk (however ‘slight’) of nano particles going wherever they please inside my body. Once it has been applied and rubbed in it doesn’t feel heavy or suffocating and it’s good to know it is effective for blocking UVA & UVB rays.
It does have a fragrance which I can only describe as tropically floral! From sniffing it I can’t recognise any of the ingredients though I’m guessing the Monoi (Tiare flower) and coconut oil on the ingredients list form part of the smell. Unfortunately, as with a lot of ingredients lists, you have the standard ‘Parfum’ there which, for those with allergies, is not a lot of help!
This is the ingredients list: Caprilic/Capric Triglycerides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol**, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glocoside, Ceterayl Alcohol, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Oil (Argan Oil)**, Glyceryl Isotearate, Polyhdroxy Stearic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare Flower), Stearic Acid, Alumina, Aqua (Water), Tocopherol, Cassia Alata Extract (Cassia Alata Leaf Extract), Maltodextrin, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. ** Organic ingredients
Here’s some images of a test application to my arm:
Image 1: What you get from one pump from the bottle
Image 2: Initial spreading out of the face cream onto the skin, quite a thick consistency as you would expect from a natural sunblock
Image 3: After rubbing in for a few seconds, you can see the slight whitening effect still present
Image 4: Appearance after rubbing in for a few seconds more. Almost invisible now save for a slight sheen. Guest appearance in the middle of the shot courtesy of the blue fluff from my cardigan!
I have to say I’ve been pleased with this sun block, it has protected my skin when I’ve out in the sun for hours. I haven’t tried wearing it under make up or tested it’s water resistance so I can’t comment on how it performs in either of those situations but if you are looking for natural, cruelty free and nano particle free sun protection for your face which is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, I would certainly suggest giving this a try.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this sunblock click on this link: Lovea Bio SPF50 Anti-Ageing Face Cream
All our sun care products can be found by clicking on this link: I Choose What I Use – Sun Care
And finally, if you want to know what all the fuss is about nano particles and why we don’t like them – check out our blog: Nanoparticles, peskier than a wasp in your can of pop?
Have you tried this Lovea SPF50 face cream? What did you think?
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