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January 25, 2009 Reviewed by admin 2 Comments
Buenos Aires summers are hot (sorry, again, New Yorkers.. I'm sure this is not exactly what you want to hear from me!). Little relief is found on the streets when it's 95 degrees and you are running around the gorgeous avenues, attraction to attraction. In fact, the heat is an incentive to Argentinians to take their vacations in the months of January and February: great if you're not into congested cities, not so great if you like to truly experience a culture and interaction heavy with locals.

My friend KarenTina and I decided to embrace the heat by laying out by the outdoor pool at Sheraton Park Towers. I had left my sunscreen in my room so she kindly offered hers. It was Epicuren's Discovery Sport Treat SPF sunblock, a brand I'm not too familiar with. Sometimes I get very suspicious when it comes to sunscreens. A lot of it is junk (it's sad to think that Banana Boat, one of the most toxic and chemical-rich, is one of the bestselling brands).

Thankfully this was not the case with Epicuren.

What I like about this sunscreen is that it's not just a sunblock but it's full of antioxidants. In fact, after some extensive research, it's one of very few enzyme, protein-rich sunscreens I found on the market. It smells pretty wonderful as well, not as chemically or forced (synthetic coconut scent anyone?). The base is actually aloe vera gel, with a whole bunch of other cool stuff packed in (vitamin a, vitamin e, vitamin c, apricot oil, cucumber and green tea extract). It stood by it's "water proof" label (believe me, I tested) and didn't gunk up on my skin. It went on smooth (it's very thin) and actually lasted for quite some time. I didn't feel like I had to reapply right away after getting out of the pool. I definitely recommend it. Even if you're not lounging at a pool, it's nice to apply it to the back of the neck or arms when running around the city.. and no need to worry about sweating it off. It passed that test too.
  • January 30, 2009

    by Nimue

    Epicuren also has an all physical sunscreen with 17% zinc oxide. I tried a sample once, and it was really nice. It's a little bit more expensive than I would prefer though. Well if less expensive options weren't available I would probably be using the Epicuren zinc sunscreen.

  • January 25, 2009

    by Sarah Stelfox

    Sounds good, but did you find the gel left a "tight" feeling? I've had that happen with some non-cream sunscreens. I'm always looking for a sunscreen that won't feel greasy or make my eyes water (so many do) and that doesn't have titanium dioxide (my skin reacts badly to it). How was the "eye water" factor? Did you apply it near your eyes? Thanks!

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