This cream is an upgraded version of the original Velo by Ayuna. It is a multifunctional day cream designed to moisturize your skin while providing protection against environmental aggressors. Velo is potent with antioxidants, anti-pollution ingredients and postbiotics to protect your skin against free radicals, prevent the adhesion of pollutants & metals to the skin; and to help maintain the balance of the skin’s microbiome. One of the main applications of this product is sun protection; but since it doesn’t have the FDA’s approval we can’t call it SPF in the US! but to those who live in Europe, this cream IS a physical sunscreen & provides high protection against UVB SPF 30, UVA PA+++, visible light & Infrared-A.
The new Velo has been developed as a phase inversion emulsion meaning that it transforms from an oil-in-water emulsion into a water-in-oil emulsion when warmed up. Why they designed it like this?
Oil-in-water emulsions have a pleasant cooling feel upon application, similar to that of water but they suffer from a well-known disadvantage; the water-soluble emulsifiers used in oil-in-water emulsions are detergents which remove oil from the skin, including oil-soluble sunscreens contained in the oil phase of sunscreen emulsion products. As a consequence, the efficacy of an oil-in-water sunscreen emulsion in providing protection from damaging UVR is diminished as soon as the emulsion comes into contact with water (e.g., from moisture, perspiration or swimming.)
In contrast, 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫-𝐢𝐧-𝐨𝐢𝐥 sunscreen emulsions use water-insoluble emulsifiers. Because these emulsifiers are not detergents, water-in-oil sunscreen emulsions confer a degree of water resistance; they are less easily removed from the skin. Consequently, given equal amounts of sunscreen actives, water-in-oil sunscreen emulsions have a higher SPF than oil-in-water sunscreens.
There is an innovative third option called 𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞-𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧-𝐞𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 which is used in this Ayuna’s new day cream. This type of emulsion has the ability to change phase from an oil-in-water emulsion to a water-in-oil by changing temperature. With this invention we are getting the great feeling upon application of Oil-in-water emulsions and the protective skincare benefits of Water-in-oil emulsion
They have designed Velo as a phase inversion emulsion so that the formula could start as an oil-in-water emulsion, which feels good & light while applying and then changes phase & the finished result is a water-in-oil emulsion which forms a highly protective water-resistant film full of Zinc & titanium dioxide on the skin.
I’ve been using this day cream for 2 weeks, the formula is thick & tinted. As you warm it up between your fingers, it transforms into a shiny velvety texture that goes on really smooth. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t go well with my HA serum so I layer it on my Cellex-c vitamin C serum. It’s moisturizing, not greasy, doesn’t cause irritation or breakouts & gives a dewy finish with a little coverage.
In summary, this is a very innovative all-in-one cream which can replace your whole morning skincare routine. Remember you have to use the recommended amount to make sure your skin is protected. Apply on completely DRY skin & follow the instructions to avoid pilling; as Begona mentioned before “YOU are part of the development of this product”: warm up the formula between fingers for 10 seconds (more if you have cold hands) before applying it to your skin.
**You can get 15% off your entire purchase (must include VELO) using my discount code for the month of July: theskinengineer-velo