My skin suffered some serious flaking and sensitivity a few weeks ago as I got back from a short break. I don’t know if it was because I grabbed a bagful of samples instead of taking my normal skincare products, or the various chemicals I had applied to my head but when I got home, my face felt hot and stingy and I looked like a snake shedding its skin.
What skincare range can I use that is super duper suitable for sensitive skin??? I cried on Twitter.
Avène! Avène! came the response.
I’m lucky because I had a lovely selection of Avène to test already…
EAU THERMALE Avène is a unique French dermo-cosmetic brand dedicated to each level of skin sensitivity; from sensitive, intolerant to allergic. Each product contains the Avène Thermal Spring Water, a unique ingredient whose properties have been endorsed by dermatologists over the years.
I’ve spotted Avène in Boots plenty of times, but the brand is like the pretty quiet girl who sits in the corner of the room – I definitely looked but didn’t stare. The packaging is very simple and white, with soft grey and pink writing. It looks very French don’t you think?!
Products from left to right…
1. Eau Thermale Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser 200ml (£8.00)
This cleanser doesn’t contain fragrance or colour. It is oil free and paraben free – it can be used on the eyes too and is apparently 96% thermal spring water!
Thoughts: This cleanser is a light gel texture – it’s more transparent than a cleansing lotion with a super light texture because of the high water content. At first I didn’t think this would be enough to remove my war paint but it does great, if you are willing to double cleanse. Alternatively you could use this then a face wash (I really like Neutrogena) but it doesn’t leave a horrible residue which some cream cleansers can so your skin feels refreshed.
2. Eau Thermale Avene Water Spray (comes in small and large sizes)
The water spray can be used to refresh the skin or as a toner! You can also use it with the cleanser. It is composed of Thermal spring water.
Thoughts: This product is probably the most famous product from the whole range. I guess you could say that it’s just water in a can but it’s really soothing and not drying at all, like tap water is. I’ve been using it as a light toner.
3. Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum 30ml (£17.00)
This is a lightweight serum which is soothing and anti-irrtating.
Thoughts: This serum is just lovely! Its super duper light on the skin, none sticky and really hydrating. I’ve been using this in the day time and the cream in the evening. It is really non irritating.
4. Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich 40ml (£13.50)
This face cream comes in a light and rich formula – as my skin is dry, rich is a better match. It can be used after the serum and is used twice a day. Contains no SPF.
Thoughts: This cream is very thick – it takes some work to push out of the tube and gives a lot of hydration to the skin without any irritation. I really love this cream! It’s unusual for me to not experience any itching at all, and this product was so calming.
5. Eau Thermale Avene Diorseal 30ml (£22.00)
This is a treatment product which soothes the skin and treats redness. It can also reduce the sensation of ‘heat’ on the skin. Use in the evening on targeted areas for 3 months.
Thoughts: This product I need to use longer to measure the success. It has a green tinge and as you rub it in, it doesn’t leave you looking like Shrek, but there’s a tinge – therefore it is only for evening use.
So far it has been so calming on the areas where I get red (upper lip and cheeks).
I am really loving using Avene. It’s funny how I’ve ignored it for so long – I guess because there is so much skincare out there, some wacky, some making big promises that it’s easy to ignore the simple but effective stuff.
Since I’ve started using this range on my highly delicate skin, I’ve noticed my skintone looking better, and just no irritation at all. No burning, no itching, no redness. It feels odd but it’s amazing! I feel like I am giving my skin a real break for once.
Once my skin is up to it I will stay with this routine but add in a high end serum to see how it goes! But I can’t recommend Avene enough for people with sensitive skin.
I like every product I’ve been using! For me I’ve had to get my skin into a good enough condition again to be trying new serums and potions. If I could only pick 3 products I guess I’d choose the cleanser, water and cream but I like the variation of having the serum too and the Diorseal seems to be working, but we’ll have to see.
Do you suffer from skin sensitivity and have you every tried Avene products?