Hey my weirdos,
I am excited about this week as I am doing a blog post every day! That’s right, Monday- Friday! I got this idea from fellow blogger Karin, who blogs over at Desert Missus. She is amazing and I will have a collaboration post with her this week. Do I have any other tricks up my sleeve? You will just have to wait and see…
Today, I am talking Avene and the focus of this week will mainly be skin care. Avene was kind enough to send me a sample pack of their products which addressed the skin concerns I have. Firstly, let me give you a little history behind this brand that launched in South Africa in March this year. Thereafter, I will review some of the products I have been loving(because I actually haven’t gotten around to trying everything, don’t kill me!) Grab your coffee, this is going to be a bit of a long read.
Avene started in 1736 in a small village in Southern France. It enjoys a strong presence in pharmacies, the Avène Thermal Spring Water brand is recognized worldwide, from the U.S. (Derma Skin Corners) to Japan, China, a market that it pioneered and where it is now a cosmetic market leader in pharmacies. What makes this brand so great? Besides that, it is affordable and suitable for the most sensitive acne/eczema prone skin, it contains Thermal Spring Water. Why is this a key ingredient in every one of their products?
Avène Thermal Spring Water, naturally soothing, anti-irritating, is rich in components particularly recommended for the most sensitive skin. Here are the properties(from their website):
- Low mineral composition 206 mg/l.
- Calcium/Magnesium bicarbonate profile (ratio Ca/Mg = 2).
- Rich in silica: 10.6 mg/l.
- Very rich in trace elements.
- Neutral pH: 7.5.
Here are the top 3 I have been using the most(since I only have samples the product pictures are taken from the Dischem website):
AVENE HYDRANCE OPTIMALE SERUM
Price: R279 at Dischem for 30ml. $38/1.01 fl. oz on http://www.aveneusa.com.
Ingredients(Avene website): Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG 12, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Ceteth-3 Acetate, Water Polyacrylamide, Alcohol Benzoic Acid. C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laureth-7, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Sodium Acetate, Sodium DNA, Tetrasodium EDTA
Thoughts on this product:
This is an extremely lightweight serum that seeps into the skin immediately after application. It can be used on its own or combined with your regular skin care. I usually use it in the morning before moisturizer as it works really hydrates the skin and works well under make up. Sometimes I use it at night as well if my skin feels like it needs extra hydration. Even though I have combination skin and an oily T-zone this does not make my skin oilier. As it is made up of 77% Thermal Spring water, it feels ultra soothing and does not leave any residual feel. I feel this is the perfect serum for winter as I do suffer from dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is not to be confused with dry skin, you can be an oily girl and still have dehydrated skin. It is not sticky and the smell disappears(not that its bad). I can’t really speak about the packaging as I do not have the actual product but it does have a pump so I think it’s a winner!
AVENE PHYSIO LIFT EYE CREAM:
Price: R350 at Dischem for 15ml. $46/0.5 fl. oz. in the US.
Ingredients(website): Avene Thermal Spring Water, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glycerin, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol Cetearyl Alcohol Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol Ceteareth-33, Disodium EDTA, Red 33 (CI 17200), Retinal Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Thoughts on this product: From the first use I could tell this is quite a rich eye cream. It has a patch technology that adheres to the eye area to fight signs of aging through the night. I usually use it at night as its recommended but if my eye area looks hectic in the morning I use it then too. It is soothing on the skin and visibly looks better after applying, smoother and hydrated. You can feel the tightness when you apply it. Compared to my current eye cream which is the Loreal skin perfection, I prefer this. Whether it reduces dark circles or not I cannot attest to yet, mine seem to never go away. Time will tell. If there is any puffiness it does get rid of that. One of the key ingredients Retinaldehyde, is clinically shown to be more effective than Retinol and less irritating for sensitive skin. Smoothes away the appearance of wrinkles and brightens the skin. If you have fine lines and dry skin I would recommend this.
AVENE HYDRATING SKIN TONE PERFECTOR RICH 40ML
Price: R185 at Dischem for 40 ml e/1.35 fl oz. I could not find it on the US store. 😦
Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water, Octyldodecanol Dicaprylyl Ether, Coco-Caprylate Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide [Nano] Polymethyl Methacrylate Dicaprylyl Carbonate Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite C30-45 Alkyl Methicone Benzoic Acid, Beta-Sitosterol C30-45 Olefin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol Carthamus Tinctorius [Safflower] Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil), Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA Fragrance, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (Glycine Soja Seed Extract), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil) Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492) (CI 77491) CI 77499) Lecithin Mica PEG-32 PEG-400 Poloxamer 188 Silica Sodium Chloride Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate Sodium Myristyl Glutamate, Talc, Tocopherol Tocopheryl Glucoside Water.
Thoughts: This comes in two variations, rich and light. Rich is suitable for very dry skin and light is more suitable for normal/combo skin. At first, I think I used too much of this product where it left little white dots but after reading that you should warm in it the palm of your hand and use less it worked like magic. It reminds me of Stila CC cream as it is meant to correct any skin tone imperfections. It provides a radiant glow and instantly evens out your complexion. I love using it on days I am really in a hurry and do not have time for foundation. Paired with some concealer/mascara and a good lipstick you are good to go. You can use a pressed powder if you think it does not match your undertone. It has SPF 30 so there is no need to apply sunscreen as well. As with all Avene products, containing thermal spring this keeps the skin hydrated while providing a natural healthy glow. I definitely recommend this for everyone!
See below my before and after picture:
Avene does not test on animals but they retail in China which means third party animal testing does occur. They are also available Clicks but I found them to be slightly cheaper at dischem.
Let me know if you tried Avene products or want to? What are your favourites?
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xx Miss Dhanusha
Disclaimer: Products sent to me are tried and tested by me, I used these for the past 2 months before reviewing. All thoughts/opinions expressed here are honest.