|Eau Thermal Avene
Gel Soapless Cleanser
I’ve yet again shaken up my skincare routine after being disappointed by the lacklustre results of Dr Murad’s range.
This time I’ve turned my attention to Eau Thermale Avène skincare range of goodies to provide much-needed love and pampering to my shine-prone, irritable skin.
I didn’t know too much about the French brand, so was very interested to see what this range could offer.
Its offering is impressive – Avene promised dedication to each level of skin sensitivity – from sensitive, intolerant to allergic. Also, each product contains the Avène Thermal Spring Water, ‘a unique ingredient whose properties have been endorsed by dermatologists over the years’. I knew nothing of this spring water, but oh my, it sounded impressive.
With my special case of combination skin prone to shine (isn’t that the worst kind?), I opted for oily skincare range. This incorporated a cleanser – Cleanance Soapless Gel, a moisturiser – Anti-Shine Regulating Emulsion, plus the constant for all the ranges, Thermal Water Spray toner.
The gel cleanser looks like blue Fairy Liquid, but it works a treat. Once I lathered it into my skin and rinsed of, my complexion looked and felt instantly fresher. Without being harsh, it does offer a deep, yet gentle clean. It’s also nice to know that the gel was soap-free, so wouldn’t over dry my skin.
While the initial results were great, after a few days the wow factor died down, but I think this is always the case when changing brands, as your skin eventually gets used to what you’re using.
I haven’t really noticed what benefits the Thermal Spray delivers. It does serve to tighten the skin slightly, but beyond that, I’m not sure what difference it will make over good old-fashioned tap water. Nonetheless, I’m persevering with it, as I understand the benefits of including a toner in your skincare routine. Plus, the spring water is a must-have among models at London Fashion Week, for both cooling the skin and setting make up. I haven’t used it set make up yet, but I’ll give it a try, and if it does the trick, you can guarantee I’ll be shouting about it!
Finally, after spraying my face with the Thermal Water, I finished with the emulsion, which has a light, non-greasy feel. After applying this, your skin does certainly feel matte, and for me, it kept me from looking shiny as hell by the end of the day. However, if you’re skin isn’t so oil-prone, you may find that the emulsion leaves your skin feeling a little parched.
This brings me nicely to my final bit of advice regarding the Avene range. As the products I used were aimed at oily skin, I found that after using the cleanser, toner and emulsion both morning and night, my skin became slightly dry and flaky after a few days. This was because I was over-cleansing my skin, causing it to dry out.
If, like me, you have combination skin, I would recommend using the cleanser and toner at night, followed by a more moisture-boosting cream. Then just wash your face with water in the morning and apply the emulsion. I have been doing this for weeks – it’s the perfect routine for my skin, and has helped keep pesky spots and unwanted shine at bay.
Avene is available online and from good beauty stores including Boots.
Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser 200ml – £8.25
Avene Cleanance Anti-shine Regulating Lotion 40 ml – £10.50
Avene Water Spray 150ml – £6.50