I had a wonderful surprise on Thursday when I came home from work to find that a little package from Avene had arrived. If you complete the skincare questionnaire on their website, they ask for your details (name, address etc.), you create an account, and they’ll send you some products based on your skin analysis. I think this is a lovely gesture, and more skincare companies – especially those targeting problem skin – should do it.
So here’s what they recommended for me:
Redness-relief moisturising protecting emulsion (SPF 20)
This is a lovely little moisturiser with a slight green tint for neutralizing any redness in the face. The texture is lovely and not at all greasy, especially considering it’s got an SPF in it (quite generous, and definitely enough protection for daily use), which means it’s great for applying makeup over because it doesn’t take ages to absorb properly.
It doesn’t upset my sensitve skin, and I’ve been using it every day since Thursday (so that’s 4 days), and it hasn’t broken me out yet. I normally find that if a moisturiser is going to break me out, I will see signs of spots by day 2, so it’s looking good. It has a very mild, almost baby powder-like scent, which is unoffensive, doesn’t linger, and my skin doesn’t detect it enough to be irritated. A good all-round moisturiser which I would probably buy.
Consistency: Somewhere between a lotion and a cream. Hydrating without being too thick, and not at all greasy, despite having an SPF.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5.
Price: The full size bottle is £14.50 for 40ml.
Overall Rating: 8/10. I think it could lose the unnecessary scent, which could upset some skins, and it’s a little overpriced. But still lovely, and worth it if it’s within your budget.
Extremely Gentle Cleasner
This is a funny, semi-transparent cleanser which is not quite a liquid and not quite a gel. You squirt it onto a cotton pad and wipe over your face, or apply straight onto the face and wipe it off with a cotton pad to remove dirt and makeup (I prefer the former method). It doesn’t sting, left my skin soft, and seems to do a good job of removing grime. It has a faint, clean smell.
Consistency: Not quite a gel, not quite a liquid.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5
Price: £8 for 200ml. Very reasonable.
Overall Rating: 8/10. I’d probably feel the need to use something more heavy-duty for waterproof eyeliner, or more heavy makeup, but still a lovely cleanser for sensitive skin.
Overall, Avene has impressed me by living up to their reputation as being great for sensitive skin, and I’d like to explore their range more deeply!