After-Sun Care Lotion
6.96 fl. oz. for $21
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a basic, boring body moisturizer whose formula falls short on providing skin with a range of soothing, skin-repairing ingredients. Those types of ingredients, plus antioxidants, are important for all skin types, especially when skin has seen too much sun. Of course, ideally you'll be using sunscreen and other protective measures so an "after-sun" product isn't necessary, but all of us have had days when, try as we might, our skin takes a beating from the sun. This lotion isn't the answer, though; at best, it will help dry skin look and feel better—that's about it.

Although Avene's thermal spring water is reputed to be healing, there is no research supporting its use when skin has seen too much sun, nor is it worth considering over proven anti-irritants or soothing plant extracts.

  • None of note, considering its formula and purpose.
  • Boring formula leaves sun-exposed skin wanting and needing more.

Light-weight, non-greasy lotion restores skin’s barrier and prevents moisture loss. Soothes, calms and cools the skin after sun exposure.


Water (Avene Thermal Spring), PEG-8, Cyclomethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (Safflower), Beta Sitosterol, Butylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dimethiconol, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Isobutylparaben, Laureth 7, Methylparaben, O-Cymen-5 OL, PEG-45 Palm Kernel Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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