Cleansing Foam
5.07 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a good cleanser for normal to combination or oily skin, as it rinses easily from skin and removes most forms of makeup. It does contain a mild amount of fragrance, so those with sensitive skin may want to look elsewhere, but most will find it isn’t a problem in a rinse-off formula.

The inclusion of fragrance kept the Cleansing Foam from earning a BEST rating, especially given there are similar (but fragrance-free) options available from many drugstore brands (i.e. Boots Expert or Olay).

A word of note, if you wear water-resistant makeup, you will likely find the use of a soft washcloth (or makeup remover beforehand) necessary given the mild nature of the cleansing agents in this product.

Another few words of note: Avene's thermal spring water doesn't have any miraculous benefits for reddened, irritated skin. It's really just water, and not much different from "regular" water seen in thousands of moisturizers. Anything precious it contains "at the source" doesn't survive the processing that happens during the manufacturing of products like this—and the minerals it contains cannot penetrate skin (their molecular size is simply too big).

  • Gentle cleaning agents leave skin clean, but not dry.
  • Rinses easily and removes most forms of makeup.
  • Contains a mild amount of fragrance, making it less than ideal for sensitive skin.
Cleansing foam for face and eyes, formulated for normal to combination skin, gently cleanses leaving skin perfectly matte.
Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Glutamic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride.
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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