03.31.2015
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Cleanance Purifying Mask
Rating
1.5 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a decent yet overpriced clay-based mask for those with normal to oily skin. Although it contains the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) glycolic acid and the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid, the clay (kaolin) keeps this mask from having the acidic pH level necessary for these ingredients to function as exfoliants.

A potential issue with this mask is that the thickening agents it contains keep the clay from being as absorbent as it could be. These thickeners prevent the mask from being too drying, but those with very oily skin aren’t going to find much benefit. It is best for those with slightly oily or combination skin.

Pros:
  • Absorbs oil without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.
  • Mask spreads well and is relatively easy to rinse.
Cons:
  • Mix of clay and emollient thickeners keep this mask from being as absorbent as those with very oily skin need.
  • AHA and BHA ingredients cannot exfoliate, which is a key benefit for those with oily or breakout-prone skin.
Claims

Exfoliating and absorbing cleansing mask specifically developed to help oily-prone skin regain a clear and healthy complexion.

Ingredients

Avene Thermal Spring Water, Triethylhexanoin, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Water, Cyclomethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyethylene, Ceteareth-33, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Gluconate, Bisabolol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil (Pumpkin), Fragrance, Pyridoxine HCl, Salicylic Acid, 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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