Eluage Firming Gel
0.5 fl. oz. for $46
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The only really anti-aging ingredients of note in this moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin are sodium hyaluronate and retinal. The latter, also known as retinaldehyde, is an effective derivative of vitamin A. Although those two ingredients are great, this fairly pricey lightweight moisturizer would be far more effective if it contained a wider range of anti-aging ingredients because the skin is complex, and requires more than any one ingredient can provide. On the plus side, this is packaged so that the retinal remains stable during use.

Eluage Firming Gel misses the mark by not including a range of anti-aging ingredients that help repair skin, encourage healthier cell production, and soothe irritation. It's little more than an average moisturizer, and your skin deserves (and, in fact, needs) better.

  • Contains some good ingredients for slightly dry skin.
  • Expensive, especially considering its limited formula.
  • Lacks the large range of anti-aging ingredients skin needs to look and act younger.

Targeted firming gel to reduce the appearance of deep lines around the corner of the eyes, nose and lower cheek.


Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ceteareth 20, Glycol Montanate, Cyclomethicone, Ceteareth 33, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates Copolymer, BHT, Butylparaben, Carbomer, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylparaben, Red 33, Retinal, Triethanolamine

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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