03.13.2015
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Hydrance Optimale Riche, Rich Hydrating Cream for Dry to Very Dry Sensitive Skin
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1.35 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an average moisturizer suitable for normal to dry skin. It satisfies skin’s basic needs, but for the money and for the health of your skin, that’s not enough (and hardly “optimale”). A selection of state-of-the-art ingredients (e.g., antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients) would have been far better. There is little convincing research proving the Avene’s thermal spring water is a great alternative to regular water.

Claims

Formulated with patent-pending ingredients to provide long-lasting hydration to help restore smoothness and luminosity.

Ingredients

Water (Avene Thermal Spring), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, PG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzoic Acid, Beta Sitosterol, BHT, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol Poloxamer 188, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, 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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02.09.2015
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I disagree with Paula's Avene reviews. Maybe the reviews are accurate for people whose face can tolerate anything but Avene is great for people with special skin needs. I have sensitive skin that can tolerates very few products, for those of you who share this issue it is like a miracle to find something effective and gentle that won't break you out. My hubby got me Avene hydration kit and it's the best! I was scared to use it at first but the user reviews are so positive that I gave it a try.

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