Redness Relief Soothing Cream, for Sensitive Skin, SPF 25
1.35 fl. oz. for $36
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

A sunscreen meant for sensitive skin would be far better if it contained only mineral actives (i.e., titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) because they are the least likely to cause a reaction. Although this sunscreen contains titanium dioxide, it is paired with other synthetic active ingredients that make it a questionable choice for those with truly sensitive skin. This product also contains fragrance, another no-no when sensitive skin is your target audience. Lastly, the green tint of this product will slightly tone down redness, but at the expense of leaving your skin looking as though you’re seasick. A better solution for reducing redness would be to use a yellow-toned foundation with a titanium dioxide–based sunscreen over a well-formulated moisturizer that contains anti-irritants, antioxidants, and skin-identical ingredients.


Light green cream neutralizes redness as a trio of ingredients help minimize redness. Sun protection helps protect against environmental exposure.


Active: Octocrylene (4%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (4.5%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Alumina, BHT, Blue 1, Butylparaben, Dextran Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isobutylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylparaben, O-Cyman-5-Ol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Propylparaben, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Squalane, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, 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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