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Serenage Nutri-Redensifying Day Cream
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1.4 fl. oz. for $47
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an average, overpriced moisturizer that’s merely an OK option for dry skin. It is said to contain “pre-tocopheryl,” but that ingredient actually isn’t on the ingredient label. There is some research showing pre-tocopheryl (meaning a precursor of vitamin E) can be a good antioxidant when combined with other ingredients, but again, this formula doesn’t have any so it’s a moot point. Perhaps Avene is referring to the avocado oil and shea butter this contains because they are natural sources of vitamin E, but that’s just a guess. In the long run, vitamin E in the form of tocopherol or a blend of tocotrienols is by far the most stable and bioavailable form of vitamin E for skin.

Regardless of the puzzling claim, this moisturizer doesn’t have what it takes to qualify as an anti-aging treatment. A greater range of skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants, and the addition of cell-communicating ingredients would make that description and price more realistic.

Pros:
  • Contains some good ingredients for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Lacks an impressive range of proven anti-aging ingredients.
  • Average formula that doesn’t deserve the “anti-aging treatment” description.
  • “Pre-tocopheryl” claims aren’t fully explained and are likely just a confusing way totie in the vitamin E content of the avocado oil and shea butter.
Claims

Anti-aging treatment to protect the skin against environmental aggressions with patented Pre-tocopheryl.

Ingredients

Avene Thermal Spring Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Linoleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ammonium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Arginine HCI, Benzoic Acid, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

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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