03.13.2015
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Serenage Nutri-Redensifying Night Cream
Rating
1.35 fl. oz. for $49
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Despite its fanciful, difficult-to-pronounce name, this emollient moisturizer for dry skin is quite basic. It's mostly a mix of water with emollients, silicone, and non-fragrant plant oils. All of those ingredients combine to help dry skin look and feel better, but that applies to almost any decent moisturizer formulation.

We're not sure what Avene means by "Nutri-Redensifying," but if they mean nutrients to make thinning skin thicker, this misses the mark. The formula is short on ingredients known to stimulate healthy collagen production, which is part of what's needed to add "density" to skin. Generally speaking, adding density (fullness) to skin is best achieved via dermal fillers, not skin care. Skin care can help (as does daily sun protection), but a face that has lost its youthful fullness due to fat loss and sagging skin needs cosmetic corrective procedures, not a bland moisturizer like this.

Pros:
  • Contains some good emollients and non-fragrant plant oils for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Lacks an impressive range of anti-aging ingredients known to stimulate collagen production.
  • Cannot add density to skin that has become thin or has lost volume (fullness).
Claims

Nighttime anti-aging treatment to regenerate the skin with Arginine.

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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