Serenage Nutri-Redensifying Vital Serum
1.01 fl. oz. for $51
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This rather ordinary serum is said to contain “hyaluronic acid fragments” that help “redensify” skin and fight sagging. Hyaluronic acid in skin-care products cannot do that (see More Info to learn why), but even more bizarre is that this product doesn’t contain any form of hyaluronic acid, fragments or otherwise. Many lines add hyaluronic acid (or its salt form, sodium hyaluronate) to their products because it is an excellent skin-repairing ingredient, but what it cannot do (regardless of the amount or the claims) is work topically to plump wrinkles and strategically lift skin as it does when it is injected (think dermal fillers). When done correctly by a good cosmetic dermatologist, dermal fillers absolutely can add density to skin and, to a certain degree help give skin a slight lift without surgery.

This serum (whose texture is closer to a lotion-like moisturizer) contains some good ingredients for dry skin, but it lacks an array of antioxidants or skin-repairing ingredients that would at least justify a bit of the cost—as is, there is nothing special or really worth the price. Labeling this an “intensive anti-aging treatment” is like labeling a typewriter a sophisticated communication device.

  • Contains some good ingredients for dry skin.
  • Does not contain hyaluronic acid “fragments” or any other form of this skin-repairing ingredient.
  • Claims imply you’ll get results similar to dermal fillers using hyaluronic acid, but that’s not what you’ll see.

More Info:

Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products


Intensive anti-aging treatment with a double concentration of Hyaluronic Acid Fragments (1%) to redensify and fight against skin slackening.


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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