Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion, No-Rinse, Tissue-Off Formula
1.69 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:05.22.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Why this cold cream–style cleanser for dry skin is sold as a special product meant to be used for three weeks is a good question, but the answer is nothing more than marketing caprice. This is little more than a glycerin and mineral oil, very basic, detergent-free cleanser suitable for delicate or sensitive skin, and it removes makeup well, though you’ll need to use a washcloth to avoid leaving a greasy residue. For the money, you’re getting a shockingly small amount of product, and between the water, glycerin, and mineral oil, this couldn’t be more than a 50-cent formula.) If cold cream is what you want, the versions from Pond’s are a much better value and more than effective for their intended purpose.


A 21-day regime designed for sensitive skin that gently removes impurities from the skin. This unique Avene thermal spring water formula leaves the skin clean and fresh and does not need to be washed off, as it contains no allergens, irritants or surfactants.


Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Carbomer

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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