- Rich in silica to soothe and soften the skin
- Protects and calms skin
- The calcium/magnesium ratio is similar to the skin
- It has a pH of 7.5 so it doesn’t irritate and can be used on open wounds
- Low mineral content
- It’s used in the Avène Hydrotherapy Centre and is recommended for sensitive skin
So – the products. Firstly, the serum; you use it morning and night after cleansing. Having previously used the No7 Protect and Perfect wonder-serum, I found that this was similar but had a better texture. It glides on to leave skin silky smooth and has a very delicate fragrance which reminds me of a mixture of Johnson’s Baby talc and the smell of my mum’s hand cream – no idea what she uses but it’s gentle and fresh. Personally I hate strong fragrances in my skincare (usually an indicator that it can cause irritation) so I absolutely loved this. I would definitely choose this over No7 as it sinks in easier – I often found with Protect and Perfect that it left a weird residue afterwards.
Secondly, the hydrating cream; I am terrible for remembering to put on SPF as part of my usual routine, like most people. Come summer we all throw it on and our skin is happier than ever, but then the sun goes away and we forget all about it; but one thing I have learned is that SPF is a great anti-ageing device as well as necessary in the winter for when the wind is freezing cold. So, a moisturiser with SPF included is the best way to go for me – and this one is my favourite so far. With the same gentle fragrance as the serum, this moisturiser is not too thick (which I hate) and left my skin feeling super soft – I kept trying it on my hand at first and then adding more because my hands looked magically smoother within seconds. I had the ‘Rich’ version but they also offer a Light version too – probably a good way to switch up your winter and summer beauty regime.
What’s great about the brand is that they’re not too expensive (around £10 or so), and of course, for me, that they glide on and soothe my skin without causing any allergies. If you’re like me and scared to try new beauty products out, don’t be scared of Avène – the fact that the products are based on water as a main ingredient is a good start in itself.
Maybe I am in the right job after all…
Disclosure: I was sent the Avene products to try by their PR. Thank you!