Sunday, 18 March 2012

Skin Care Review: Avéne Eau Thermale Extremely Gentle Cleanser



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Hello there, hope you're all enjoying Mothers Day! This week I decided to review a cleanser I've been using for about 6 weeks now, so I think it's a good enough time to give you my verdict.
Avéne is a French dermatological brand that specialises in skincare for different types of sensitive skin, whether it be intolerant or allergic. They say each product contains Avéne thermal spring water, which is endorsed by dermatologists all over the world.

I was excited to try their Extremely gentle cleanser, as I had heard good things, and lately my skin has been worse than ever, really sensitive from the harsh winter weather, and generally irritated and spotty, so I wanted to see whether this lived up to my expectations; which it certainly did! The retail price in Boots is £8, which I think for a well established brand is really good (plus it looks more expensive!). My initial thought after the first use was a little disappointing, being that there was no nice smell or sensation when massaging it into your skin, and no foaming formula to feel like it was doing anything straight away, so for those who love that really squeaky clean feeling, and a nice scent whilst cleansing, this is probably not the right product for you.

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However, the fact that none if this happens is why the product is so good. My skin has had no reaction to this cleanser, and feels smooth and gently cleansed, without any irritation or any dry patches on my face. I suppose that's why they call it extremely gentle; it does exactly what it says. After 6 weeks of religious use my skin has calmed down so much, and it no longer feels like I need a heavy moisturizer to compensate for the stripping effect some cleansers can have. Also, as you can see from the photo above, after 6 weeks I've not used much, which shows a little goes a really long way.
All in all, a brilliant cleanser for anyone who wants to keep things simple, and know they aren't damaging their skin before the day even starts!

I'd also like to add I have heard that this cleanser is really good for use with a Clarisonic, and after a lot of time on the wish list, I will be getting one soon, so hopefully I will do another review along with the Clarisonic to let you know how it goes. Watch this space!
What cleansers do you recommend for sensitive skin? Let me know what you think.

Sarah x

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