The lovely girls at Pegasus PR sent me a bumper selection of gorgeous Eau Thermale Avène skincare products to review a little while ago so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them with you all.
Eau Thermale Avène is a French dermo-cosmetic brand dedicated to looking after different types of sensitive skin. It contains Avène thermal spring water and the brand stemmed from a hydrotherapy spa found near the Sainte-Odille spring. If you’ve ever been to a spa you’ll know the lovely waters have spent their time picking up various minerals here and there which are great for your skin (much better than chemical nasties!)
I urge you to visit the website for a giggle which does it’s best to explain why spa water might be good for your skin (my favourite line: “the water, originating as rain…” <– well… kinda obvious!) but don’t let the rather poor marketing bumpf from our French cousins put you off – lots of brands claim to be the real mccoy when it comes to natural skin goodness, but Eau Thermale Avène is the first to have me 100% convinced.
First point – how much do I love the packaging! Clean, simple and high-end, without oodles of writing and sales speil on the box. I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I’ve been in love with Eau Thermale Avène since I spotted it on a friend’s shelf simply for the look of the bottles.
I’ve been sent the set best for sensitive skin and I love the fact that it’s not fragranced. I’ve been using an equally hyped brand Liz Earle for a little while beforehand and I’d come to detest the overly heady ‘spa’ scent associated with all the products, so it was so nice to actually cleanse my face and not feel like I’d been dunked head-first into a massuse’s lap.
The gentle milk cleanser really is gentle. It’s the same sort of consistancy as a water-based moisturiser and melts onto the skin with a little rubbing. I was a little naughty and I did use my Liz Earle hot cloth to take this off, but overall I’m much more impressed with Eau Thermale Avène than it’s hot cloth cleanser counterpart. I feel much cleaner after using it and it really opens up the pores. For those of you without muslin cloths at your disposal, you can also wash it off in the shower with the humble hand which works equally as well.
The toner looks slightly sinister – it’s not clear, but has milky tones and once left will seperate, so make sure you shake it well before using. However it is one of the best toners I’ve ever tried – my skin felt taught and elastic and fabulous.
The moisturiser is fab for younger skin – not too heavy, sinks in quickly and no greasy residue. It leaves an excellent base for makeup too – not sure that this was an intended side effect of the product, but I’ve not had to use base when I’ve used the moisturiser, which is great as I hate feeling clogged up with ten different layers of product on my face. This would mean this is a great little product to take on holiday – the moisturiser has a good SPF too. I think more mature skins might need a little extra thickness to their moisturiser, but again I was sent a particular set dealing with a certain skin-type, and I should imagine Eau Thermale Avène cater for this in their wide selection of products.
Overall I was really impressed with the Eau Thermale Avène products – they’ve bumped my Liz Earle selection down to second choice, which really does take quite a lot. I’d urge you to visit the website and have a little go yourself!
Have you tied Eau Thermale Avène products? What did you think? Share in the comments!