AN ODE TO AVENE

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My skin can't seem to get enough of Avène.

My love for the recently repurchased Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser piqued my interest in their products. So much so I logged on to their website and completed a skin diagnosis. The 'skin diagnosis' feature assesses your skin type and needs through a series of questions, and so your four-step result will be tailored to you.

Avène kindly sent me the Avène Thermal Spring Water* and Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20 Protective Hydrating Cream*, in accordance with step two and three of my skin diagnosis. I had sampled a trial size of the hydrating cream before, and it seemed to clear up a small pesky dry patch I had a treat, so I was looking forward to using it again!

I took the Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20 Protective Hydrating Cream* away with me to Berlin and have used it daily, alternating between this and NIVEA Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream. I love that this feels lightweight on the skin, soaks in quickly and leaves a plumped smooth base for make up, plus it feels particularly nice applied around the eye area. My skin is left feeling hydrated and not loaded with product. I still use an exfoliating toner all over to rid of any flakiness (it was rather windy in Berlin and did take its toll), however this keeps any little dry, red patches at bay. Side note: I probably don't apply enough of the product for the SPF 20 to be sufficient, and so used a separate SPF.

The Avène Thermal Spring Water* is a facial mist that claims to "soothe, soften and restore the skin's natural balance". I must admit I was skeptical of face mists, because surely a cold flannel would suffice? However, I sprayed this on to my face post-cleanse and found it surprisingly refreshing - more than a few spritzes and my face seemed to feel dry though - and after shaving my legs, and well, it did soothe the skin. I like the convenience of this product being in a spray can, plus it could have many uses: soothing rashes, sunburn, post-shaving, during travel or after playing sports. I was tempted to pop this in my bag for the flight however the 150ml tin wouldn't've made it through hand luggage checks; good old fashioned bottled water kept me hydrated instead. I'll be sure to purchase the travel size in future.

Avène Thermal Spring Water 150ml (also available in travel size and 300ml) retails for £6.50.

Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20 Protective Hydrating Cream retails for £14.50.

Have you tried either of these products? Are you also a fan of Avène?