You might have seen Avene on my blog before. I wrote up a post on a few of their Cleanance products, you can see my expression of love for them here. Avene's PR company kindly sent me some more items from the range so here are my thoughts!
I have been reluctant to try micellar water, as I thought it was just expensive water, so I didn't have high hopes for this one. Well it proved me wrong, it was so refreshing on the skin and really left my face feeling clean. I just splashed a few drops onto cotton pads and wiped off my make-up, I do wear heavy make-up so it took about 5 cotton rounds to get the most of it off.
It has that typical Avene scent, which means it is fragranced and it stang my eyes when I tried to remove mascara. I would not recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin. For me the benefits and cleaning feeling out way the down side of it being fragranced.
It's a little more expensive than Garnier and Nivea versions but you get so much more liquid wise.
This has been highly recommended in magazines and by acne sufferers. I wish this product had been introduced to me when I was suffering from aggressive acne as a teen. It's a smooth, thin cream which you apply to your troubled areas. It helped shrink existing spots and kept new ones from forming. I've only been using it for a month but this product boasts: 'After 2 months of use, the number of spots is reduced and scars are visibly smoother.' I agree with the spots reduced but I will report back on scarring.
I feel the aim of this product is very similar to La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo. They are very similar with results but the texture is thicker in the Trianceal formula. I don't think you need both, so it's up to your budget which one you choose.
Again, this product has a close rival in La Roche Posay's range. The emulsion is a mattifying product which is designed to keep the skin matte but adding balanced amount of moisture. I find acne skincare can sometimes dry my skin out, so this is a nice boost of moisture without the risk of excess oils. I look matte for longer with the Avene version than the La Roche Posay one but the LRP one is scent free, unlike the Avene.
Avene Foaming Face Wash
This bright blue/green liquid is aimed at cleansing the skin thoroughly to avoid clogged pores and has ingredients to help fight spots. Sadly again, this product has too many similar rivals, La Roche Posay, Clearsil, Quinoderm and the list goes on. It doesn't have any defining features which are different to it's competitors but I do like the product, it gives me super clean skin. I would advise using the emulsion to replenish the moisture in your skin, as this is a little drying.
Avene Face Mask
This mask is white, which means it looks like you have rubbed toothpaste all over your face! It's a nice thick texture, which I slap on when I'm getting those hormonal breakouts once a month. It has tiny beads in the mask which exfoliate the skin as you remove the mask. I feel like this masks knocks lurking spots back into check. It's relatively cheap, so great for acne prone teens.
My only criticisms are that they have fragrance in the products, which can cause irritation for some people. I also think that there are very similar products on the market. You don't need both the Avene and La Roche Posay versions of the products, just invest in one.
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