Tuesday 12 August 2014

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum (Hydrance Optimale) & How I Use It For Acne Burns

Avene Hydrating Soothing Serum (Hydrance Optimale) Review

(Now called Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum)

This review has been on my review list for a while. It was gifted to me by Escentual.com. After a few months of trialling this product, I have finalised my review and opinions on the product.

Texture and Application

The Soothing Hydrating Serum has a strange hybrid texture. It's very fluid, thin and gel-like, once applied to the skin it instantly dries, which is a strong plus point. As you may know serums are intended to be applied before a moisturiser to really help the product work it's way in, this instant drying effect cuts time out from your skincare routine.

One thing I will note is the smell, it has a chemical scent, I don't mind it but could be a problem for others.

How I Use It For Acne Burns

I use these as a soothing serum for acne burns. I use a lot of products with salicylic acid, known for it's effectiveness in reducing spots. I often go overboard with these products, I just want that mountain of a spot to be gone, this results in acne burn. I would describe this as extreme dryness and soreness. I apply this serum to the area and then use my Clinique Moisture Surge sample, which came in Cosmo I believe. These two combined really helps soothe the burn and also slightly reduce the scarring as it hydrates and nourishes.
Final Thoughts
Putting the smell aside, I think the product works well. You must use a second moisturising product to really see improvement in skin hydration. It sinks in quickly and leaves the skin ready for moisture. I would recommend this to girls with dehydrated skin, it's not for those with oily skin!
I give it a 3.5/5.

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