Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: Eau Thermale Avène


Stellar April '11.

In the April 2011 issue of Stellar Magazine (with the lovely Katy Perry on the cover), there was an offer to try a free sample of "The leading skincare brand in French pharmacies", Eau Thermale Avène. You had to be one of the first 50 people to text them a beauty tip (I don't even remember what my tip was, but more than likely something along the lines of 'always take off your make-up at night' or another generic answer). I forgot all about it until this little beauty arrived last week:


This was the actual envelope, isn't it so pretty?

It was a gorgeous surprise, and the packaging alone almost won me over instantly. Inside the bag was a 50ml sample of Eau Thermale (Thermal Spring Water) spray, and a 50ml sample of "Extremely Gentle Cleanser". I've tried both, and come to one conclusion. Whatever this stuff is, it's AMAZING. The cleanser is a no-rinse, tissue-off formula, and one little drop on a cotton pad cleaned my entire face and removed every trace of gunk that was left from yesterday. Bearing in mind that I had already thought I'd removed all my make-up last night, this left my face completely clear and refreshed. There's no strong scent off the products either, which is a big plus if you (like me) are sometimes overwhelmed by the mixture of smells coming from creams, perfume, deodorant, conditioner, serum - yuck. Here's a pic of the samples, and more about the company after:


Cleanser, left (50ml) and Spray (50ml).

Now, more about the company. Their website is HERE. According to their information booklet (included with the products), the Avène Thermal Spring Water flows under 'highly protected' conditions directly to both the Hydrotherapy Centre and the high-tech production plant where the products are manufactured by the Pierre Fabre group. The Dermatological Hydrotherapy Centre at Avène treats more than 2,500 people every year from all over the world, for conditions including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, burns and pruritus.
So, what exactly is in this water? The composition is listed as follows:
  • Low mineral composition 266mg/litre
  • Calcium/Magnesium bicarbonate profile
  • Calcium/Magnesium ratio
  • Rich in Silica: 10.6mg/litre
  • Very rich in trace elements: zinc & copper
  • Neutral pH 7.5
  • Temperature at the source: 21.3ºC.
The spring water spray is listed as being beneficial when used in many different ways: Post-surgery, facial redness, sunburn, itching, irritation, after cleansing, razor burn, post-exercise, nappy rash, following hair removal, or as a refresher while travelling. So, is it actually any good or is it just a gimmick?


I'm suffering from allergies at the minute, and broke out in hives this week. This morning, I rang the doctor on call who suggested antihistamine tablets and cream. I got the tablets, but I couldn't justify spending more money on the cream (the tablets were bad enough, €6.50 for 7 tablets??!!). I sprayed some of the spring water over the hives, and I'm not exaggerating - the itching stopped IMMEDIATELY. The stuff is magic. I can only imagine how soothing it would be on bad sunburn - and if it's as natural as the company say it is, then I'd certainly reach for this over some chemical-packed fragranced soothing gels. I also have it on good authority that it can be used to set make-up, though I've not tried that yet.

There are a whole range of products available, from cold creams to sunscreens - and I, for one, will definitely be buying the full sizes of both of the products I was sent. Fantastic. The products are available nationwide, in many Unicare and Independent Pharmacies. If you suffer from any skin sensitivity or allergies, I'd recommend this range wholeheartedly. It's gentle, unfragranced, and it's soothing and soft. J'adore.

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