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I want to start with describing what kind of skin I have, as we talk about a product dedicated our skin. My face is fair, delicate and prone to irritations and redness (in the centre). I used to have combination skin and my T-zone was always shiny covered with some imperfections, but they gone almost completely. My under eyes zones (you can say cheeks but I mean zones close to my nose and under eyes) are usually red, and depending on condition like weather, food I eat or drinks I drink, I can find there spots: red, itching, small spots that usually disappear next day or in few days. I need to cover those areas everyday. These zones were always my dry zones (when I was a teen) and I never had any imperfections there! Unfortunately they become my sensitive/allergic/prone to redness zones:(
My 'red area', like I call it, was usually worst after make up removing and cleansing in the evening. I used to use water to wash my face twice a day, and a random make up remover from a popular high street brand usually. I felt the same every evening: irritation even after using products for sensitive skin.
After a lot of research I found ingredients I wanted to avoid in all my face cosmetics - that was my mission, to find a products without them. Finally once, being in Boots, I went to a section with dermacosmetics (a bit too expensive like I thought for me, but well...) and tempted by its name I decided to give a try to a EXTREMELY GENTLE CLEANSER without rinsing and parabens!
This product doesn't have any irritating ingredients like parabens, parfums or colourants. It doesn't smell at all and its consistency is rather watery, but it really cleanse! It's based on Avene Thermal Mineral Water rich in vitamins and minerals and its ingredients list is very short, which I always consider as advantage in cosmetics (short list, less chemicals!).
I thought I don't loose anything because price for this product is quite good - 8GBP. I couldn't wait to remove my make up with it, so when I finally had chance to try it I was shocked. First time my eye make up together with mascara gone so easy and smoothly - no irritations, no rubbing or tears! I removed that first and than took some cosmetic on my fingers and massaged it into whole my face delicately; after that I just wiped off cleanser with cotton pads until my face was clean. It takes around 5 minutes and feeling after cleansing is incredible! I've never felt that comfortable after make up removing and cleansing like I felt after using this product, it's amazing!
I have second bottle now and since I started using it I haven't used water to wash my face at all - my skin seems to be less tight, calm and not irritated as it was before.
One bottle lasts me about a month so I think it's quite good price for the amount you get. It sounds like a absolutely perfect cleanser for me and at this moment I can say I've found the perfection!
I can definitely say that I will stay with this product until it's gone from market. I would recommend it to everybody with a similar skin to mine or just sensitive, delicate face.
It's just worth to try because it's good for your skin. I started using a whole Avene range now (review soon!)
Be gentle to your skin - you have only one!:)
Avene extremely gentle cleanser is a gel/creme product that is used to clean the face. It is suitable for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin as all Avene products are. Avene market this product is a facial cleanser and a gentle eye make up remover. It is a waterless cleanser that should be applied to the face then wiped off, I do this with cotton pads. I really feel this works, make up glides off easily and it really does clear the skin.
This product is part of Avente's thermal water range. They explain that the water starts as rain then filters through the Cévennes Mountains absorbing precious minerals and trace elements for 40 years until it reaches the mouth of the Sainte-Odile spring. Its composition makes thermal water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin. There have been many tests and studies conducted to support the claims made on this water. (This information was found on their website).
Lets break it down a little more..........
Price: This cleanser costs £8.00 at boots. This is expensive, but most decent cleansers are pricey these days and I have found it lasts quite some time, maybe a month or so.
Packaging: The bottle is very plain and basic, it is a clear bottle with simple orange and black writing and detail in an elegant font. It comes in a white box with lots of information on and a detailed leaflet all about the product and the benefits of thermal water. I personally like the packaging, I think its elegant and simplistic.
Application: This is really easy to use. It looks a little like shower gel, which is a bit off putting but that aside it works well. I put it onto my face with a cotton wool pad, rubbing it all over then using fresh pads to wipe it off. It comes off really well and my skin feels fresher, tighter and clearer. There is no smell to this product at all.
Performance: This is a really great cleanser. I have sensitive skin which is prone to break outs and since using this cleanser I have found my skin has responded really well. I use this now as my daily cleanser.
I really recommend giving this a try, I did a bit of research and Avene really know what they are talking about. if you go to their website Avene.co.uk and register they will send out some complimentary samples for you to try.
My quest for perfect blemish and oil free skin has led me to experiment with more gentler skincare products. I have tended to use harsher products which are aimed at acne or oily skin types, however I find that they used to leave my skin feeling very 'stripped,' and they made very little effect on the acne or oiliness.
After reading an online post on gentler skincare, and a little research on products available, I decided to try the avene extremely gentle cleanser. I bought the product for £8 from my local Boots store, and it is presented in a simple clear container. The product itself is a thick white creamy consistency. In order to use the product it is recommended that you massage a small amount into your face and neck, and then remove using a tissue or cotton pad.
I have to admit that I was a little sceptical of using the product at first due to the fact that you don't wash the product off, as I traditionally use products which foam and need to be rinsed off with water. However, the article which I read described how it is not always recommended to use water on sensitive/acne skin types. Furthermore, I have also read articles describing how the chemical which makes cleansers 'foam' is often highly irritating for certain skin types. I am not a scientist, although I had a little look at the ingredient list and I was pleased to see that there were very few ingredients. Those named were: Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, O-Phenylphenol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Decyl Clucoside, Disodium Edta, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water (Aqua). I understand that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can be irritating towards certain skin, however it is very low down the list so I don't think that there is a significant amount. I am also pleased to say that it is pretty odourless, so I don't think that there are any unnecessary perfumes.
After my first application I was immediately hooked. My skin felt thoroughly cleansed, but more importantly, not sore or inflammed in any way. Following a lot of experimentation this is the way that I use the product: I firstly remove my make up using a cleansing water. Then I use a small amount of the cleanser and rub into my face and neck using my fingertips in small circular movements for a couple of minutes. I then remove it using a cotton pad or a muslin cloth.
While I would consider the product to be a fantastic gentle cleanser, I don't find that it is very good at removing my make up. (Although I will accept that I wear an excessive amount...oops!) This is the reason why I use a cleansing water in the evenings in order to remove the make up, and although I could probably use only the water, I feel that the Avene cleanser is properly cleansing my skin. In the mornings I use only the Avene cleanser. I alternate between the muslin cloth and the cotton pads as I like these methods of removing the product. Even though I was initially concerned about not using water to remove the product, I never feel that there is any left on my face.
The main reason why I like this product is that it is very, very gentle but also very effective. My skin no longer looks inflammed with red patches, which means I need to use less make up to cover these areas. More importantly, however, I have only had one new blemish since using the product. Furthermore, my old acne scars seem to have had time to heal and they are gradually fading. I also have to add that my skin is definately less oily, and I think that this is because the products are not stripping the natural oils from my skin.
I will definately repurchase this cleanser, and would recommend it for any skin types, although those with sensitive skin types may see more benefit. It is slightly more expensive that most high street cleansers (at £8) however I would find it to be a small price to pay for better skin!
*Why I want the product*
A cleanser is the most important step in anyone's beauty routine and because there is such an array of products on the market I like to try different ones for my skin type. Over all these years I have been using cleansers that foam with water but I have now learnt these cleanses are actually an irritant to the facial skin as they contain a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulphate. This particular ingredient is what is used to make cleanser foam when in contact with water. Unfortunately this ingredient is found in many skin washes, shampoo, detergents and toothpaste so you won't be able to completely remove it.
*Why is Sodium Laureth Sulphate bad for the skin?*
Cleanser that contains this ingredient is a detergent, and a well known skin irritant. This ingredient has been said to be safe in use in cosmetics and skin care but it does have an irritant similar to detergents. Sodium Laureth Sulphate doesn't irritate everyone and care should be taken when using a product with this ingredient. It has been known to cause acne, eczema, skin redness and itching.
*About Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser*
This is a cleanser and eye make up remover in one, has been designed for delicate skins that are sensitive and intolerant. Skins that are fair, prone to redness, sensitive due to weather changes, drying cosmetics and thin skin will benefit from this.
It doesn't foam and is a no water formula, meaning you don't rinse it off but wipe it off instead.
It has been formulated with minimal ingredients and picked for their gentleness. Extremely Gentle Cleanser is oil free and refreshing on the skin that leaves your skin perfectly cleans without feeling dry. It is paraben, fragrance and colouring agents free.
*If it is so gentle why does it contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate?*
This worried me to find a cleanser that is marketed as being extremely gentle on this skin to have an ingredient that is an irritant on the skin. Because of this worry I emailed Avene and with their response I was reassured that although Sodium Laureth Sulphate is a skin irritant if left on the skin for a long period of time. As you rinse the cleanser off with water or wipe with a cloth there is no reside left on the skin to cause a reaction.
Personally I am still not convinced that such a gentle cleanser to have this ingredient when there is no need.
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser comes in a shiny white cardboard box with the Avene clean and simple design on the front with a peach swirl design at the bottom. Eau Thermale Avene is peach writing and what the product is in black writing in the middle.
The product itself comes in a 200ml plastic see through bottle with a white flip top lid that is easy to handle even with wet hands.
*Applying the product*
This cleanser is so concentrated so a little is needed for the entire face it to do its job properly, I have used the size of a 10p and this is adequate enough. It is a very light watery texture that feels so soothing on the skin. The pearly white cleanser turns more milky white and thicker as it is rubbed into the skin.
I personally found when the cleanser is on dry skin I find it a little hard to work with so with damp hands I find it easier to work the cleanser on my face and it glides on more smoothly without tugging. When the cleanser is wet it doesn't foam, which makes it all the better to use and feels like you're really giving your face a deep clean.
Avene say this cleanser is an none rinse formula and should be wiped away with cotton pads. I have done this but damp cotton pads and it works a treat, on a more regular basis I use a damp muslin cloth to remove this cleanser and it works just as well if not better. No residue is left on my skin and I can move straight onto toner.
After cleaning I was glad to feel my skin didn't feel tight or dry but more of balance so you know this product is not stripping your delicate skin of its natural oils. I found it is good at removing makeup but I always do a double cleanse just to be sure all have been removed. Avene say this product removes eye makeup but I have found you may need a separate eye makeup remover as it doesn't remove mascara too well but doesn't irritate or sting my eyes in anyway.
*Price and availability*
You can purchase Avene products from a range of websites but the one I have bought from and found reliable is thehealthandbeautyshop.co.uk where you can purchase this cleanser for a great price of £6.72 or boots.com for £8.00
*What I think about it/do I like it?*
I have used this cleanser for a few weeks now and all ready I can see the benefits of using it. My skin no longer gets really red after cleansing due to irritation, my skin feels softer as my natural oils are not being stripped and I have also noticed my skin is less oily because of this, but the reduction in blemishes are not diminished but I do feel as though my skin has been thoroughly cleaned.
I find it cleanses the skin well but a double cleanse is always recommended when wearing makeup. Great to travel with and you can just wash and wipe with a cotton pad if needed without water. However it doesn't take off all eye makeup.
Sensitive and dry skins would highly like this product as will other skin types.
A 200ml bottle and only using a 10p size amount each time means this product is very economical and is well worth the money.
*Would I purchase again?*
I would yes, but I have also purchased another cleanser from Avene, which is more for my skin type and not just for sensitive souls but I will see out of the two, which one I like best. But so far I can't really say a bad thing about this cleanser.
A good cleanser is an essential, even if you're not much into beauty routines - I'm about as low-maintenance as they get, and even I found myself looking for something good to clean my face with. I'm not particularly prone to spots, although can have the odd breakout if I've been eating rubbish, drinking a lot or forgetting to clean my face as regularly as I should; my skin is also very fair and sensitive so I needed something extra gentle. I didn't want anything chemical or astringent, so when my friend recommended the Avene range of products which are very gentle, all natural and free of harsh chemicals, I got myself a bottle of their Extremely Gentle Cleanser.
So who or what is Avene? It's basically a niche French skin care and cosmetics company (as my friend says, you can trust the French to make a big fuss about beauty and skin care - and get it right when it comes to products!) Based in Avene, in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France, the company claims that the natural thermal spring water from the Saint Odile spring has unique healing properties which enable their products to work on "each level of skin sensitivity" from "sensitive, intolerant to allergic". The company also runs the Avene Hydrotherapy Centre, which has been going since 1743 and offers medical treatments, involving the thermal spring water, for patients with skin problems.
Before you buy anything from Avene, they recommend you take their "Skin Diagnosis" test online or in the leaflets they always have on any Avene counter, which is a simple series of questions (about things like acne, eczema, sensitivity etc) designed to diagnose what your skin needs and what products would be best suited to it. My skin came out as "Intolerant" and I was recommended this product, the Extremely Gentle Cleanser.
What with all that history behind it, the skin diagnosis and the fact that Avene don't use harsh chemicals, colours or scents, I had high hopes for the cleanser. It isn't a showy product, or particularly prettily packaged; it's basically a clear bottle, rounded at the top and flat at the bottom, with "Avene" and a swirly design in a burnt orange colour, followed by the name of the product in lots of different languages. It does come in a white cardboard box with an instruction and information leaflet, which gives it an expensive but also slightly medicinal feel - this isn't marketed as a 'luxury' product but rather an exclusive yet functional one. The cleanser is a gel, white in colour but not creamy at all, which was a relief as I hate putting anything oily, rich or greasy anywhere near my face! It hasn't got any scent at all.
It's a good job it wasn't a cream, because to my horror I saw, after I'd bought it, that it isn't a 'wash-off' or foaming cleanser but a wipe-off, no-water formula. You smear it all over your face, then get it off with a cotton wool pad - my idea of hell, as I do like to wash whatever product it is off and feel really clean. Nevertheless, I gave it a go and squirted a big blob onto my hands then rubbed it onto my face. It feels cool and fairly runny, not thick or creamy but not a bad feeling at all. You also don't need to use all that much at one go; for ages I put far too much on at once and it was difficult to get it all off, plus it meant that the level went down at an alarming rate. A 10p sized blob is really all you need.
Once I'd rubbed it in (it's better if you give it a good rub rather than letting it just sit on your face) it sort of foams up a little - not exactly real foam, but it does go whiter and thicker. It's time to wipe it off then, which is best done with cotton wool pads, particularly as you can then see all the dirt you get off your face (always scary). I know it's a no-water cleanser, but I can't stand not rinsing, so I must admit that I do add another step to the process and do a quick sweep over my face with a wet cotton wool pad afterwards, then pat it dry with a dry pad.
And the results? Fantastic. It always gets all traces of dirt and makeup off my face, makes my skin tight and clean without drying it out, and I swear has reduced the number of breakouts I have. And although I do rinse it off, I reckon that if I were travelling or had to stay somewhere without easy access to water, it would work very well just wiped off. The other main plus point for me is that it's not greasy and doesn't leave a greasy film or residue on my skin.
So how much? Unfortunately it's not cheap at £7.50 for 200ml, but I find that I don't have to use all that much in one go and so it lasts for quite a long time - I bought a bottle about a month and a half ago and have only used one third. It's expensive, but it works for me and I'd rather have just the one bottle of something effective than a variety of things which might not actually work. However, the other issue that I'd like to highlight is that you have to factor in the cost of cotton wool pads as well: they're cheap but you do get through them, and I wouldn't advise using anything other than these to get it off. I tried using tissues when I'd run out of cotton wool pads and the results weren't pretty - disintegrated bits of tissue mixed with cleanser all over my face rather defeated the object, I think!
I got my bottle from Boswells in Oxford, but I've seen the full range of Avene products in Boots as well. Overall, Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser is a great product and one which I wish I'd discovered much earlier! I'm taking one star off for the price (particularly when you take the cost of the cotton pads into account) and the fact that I still feel the need to rinse. I like the company, though, and I think that I'll definitely be buying something from their range next time - though I'll probably make sure it's a foaming cleanser or something that specifically needs to be washed off!
Normally I prefer to use a wash off product to cleanse my face because I tend to find that wipe off cleansers don't leave my skin feeling particularly clean and often leave a greasy residue. However, I read good things about Avene extremely gentle cleanser, and so decided to give it a go as it's always handy to have a bottle of wipe off cleanser for times when you have particularly stubborn eye makeup to remove etc. or can't get to a sink.
The product comes in a plastic bottle inside a white box with plenty of information covering all sides, written in both French and English. From the box we can see that this product contains far fewer ingredients than many others on the market, with the main ingredient being Avene thermal spring water. The box also states that the product is fragrance free, paraben free and colouring free which is always nice to know.
The bottle is transparent with a white lid and cap. On the back the product description is in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French and a couple of other languages that I can't recognise (maybe Greek might be one of them), so it's clearly labeled!
The product itself is a white liquid, not too runny but not too thick either so it comes out of the bottle easily. The instructions say to apply with a cotton pad or fingers and then tissue off... I apply with my fingers and massage it in well before removing with a cotton pad as I feel you waste less this way rather compared with applying it with a cotton pad.
The cleanser feels really light on my skin, and feels slightly moisturising even around the eyes areas. After removing it my skin feels surprisingly completely clean, as if I had used water, and there is no tightness whatsoever which is quite amazing for me as my skin can get quite dry.
Another great feature of this product is that it cuts through waterproof mascara easily and without irritating my eyes in the slightest, so you can kiss goodbye to panda eyes first thing in the morning.
I don't tend to use this product everyday as I am so taken with the Avene cleanance soapless gel facial wash, so I can't comment on how long a bottle would last you. I however find that you only need a tiny amount to cleanse the whole face if you're using your fingertips rather than cotton wool as it seems to almost foam up ever so slightly as you massage it into your skin. At £7.50 for a 200ml bottle it's a little pricier than some others on the market, but worth it if you have sensitive skin as it doesn't irritate or dry out skin at all.
I thoroughly recommend this product. While I prefer the Avene cleanance soapless gel facial wash for everyday use, I will definitely be keeping a bottle of this extremely gentle cleanser handy as well, as it's perfect for cutting through makeup without making my skin flare up or itch and doesn't leave a residue. It leaves my skin looking clear and healthy - 5 stars!
Cleanser and eye-make up remover specifically designed for naturally sensitive skin (fair, thin, prone to redness), or skin which has become sensitised due to climatic conditions, excessive cleansing, drying cosmetic or dermatological treatments. Its formula has been specially developed with a minimum of ingredients, all selected for their gentleness. This very fluid, oil-free refreshing cleanser leaves skin perfectly clean and comfortable without drying it. Free from paraben, fragrance and colouring agents.