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I bought this Avene water spray for approximately £6.50. I believe this water comes from France as they have a spa there where you can go and shower in the water. It is used for people with skin conditions. As I suffer from eczema I thought it would be beneficial to try this water spray for my skin when it was inflamed and itchy.
So i was pleasantly suprised, with the water spray although I am unsure as to what I expected or wanted from it. It really cools your face nicely and calms my skin nicely. It helped with the redness, which i was happy with.
Even if you don't have a skin condition but you want to cool your face down it still is great as my boyfriend used this when we went on holiday, so I would definately recommend this product.
Please note, you need to use a mosturiser with it as you skin is still dry afterwards.
A couple of years ago whilst on holiday with family, I started (as usual) with the annoying heat rash, that I always seem to end up with all over my chest, when exposed to too much heat. The worst thing is that once I get it, it seems to linger on for months, not only making me uncomfortable and sore from constant scratching, but I also think it just looks terribly ugly! My sister, who was on holiday with me at the time, suggested that I tried the Avene Thermal Water, as she is a great lover of Avene products and swears by it. On our return back to the UK she ended up buying me a big 300 ml can of the Thermal Water.
The Avene thermal water comes in different size spray cans (50 ml, 100 ml or 300 ml) and the prices vary accordingly. Depending where you buy it from, you can pay anything between £4.00 for the smallest ones and £20 for the largest ones, you really do need to shop around to get the best price. The cans are a shiny white with black and peach writing, quite plain but not cheap looking I would say.
Avene thermal water comes from Avene-les-Baines thermal spring water in France, which was declared to be of public benefit in dermatology in 1874. This spring water's unique and constant composition gives it soothing and anti-irritating properties, acknowledged by numerous scientific studies. At the Avene Dermatological Spa, it is used to actively treat a range of skin disorders. It is especially suitable for those with sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin. The Avene thermal water is suitable for soothing sunburn, nappy rash, after hair removal and for various forms of irritation. It is also great for cleansing or as a primer to set make-up.
The thermal water is dispensed via a nozzle (like a deodorant really), and when you spray it on it comes out as a fine mist, which feels cool and refreshing on the skin, without actually making you feel like you are getting soaked. It is scentless obviously, so ideal for those who do not like or are allergic to fragranced products. You are supposed to spray it on where required, wait for a few seconds, then pat it dry.
I started using the Avene thermal water on my chest, to see if it helped with my heat rash. I would spray it on whenever I felt the need to scratch it, and in between, a few times a day. It helped relieve the itchiness, so stopped me from scratching. After about a week and a half or so, my heat rash had almost disappeared! I now use it on a regular basis when summer starts (well, this year I have not used it that much as summer hasn't really started in the Lake District yet!) and always take it with me when I go on holiday, where I use it as soon as I feel my skin starting to prickle. I also use it just for a general refresh and cool down, it is nice spraying on when laying on a sunbed and you start feeling too hot! It is also ideal for a quick spritz when travelling if feeling hot and sticky.
I cannot comment on whether or not it works for sunburn, nappy rashes or after hair removal rashes as I am not usually prone to any of them (haha, especially the nappy rash, I have been out of nappies for quite a while now!). My sister though, who has always had skin that is very prone to spots, always uses it to cleanse her face with, and swears that it has helped, as she has rarely got any spots nowadays. She also uses it as a face primer and claims that her make up stays on better than when used with other primers. I personally don't wear foundation or face powder so again, I cannot comment on that aspect.
Because the Avene Thermal Water helped with my heat rash when first used, and because it seems to have prevented any more cropping up since then, I have to give it a 5 star rating, even though I still can't believe that at the end of the day it is only water and it comes at a price!
Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist is essentially a pressurised can of water that is to be sprayed on skin to provide hydration and refreshment. It claims to be suitable for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin. Avene say this product can be used for a range of uses from setting make up, soothing sunburn, easing nappy rash, calming acne and razor burn or for cooling down after sporting activities.
Now when I first saw this in my local boots I thought it would be a load of rubbish after all it is only water!! But it works, it really does. I have dry and dehydrated skin, which is quite sensitive and I think this can is a miracle. It has drastically improved the quality of my skin and I cannot now imagine not using it.
So why does it work better than normal water?? Well Avene say that it is because it is thermal water. 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: The cans come in different sizes 50ml costs £3.15 and 150ml costs £6.50 from boots, so the larger can is much better value. Now if you think £6.50 for water??? then yes it seems expensive, but when you see what this can do then it is very reasonable priced as it last for quite a while.
Packaging: The can is very plain and basic, it has simple orange and black writing and detail in an elegant font. There is a lot of information on the can. When you buy the can there is a plastic covering around the can with a perforation strip to open it up. this does seem like a bit of a waste or plastic but I think it is there to ensure the can hasn't been sprayed by others in the store. I personally like the packaging, I think its elegant and simplistic.
Application: This is really easy to use. The can should be held a few centimetres away from the face and sprayed across the skin. It comes out in a really fine mist and leaves the skin damp. it is suggested that you leave it for a few moments then pat dry. I do this with cotton wool pads. There is no smell to the water at all.
Performance: As I said above I really do believe that this works. I've incorporated it into my cleansing routine. I apply it after my cleanser and before my moisturiser then again after I've applied my make up (although I spray from further away for this). I find my skin is better, i get less blemishes and my make up stays on better.
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.
*Why do we need a toner?*
Everyone thinks a toner is unnecessary and is a step that can be avoided in their skin care routine, personally I don't believe it. A toner helps to balance the skin after cleansing and before moisturising, helping to get rid of any last residue from your cleanser while restoring moisture back into your skin and helping your moisturiser absorb properly into your skin. Your moisturiser also works harder to keep your skin moisturised for longer than if you didn't use a toner.
Toners are cool on the skin and help to refresh and brighten your completion. A lot of toners on the market contain a harsh ingredient called Alcohol. Although some skin types, which are very oily and blemished may say alcohol plays a good part in cutting through the oil and making skin cleaner, but in reality this ingredient is striping your skin making your skin produce more oil, thus more blemishes, this is a nasty circle a lot of people do.
If you really want alcohol as an ingredient in your toner look for the following for your skin type:
If you have greasy skin (oily to very oily) the alcohol content should be no more than 25 to 50%
Balanced skin (normal) the content should be no more than 10 to 25%
Dry skin, the content should be no more than 0 to 20% and
Sensitive skin should have no more than 0 to 10%.
Milder toners made for sensitive skins contain little ingredients and should not have alcohol in their ingredient list; this makes the toner much gentler on the skin.
All skin types can benefit from a toner, finding the right one from you can make the world of difference.
*About Avene Thermal Spring Water Toner*
Avene Thermal Spring Water Toner has been specially designed for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skins. This toner helps to comfort and refresh the skin after cleansing; you can use this to also set your makeup with a light spray. Helps to improve skin tone, reduce redness.
Other uses for Thermal Spring Water is on nappy rash to soothe sore bums, sunburn for a cooling and moisturising effect, anti-acne treatments to restore pH balance to the skin without irritation, in the summer to keep cool and after sport activity.
Thermal Spring Water comes from Avene-les-Bains thermal spring in France, which was declared for public benefit in 1874. It has a pH level of 7.5, which makes the product slightly alkaline (neutral is at pH 7.0).
*Why did I want this particular toner?*
My skin doesn't fit into a category like most skin types, I am neither dry, spot prone, sensitive, oily etc I am a lovely mixture of them all, which can be a nightmare to sort out. However the one things I have noticed over time is although my skin is still spot prone, oily and a mixture of everything else my skin over time is becoming more and more sensitive as time goes on. I find if I use toners design for my 'skin type', which is spot prone and oily the toners are too harsh for me and I find my face is red afterwards especially on my cheeks and nose. The redness doesn't fade any only seems to get worse over time, which if left untreated can develop into a skin condition called Rosacea, which can not be reversed.
*What are the ingredients in this product?*
You may be surprised to see there is only one ingredient. Yes only one ingredient and that is Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua). There is also Nitrogen but this is used for the pressurised aluminium container. It is an environmentally friendly insert gas.
*Can't I just use water as a toner?*
No, water has so many chemicals inside it to keep it clean and clear; these chemicals can dry skin out and cause irritation. Avene Thermal Spring Water doesn't have any chemicals so it doesn't dry skin out and can't irritate in anyway.
Thermal Spring Water Toner that I bought comes in a 150ml pressurised aluminium spray can, with an easy pull off white cap. The design on the front is simple and clean with a simple peach swirl design and a peach ring around the cap.
The can feels very cool to the touch and always does. However keep out of direct sunlight due to the pressurised can.
*Applying the product*
If you are using this product as a toner like me, Avene say to lightly spray onto your face, leave for a few seconds and gently pat dry, then you can apply your moisturiser.
Personally I have tried to two ways, I have sprayed the Thermal Water onto a cotton pad and swipe over my face or you can just spray it on your face for a more refreshing feel, I prefer the second way as it gives the most refreshing feel to the skin and cools sensitive and irritated skin straight away.
I also found when I have sprayed it on my face and applied either my SPF or moisturiser on top the products sink in a lot quicker and leave my skin more moisturised as Thermal Water helps to lock in the moisture more before it can evaporate.
After gently cleansing my face and taking off the lid I hold it about 10cms away from my face, close my eyes and spray the product lightly in a downward motion so it hits my neck as well. As soon as the product hits your face it feels very cool and soothing. It is a lovely light even mist on your face that cools and softens your face without irritating.
Without makeup my nose and cheeks are a little red, when I have lightly sprayed this product this redness almost diminishes completely, but the redness does come back after a while so an extra product is needed for the redness. There is no stickiness afterwards like some toners can leave you with. There is 100% no fragrance so even lovely to use on babies or toddlers without worrying about their skin.
*Price and availability*
You can purchase this toner in three different sizes, 50ml for £2.59 from expressbeauty.co.uk, 150ml £5.59 from chemistdirect.co.uk and 300ml for £8.89 from expressbeauty.co.uk
Or you can purchase them all from boots at ranges of 50ml £3.15, 150ml for £6.50 but no 300ml unfortunately.
*What I think about it/do I like it*
A brilliant thing I like about this product is it can be used over makeup to set it or if you feel your skin is too dry through the day and makeup is cracking, this is perfect for restoring moisture while bringing your makeup back to life. There are so many possibilities to use with this product the list can be endless and enjoyed by the whole family.
I have even used this under facial mask to lock in the moisture and it works brilliantly.
I like this product so much I have thrown away my other toner that made my face more red and replaced it with this product.
*Would I purchase again*
Yes, I think the 50ml and 150ml is perfect for travelling but I want to purchase the 300ml next as I just don't want to run out.
Avene thermal spring water (ATSW) is part of the Avene skincare range of products, which specializes in sensitive skin. The Avene skincare brand was created by Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, a multinational pharmaceutical and cosmetics company, based in Castres, France. The Avene products are formulated with the spring water and bottled directly from the source of the spring.
As I've got sensitive skin, prone to both blemishes and acne, a friend recommended ATSW, as part of my skincare routine, to help sooth any redness and sensitivity I get especially after cleansing or a hot weather.
ATSW comes in three different sizes, 50ml, 150ml and 300ml. I got myself the 50ml bottle for trial purposes, and it cost £3.00 in boots.com.
The packaging of ATSW is in a slim pressurized aluminium spray can, somewhat like an aerosol, with an easy to pull plastic cap. The packaging is all white with peach and black coloured lettering, and a peach coloured spirally design on the front. On the back, there is an explanation on the product, the use and the directions for use. The packaging is also recyclable.
I personally like the packaging not only because it looks professional, it is also recyclable. The packaging also gives a good description of the product, which helps consumer understand the product better before making any purchasing decision.
ATSW, which is bottled directly from the source of the spring, claims to be rich in silicate and trace elements, which helps soothes, calms and soften skin. It is also low in salt mineral content, which would not dry out the skin. Its pH is at 7.5, which makes it a marginally alkaline (neutral is at pH 7.0), and can be sprayed on open and clean wounds. As the product is bottled directly from the source, it claims to be bacteriologically pure. ATWS is also preservative free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic and is suitable for all skin types (tested by dermatologists).
According to www.aveneusa.com, ATSW can be used for both dermatological care and daily care.
* Post surgery
* Post procedure
* Redness-prone skin / inflammation
* Keratosis-prone, scaly skin
* Eczema / atopic dermatitis
* Allergic reactions / sensitive skin / irritation
* Burning / stinging / itching / tingling
* After cleansing
* After shaving/after waxing
* After exercise
* During travel
* Sunburn, burns
* Diaper rash
* To set makeup
[How To Use]
ATSW recommends spraying onto the skin in a fine mist and leaving on for 2 to 3 minutes before gently pat dry. It recommends spraying as often as necessarjy.
The mist from the spray comes out fine and even, with no apparent taste or smell. While it does take awhile for the skin to absorb the mist (from 30 seconds onwards), I do not find this as bothersome as other facial mists as it does not leave a heavy feeling to the skin. The skin feels instantly refreshed and light, as if you had a cool breeze and mist blowing onto your face. It also does what it says, soothes and softens.
I use ATSW mainly for after cleansing - like a toner, to set my makeup or just to freshen myself in the office (especially when my face feels dry from all the air conditioning).
As a toner, I put some of the water onto a cotton pad and spread it onto my face. I feel that the water helps to sooth the redness of my skin after cleansing. My face doesn't feel as hot.
As to the setting of makeup, I think that ATSW does an amazing job! I use mineral foundation as a base, and it can sometimes look cakey when my face is less hydrated. However, after using ATSW over the make up, it sets in well and gives a natural look/glow to it.
I have also read from a blog that ATSW helped to soothe an eye allergy (red, inflamed and swollen around the undereye area), just by spraying onto a cotton pad and placing over it. Nevertheless, I would suggest that any use on the eye area should be with care, as the packaging did say "Avoid spraying in eyes".
I personally love ATSW and would recommend anyone to buy this product. Not only it is suitable for daily use (such myself), it is also suitable for post dermatological surgery or procedures. I believe the product is of very high quality, as my sensitive skin is tolerable to the mist, unlike some of the previous facial sprays that I have used. It also does what it says, soothes and softens.
So far, I do not have any major complains other than the 50ml bottle can only last less than 1 month, so I would suggest to anyone to at least get the 150ml bottle.
[Where To Buy?]
ATSW is available at Boots and Amazon:
50ml = £3.00 (www.boots.com)
150ml = £5.50 (www.boots.com)
300ml = £8.60 (www.amazon.co.uk)
When I was given a free sample of this Avene Spring water spray in Paris I must admit I was skeptical, and put it on the shelf and ignored it. I do have sensitive skin, and it was a particularly dry winter which made my face dry and irritated, and really pretty uncomfortable. So one day I took the sample out, sprayed it onto my face and within a couple of minutes these was no further discomfort. All rather miraculous!
Avene water comes from a spring in the South of France, with its own special spa which treats patients with medical skin condition. They are treated by specialist doctors on programs that last a few weeks including many different treatments using the spring water. The French take these sorts of "cures" very seriously, which suddenly makes this product look less expensive.
I now use Avene water daily as a toner, to cool off at any time of day in the summer, and to rehydrate my skin in the summer.
I arrived in the UK last year from a hot sunny climate. I have combination sensitive skin and since moving has become unbearable with also living in a extreeme hard water area. when climbing out of the bath or shower my face is swolen, inflamed and red.
After trying numerous well know brands (Dermalogica, Clarins, estee Lauder) they left my skin even worse in swolen red bumps and constant hot flushes on my facial skin. I had enough after almost 6 months chopping and changing brands so i deccided to visit a dermatologst.
He gave me a couple of options one of them being Avene, So i went to my local Boots store and bought the Gentle Gel Cleaner for combination skin, the thermal water spray and the light anti redness cream. Let me tell YOU!!! i am AMAZED i have never used such an incredible line of products they soothed my skin in seconds after application.
My skin is no longer red after bathing/showering and i dont get bumps on my skin anymore, not to menion i hardly suffer from red flushes anymore either. If you suffer from sensitive skn dont waste you time and money on rubbish brands that promise everything and deliver NOTHING.
Go get your Avene, its worth every penny.
I love this particular product the most out of all the Avene range. At first I thought it would be an uneccessary unessential treat/waste of money... (after all it's only water innit?) Wrong! it's got tiny moisturizing qualities in it, so say for example you need to moisturise but not too much one day because your combination skin has turned a little greasy, you just spray a burst over your face and neck and that will do usually or maybe on a night I would follow it with a tiny bit of moisturiser and hey presto that tiny bit of moisturiser stretches a long long way!
Also good to set make up, after applying make up, just spray a quick burst over your make up and this gives you a nice healthy glow and helps settle the make up in so you look fresh faced rather than made up.
Refreshing relief for hot sunkissed skin. Soothing relief for itchy irritated areas.
Treat yourself to this one and you'll be hooked! It lasts forever, I have had the same bottle for about 6 months.
I have been using a number of the Avene products for about three weeks now and I have to say I am very impressed. I have the awful problem of combination skin with irritability and redness. Avene products, unlike any others I have found (and believe me I have tried everything, Gatineau, Elemis, Liz Earle, Molton Brown etc)give soothing qualities but also attack oily patches but without drying them out. Of course you have to get the right combination of products. I have used, the Rinse off Gentle gel cleanser which is much less drying than most and allows you to use water, which I know many prefer to tissue off cleanser. In addition, I am a great advocate of some kind of toner to rebalance the PH of the skin. The Avene thermal water is great as a spray toner because it gives you the calming anti-irritant properties of the spring water which you can apply to the areas you require. I then tissue dry. I live in a very hard water area which I think is exacerbating the irritability and this product has really started to work wonders. The anti-redness cream for hot weather is also great since it has a slight beige tint which covers any remaining pinkiness but this progressively reduces over the course of the day. The cream leger is also nice and reduces shininess. I have also used some of the body products which have had equally remarkable results. Again due to sensitivity, I had large red patches on my arms after coming out of the shower. These then turned into very dry patches later in the day. I use a combination of the Avene ultra rich soap free cleansing bar and the Avene AKERAT body care cream. Applying just once a day every day for about a week and the skin is now incredibly soft and nourished, something I haven't been able to achieve even with direct application of top quality shea butter. I whole heartedly recommend the range for anyone who has irritability, redness or just wants a lovely clean, crisp pr
oduct range which smells pure.
The soothing action of Avene thermal spring water has been confirmed by a study of over 500 subjects with particularly sensitive skin / (redness, itching and feelings of discomfort disappeared in 90% of cases) /