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Avene claim that their cleanance soapless gel is gentle cleansing gel for blemish prone skin. It was this claim that first lead me to purchasing a bottle from Boots for £8.25. It's also said to help purify the skin and regulate oil production, leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean. Although it does certainly stay true to this claim, removing unawanted oils from the skin, it also removes the vital oils from the skin as well.
The vitl oils it removes from the skin leave it feeling completely stripped of all moisture and shine which means you have to smeer loads of moisturiser on after you wash your face.
Although they say it can be used on face and body (chest and back) I've never actually tried it but I'm sure it would be perfect for people who suffer from back spots caused by sweat or conditioner that makes it greasy. Since it's soap free and paraben free it's the ideal face was hfor people who suffer from spots related to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin often found in face washes, shampoos and make-up products.
If you do suffer from extremely oily skin it may be okay for your skin, but it certainly dries mine out. Since most people only have some patches which are oily (usually the forehead, nose, chin) then perhaps just using it to cleanse these areas would be advisable. Despite its flaws, you only need to use a tiny little blob for your whole face which means it lasts for ages!!
I started using this cleanser about 18months ago, after reading about the Avene brand online. I bought a number of their products at once, all of which were aimed at problem, acne prone skin. The brand uses thermal spring water, which about which it claims
'A 40-year journey in the Cevennes Mountain allows the water in Avène to acquire the perfectly balanced mineral composition and become gradually enriched with the trace elements and silicates.'
These sorts of spring water are the kind which have attracted people to spas for centuries (I think!) to bath in 'healing water'.
This particular cleanser, one of a number which the brand sells, is designed for people who suffer from excess sebum etc associated with acne.
I began suffering from what is called 'mild' acne at the age of about 19, and am 26 now - it has been a problem (to varying degrees) the whole time.
This product has certainly not fixed my acne problem, but I don't think I can expect a cleanser to do that! Despite this, I think it is helpful to the state of my skin given my underlying issue - while it can't fix my acne problem, I do feel that it helped to minimise the problem. It really does feel like it provides a deep clean, without drying my skin.
I stopped using it for a couple of months and tried another cleanser (mainly because I was looking for the sort of fix which, really, I don't think a cleanser can give), and felt my skin entirely dried out. So I have gone back to Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel!
I like to slightly moisten my face, work it into a lather in circular motions and then remove it with Liz Earle Muslim Cloths and hot water.
The cost is about £8.00 for 200ml, but it lasts a long time, and a small amount builds a thick lather with a small amount of water. Quite why it is blue, I don't know, but I would say give it a try
Avene cleanance soapless gel is quite possibly the best facial wash I have ever come across in my life!! I originally started using it after being inspired by my perfect skinned flatmate, and now I understand the secret behind her flawless skin!
£8 for 200ml in Boots, I can understand people opting for a cheaper product. However, I have had this since Christmas (so nearly a month and a half) and the bottle is only down 1.5cm, so I am expecting the entire bottle to last easily 6 months, maybe even 8. Lasts loads longer than other facial washes then and works out a real bargain in the long run.
The reason this gel lasts so long is in it's name - the consistency literally is a runny gel, far thicker than liquid facial washes, and thus you only need a tiny tiny quantity to get a great lather, and yes, despite the lack of soap, it really does lather up nicely.
**So does it work?**
The reason I generally opt for rinse-off facial washes rather than wipe off cleansers is because I like my skin to feel refreshed and squeaky clean. With most facial washes however I find myself having to dash for the moisturiser immediately after rinsing as they leave my skin so tight and dry. Avene soapless gel is different. I still moisturise (with Avene moisturiser) because I feel it's important, but my skin doesn't feel uncomfortable if I don't immediately moisturise, a real plus for sensitive skin. And as for acne, my skin has never been clearer. Furthermore, whether it be the Avene moisturiser or the Avene soapless gel or a combination, I don't get that horrible shiny forehead and chin that I always suffered with before.
This product has a distinct, slightly clinical, refreshing clean scent. It is rich in Avene thermal spring water, and seems to have fewer ingredients than other products on the market which I find nice as I hate the idea of plastering my skin with chemicals. One of the listed ingredients is pumpkin seed oil, which probably explains why skin doesn't feel tight after use.
Overall 10/10 for this product. I love it, and it's so worth the extra money as it will last months and months. Since using the Avene range I have been able to ditch foundation and reduce my makeup regime to just a dash of Benefit's benetint and some eye makeup. Perfect product!!
I started using this cleanser the summer before last in New York where the weather was severely humid! The packaging of this product is quite nice, a see through bottle with a very handy 'on- off' cap which is absoloutely ingenious for travel! (I love this feature on most of Avene's bottles as it means I don't have to decant when I travel!).
My skin got very oily and greasy and my normal cleanser just wasn't cutting it. Therefore, I tried this and was impressed from the first use. Usually, when a cleanser leaves your skin 'squeaky clean' it means that it's stripped your natural oils from your face leaving it dry not just clean- but this was one product where I experienced no dryness afterward. I continued to use this for two months and my skin took to it very well, gently eliminating the oiliness my face had become accustomed to! This product is about £9 I believe in Boots, but for how long it lasts and how little you need it is worth it! For anyone that has oily skin anyway- this has to be a must have, but also for warmer weather I think this should be switched to in place of your normal cleanser. Since discovering Avene, I have taken a huge liking to most of their products simply because they are very gentle yet extremely effective. In a nutshell- they work!
I have previously reviewed the Avene 'Cleanance K' and seeing as the 'Soapless Gel' product was also part of my new skin care routine, specifically designed to rid myself of newly developed acne, I feel duty bound to review this product also.
I have always followed the recommended - cleanse, tone, moisturise - formula, but in the past have also been quite guilty of mixing my products and often simply opting for the 'sale' products at my local store or the 'on offers' at the chemist - they have a bargain bin and I love a rummage!
This care-free behaviour I believe now to be just one of the contributing factors to my developing adult acne and, more frustratingly, really struggling to get rid of it.
So, I ditched my 'cheap and nasties' of the skin care world and took the advice of a trusted friend, to purchase products from the Avene skincare range - a range specifically designed to be used by and indeed to treat the most sensitive of skin types.
How do they do this?
Well the manufacturers of this product and indeed the whole range attribute the sensitivity of their products to the main ingredient which is - Avene Thermal Spring Water.
Personally I am encouraged and excited by this as I am not a fan of chemical filled products, especially those being applied to my already damaged skin.
The ingredient list for this product is quite short, which is also encouraging and it includes things like 'aqua' (fairly harmless) and 'pumpkin seed oil'. This range, therefore, airs on the side of natural as apposed to chemical and for that I applaud it.
The very fact that it is described as 'soapless' also indicates the manufacturers awareness of how even something seemingly harmless as 'soap' can in fact be a real problem for those with sensitive skin. Indeed some soaps can dry out the skin and are no good for you at all.
It is described as being 'ultra mild' and its selling points are its ability to 'purify the skin' and 'regulate 'oil secretions'.
To use this product you simply twist the cap lid, which has a little hole in the top, and you squeeze a small amount onto your hands and apply to damp skin, lather, and wash off. It doesn't give any recommendations as to how often one should do this but I personally use it day and night or sometimes just in the morning, as I wont use it in the evening if I have not applied any make -up to the skin during the day.
There is no particular fragrance to this product, again re-assuring me of its unadulterated nature, and it only needs a small amount to produce enough of a lather to cover the whole face and neck, thus the product lasts a long time.
I have been using this product for over a month now and am very pleased with the results.
The skin instantly feels very smooth after using it and its continued use has indeed produced the desired results - though I will say that I use this product alongside another Avene product to help eliminate acne and other skin irritations.
I feel this product has reduced redness in the affected area and has helped reduce the amount of blackheads also. My skin does not look so 'irritated' and I certainly have not caused a reaction as I had previously experienced with other skin care products.
I would recommend this product to those who have sensitive/troublesome skin and would advise that you give it enough time to clear up your skin from all the junk that may be on there, really giving it a chance to work.
I purchased this product from Boots online as part of a 3 for 2 offer but sold separately it costs 7.95 for 200ml, which I know might seem quite expensive in comparison to some other skincare brands but 1. Can you put a price on clearing up painful and unsightly skin irritations and 2. A little of this product goes a long way and 3. Its not jam packed with perfumes and chemicals which are likely to aggravate the problem at best.
You could probably Google this product and may find it cheaper elsewhere.
I shall be sticking to this product and indeed this range, like glue.
Here is a cleanser which delicately and gently purifies the skin / It effectively eliminates surface impurities and excess sebum without 'stripping' the skin, thanks to the combination of an oil-regulating and purifying agent /