“ Brand: Avene / Type: Sun Cream / UV Protection Factor: SPF 15 / What it does: Hydrates, Protects, „
I was lucky enough to win a tube of Avene's Hydrance Optimale Protective Hydrating Cream earlier this year. It's not a brand I have heard much about but I love to try new products, and when my normal moisturiser ran out I decided to try this. It generally retails for around £13.
The moisturiser is packaged in a white tube, pretty plane, with black and orange writing along with a few graphics. There is very little about the cream on the tube, all we are told is that it contains SPF 15 and is made for sensitive skin. It also says that cream is rich in Avene thermal spring water.
I used this cream instead of my normal moisturiser. I applied it to my face and neck morning and night. The moisturiser has only a very light scent, in fact it's hardly noticeable, which I quite like actually as I don't really like every product I use to have a strong smell, I buy perfume to make myself smell nice, not a moisturiser for my face.
The cream is white, and quite thick. Having said this though, you do only need a little as it spreads very easily. I found the cream soaked in the skin quickly, and left didn't leave my skin feeling stick like some moisturisers can.
I have so far been fairly impressed with the moisturiser; it had made a difference to my skin. My face appears brighter, and the few dry patches that I did have are no longer there.
By the end of the day, my face does feel greasier than usual, but this cream is made to hydrate the skin so this is no great surprise.
Having said this, I would not pay £13 for the product. I do think you can get the same results from much cheaper creams.
I had seen the Avene range in Boots many times, but knew little about it, other than it was slightly on the pricey side. I don't think it would have been a range I'd have gone out of my way to try, but I actually won a tube of their moisturiser from a competition in Glamour magazine, which is how I came to try the brand.
This particular product is a moisturiser which is described as being a 'protective hydrating cream'. Having dry skin it's important for me to have a good moisturiser, and I was pleased to see that this one contains SPF15, as I've found it can be surprisingly difficult to find moisturisers with SPF.
The product is boxed which I feel is quite unnecessary, and the size of the tube is a lot smaller than you would imagine given the size of the box it comes in. In my opinion I think it has probably been packaged in a larger box to give the illusion that you are getting a decent sized tube, when in fact the tube contains only 40ml of cream.
The appearance of the tube is nice enough. It's predominantly white with peach coloured swirls and it's made of a good quality plastic. It does have a screw top lid which can become a little bit slippery to screw back on so I think a flip-top cap would have been a more practical choice.
The cream is white and a nice consistency. It's not so thick that it feels heavy on the skin, but nor is it so runny that it feels like it's not working. It has a gentle scent to it which I find quite pleasant, but it's difficult to identify just what it smells like. I suppose I would liken it to suntan lotion slightly.
The cream sinks into the skin very quickly and when rubbing it into the skin I've found that you need to apply it bit by bit as it doesn't 'spread' for want of a better word across the skin. It also feels a little tacky on the skin after application which I don't like and means I have to wait a while before applying make-up or it doesn't go on evenly.
As I mentioned my skin is quite dry, and I find that this moisturiser actually makes it look a bit shiny. This shine also seems to enhance fine lines on my face, which is not a good look! I can't say this for certain, but I would imagine that if you have greasy or oily skin, applying this on top would make it look much, much worse.
The moisturiser is especially for sensitive skin, and as a sufferer of eczema I do fall into that category. I don't really find that this irritates my skin at all, which is at least one positive thing I have to say about it.
I find that this does hydrate my skin, and the results last several hours, although not all day.
40ml of this cream retails at £12.99 from www.chemistdirect.co.uk. I know Boots stock this brand but was unable to find this particular product on their website, but it's possible they sell it in store.
Overall I was quite disappointed by this cream and was glad I got it free! I didn't like the greasy feel on my skin following application or the shiny look it gave. I also feel that it was overpriced for what it was. The only real good points I can come up with were that it is fine on sensitive skin and it contains SPF. Even so, I think you will find better products for less money and I wouldn't recommend this.