[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I am always so pleased when anything from Avene arrives – mostly because it’s Lucy’s go-to for reactive skin but actually this time it’s for mine. I have no idea why but I keep getting outbreaks of dry, itchy skin on my neck. I also have a little bit under my eye but I think I can pin that down to a face mask that was just a bit too strong for me. My chest is also itchy. We are quite a ‘rashy’ family one way and another so there is always some Avene in the house. Avene Tolerance Control is new and is billed as soothing cream for hypersensitive, reactive, intolerant or allergic skin. Hello, that’s me.
Tolerance Control is the new name for a revamped and improved version of Skin Recovery Cream and quite honestly, on me at least, works straight away to take the itch away, which in turn, takes away the desire to scratch the skin. If you get hot spots with itching on your skin, which I do, it also takes the heat out of those which is a great relief. If you looked through the ingredients, I’m not sure you’d be convinced that it could do what it does because it looks rather pedestrian other than the mineral water content (I have been to the Avene spa – I say spa, it’s more of a medical centre – in Avene and there is something remarkable about the water that is for sure because you cannot stop drinking it!) and I don’t believe the minerals, lovely as they are, are at the heart of the itch stopping.
I’ll pop the ingredient list at the end and you’ll see Aquaphilus dolomiae which is a friendly bacteria indicated in the treatment of inflammation on the skin. Squalane, arginine, beeswax (therefore not vegan) and glycerin are also in the line up. There’s also a post biotic – D-Sensinose – extracted by the Avene brand from the water but not a lot of explaining around that. Nonetheless, there’s a little bit of magic in these tubes if you need relief from skin reactivity – I even noticed that it stopped a particular sweater feeling itchy around my neck. It’s a temporary relief so you need to reapply quite regularly but the formula is also restoring the skin barrier so things should come full circle after 48 hours or so and the reaction drops down because your skin is returning to itself. There are two versions – one for drier skin which mine isn’t (currently doing a two week body product trial so there is no overall dryness) and one for normal skin that doesn’t need so much extra hydration. You can use it on the face, neck and the eye contour according to the packaging but there’s nothing to stop you using it wherever you like (within reason). It’s also gentle enough to use on children. Escentual has it with 1/3 off so it’s £11.66 and I’d really recommend it as a have-in-the-house tube of salve for these pesky skin reactions that crop up out of nowhere. It’s HERE, non-affiliate HERE.
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE. GLYCERIN. CETEARYL ALCOHOL. SQUALANE. CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE. CETYL ESTERS. AQUAPHILUS DOLOMIAE EXTRACT FILTRATE. ARGININE. BEESWAX (CERA ALBA). CITRIC ACID. TROMETHAMINE. WATER (AQUA). XANTHAN GUM.
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