If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Avene is literally a beauty staple in my house – my daughter, Lucy, has extremely sensitive and reactive skin and it’s the one brand (aside from another that has now been discontinued) that she can use on her face without fear of reaction. Although the brand is pretty keen to extol the virtues of the Avene Thermal Spring Water (from the Sainte-Odile spring at Avene, France) in their products, I think it’s the least of the benefits. I’ve actually been to the spa (more of a medical centre to be honest) and the water is, beyond any doubt, curative for skin conditions, but when it comes to the more complex ‘beauty’ creams, I feel it’s everything else that the brand knows about skin conditions coming to the fore.
So, one of their newest products is Antioxidant Water Cream which is perfect for Lucy who doesn’t need a heavy cream, but a daily antioxidant to protect from environmental aggressors and give a brightening effect because she works in central London which is heavily polluted. It’s main ingredients are pre-tocopheryl, a precursor to vitamin E that protects cells from oxidative stress and Ascorbyl Glucoside, a gentle (important for sensitive skin) form of vitamin C to brighten. You can see that there’s no SPF indicated on this product – it contains Titanium Dioxide which is a good, broad spectrum SPF that will offer some resistance, but it’s not a ‘take-it-to-the-beach’ product. Lucy can only use Avene SPFs and tolerates them well, so in summer time she’d probably need to use a top up SPF. The extra bonus, as she rarely wears foundation, is that there is a light reflective element.
The main benefits that come from this lightweight cream is that it’s tolerable brightening and pollution protection. Lucy has only just started using it so I can’t report any findings yet but this type of innovation for sensitive and reactive skin is very much welcome. Escentual has 25% off making it £18 instead of the RRP of £22 HERE.
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