Every winter I go through the same stress with my extremely dry skin, and I am always looking to try something new that will give my skin the hydration and revival it needs. This year was no different and I was drawn to Avene skincare range as it kept popping up on social media and I was intrigued. I’ve been using Avene Thermal Spring Water spray for some time now, and although I didn’t have anything bad to say about it, I couldn’t really see the difference it made in my skin and felt I needed to try some more products to get the full effect.
I was so excited to discover the Cold Cream Value Pack for Dry to Very Dry Skin at Dischem. Filled with products to the value of almost R400, the pack was only R115, and I wasn’t sure if someone in the pricing room had made a mistake because this just seemed to good to be true. Although it contains travel sized items, I felt is was absolutely perfect as a tester set for a new product that I was unsure about. I would really appeal to skincare companies to offer more sample sized products, that we can buy, to first test out on our different skin types. What may work for me, may not work for someone else. Here is my experience with the Cold Cream range from Avene that I have been using for the last two months of winter.
First off, cold cream is essentially a mixture of oils and water. For anyone with dry, flaky and irritated skin like mine, this is exactly what your skin is lacking and the mixture of the two help combat both dehydrated and dry skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. The Nourishing body lotion is a light texture that easily melts into the skin but is still thick enough to coat the skin and last long periods of time. It is unscented but has a pleasant small that isn’t over powering.
I have loved using Eucerin’s Lip balm for a long time now, but after a make up artist used this on my lips while on set, I loved the thick consistency that makes my lips appear plum and supple. It lasts a long time before a reapplication and doesn’t leave my lips with any white residue. It has helped heal my chapped and bruised lips from the elements of winter (and a seriously bad habit of picking my lips).
This very similar to the nourishing body lotion, however, has a slightly thiner consistency that quickly dissolves into the skin and doesn’t leave you with an oily residue that leaves finger marks everywhere. The size of the tube is slightly bulky and not ideal if you want to pop it into a small hand bag. Like most Avene products, there is no fragrant scent, which someone people prefer and others don’t. I’m not particularly concerned as long as healing my dry skin is the main focus of the product. (I’d rather have smooth, radiant looking hands, than dry and chapped hands that small like rose petals).
The gel but creamy consistency of this cleanser means my skin feels super smooth, soft and also hydrated after use. A little goes a very long way, and a small amount can lather to cover my entire face. It works well to cleanse off all my make up including my very thick mascara and pigmented eyeshadows. However, there is one thing that I have not been able to combat: I seem to get the cleanser in my eyes every time, and it burns! Although it says it is soap-free and for sensitive skin, while washing off the cleanser it always seems to run into my eyes and burn.
As I’ve said, I’ve been using Avene Thermal Spring Water for some time, and this 100ml version is perfect to pop into your bag when travelling. I used this while traveling to Maldives recently, and because of the very hot weather, it helped to refresh and soothe my skin. Although I’ve read a long list of benefits to incorporating thermal spring water into my beauty routine, I must admit I haven’t seen any difference in my skin with or without the thermal water. I am continuing to use it however, as I do enjoy the refreshing feeling, but I would say it is rather a add on product than a must have product.
This was a product I went out to buy because unfortunately the value pack doesn’t have any moisturiser for the face. And my face was my main concern! I had white flakes all over and my skin felt tight, and uncomfortable. The Cold Cream is a cream based product that as you apply on the face becomes a thicker consistency that resembles vaseline. But what I love about this product is that it doesn’t just stay on the surface of the skin, but absorbs into the skin and as you continue to massage it in, and it leaves my skin feeling soft with a velvety finish. There is no sticky residue or shine. It lasts all day and creates an amazing base for make up to easily glide on. A little goes a very long way, and just a pea sized amount is needed to cover the entire surface area. I have read a lot of people complain about the metal tube that normally tends to crack and product leaks out, but I have yet to have that happen to me. The metal tube gives it a luxurious look and it’s think and sleek enough for any toiletry bag.
As we move into warmer weather, I am keen to try out more Avene products (or any other brands) that would be perfect for summer! Any recommendations?
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