Name: Avène Skin Recovery Cream
Type: Cream Moisturizer
Amount: 40ml (Old version, New version is 50ml)
Avène thermal spring water, mineral oil, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, squalane, cyclopentasiloxane, clycohexasiloxane, serine, carbomer, tetrasodium edta, triethanolamine.
Ingredient features: Spring water (??), mineral oil, squalane.
Not for those who are sensitive to: Silicone, triethanolamine, etc.
|Feels||Yay, might repurchase if on sale.|
|Does it effing work?||Yeah.|
|Packaging||Glorious tube packaging!|
|Smell||Faint weird Avène water smell. (???)|
- Doesn’t sting when used over or under tretinoin, very gentle.
- Absorbs fast.
- Easy to use because of tube packaging.
- REALLY minimal ingredients list (11!), so it does not contain a lot of acne/irritation triggers.
- Not much smell.
- Basic AF! Not moisturizing enough for me.
- Expensive for so little and so basic an ingredients list.
- Claims to be cruelty-free, but not in China.
WTF does it feel like?
It is a white cream that spreads easily but kinda feels like a gel, and isn’t runny or sticky at all. Does not leave a white cast or a greasy face.
WTH is that smell?
It has this faint weird Avène water smell that doesn’t linger at all.
How the fudge do I use this?
“Apply to the face and neck after cleansing with Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion. After use and before closing, remove any excess product around the tube opening. AM PM” – http://www.aveneusa.com
I used this cream twice daily after my Hada Labo Lotion. I mix in 2-3 drops of Rosehip oil into the cream before applying, because this cream is boring.
What it promised us:
|Product Claims||How I feel|
|“Formulated with minimal ingredients for maximum tolerance”||Yep. 11 ingredients only. I tolerate it.|
|“Helps reduce redness and irritation”||Does help with irritation, redness not that much.|
|“Protects the skin’s barrier”||The one it needs protecting from is me.|
|“100% sterile and safe”||Well I slathered it on my face and didn’t die.|
I had bought this when I started my tretinoin use, and chose a moisturizer with a small ingredients list so I had a smaller chance of breakouts from my moisturizer. When I introduced tretinoin to my face, it decided to be a jealous bitch and make all other products sting despite once a week usage. This moisturizer didn’t sting AT ALL and helped keep the flakes away. This was used from 13 September 2016 to November something. I would’ve repurchased this as an SOS cream but there was a price and package change. (40ml > 50ml, now 34$)
It fulfills its one purpose well but for a stupid price and small amount. I would recommend this cream to people who are desperate enough to have a cream work for them that is occlusive but not as occlusive as Vaseline.
My routine when I used this product:
|CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser||CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser|
|Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence||Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence|
|NARUKO Magnolia Toner||NARUKO Magnolia Toner|
|Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion||Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion|
|Avène Skin Recovery Cream||Rosehip Oil + Avène Skin Recovery Cream|
|Biore UV Rich Watery Essence||Human Nature Acne Defense Gel as spot treatment|
|Tretinoin 0.05% 3 times a week|
Okay, stfu already. Where do I buy this?
Btw, Avène is a French brand. It has online stores in USA, UK and Australia, etc. In Asia, it should be found in a Watsons or department store.
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