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I tried out this moisturiser while on the search for a moisturiser that would help with my slightly dry but acne prone combination skin. I was attracted by the promise of “optimal hydration” for normal to combination sensitive skin, as well as the non-comedogenic properties.

Note that there are 2 versions of this product – one with SPF and one without. The version I tried has SPF20.

For those interested, this is the ingredient list:

Avène thermal spring water (Avène Aqua), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, octocrylene, bis-etylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, cyclomethocone, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, polymethyl methacrylate, potassium cetyl phosphate, benzoic acid, beta-stiosterol BHT, caprylic/capric triglyceride, carbomer, chlorphenesin, disodium EDTA, fragrance (parfum), glycerin, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract (glycine soja seed extract), hydrogenated cocoglycerides, lecithin, PEG-32, PEG-400, phenoxyethanol poloxamer 188, sodium chondroitin sulphate, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl glucoside, xanthan gum.


  • Light feel – great for oily parts of combination skin.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin (according to the box – didn’t cause any adverse reaction for me)
  • Non-comedogenic
  • SPF20
  • Avène does not test on animals for new raw cosmetic materials and finished products

The cream did not have a particularly pleasant or adverse smell – the smell is reminiscent of sun cream (to me, anyway).


  • Did not seem to help dry areas of my face at all. I think applying the cream was better than applying nothing, still I was a bit disappointed since I hoped this would “hydrate” my skin.
  • Quite expensive – £13.50 for 40ml at Boots (as of May 2015)
  • No mention of UVA protection on the tube, so not  ideal as standalone sun protection.

I think this cream is ideal if you are concerned about acne and want a light, mattifying moisturiser for normal to oily skin. I don’t think it is suitable if you have true combination skin which can be dry or oily in different areas – it didn’t help at all on the drier areas of my face. To be fair, the inner leaflet did state that the “UV textures (of their products) are both lighter than the classic corresponding textures”. However, it would have been more helpful if this statement had actually been on the outside of the box so that I could have found out before buying it! To explore the discrepancy between the description on the box vs. that on the inner leaflet further, the inner leaflet stated that “its airy texture is a real pleasure“, while the box  promised “immediate and intense, long-lasting hydration of the skin”).

Given that it didn’t do that much for me and is quite expensive, personally I wouldn’t buy this moisturiser again . I wish I had been better informed about the true texture/suitability of this product prior to purchasing it.

Based on my personal experience, I give this cream a rating of 2/5.


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