Fall is here. Winter’s just around the corner. It’s time.
Time to up your moisturising game so your skin won’t look like a dishevelled, red prune all the cold season long.
It’s a job that calls for a rich cream that gives it all the moisture it needs without turning your face into a sticky, greasy mess.
It’s a tough balance to walk but Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream does it perfectly. Here’s why:
Key Ingredients In Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream
Let’s start with the “bad.” I know a lot of you don’t like mineral oil, but it has its uses in skincare.
Mineral oil is super moisturising. It creates a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss. Now moisture has no choice. It has to stay into the skin, hydrating it from within.
And nope, it’s not toxic. It may be derived from oil, but it undergoes a strict purifying process that gets rid of all its toxic impurities. At the end of this process, the chemical structure of mineral oil doesn’t resemble that of oil anymore.
They’re two different things. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t understand the science behind it. Not being rude. Just honest.
I totally get it if you don’t want to use Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream because of it. Mineral oil is just moisturising. It doesn’t have other superpowers, like fighting free radicals or lightening dark spots.
It’s an one-trick pony. But it does that one trick really well.
Related: Is Mineral Oil Bad For Skin?
Glycerin is everywhere. For a reason: it’s a moisture magnet.
Glycerin acts like a magnet, attracting water from the air into the skin. This excess moisture plumps up your skin, so your fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; it makes your skin soft and smooth; and gives the complexion a dewy glow.
Just a warning: when there’s not enough moisture in the air, glycerin will steal it from the deeper layers of your skin. That has the opposite effect. Hello, dehydration!
Related: What The Heck Is Glycerin And Why Is It In All My Skincare Products?
A Basic Formula
Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream has a basic formula. Glycerin and mineral oil aside, the rest of the formula is made of:
- Avene Thermal Water: it has soothing properties that can reduce irritations.
- Silicones: dimethicone gives the texture slip and fills in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller
- Oils: safflower seed oil is very moisturizing
- Thickeners & emulfsifiers: they give the texture its consistency and help oils mix up with water so the formula doesn’t separate.
- Fragrance: why the heck is it here? Fragrance is irritating and the last thing dry/sensitive skin needs!!!
As you can see, the formula is very basic. No antioxidants. No exfoliants. Not that many skin-soothers.
Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream is designed for one purpose only: hydrate dry, thirsty skin. It’s a job it does well. Just don’t expect anything more for it.
P.S. Avene swears this cream is suitable for sensitive skin too. But for your skin type, fragrance is always a risk. If you want to try it, do a patch test first.
Related: Is Thermal Water Just Fancy Water?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
I admit it: given the name, I expected Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream to be 10x thicker than it is. It feels more like a thick lotion than a thick cream, is not greasy and absorbs quickly.
Granted, if you’ve got oily skin, you’ll find it super rich and greasy, but this cream isn’t for you. My dry skin laps it up with pleasure.
I prefer to use this at night, but if you need an extra dose of moisture during the day, the cream’s a good base for your makeup. It won’t make it slide off.
The cream does a great job at keeping my skin hydrated at night. When I wake up in the morning, it looks plumper, smoother and a little glowy.
The combo of moisture + silicones makes my fine lines look smaller, too (but the effect is only temporary. Boo hoo!).
What really impressed me is how quickly it fixes dry, flaky skin. I had a cold a few weeks ago and my nose was all red and flaky. It kept itching all the time and was just so uncomfortable.
I slathered on a little cream and… instant relief. The itchiness stopped. My skin started to heal. Finally.
If you’re looking for a no-frills cream to soothe and hydrate dry/itching skin and don’t mind using a separate antioxidant serum, this is worth checking out. I just wish Avene did away with the fragrance (yes, I’m still banging on about it!!).
Available at: £14.50 at Boots, Escentuals and Net-A-Porter
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Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Triethylhexanoin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzoic Acid, Beta-Sitosterol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Water (Aqua), Xanthan Gum