Eau Thermale Avene Hydrating Serum
My skincare routine has been lacking in a good serum; when I was offered the opportunity to try Eau Thermale Avene Hydrating Serum (available at Boots) I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a fan of the Parisian skincare brand since trying their clearance moisturiser which has some great acne-fighting properties in a light and simple formulation which I hoped would continue throughout the range. The hydrating serum does not disappoint…
As with the Clearance expert the formulation of the Eau Thermale Avene Hydrating Serum is gorgeous and light which I particularly love on my oily skin as it leaves you feeling moisturised but not too greasy. It has no smell and no colour in a simple glass pump-dispenser; exactly what you would imagine chic, minimal Parisian ladies use to get that no-fuss elegance. But what about the science?
Avene thermal spring water is the number one ingredient in the serum, as water (or aqua) often is. The Avene spring water comes from a spring in the mountains of France where it is collected for use in the Eau Thermale Avene range. Avene claim that the water is rich in minerals which are recommended for sensitive skin; though I can find no clear evidence for this the water certainly won’t be doing any harm. One thing that Avene are proud of is their use of the minimal possible number of ingredients as well as a number of patents for ensuring that products are sterile and as suitable for sensitive skin as possible.
The serum is packed full of moisturising agents as you might expect. Main ingredients include methyl gluceth-20 is a corn-derived emollient and humectant, meaning it moisturises the surface as well as drawing in water to the skin. It is a gentle ingredient which leaves skin feeling smooth. PEG-12 is a silicone polymer (which isn’t toxic as you may have been led to believe!) which gives the smooth feel to the serum and helps it to glide on during application. In combination with cyclopentasiloxane, a smoothing ingredient which evapourates on the skin, the serum leaves your skin feeling cool and ‘soothed’, and may be beneficial to those who have sensitive or irritated skin.
The serum also contains polyacrylamide, a cross-linking, gel-forming substance which forms a layer on the surface of the skin and prevents moisture loss, so all that moisturising goodness doesn’t become lost to the environment throughout the day.
I would 100% recommend this Eau Thermale Avene Hydrating Serum, it is smooth, fresh and light and leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised. Not too flashy and without any bold claims but it does exactly what you want it to, isn’t that that the way all products should be?