I always have at least two cleansers on the go – one to remove my make-up and then one to cleanse my skin. I usually use a cleansing balm or cream to lift away make-up and then follow with a foam or gel cleanser to make sure that my pores aren’t blocked and my skin feels clean without getting dried out.
For this post I’ve been trying out three cleansers from Avène. They’re aimed at different skin types but I found that I was able to use all of them within my routine for my combination skin.
1 Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
Avene say that this is formulated for dry, sensitive skin. It’s moisture enriched and gently cleanses skin without altering its protective barrier. It’s designed to be massaged into your skin with your fingers but I apply and remove it with cotton pads. For me this is definitely for use at the make-up removing stage as it’s rich and creamy and lifts make-up gently. I found that I needed something a little extra for heavy duty mascara though, but that’s not unusual for this type of cleanser – it’s gentle.
2 Eau Thermale Avene Cleansing Foam
This newly launched cleansing foam is designed for oily skin. It’s a soft gentle formula that designed to cleanse and remove make-up. It’s a soothing, hydrating and rebalancing formula that’s suitable for combination skin.
- glutamic acid for pore tightening and mattifying
- thermal spring water for it’s soothing and anti-irritation properties
- lactic acid for hydration, softness and suppleness
I used it as the cleansing stage of my double cleanse process rather than to remove make up. I find I need something a little richer around the eye area and especially to lift eye make up. Still I found it met it’s stated aims to “leave you and your skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalised!” And it’s a really handy and quick product to use.
3 Eau Thermale Avene Micellar Lotion
This one claims to be able to remove all your make up and is formulated for all types of skin. I love micellar products and they’re generally great all-rounders. This one’s been developed to both cleanse and remove all traces of face, eye and lip make-up as well as to protect the skin’s natural barrier. For me it succeeded for all except in removing the stubborn mascara products I mentioned before. Still I happily used this as a first stage make up remover and then followed up with the foaming cleanser. That isn’t a necessity it’s just my preference.
- micelle molecules to gently lift away impurities
- alpha-bisabolol to clean, soften and soothe.
There’s definitely something here for everyone from this quality French brand with the famous spring water at it’s heart.
Are any of these in your top three? Let me know what you think in the comments box below!
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