It has been a while since I shared skincare related post, the last time would be Skincare: Night Routine. Wow, that post is ancient.
When I returned to Japan last December, it was in the middle of winter season. The cold wind and dryness from the heater has taken a toll on my skin, dry patches appeared the next morning in new spots every time. Sheet mask helped relieve the redness but I’m in dire need for another product for the long run.
For skincare, I haven’t been using anything but a cream formulated by a dermatologist I went to back home. Unfortunately the face cream isn’t sufficient to provide my skin with much needed moisture/hydration so the redness flared up and I knew I had to find something very soon.
Many days researching on moisturizers for sensitive combination skin, I did have a few in minds. Coming back to having a skincare routine after almost 7 months is a bit scary for me because I don’t really want to put too much chemical on my skin like I did before. The first time I went to the dermatologist, she told me my skin was irritated and congested due to too much chemical.
This time I made sure to find a skincare that really is made for sensitive skin and has no alcohol in it, which could cause redness especially on the cheeks. After many days comparing brands, ingredients and reading countless reviews, I decided to try the brand Avene.
Avene is known for using thermal spring water in their skincare range. And you can easily find this brand in any drugstore in Japan. I have read so many good reviews about their product, especially the Face Spray. The brand is formulated in Paris and has been around for a long time.
Following a journey of over 40 years, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is collected and directed towards the production plant where the products are manufactured, and to the Hydrotherapy Centre where it is used to treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, very sensitive, intolerant, and allergic skin.
Its unique mineral composition is constant, and this is what gives the Avène Thermal Spring Water its soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties. Suitable for the most sensitive skins.
My main concern is dryness, redness and wrinkles. Hormonal acnes come and go and it hasn’t been a big of that problem since I went to the doctor. (should I make a post about this?) There are a many range focusing on different types of concern from basic hydration to post treatment soothing cream. I went for their Cleanance range for serum and Hydrance range for moisturizer.
The Hydrance Moisturizer came with a mini version of their soap.
Cleanance Skin Refiner serum: For oily, blemish-prone skin, Cleanance contains carefully selected ingredients to gently purify and reduce excess oil without drying or stripping the skin.
Contains glyceryl laurate to control sebum balance. In addition, sebum-absorbing powder has mattifying property. Papaya-derived enzyme complex leads to smooth and shiny skin. Suitable those who has concerns for pores, firmness and sebum.
The serum has a gel like consistency and is easily absorbed throughout the skin. No greasy or tacky feel. Their products have that similar mild scent which reminds me of a baby’s lotion.
Price: JPY2800 on Amazon Japan
Hydrance Aqua Gel: This hydrating aqua cream-in-gel is an all-in-one, hydration powerhouse that strengthens skin’s natural moisturizing and protective barrier leaving skin intensely hydrated, dewy and smooth. Can be used as a daily moisturizer, overnight mask and along the eye contour.
Multi-purpose, lightweight gel leaves complexion dewy, luminous and refreshed. Provides 24 hours of intense hydration. Hydration-boosting microspheres, gradually release Avene Thermal Spring Water and lipids for maximum skin replenishment and time-released hydration. Avene Thermal Spring Water soothes discomfort and tightness from dehydrated skin
Milky gel, not too runny. Slightly thicker than the serum but absorbs effortlessly into the skin. Soothes down my skin instantly and provides moisture for hours. Woke up for fajr and my skin is still moisturized.
Price: JPY2990 on Amazon Japan
I have been using these for a week so I couldn’t really give an in-depth review yet but so far my skin has no reaction or whatsoever. The texture is suitable for my combination skin, the gel-cream hybrid. However I notice some white sebum bumps on the side of my nose. Not sure if it’s the serum or the cream.
Hoping to see change in my skin texture and complexion in a few weeks. I’ve been thinking of getting something to reduce my acne scars but Vitamin C could irritate my skin. Do you have any good product recommendation?
Thank you for reading! Xx