I’ve sat at the skincare side-lines a lot throughout my life so far; my eczema-prone skin flares-up if I even looked at the wrong product. And, because of that, I’ve always been careful about the products that I use. I’ve learnt to question whether a formula will benefit my skin, or am I attracted to the branding, packaging, or the ‘hype’ around it. A lot of the time, it’s the buzz and the fear of missing out that gets me; sound familiar?
Luxurious packaging may look great on your dressing table, but what’s inside, and how your skin looks and feels after using it is what matters the most. That’s why today I’m walking you through a French Pharmacy skincare range that may not be the first thing to catch your attention on a shelf, but it’s saved my skin more times than I can count – flare-up or no flare-up!
Avene Hydrance is my little French Pharmacy secret. It’s made with sensitive skin in mind; but the truth is, it offers the one thing all skin needs to stay healthy – hydration and respect. Whether you too are struggling with atopic skin, or want no-frills efficacy, Hydrance is my recommendation. Here’s what you should know, and the products I suggest you try-out first.
What’s Special About Hydrance?
#1 Hydration; All skin types need it, and Hydrance offers 24-hours worth of it. The latest product releases even go one step further with a new Cohederm complex, which is a patented active proven to help skin retain moisture and improve barrier function. Think: plump, glowy skin!
#2 Tolerance; Even if your skin isn’t reactive it’s important to use products that respect your skin. Every Hydrance formula contains high doses of Avene Thermal Spring Water, which has anti-irritating properties for optimal tolerance. Think: calm, even skin tone!
#1 The Does It All Moisturiser
Aqua Gel is the latest addition to the Hydrance range, and it has best-seller written all over it! Why is simple, it provides bucket-loads of hydration but isn’t heavy or greasy. One of the lightest face creams I’ve come across to date, it feels like water when applied. And, it hydrates like it too thanks to 75% Avene Thermal Spring Water, and Cohederm (a patented active that helps skin retain moisture). Avene didn’t stop there; they made Aqua Gel a three-in-one that can also be used along the eye contour, and as an overnight mask. It even offers antioxidant protection against free radicals. If you’re looking to downsize your skincare routine, but aren’t willing to compromise on results, start with this.
#2 The Safe-Bet Serum
If you’re in the market for a hydrating serum, the Hydrance Serum is a no-brainer. A French Pharmacy icon, there’s nothing quite like it! This pre-moisturiser treatment has a gel-like texture that sinks straight in, topping-up your skin’s water levels. The result? A complexion that’s softer, soothed and comfortable; and you don’t have to take our word for it, 98% of people that tested it said so too! A multiple award-winner, the Hydrance Serum is a staple every skincare routine should have.
#3 The Everyday Essential
Hydrance Light is as reliable as moisturisers get. It’s a no-frills face cream that does what it says on the tin: offer all-day hydration that feels completely weightless, and non-sticky. Creamier than Aqua Gel, but far lighter in texture than the rich cream; it’s the moisturiser to choose when you want hydration you can’t see, but you can feel, which is down to, yes you guessed it: Avene Thermal Spring Water, and Cohederm. If you’d describe your skin as ‘normal’ this could be the day cream you’ve been looking for!
#4 The Winter Ally
Cold weather has no chance against the Hydrance Rich Cream, which is why I’d never face autumn/winter without it. Incredibly creamy, it doesn’t sink straight in like the emulsion; instead, it creates a lightweight, protective film, which keeps your complexion safely cocooned from harsh weather – it also makes a beautiful base for makeup. Hydrance heroes, Avene Thermal Spring Water, and Cohederm are in the formula; they work together to keep skin hydrated all day – very dry skin types, this is especially great for you!