Avene • Eluage Cream 30 ml • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||80%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
NC25, Chinese acne prone, it's been a long journey in getting acne free. HG!
And now that I'm finally reasonably clear of acne (see my insane notepad) and in more of maintenance mode, I have been using Avene Eluage Cream for several months and comparing/contrasting it with several other skin treatments: MUAC gly-uronic serum, PTR Retinol Fusion PM, PC BHA 2%, LRP Redermic, etc etc... Eluage has been each hands down, every time. I also like the cream texture, which I think gives it some moisturizing benefit (vs a watery serum or a gel). So I think I'm just going to stop screwing w/ my face for a bit and just stick with this.
Note, I avoid (dimethi)cone products b/c my experience has been they are pore clogging, regular Avene Eluage has no cones but Eluage Rich does.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
So, there are mixed reviews of this product and I understand that.
Retin-a is not suitable for every skin, but if it works for your skin, it is a miracle ingredient.
I tested all of the Avene retin-a creams or rather retinaldehyde creams, from the Ystheal, Eluage to the brand new D-Pigment. And I had prescipted retin-a from my dermatologist, so I tried all kinds of retin-a.
I have acne-prone, combo, dehydrated and sensitive skin, which is dry in wintertime. I´ve got dark spots from hyperpigmentation and a melasma on my upper lip.
My skin keratinizes too much, which means, my skin produces too much cells that clog my pores and don´t let the sebum flow out of my pores. Hence, my skin is naturally congested an I have hormonal breakouts too.
Important info about retin-a:
Only use it at night because sunlight makes it instable.
Use high spf every day, because it sensitizes the skin towards sun exposure.
Hydrate your skin well, because it has a drying effect on your skin.
It takes at least 3 months before you see any results, so no overnight effects with this.
Be careful if you use other highly potent stuff like vitamin c or glycolic acid, because it can lead to skin irritation.
Eluage comes in two versions in Europe, one for combo skin and one rich version for dry skin. I always use the richest version possible to counteract the drying effect of the retin-a. It is a thick, orange tinted cream with a light fragrance. I never reacted towards the perfume in Avene creams, but be aware of it, if your skin reacts toward fragrance.
I used the Ystheal before trying this, so my skin was used to retin-a. Usually, if you start using retin-a, they suggest to use it every other day and slowly get your skin used to retin-a.
The Ystheal has vitamin e in it and no hyaluronic acid, that´s the difference. And I think, the Eluage is richer in general terms and meant for more mature skin.
Being 36 at the moment, I don´t have many wrinkles, which is part genetic, part skin care in my case. And my skin is the (almost) perfect candidate for retin-a. I have congested skin, that keratinizes too much. Derms like to give you retin-a for this skin condition. But the prescripted strenght was too much for my skin to use it longterm, so I switched to Avene.
I can say, it keeps my wrinkles at bay and helps to keep my pores clear as far as it is possible for my skin. And it counteracts the tendency of my skin to be very dull and lifeless.
The downside however is a constant struggle for hydration. My skin needs so much moisture and I´m sure, it´s because of the retin-a. I adjusted my skincare to use the most gentle products with minimal ingredients.
For daytime, I dont´push my skin further by using other anti ageing ingredients or irritating ingredients. Just basically much moisture in form of hyualuronic acid ( Skinceuticals hydrating b5 serum) and a basic moisturizer, usually from Avene. For cleansing, I use the mildest cleansers I can find and I don´t peel my skin that much. When I do, I use Kanbeo silk peel powder or oatmeal. And I buy moisturizing masks for my skin from Avene, Nuxe or Mario Badescu and use tons of thermal water.
Don´t get me wrong, I never got any irritation from retin-a. No red spots, no itching, no allergies, no break-outs, nothing. And I could use other products, which are loaded with ingredients too, but this minimal regimen works best for my skin.
I rely on Eluage to do the anti ageing work and moisturize like crazy, that´s all.
I use Avene retin-a creams for 5 years and I´m looking like I´m in my mid-twenties, which is partly thanks to the creams.
Not every skin can take retin-a and even if your skin can take it, you may not have the best results. Everybodys skin is unique, so I suggest trying out first, if your skin can tolerate retin-a. If that´s the case, you can use it for 3 months. If you don´t have good effects after 3-6 months, then retin-a is not working for you.
It´s as simple as this.
I tried other anti ageing stuff, but I stuck with Eluage because it works best for my skin.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
The product is very mild. Too mild. It does nothing. Typical OTC strength, very safe and it that does less than having no cream on at all.
I am 32 by the way and I have normal skin which gets slightly oily during summer months. With some Roc creams I used to get immediate results (unfortunately, those products are discontinued for some reason and I still can't believe it, but... ...whatever).
'Eluage' is very thick, but it will not clog pores, don't worry, but it just doesn't moisturize enough and it does not deliver the cell renewal, plumping, smoothing and what not that the company promises.
No more experiments, I will stick to Caudalie - 'Cell Renewal Night Cream', Roc 'Multi Corexion Serum' and Differin from tome to time.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I used this moisturiser for about a year. When I bought it I was getting a lot of spots around my mouth/chin area and I was recommended to use this moisturiser and a salycilic acid cleansing lotion. I did find that my skin cleared up a lot initially but I found it felt dehydrated (it gets taut in winter and I was in the UK at the time). I stopped using both products after a year as I moved back to the Southern Hemisphere and it was summer and my skin got oilier and I started getting spots again which made me wonder whether it had really been the products that cleared my skin or that it had just dried out so much due to the change of season. I saw absolutely no anti-aging benefits, lessening of fine lines etc which I had hoped for given it contains a retinoid and it didn't hydrate my skin well - which you'd think it would given the heavy/thick texture. It's not a terrible product but I wouldn't recommend it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
About me: 30 years old, combination skin, mildly acne prone, very sensitive with rosacea.
I've been using Eluage for about a year, and this is my second tube. In the beginning I started off using it every 3 days, then 2 weeks later I switched to every other night, and finally when no irritation shows up, it became a nightly routine. I use a pump and a half to cover the whole face and neck. It has a margarine-like consistency - it's creamy, but not too thick, smells great (it can be a concern to some who are sensitive to fragrance in skin care, but personally it doesn't affect me) and does not irritate my skin at all, and that's saying something because I have rosacea. Some people mentioned the cast it gives - and maybe it's because I have yellow-toned skin, but I don't notice it at all.
I use it for the dual purpose of controlling random pimples and anti-aging benefits. First of all, I need to mention on the upfront that retinol does not work overnight. I see the effects slowly... surely, but slowly. My skin was dull and darker in some areas - this certainly made the cells turnover a lot faster because I now need to exfoliate twice a week. It isn't until about 6 months to a year later that I realized just how good my skin looks. It's really subtle... my pores are slightly finer, my skin is baby smooth, makeup goes on easily, and my skin tone evened out. Pimples are a lot less (though I attributed that to my 2% salicylic wash twice a week - this acts as a chemical exfoliant for me too). All in all, my skin is HAPPY. Thriving, and happy. Oh, and I need to make a note that I spray my face with Avene Thermal Spring Water twice daily - once in a the morning and once in the evening before applying Avene Eluage. The water helps keep my skin calm.
However after I'm done with this bottle, I'm going to move up to Triacneal, which contains 0.1% retinaldehyde and 6% AHA. I highly recommend the Eluage, especially for sensitive skinned folks and/or retinol virgins. Just start off slow, and you'll be good.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Fair, Cool Hair: Other Eyes: Green
I used this religiously for a few years and have finally given up on it. I just did not see any benefits whatsoever. Its heavily fragranced and the scent is cloying.
Works for others apparently but did nothing for me. I had been using it for antiaging benefits and fine lines.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I've been using this product for a while (around 6 months) and I must say it's very good. It has definitely smoothed my skin. It's the kind of cream that I will keep going back to even when I take a break from using it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Black
I had gotten a sample of the Eluage Gel and applied on my crow's feet around my eye. I am amazed by how fast this work. Without much hesitation, I went to purchase a full size of the Eluage Cream and Eluage Eye Contour.
After 2 weeks of regliously using it everynight around my mouth area, (topping it off my my sample size gel) I realised that, "fold" of skin disappear and I am very happy with the cream.
I will definetly stocked up this range during sales period.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I have been using this for a little over 6 months. I use it on face, neck & décolleté every night & on the eye area every other night due to sensitivity. It has 0.05% retinaldehyde & 0.50% hyaluronic acid fragments (aids in plumping), Do take note that Avène sells the strongest retinoids OTC. If you don't want to go with a Rx, look into this brand.
Have a look at this list for more information: http://www.skinacea.com/products/retinoids.html
All retinoids are shown by order of strenght from OTC to Rx.
I'm using this to "keep what I've got" & prevention. I have combination skin & have no issues with it on my oily t-zone even if it's aimed at dryer skin. If you have oily skin, you might prefer to go for Ysthéal. I only use an average of 2 pumps nightly & when applied right after my witch hazel that I use as a toner, it spreads easily & sinks in right away. Like mcalcia stated below in her review, do not use this in daytime. Use at night & find a good sunscreen/sunglasses for daytime. No need to get Eluage eye gel. I believe it's a waste of money since it has half the retinaldehyde of the cream. I got a bunch of samples of it & after a few months found it pretty useless.
This cream will not change your skin dramatically! It will help even out the texture & help maintain it's quality provided you protect it properly in daytime. Sunscreen is the number one anti aging product you can get. Our skin ages principally because of UV lights.
I don't think I will ever go without this product. The only downside it the peach coloring. I don't understand why Avène put this in there, especially since it has no benefit to skin. Carefull if you have white or light colored pillow cases. This is the reason I took off one lippie.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Yes, I like how this is a simple retinol product that you apply at night. No fuss. This is my go to product when I want to use retinol. I have not found anything better in the price range. Will buy again.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I love this cream! I use it on my fine lines on forehead & my crows feet. I have been using a little over a month & my crows feet are basically gone. I have good skin to begin with but this helped dramatically. I use a few times a week. Will definately repurchase!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I've been using the cream for about 2 months. For the first two weeks I had whiteheads and realised I was using too much. Now instead of a pea sized pump I'm using half that amount. It's working very well. My whiteheads have cleared and my skin is looking bright and glowy. There's a bit of dry skin when applying makeup so I have to be very light handed. I've already purchased 2 more because it was on offer with the gel…BOGO. This gel is also very good. I'm also using the eyecream in this Eluage range. It has helped lighten my dark circles and my bags are not so obvious.
I did ease into this range by using three times a week for about 2 weeks than slowly increased to using it nightly. These products began showing effects after about a month. I'm glad I didn't give up when I had the whiteheads. This range is worth the price.
I know it's hard to see if the product is finishing but apparently these kind of creams must be packaged in opaque containers.
January 20th 2012: I've cut back usage to thrice weekly and do not have flaking wen I apply makeup. Some Eluage users on MU board who've been using for a year advised me. This applies to the Gel too. However I've continued to use the eyecream nightly
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Black
You'd think I'd learn by now...years ago, I used Roc (another retinol brand) and ended up worse for wear with prune like skin because I failed to balance it with enough hydration. The reason why I tried again with Avene was because I thought I was better educated with use of retinol products after reading up on it. True, you need to compensate the drying effects of retinol with continuous applications of a good hydration cream. Also, it only works at night because sunlight renders retinol ineffective. Moreover, it is at its most efficient for the 1st hour after application. You also need patience for its effects to be realised and that depends on each individual; some respond to retinol faster than others.
Having armed myself with the above, I apply the whole range (face cream, eye cream, and gel concentrate) at night, wait 1 hour and then apply a very good hydration cream (which I use for day as well) for face and eyes. I have just finished the first bottles for face and eyes and just started on my second and am sorry to report no change on my face. I shall still persist till the second bottles are finished and move on for I hate waste. The only good thing to report is that my skin has stopped stinging to retinol because I guess it has adapted to its strength. However, I do not see myself repurchasing Avene as I do not think it has any effect on me...just one of the unlucky few, I guess. Should that fate change, I promise an updated review.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
We all know we should use a retinoid at night to ward off aging, so even though this is not a particularly exciting product I do continue to use it, every night. This didn't irritate my skin at all and it has helped with the feather lines around the sides of my mouth. Applied to the eyes it does significantly improve the look of fine lines too. This cream version is more a thick paste, but once you apply it to the skin it liquefies quickly. It's very easy to spread over the face. I did notice a slight outbreak along the jaw-line with this product, probably the squalane and hyaluronic acid. I will switch to the gel formula instead (contains the same amount of .05% retinaldehyde) which hopefully is lighter- that said, as a wrinkle fighter these products are staples for the PM regime.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Well, I wrote a review for the eye cream so now here is the one for the face cream. Like the eye cream, it just does not seem to be working for me. My skin has been breaking out more since using it (3 weeks now). I don't know if the retrinol derivative is too harsh for my skin or what is going on. Based on all the positive reviews, I was hoping to love this cream. My skin does feel smoother and tighter after using it, but I am having more breakouts. In fact, I have way more blackheads in places that I have never had them before such as above my cheekbones. Using the Eluage cream is the only thing that I have changed in my skin care regime so I figure that it must be this that is causing the breakouts. My skin tone also seems to be more sallow since using it. How frustrating! Like the eye cream, I am going to keep using it until the bottle is gone. I am hoping that this is just an initial purging and that my skin will improve with continued use. I'll update as more time goes by. I'm hoping that the "no" under buy again will change to a yes.
EDIT: Thanks to the advice of MUA's I've continued using this and love it!!! My skin must have been going through that "ugly stage" but it looks great now! The blackheads are gone! I am SO glad that I gave it a chance. I don't know if this is my HG but it's pretty darn close! For those thinking of trying it or going through the same initial stages, stick with it! The payoff in the end is a glowing and smooth complexion.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Based on the recs of skin board, I am trying this at night. I have some signs of age, but naturally so. Nothing premature. This really makes my skin glow in the morning and I have moved to a foundation with less coverage. I would like it to have a tiny bit more moisture, but it seems to be doing the trick nevertheless. I also wish it came in a larger container. And in a container where you can see usage.This does have a slight scent of oranges which doesn't bother me because I like fragrance, neroli being one of my favorite. I will update in a few months if I see further progress.
UPDATE: My skin is looking fantastic after about a month. It really has a glow, looks smooth yet plump. I wore no makeup at all yesterday, ending up at the mall after going to the gym. A woman at the cosmetics counter said I have amazing skin. (PS: don;t go the mall in gym clothes w/o makeup. People ignore you.)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I have waited almost five months to write a review on this product, because I wanted to make sure I gave it a fair trial run. That being said, I'm 27 with skin that's fairly normal now, perhaps more on the dry side than oily thanks to a course of accutane I did a little over a year ago. Five months ago, I got this cream b/c I was already showing some pretty significant signs of aging i.e. fine lines around the eyes, smile lines, and 11's between the brows. I never wore sunscreen, played soccer competitively for 22 years, and had been an avid tanner throughout my early 20's so I know how the damage got there, but never in a million years did I think I would have to deal with aging skin at such an early age. This cream has literally transformed my skin!! There is almost no signs what so ever that I ever even had fine lines...it's like they just disappeared (over 5 months of nights). I look younger than when I actually was 22, and my skin is just glowing. I hardly ever get a break out, the tone is even, and the skin is supple... never in my life have I been able to say that my skin is supple!!! I highly suggest this to anyone thinking about using a retinoid. I haven't tried any others, like retin a or tazorac and probably won't until I need something stronger. I was able to use the avene nightly from day one without any irritation, which is unusual for me. I've already repurchased and will definately continue to do so. For referrence, I buy mine at drugstore.com. Oh, and like a previous reviewer said, when used simaltaneously with the gel, my results were that much better and quicker.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have gone through 4 tubes of this over the last 2 years. This is a great product which has made a huge difference to my normally hormonal skin. It is thick and orange and hard to spread but in the morning my face is plump and soft. Pores are refined and I do credit the retinaldehyde with significantly reducing hormonal acne. I used it consistently for 14 months, had a break for a few months then back on and have reconfirmed its efficacy. I will change up my night moisturiser every now and again but will always have a supply of this stuff no matter what. Other than this and Diacneal I use a lot of Dermalogica stuff and the price of this is very reasonable, 28 euros, compared to Dermalogica. Packaging is extremely hygienic.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I got 2 samples of this product from my derm and I have been using it for a month. I'm 28 and my skin is super dry because I am on Accutane for hormonal acne - though I'm on a very low dose now, my skin is still dry. I told my derm that I had noticed fine lines forming around my mouth, side by side with the natural smile lines. They are only visible when I smile, but I can still see a very thin line even when my face is rested. So she told me to apply Eluage cream every night only on this area. However, I didn't want to "spot-treat" so I started using it all over my face, including the undereye area, to prevent more lines from forming. I used it every other night for the first 2 weeks and it didn't irritated my skin at all, so I started applying it every night.
After 3 weeks, I could already see that my skin was more moisturized. This is product is not a moisturizer, but the texture is pretty rich, so I think it helped. I can also see that my skin is brighter and it's not dull as it was before. I can see that the fine lines that were forming around my mouth (nasolabial folds) are slowly getting less pronounced - though I know it will take me some time to completely get rid of them, if that's possible.
I won't fool myself - obviously retinoids don't work so quickly! Probably the hyaluronic acid on Eluage was the one that gave me these short-term results. Anyway, I can't complain, it's working!
Now that I'm applying it every night, after a few weeks I noticed that my skin is slightly irritated - but it's very, very mild, nothing that you could compare with the irritation your skin gets with tretinoin (Retin-A), it's just some slight redness. I actually take it as a sign that the retinoids are working.
Important things to remember when using this product:
- if your skin is dry, you will love the cream. If it's normal, combination or oily, the cream will probaby be to heavy, so you might have better results with the lotion.
- you only need a very small amount, just enough to spread it all over your face (I use it on my neck, decolleté and back of my hands too). If you use too much, your skin might get irritated, and you won't get resuts faster.
- you should NOT use this product during the day, even if you're not exposed to direct sun! All kinds of retinoids, even the milder ones, leave our skin more sensitive to the sun. So you should only wear it at night, wash it off in the morning (not just with water, but with a gentle cleanser) and use a very good sunscreen during the day, preferably one with medium to high PPD (measure of UVA protection). Avoid direct sun exposure (like going to the beach) if you can; if you can't avoid it, stay for less than 30 min/1 hour and use a hat, sunglasses and the best sunscreen you can find, applied generously.
- I had some short-term results (1 month), but this product is supposed to improve your skin progressively, little by little. The most dramatic results, like improving the appearance of fine lines, will take at least a few months. So no miraculous promises here.
- you don't need to buy the eye cream. I said on my original review that both eye and ace creams had the same % of retinaldehyde - this is actually NOT true. I think the eye cream has a lower % but I could not find accurate info, sorry. However, you can simply apply the face cream on your undereye area - unless you have very sensitive skin (in which case perhaps you shouldn't use it on your undereyes anyway) the face formula will not be irritating, provided that you start slow (every other day, going up to every day if you can tolerate it) and use a tiny amount product to avoid further irritation. Using the face cream on your undereyes will obviously be much cheaper since the eye cream costs the same for 1/2 the amount of product. If you are prone to milia, you might want to get the lighter version, Eluage lotion.
I would recommend thid product for people that want to prevent/treat early to moderate signs of aging, without dealing with the high potential of irritation and sensitivity caused by prescription retinois like tretinoin. I'l definetely buy it when I run out of my samples.
Hope it works for you!
UPDATE (2012): I used up a few samples + 1 bottle of Eluage cream. While it is a good product, I am now convinced that the results I got were due to the hyaluronic acid in the formula and not the retinoids. I am pretty extreme when it comes to skincare (started Retin-A when I was about 20 or so, have done at-home peels, Accutane etc) so I think this was way too mild for me. After a few months of the initial effect I could not notice any effect any longer. I think it is a great product for those who have never used stronger stuff and want to prevent signs of aging, but NOT for those who have already used the big guns (peels, retin-A etc) as the results will not be that noticeable.
Having said that, I would go back to this product if my skin becomes too sensitive to handle stronger actives.
On a side note, I used up 1 bottle and a half of Ystheal, which is very similar to Eluage but without hyaluronic acid. It had no effect on my skin whatsoever.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Hm.. have been using this cream for a month now. Have had really high hopes for it, but so far I am just liking it, not loving it. It is a bit too thick, smells good, really nice bottle, absorbs well by skin, and is moisturizing. It is nice than majority of creams out there, but at the same time it is nothing amazing. It is quite expensive, and I have not noticed any visible results with it. Will be searching for something else.