Avene Light Protective Hydrating Cream (Hydrance Optimale SPF 20)

Avene  Light Protective Hydrating Cream (Hydrance Optimale SPF 20)

4.0

36 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclomethicone, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Benzoic Acid, Beta Sitosterol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 188, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I'm acne prone, fair-skinned.

Used this for about 5 years, never caused any skin issues, redness, drying or itching. No white residue. Everything was great! So I thought.

EUs Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has estimated that Cyclopentasiloxane is not safe in many respects for use in cosmetic products. It has been shown that Cyclopentasiloxane in high concentrations has a negative effect on the liver and respiratory organs and Cyclotetrasiloxane is suspected to affect fertility.

Our largest drug store here in Sweden actually removed all products containing cyclic silicones. This is one of the products that was on the list.

I'm definitely not using this in the future.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I like Avene.
But unfortunately if you get the crappy American reformulations, they suck. It gives my skin little white clusters of small but hard pimples and it's everytime I get anything Avene from Derma stores. (which I am convinced it's because they carry only the American formulas and packaging.)
I've bought both the American...I'm assuming which had English translations either directly on the box or on the tube.
Then I bought the other "European" ones with just French and other germanic languages (?) on it, there is absolutely nothing in English on these tubes, box's, or papers inside.
Avene that I've found like this leaves my skin radiant with a glowing dewy radiant complexion. It brings out the golden tones cancels redness, absorbs literally in seconds, doesn't smell like sunscreen, and hydrates beautifully... I adore this as my makeup base. Also it provides the basic spf solar protection which is it's only downside, if they provided a 5o spf they would be hard competition for LRP anthelios spf 50. Which I might have to get next since I live in the mountains . 😢
I've actually gotten this light version one for combination skin and also a completely different product Avene tolerance extreme from the Derma store and it just sits on top of your skin and doesn't absorb, and I've noticed mineral oil in them. I've bought these alot from other small owned french dermatologist stands and they didn't do this. They never broke me out. Beware. Avene shouldn't break you out they shouldn't have bad formulas since they pride themselves on there scientific medical centers and research. What's going on why does America have different ones. I know it wasn't expired either. I give the French on let four star on star off for price and the American one I would give a one. Don't buy this one.


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on 3/27/2016 7:33:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is amazing. Seriously. My skin is a nightmare for finding any suitable beauty products, it's super sensitive and parts of my skin are acne-prone, oily, and dry. While I only had mild acne, it was still there, and was aggravated so much by moisturisers that for a while I could not use any. Cheaper products like Simple kind of worked in terms of protecting my skin, but did nothing to actually improve my skin quality.

Initially I thought this product was too expensive, though having seen how effective it is I would happily pay the price (also it lasts much longer than you would expect). I saw an immediate change in my skin, and for the two months I've been using it has continued to gradually improve. The dry and oily parts of my skin are correcting themselves. My acne is not irritated at all and has shown a significant improvement.

The cream is very plain which I like. It doesn't have any funny scents added to it. Overall it seems very neutral. It also doesn't sting at all on application which I experienced in the past. Everything about it feels good.

This is also the only moisturiser including spf I have been able to use without aggravating my acne.

I would highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin or those with a combination of skin problems.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 3/25/2016 4:07:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a review for the product sold in Europe under the name Hydrance Optimale UV légère.

I basically first bought this because it was recommended by Lisa Eldridge in one of her videos and have since repurchased it two times. Its role was actually described as a light, broad-spectrum sunscreen more than a moisturizer, which is also how I tend to use it.

It absorbs quickly even if I apply generous amounts, does not leave a white cast and is pretty much undetectable on my skin. I apply primer and foundation on top of it with no problems. It also does not break me out or cause clogged pores (some sunscreens tend to do that to my fairly sensitive skin). It does have a light scent (something herbal and inoffensive, not a sunscreen smell) but it does not linger after application.

Because it is SPF 20, I normally use it in autumn/winter or whenever the UV index is lower than 4-5. I wish Avene provided a PA rating for this, I'd be very interested to know what protection, if any, it gives against UVA. At least one of its ingredients (bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, or Tinosorb S) is supposed to provide UVA protection.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 7/5/2015 8:21:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have extremely sensitive skin and was about to guve up on moisturiser altogether as my skin would I burn and breakout no matter which moisturiser I would apply. I was surfing the internet one night and came across this brand. I thought I would give it one last go and ordered this cream. I'm so glad I did because so far it's all good and i haven't broken out or got pimples or a burning sensation. It's just great. The only downfall for me is that it doesn't feel hydrating enough so next time I repurchase I may get the one for dry skin. I would highly recommend for those with super sensitive skin! Thumbs up.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Other

It protects your skin because of spf. If you have oily skin and you don't want to put rich heavy creams it's really good. You can put a little and it's enough , it gets absorbed immediatly and you don't fill it on your face bacause of it's light texture.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

It's quite a good cream (3.5). I like the light texture and the fact that it doesn't leave my skin greasy like many creams containing SPF do. Yet I wish the cream was a bit more moisturizing.
You also run out of it pretty quick .


on 12/10/2014 8:39:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This is a GREAT moisturizer - absorbs quickly and nicely (no sticky feel), is moisturizing but still light enough for the hot and humid weather of Singapore. Plus it has sun protection. So when I discovered this, I thought my search for a daily wear sunscreen/moisturizer was over...until almost a year later, I realised it had no UVA protection! I hope someday that it will be reformulated with UVA protection too, but sadly until then, it is back to Biore (which has very good full spectrum sunscreens) for me.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Had to resort to this moisturiser while on holiday in Italy recently as I had left my other behind.

This is a VERY light moisturiser, goes on great & absorbs lighting fast - so fast that it feels like you've never put on any!!! I have dry skin so I think I absorb rather fast anyway, but this was surprisingly fast. The smell is actually quite nice, not overpowering at all - just pleasant.

Ive had no break outs, no problems with it at all & Ive been using this on & off for 2 months. Because I have dry skin, I probably wouldnt use this in Winter because it wouldnt be moisturising enough but for summer, this is super light & convenient.

Highly recommend.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Other

Eyes: Green

This is my new favourite moisturiser for my combination, acne-prone skin. It absorbs quickly and is very light - so light, that in the winter or on dry-skin days I need to add a few drops of glycerin to it. My nose is oily by noon, but that's better than most other lotions, where I'm oily by 10am. I've yet to find a better lightweights day lotion with SPF (Body Shop Aloe Soothing SPF15 is my second-favourite).

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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