Hello! Today’s post is about the Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover. I bought this in a poor attempt to fill a certain micellar water shaped hole in my life after spotting it on some sort of deal in Boots. Damn those deals…
Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover
Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover has been formulated for all types of sensitive skin and eyes. It gently cleanses and removes all traces of make-up from the face, eyes and lips without altering the skin’s natural protective barrier. No rinse formula.
Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water and soothing alpha-bisabolol, its fresh formula leaves the skin clean, soft and soothed. Paraben and preservative free.
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA) (soothing, anti-irritating – according to Avene). PENTYLENE GLYCOL (skin conditioning). POLOXAMER 188 (cleansing agent). BISABOLOL (skin conditioning). CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE (preservative/anti microbial – skin allergen). DISODIUM EDTA (viscosity controlling). FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). PEG/PPG-14/4 DIMETHICONE (surfactant – known irritant). PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE (anti oxidant). PROPYLENE GLYCOL (humectant, helps the skin attract moisture). SODIUM CHLORIDE (table salt -softens and hydrates in moderation).
I originally tried this micellar water last year but I couldn’t make my mind up about it. This is actually my second bottle, as I needed just a little more time to gather my thoughts. To be honest, before I started my ingredients analysis I was going to bring you a slightly different review. Now I have actually looked up what is in this product, I can now join the dots a little better.
I originally bought this micellar lotion as a quick fix – I wanted something that I could just use when I was feeling lazy and I didn’t want to faff about with a proper cleansing routine when I stayed over at my boyfriend’s. A bottle of this took up less room than all my lotions and potions. Jumping out of bed screeching “I need to cleanse!” is a little bit of a passion killer. And yes, that may have been too much information but oh well…
The day after I used it as a quick fix I woke up with spots. Lots of them. Some of them painful and under the skin, some already sporting a monstrous yellow head. I thought it might have been a different fabric softener my boyfriend using in his bedding. But every time I stayed over, and I took the micellar with me, it kept happening.
After learning about skincare, I realised that I shouldn’t rely on this micellar to do everything, despite the claim of make up remover and cleanser. When I used it as a make up remover and then a cleanser, my skin felt awful. It felt heavy, it felt oily and coated in product. It felt unclean no matter how much I used.
I then began to use it as a pre cleanse make up remover in the evening and a cleanser in the morning. I didn’t see much of a difference when used as a make up remover; there were times when it seemed never ending, it failed at removing mascara and the pile of cotton wool pads grew to alarming levels. I of course cleansed properly afterwards! When I used it as a cleanser in the morning, my skin didn’t feel clean and my skin yet again felt heavy, as if it was smothered in product.
Now that I have looked through the ingredient list, I’m a little annoyed at Avène. For starters, for a product aimed at sensitive skin, there is fragrance. That is a big no no. They also claim it is preservative free. It isn’t. Cetrimonium bromide is an anti microbial agent, thus a preservative. That is it’s sole use. Just because a product does not contain a paraben or it’s close relative, phenoxyethanol doesn’t mean you can claim it’s preservative free.
I am glad that I took the time to fully test this product, rather than bash out a half hearted post when I came to the end of my first bottle. It just goes to show that you really need to take your time with skincare, and that you need to look at what is in your products. I am disappointed that Avène isn’t as gentle as I thought it was and I will not be repurchasing this in the future.