I picked this little tube of winter S.O.S up at the hospital pharmacy the other day. I generally use a serum before my SPF, but the Norwegian winter has left my skin a little extra thirsty, so when I saw this Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich UV SPF20 in the shelf I had to have it! I use it over my Kiehl's midnight rescue oil, or my Weleda almond oil, and so far it's doing a great job of keeping my skin happy in the winter cold.
- Avene Aqua (Thermal Spring Water):
- Rich in silicate and trace elements soothes, calms and softens
- Protects and purifies skin
- Low salt mineral content (NoCl, 266 mg/l) adapted to sensitive skin will not dry out the skin.
- pH 7.5 won’t sting or burn skin.
- Naturally bacteriologically pure
2. Glycerin: Glycerin is what is called a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. When glycerin or glycerol is applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape, maintaining water balance within the skin. Glycerin helps skin cell maturation, and prevents symptoms of psoriasis: According to an article by Drs. Xiangjian Zheng and Wendy Bollinger Bollag - link ; glycerin, when applied to the skin, signal the cells to mature in normal fashion. The compound can also help wounds heal more quickly in some cases.
3. Carthmus Tincorius oil (Safflower oil): In a 2005 study Kinobeon A, produced from safflower cells, suppressed the free radical-induced damage of cell and microsomal membranes. Kinobeon A also inhibited the singlet oxygen-induced oxidation of squalene. - link. Antioxidant properties are always good skin-news, and it seems the safflower is a strong one at that. Also, safflower oil can be an effective organic alternative to synthetic emollients and safflower oil helps prevent dry skin by providing "barriers to moisture loss."
4. Beta-Sitosterol: Beta-sitosterol is a substance found in plants. Chemists call it a “plant sterol ester.” It is found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. On the skin it soothes burns, and helps wound healing.
5. Glycine Soja: According to The Skin Care Dictionary, Glycine Soja (Soy) contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from Soybean Amino Acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially Vitamin E. It is commonly used in bath oil and soap making, as well as for skin conditioning and skin firming because it is a natural emollient and moisturizer.
6. Squaline: Squalene is one of the most common lipids produced by human skin cells. It is a natural moisturizer. It is a natural component of human sebum and has emollient properties that soften and soothe skin. It adds a layer of oil on the skin that helps to slow water loss and keep skin soft and supple. It is used in a variety of cosmetics including creams designed to help heal dry skin. A study by K. Ohsawa, et al., published in the May 1984 "Journal of Toxicological Sciences" determined that squalene plays an important role in protection from damage caused by UV irradiation.
7. Tocopherol Glucoside: This is a very stable form of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a skin-saver, antioxidant and antiaging superstar. Providing UV protection, up regulation of collagen by promoting fibroblast activity as well as fighting the effects of pollution on the skin.
Usage and Opinion:
Although this cream is described as "Rich" on the bottle, the consistency is light, and the cream itself is fast absorbed into the skin, so fast in fact, that I have to hurry to get it all over my face. The disclaimer reads that it is well suited for dehydrated, combination and even oily skin tones, and from my own use I can see this working on most skin types to be honest. It's non- comedogenic (will not clog pores), and moisturizes deeply. It leaves your skin velvety smooth, and absolutely non-greasy, which I was kind of hoping for a little, you all know how I like my face a little shiny. It is also paraben free for those of you out there that are pregnant, or concerned with that.
To sum up, this is a great moisturizer for winter, especially for dehydrated and sensitive skin types. I love the fact that it eliminates the need for an SPF on top, as those not always provide the surge of moisture my skin needs this time of year.
Now on sale from Escentual at £11.60 Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich UV SPF20
Full ingredient list: AVENE AQUA. ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE. CETEARYL ISONONANOATE. CYCLOMETHICONE. OCTOCRYLENE. BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. GLYCERIN. POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE. POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE. CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS OIL. GLYCERYL STEARATE. STEARYL ALCOHOL. BENZOIC ACID. CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE.BETA-SITOSTEROL. CHLORPHENESIN. DISODIUM EDTA. PARFUM. GLYCINE SOJA. HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES. HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER. LECITHIN. PHENOXYETHANOL. POLOXAMER 188. POLYSORBATE 60. SODIUM CHONDROITIN SULFATE. SODIUM HYDROXIDE. SQUALANE. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. AQUA. XANTHAN GUM.