I have been testing quite a few hydrating serums the last few months as we are smackbang in the middle of winter and the cold air and radiators are taking a serious toll on my skin’s hydration levels. I posted my review of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power serum a few month’s ago, if you missed the review you can catch it here. Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum was next up on the list to be tested and I have just finished the bottle. What did I think?
Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum
Product: The Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum is an oil-free hydration formula with high levels of Avene’s famous Thermal Spring Water aimed at dehydrated skin. The product is said to restore and replenish your skin’s hydration reservoirs for up to 24-hours. It also provides powerful antioxidants to the skin and prevent evaporation of moisture. The serum is hypo-allergenic, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.
Key Ingredients: As quoted from Avene’s website:
- “Patented Cohederm is a lipidic trio that helps restore cohesive skin barrier and prevent water loss.
- Hydration-boosting Microspheres gradually released Avène Thermal Spring Water and Cohederm for maximum skin replenishment.
- Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and calm the skin.”
Packaging: I think the Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum has good quality packaging that is practical and suitable for traveling. The bottle is plastic (but not the cheap kind) and the pump mechanism works well throughout the entire usage of the bottle.
Consistency: The serum has a very thin, liquid consistency and is rapidly absorbed by the skin.
Fragrance: If you read my review about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power serum you will remember that I really enjoyed the product in terms of hydration, but was severely put off by the overpowering, strong scent. Luckily for me the Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum is very mildly fragranced and the scent reminds me a little of the Eversun Sunscreen we used as kids during beach holidays. So the fragrance brings back happy memories and it is very subtle and not bothering me at all.
Price: R299/€20 for 30ml.
What did I think? There are a few points that I want to make about this serum.
- Firstly, I really enjoyed that this serum is so subtly fragranced and I never experienced any breakouts or irritation from using this product.
- Secondly, I find the hydrating factor OK-ish, but not phenomenal in the moisture department. I think this serum will work very well for readers with mild levels of dehydration and combo/oily skin with dehydration features. In my opinion this serum does not provide adequate moisture to truly dry and dehydrated skin. Yes, there is definitely relief from tightness and discomfort on initial application, but the hydration it provides is quite short-lived on really dry skin like mine.
- I think this serum will be better suited for dehydration relief during the summer months as opposed to the harsh winter months.
- I felt like I went through the bottle very quickly. I think this is due to the product being so rapidly absorbed by the skin and you end up using a lot more product than usual. This bottle lasted me less than three weeks of twice daily use and then the R299 price tag is a bit steeper than what I would expect from a drugstore product. This crosses over into that grey area of whether it is then not more worth it to spend a little more on a higher end product, but the product will last so much longer with better hydration benefits.
- In summary, I think the Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum is a very nice, mid-level hydration serum, but not even remotely heavy-duty enough for true dry/dehydrated skin like mine. I am very sure though that readers with lesser dry skin (and I think oily or combo skins in particular!) will absolutely love this serum. So this is a classic case of a really fantastic product, but skintype/concern dependant.
Will I buy this product again? It’s a bit complicated: I will definitely recommend this product to readers with more mild levels of dehydration as I think they will enjoy the benefits from this light-weight serum. For me personally, I will not repurchase this particular serum, simply because I have found another drugstore hydration serum that works phenomenally well for my super dry skin and that I enjoy more than this product. Keep an eye out for the reveal.