Avene Soothing Moisture Mask

It’s been a while since I bought this hydrating and soothing mask from Avéne, but as I’ve had a love hate relationship with it I haven’t written a review before now. As most of you may know by now I have sensitive skin, so based on a lot of good reviews and my love for French pharmacy brands I decided to try this mask from Avéne.

This mask is based on the famous Avene thermal water, which is known for its benefits on sensitive skin. It is a multi-purpose mask, that works in every season and situation. It’s a rich, non-setting mask that is supposed to provide intensive moisturizing and soothing care to dehydrated, overstressed skin. It should be applied generously in a thick layer to dry face and neck. Then, allow to absorb for about 15 minutes before you gently tissue off any excess. You can also finish by spraying a fine mist of Avène Thermal spring water as recommended on the packaging.

Like I mentioned above I have a love hate relationship with this mask. The first couple of times I used it I felt like it was really soothing and left my skin feeling well hydrated. It really calmed my skin and reduced redness and dry patches. When I was in Rio in March I used to leave the mask in the fridge and after a day in the sun, the mask was really cooling and calming on my skin. It really did make my skin look healthy and glowing after use. Then I noticed that if I left the mask on for more than 15 minutes it started to itch my skin as well as whiteheads started popping up. I felt that the mask started feeling quite heavy and like it wouldn’t penetrate. I took a closer look at the ingredient list and found out it has Paraffinum liquid (mineral oil) in it – as a second ingredient – meaning there’s a whole bunch of mineral oil in this. Mineral oil is an extremely common (and cheap) ingredient in personal care products, but is said to lead to blackheads and pimples. It is also said that mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the ‘natural moisture factor’..

I was hoping for a very soothing and moisturizing mask for my sensitive skin – instead I felt like I just got some moisture and minor temporary relief from sensitivity. This mask gives hydration and soothes a little, however, as it contains mineral oil I don’t use it too often. Also, I now wash it off after 10 minutes as I’m quite worried about letting the mineral oil staying too long on my skin.

Have you tried this mask from Avéne? I’d love to hear your opinion. Any tips about other good soothing and moisturizing masks?

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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  1. Constanze

    I love the products from Avène ♥ and use them every day for my skin care routine! But this mask I haven’t tried until yet…

  2. Adèle

    I bought it last year, and sometimes it was enough, but my skin needs more hydratation. That’s why I took the Masque Réhydratant Triple Creme from Estée Lauder.
    It’s more expensive but I’ve never tried such an efficient mask. It’s really the best, and I will buy it again when i’ll finish it.
    XX sweetie Hanne :)

  3. Evi

    Hmmm, you could use a muslim cloth to take off the mask- just to be sure you’ll have zero mineral oil residues. Personally, I don’t consider mineral oil to be a “bad” skincare ingredient in face masks, as long as you cleanse your skin thoroughly afterwards ;)


  4. Vanilla Bourbon

    In general, I don’t really like Avene but I had two mini size of this mask and I used it after the beach. I will never buy it because I don’t like to put mineral oil on my combination skin and I felt your same sensations on my face.
    Now, after a day at the beach, I like to use Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask!

  5. Taylor

    Whiteheads are no good. I love Avene’s sensitive skin moisturizer. I use Dr. Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom mask, I love it. I apply it and tissue some then wear it to sleep, it plumps my skin and soothes it. It doesn’t smell very good though, do I’ll add some Clarins Blue Orchid Oil to it.

  6. MarineH

    I love this mask but I also like the “masque hydratant express” by O2mer, a franch mark !
    It is for sensitive skin too and there is no mineral oil in !

  7. Céline

    I also use this moisturizing mask like you and sometimes it hydrates my skin enough and sometimes not at all! The next day I have areas of dry skin.
    I have heard of the brand KIBIO is an organic brand and I have already had occasion to test some products but in the long run I do not know what gives here. Internet here is the link: http://www.kibio.com/fr/recherche

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