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?