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I normally suffer with oily skin that's prone to blemishes so I tend to stick with moisturisers that are oil free and aimed at my skin type. Recently, with the cold weather and central heating I've noticed that my skin has become a lot drier than it normally is and my usual moisturiser (Peter Thomas Roth oil free) has not been hydrating my skin enough. After searching around online and on forums to find a suitable replacement I noticed one brand and product in particular had been mentioned a lot. Avene Rich skin recovery cream seemed to be highly recommended for those with skin similar to my own that's in need of some extra hydration.
My skin normally seems to break out at the mere mention of anything that's rich or a cream formula so I was hesitant as to whether this product would be suitable. After doing a little bit more research on the ingredients and opinions of acne prone users I decided to give it a try and hope for the best.
About the product
Rich skin recovery cream is from Avenes intolerant skin care range, a range which helps cleanse and moisturise very sensitive, redness prone and reactive skins. It's designed to calm irritation, moisturise and protect and contains only a small number of ingredients which have all been selected for their gentleness. The formula is paraban, preservative, fragrance and colouring agent free.
There are two other products available in the intolerant range, the extremely gentle cleanser and also a Skin recovery cream, a slighter lighter version of the rich formula which doesn't contain Shea butter.
Price and availability
The product is available from a number of different sites online including, Chemist direct, slapiton and ExpressBeauty.co.uk. It seems to be priced between £10.00 and £12.00 for a 40ml tube with Chemistdirect being the cheapest place to purchase (£10.00) and slapiton being the most expensive (£11.70). It's also available from Boots stores which is where I purchased mine and it currently costs £12.50. It's priced the same on the Boots website and there are no postage costs to pay at the moment.
The product is similar in appearance to most other items from the Avene range. The 40ml tube of cream came in a cardboard box (which I unfortunately no longer have) with an instruction leaflet that contained detailed usage instructions and an explanation of ingredients. The actual tube is made from white plastic, has a screw on lid and printed on the front is the Avene logo and a swirl design in orange, the name of product in French and English, product size and what type of skin the formula is aimed at. Printed on the back are the usual warnings to avoid contact with the eyes and that the product is for external use, a company phone number, website and address.
I suppose the packaging could be described as being a little bit bland but I actually quite like the fact that's plain. Skin care packaging is not something that normally bothers me too much as I'm generally more interested in what's inside and whether it's going to work. The squeeze tube design works well and makes dispensing a small amount of product with each use easy and the lid screws on tightly and securely which is handy if you're carrying the product around in your bag or travelling with it.
How to use
The cream is white in colour and has quite a thick consistency but still has enough slip to apply/rub in with ease. It's described as fragrance free but I still notice a slight delicate scent to it which I think is the Shea. A very small amount (just smaller than a pea) is all that's needed to adequately cover my face in a thin layer of moisturiser and a slightly thicker layer under eyes. Although it's fairly easy to rub in anyway, I have found that applying on slightly damp skin helps the product to sink in a little bit faster and makes it a little bit more spreadable. Avene suggest spritzing with their thermal water spray before using which I've tried but I've found normal water works just as well and is a lot cheaper! After I've finished applying I'm left with a slightly tacky feeling on my skin for a little while until it sinks right in but this actually feels quite nice and comforting and not greasy or oily in any way. When it has disappeared, I'm left with no visible residue on my face or white marks but my skin does tend to look a little bit more shiny than usual.
As I mentioned above I apply a generous amount under my eyes and have found the cream works really well on this area. On days when I feel my skin needs something lighter than this and I use an oil free moisturiser, I still use this as an eye cream because it's really effective. I have also found it works brilliantly as a lip balm, in fact I'd say it's on of the best lip products I've ever used and it works wonders at helping to sooth and hydrate dry or chapped lips.
One of the main things I was worried about before I purchased and used recovery cream was whether my skin would tolerate a rich cream and if the formula would cause more issues with blemishes. I am pleased to say that since I started using I've had no extra problems with blemishes or blocked pores which really has surprised me. The product has really helped to combat the dryness and irritation I was experiencing and my face looks and feels a lot better because of this. I have noticed any redness in my skin is reduced after using too and my skin also looks plumper and generally healthier which I suppose is mainly due to the fact that it's adequately hydrated.
Avene suggest that you use the cream twice daily in both the morning and evening but I have found the cream is much too hydrating to use during the day and stick to applying at night only. Although the product doesn't make my skin feel greasy, it does seem to make it a lot shinier during the time when I'm using it so I find it unsuitable to wear in the daytime. Make up also seems quite difficult to apply over the top but I feel this problem and the extra shine is probably due to my oily skin and not the product. The cream is aimed at very dry, sensitive skin types so you might get away with using twice a day if you suffer with dry skin.
Would I recommend/buy again?
I am used to being very careful with what I use on my face and have been disappointed with results from many different products in the past, so when I find something that works for me I tend to stick with it. I am really pleased with the way recovery cream has dealt with the problem I was experiencing without causing additional problems and I'm also pleased with the added bonus of reduced redness and the fact that it also works as an eye cream and lip balm. I think the cream would be far too hydrating and rich to use on my skin in the summer months but I think I'll be keeping a tube handy for eyes and lips and will come back to this during the winter.
If you suffer from naturally dry skin, are having hydration problems due to weather or acne medications or you think your skin needs a bit of extra pampering I definitely recommend trying Rich skin recovery cream. It works brilliantly and at £12.00 for a fairly large tube it's also excellent value for money.
Avene products are not tested on animals.
I love french and american skin care- mainly because they actually work! Avene is no exception- I have used their creamy cleanser for many years after discovering it in america although it is a french brand. Anyway, last winter my skin started to become extremely dry and itchy and I knew I had to stop my usual moisturiser and opt for something far more specific. At first, I was looking at high end products by Sisley, Dior and Chanel but nothing seemed to actually look like it was geared toward calming skin down. That's when I saw this in Boots and after testing it on the back of my equally parched hand, was sold! This cream is not very heavy, but not so light that it feels it's not doing anything either. The packaging I liked very much because it's not a pot which we often contaminate too much, it's a simple tube where you can use only what you need. However, the one thing about a tube is that you can't see when you're on low supply. Overall, this product worked wonders for me, although the result weren't instant I felt an improvement in two weeks and for some reason my skin felt a lot more supple too although this product isn't deisgned to do that. I have already started using this again since last month in place of my normal moisturiser to regulate my skin a bit more. I can't recommend it enough- I have tried so many different skin care brands but Avene is truly a fabulous find! If you like this, you will probably like every other product in their range- I have yet to find something I don't like. Their prices are reasonable, the formulations are extremely gentle and the spring water in each product is what they call their secret ingredient- perhaps this is why my skin felt more supple. I think this is one product that anyone with winter parched skin should consider because it truly won't fail you!
Expensive cream that is quite thin in consistency - not suitable for day wear but okay for skin recovery overnight and especially helpful for sensitive skin.
I love this stuff, but its been costing me 28 cdn from the drug store a week. thats just too much.
I know its all about the 'spring water' and how much is in each of 'avene's products', so i've decided to give the TRIXERA emollient cream a try. Its huge, 200 ml, and will last me 6 months instead of one week. Its water is 50%, as opposed to the skin recovery cream' which is 67%, but thats still a good dose, and i honestly think thats the key in all of avene's products.
I'm wearing the trixera right now, it goes on awesome, there is no smell, and its not greasy, i have a feeling i'm going to love it.
And the money i'm going to save is going to be incredible.
In my wisdom, when my usual face cream went up in price, again, I decided to seek out a new product. I settled for a product which guaranteed me an improvement in my skin, but reacted to it quite badly. My skin erupted into scales, with greasy patches, and incredibly dry patches which were sore. In a momant of panic, I went into a high street pharmacy to ask what to do to rectify the situation. I was given 2 tiny samples of this product, and told to use them until I ran out. The first time I used the product, my skin let out a sigh of relief. It felt 100 times better, seemed to even out in just one application. Within the week my skin recovered completely, revealing healthy looking smooth skin rather than scales! No itching, no big flakey patches, just clean, fresh, comfortable skin. I'm a convert, I love this product, and although I use other products in this range now, I keep one of these in my drawer incase of "bad skin" days. It helped me to get my confidence back. Thanks Avene!
Very rich in Avene thermal spring water, (67%), it quickly helps soothe and calm irritation, helps restore the skin's protective barrier function, and provides effective, long-lasting protection / A delicate, lightweight formula, it is quickly absorbed to