After reviewing a lot of French pharmacy products it’s time to review another one. Today it’s time for the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel. I bought this because a lot of blogs recommended it and I just really like using cleansing gels. I was curious to see whether this would hold up against my other favourites. Today I will tell you whether or not it was able to do that and more. If you’re interested in reading about that, make sure you continue reading!
First of all the packaging. The Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel comes in a thin clear bottle. It has white text on it and the Avène logo and name in orange on it. It looks very simple and clean and therefore I really like it. I think the design is just absolutely stunning and elegant. There is something unique about the lid, but I’m going to talk about that later!
Moving on to the brand and the product. Avène is quite a well-known skincare brand. They have lots of products that are great for people with rather sensitive skin. The Cleanance range is aimed at people with more oily and blemished skin types. Since I have been struggling with both of those things, this range is perfect for me.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel – €12,95 (200ml)
The Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel is a soap-free cleansing gel that gently removes impurities from the skin and helps reduce excess sebum thanks to the monolaurin that is in there. The Avène Thermal Spring Water provides soothing and anti-irritating benefits. It leaves the skin clean and refreshed. The product is formulated to minimise the risk of allergic reactions. The tolerance on oily and acne prone skin is proven.
In short this is just a gentle but effective cleansing gel. A gel that is capable of cleansing the skin and making it feel fresh and clean at the same time. Because it’s a soap-free formula it’s shouldn’t be drying and that’s a big plus too. Especially since lots of cleansing gels, especially those for oily skin, are pretty darn drying.
And to be honest, this product does basically everything it said it would. The claims aren’t too outrageous but that’s fine. It does what it promises and I like that about it. I actually like it even more than I initially expected to.
The reason why I like this product so much is first of all because it smells really good. It reminds me of the scent of baby soap and I love that about it. Aside from that it just feels so incredibly soft on the skin. It really is like no other product. You can really feel that it is in fact a gentle formula. But even though it is, it does do a great, let me correct that: an amazing, job at cleansing the skin. It doesn’t just remove excess sebum, it also removes all of my makeup without any difficulties.
Lastly it also claims to reduce excess sebum. Of course it does at the time of usage, but that’s with all cleansing gels, but I do feel like that this one, even after a couple of hours, still has an effect on the amount of sebum on my skin. It’s not like it removes all of it (it would be really bad if it would), but it does reduce the amount of sebum which I think is a real big plus.
Having said all of that let’s go back to the lid thing that I wanted to talk about earlier. The first time I wanted to use this product I was very confused about how to use it. I didn’t get it to open. First I realised it has a little plastic thingy on it that you had to take off. Once I finally managed to do that (keep in mind that all of this was happing inside the shower and my hands were pretty slippery and wet from the shampoo) I still didn’t get it to open.
It turns out you have to twist the lid. When it’s closed there is a white round thingy that fills the hole so nothing can get out, and if you twist it you’ll find an opening through which you can dispense some of the product. I do think it’s a very smart mechanism, but you do have to figure out how it works first.
Overall I’m really impressed by this product. I did think it was going to be gentle, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be very good at removing makeup and actually making a difference in my oiliness, but I’m glad I was proven wrong. This is a great cleansing gel for oily skin. It’s gentle, it’s effective and it really does something for me. It makes a difference. And therefore I think this product is definitely worth the try. So if you’re on the hunt for a new cleansing gel and you struggle with oily or acne prone skin, you might want to check this stuff out!
And that concludes today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you use to cleanse your face every morning/evening!