Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

Since adding a serum to my skincare routine, I’ve seen such great results; my skin is much clearer, my pores aren’t clogged and the very few blemishes that I get are banished very quickly!  I haven’t tried many serums before as I would always focus on using a moisturiser straight after cleansing and toning but I don’t think I would be without this step now.  My favourite skin serum has to be the Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum which I have repurchased twice since I first tried it last autumn.  Read my review here to see why I love it.

After getting such great results from the Manuka Doctor serum, I was really interested to try some more of the many face serums out there.  Over the past few months I’ve been trying out some more to review for you all.  They are all quite different and will benefit different types of skin so I’m sure there’ll be a serum review for everyone.  Today, I’m reviewing the Soothing Hydrating Serum from sensitive skincare favourite, Avene.

Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

£17 for 30ml, available from Boots

The Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum is designed as a complementary step in your current skincare routine to aid the maintenance of natural, radiant skin.  It is a very non offencive product and I’d say it is suitable for all skin types, although I think this would be loved most by those with sensitive and reactive skin as there is literally nothing in it that would irritate their skin.  This serum contains Avene Thermal Spring Water, which soothes the skin, reduces redness and stops irritation.  As an extra use, I’ve found that this serum is particularly effective when applied to your face if you’ve caught the sun as it really reduces the redness and takes out the sting; I’ll definitely be taking this on holiday with me this year.

The serum is light, almost gel like in formulation and quite water based.  It is oil free so it is even perfect for those who have oily skin.  I have been applying it morning and night after cleansing and toning and before my day and night moisturiser.  It is fast absorbing and whilst you can feel it on your skin afterwards, it doesn’t leave a film.  Using the serum on a morning really smooths my skin and provides a great even face ready for makeup application.  I personally prefer to use something a little more intense at night so I will definitely continue using this serum on a morning but opt for a more concentrated serum for night time use.

The serum comes in simple, no fuss packaging that lets you see exactly how much you have left of the product which you’ll appreciate if, like me, you like to buy a back up ahead of running out of your most used products.  It is in a glass bottle though which looks great but isn’t too travel friendly and I’m conscious of keeping it to the back of my bathroom shelf, so as to avoid any smashing disasters if I knock it off…!

I always enjoy reviewing Avene products as I know that they wont irritate my skin.  I’ve reviewed their Extremely Rich Compensating Cream here and their Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water here and I’m currently trying out a cleanser, toner and moisturiser so expect reviews from them in the coming weeks.  I always like to thoroughly test out a products before I give my thoughts and recommendations on it so please bear with me!

Have you tried this product?  Do you use a serum? If so, what is your favourite?


  1. Dee
    April 18, 2012 / 10:12 am

    This looks fabulous, I'm always a bit wary of serums as my skin is oily but I think I'll try this out. Love Avène stuff! X

  2. Jennavive
    January 28, 2013 / 4:34 am

    I just started using this product a couple days ago. I have overly sensitive skin throughout the winter months and this has been the first product to relieve my skin!

  3. Maral Alto
    December 7, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I've heard good things about this avene product! Going on my wish ♥ list now.

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