February 17 2011
This year, for the very first time, my skin will be emerging from winter in better condition than going into it. Usually by the beginning of February, it’s screaming for attention, fairer climes and an end to central heating. Redness, dryness, breakouts, you name it.
This winter is different. Thanks to Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream, my skin is holding its own against the cold season. It looks healthy and even: no dry patches, no tightness, redness banished. It’s as satisfying as finding a hand cream that isn’t too greasy, too light or too short-lived – another beauty holy grail.
I first discovered Eau Thermale Avène at a dermatology clinic a few years ago where the practitioner told me that the brand’s thermal spring water (which is one of the cream’s chief ingredients, and which comes in little spray bottles favoured by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow) is taken from the age-old Sainte-Odile spring in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of south-west France.
The range is regularly used in post-surgery/laser recovery, and in treating skin conditions such as eczema (Avène’s Hydrotherapy Centre specialises in the latter). Looking for a winter cream last year, I thought the Recovery Cream worth a try – aimed as it is at intolerant skins and free from parabens. While I was previously a cream butterfly in winter, flitting from product to product at all points on the price spectrum, this one is staying in my cupboard. An added bonus? The pharma-chic of the minimal, no-nonsense packaging. And the very reasonable price.