It always amazes me when someone tells me that they don’t use a serum?! Baffles me in fact. Serums typically have at least 3-5 times the concentration of active ingredients compared to creams! Why wound’t you want that on your face? There’s nothing better than a good serum to target your skin woes: wrinkles, dehydration, redness, radiance-and if you can find one that does it all? WIN.
Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum
And I have found a winner! Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum($44) is a new(well, last year new) addition to the Avene Hydrance Optimale line. It’s the next best option to bathing in the Avene Thermal Spring waters in France I swear.
Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has the HIGHEST concentration(77%) of Avène Thermal Spring water of any product they make. And you all know how good that water is for your skin-it’s rich in silicates and trace elements, has perfectly balanced minerals, a neutral pH, and as the horsey found out for us-is a naturally soothing anti-irritant.
The other amazing thing about Avène Hydrance Optimale Serumis that it adjusts to your skin’s hydration levels according to its NEEDS. Yeah-it’s a smart serum!
Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has liposomes-tiny bubbles (vesicle), made out of the same material as a cell membrane. Liposomes can be filled with different things, and in Avene Hydrance Optimale Serum they’re filled with-you guessed it- Avene Thermal Spring Water! Because these water saturated liposomes are similar to cell membranes, they can just slide on into the deep layers of our skin and diffuse that good for us spring water deep into the very core of our skin cells. These liposomes in Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum are contained in a hydrophilic(water attracting) 3D Matrix made of marine polymer filaments, which forms a kind of reservoir on the skin’s surface. It adjusts to your skin’s moisture needs-releasing Avene Thermal Spring Water when your cells need it, all day long.
The texture of Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum is a smooth, light gel that instantly gets absorbed in your skin. My skin just drinks it right up! Immediately your skin will feel refreshed, cool, smooth, and any tightness and redness is relieved. There’s apparently a subtle fragrance, but I can barely smell it-if anything the serum just smells fresh. If any of you are bothered by the fragrance of the Vichy Aqualia Serum, then this one will be more your style. I love the Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum and use it all the time now. My skin looks healthy, moisturized and since I’ve been using Avène products, I hardly have any facial redness anymore.
Oh, and if you want your skin to look healthy, moisturized and GLOWING? Layer some Avène Soothing Moisture mask OVER the Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum! Yeah you heard me, use it like a MOISTURIZER.
The lovely Janine@BeautyGeeks mentioned this little trick last week in my moisture mask smack-down post and something clicked for me when she said it. I had done the EXACT same thing one day when my skin was extra-dry. I applied a bit of the Avène Soothing Moisture mask over the serum and then let it sink in for a minute or so. Then I applied my NARS Tinted Moisturizer over top, and WOW. I was glowing! My skin looked so smooth and dewy! And I looked YOUNGER. Try it! I almost can’t put on my makeup now without using both of these products first 😛 I’m addicted to the glow!
I know what you’re wondering-do I like Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum better than the Vichy Aqualia Serum? I like them both, and find that they both do an amazing job of keeping skin hydrated through the day. It’s good to have options I say. Right now, I’m using the Avène and loving it. 😀
Do you use serums? Please tell me yes! What’s your favourite?