Beauty Review: Absorb & exfoliate with masks from Eau Thermale Avène

When I was a teenager, my mom would sometimes give my sister and I a facial. She’s a trained beautician and skincare was – and still is – important to her. It’s a legacy that she’s passed on to me and even though I’m not as dedicated as she was in her skin routine; I’m trying to do better in my 30s.

Thinking back, I was so lucky to have a mom who could teach me about make-up and skincare. I can still hear her say, “Don’t forget to moisturize your neck”, “always blend your foundation” and “use a tissue when squeezing pimples.”

Because I love the way my skin feels after a facial (and as an Eau Thermale Avène fan), I was excited to try out their two latest masks.

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Mask

The Cleanance Mask promises to be a deep cleansing and soothing clay mask that eliminates skin imperfections. Its main ingredients are AHA + BHA complex, exfoliating particles and the brand’s famous Avène Thermal Spring Water.

My verdict?

Wow, wow, wow. It gets 10 stars from me and I’d recommend it to anyone who has dry + sensitive skin. I spread the thick white cream onto my face, and it absorbed (partially) into my skin after a few minutes.

My mom trained me to be able to tell if a product was good quality and if it was right for my skin; I could immediately tell from the texture and smell that this was going to be a goodie. Avène doesn’t use heavy scents in their products as these are often irritants. So, the scent was subtle but delicious.

After 5 minutes the instructions say to wash everything off and I was left with – as promised – clean feeling skin. This mask contains little particles so when you’re washing it off it’s a gentle scrub. My skin felt rejuvenated. I followed this with the SVR Repairing Barrier Cream (a dream!) because my skin is always thirsty for moisture after a scrub.

Price: R229


Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Radiance Mask

With lots of 5-star reviews online, I had high hopes for the Soothing Radiance Mask. Promising to be a “moisture bath” that should leave my skin feeling refreshed, calm and glowing, it’s said to be ideal for sunburnt and tight, irritated or dull skin. One of the main ingredients is Avène’s Thermal Spring Water that aids in soothing and hydrating skin.


My verdict?

It’s truly a moisture bath. Instructions say to apply a thick layer to dry face and neck and leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes. Then, don’t wash it off, just remove the excess product with cotton pad. Clearly my skin needed some moisture because the mask was absorbed in most areas of my face after just 5 minutes.

I found this skin mask perfect as a pre-event skin-care prep or for an evening of self-care. Or just after a day when I’ve been out in the sun. I don’t think it’d use it on sunburnt skin though because my skin is too sensitive – I’d probably rather use the Avène Repair Cream.

Price: R265



It’s really no secret that I’m a fan of Avène! But my fanfare aside, I think that they’re affordable products that make a good staple in your bathroom cabinet. While each mask is only 50 ml, you don’t use too much product and I think these will last me a while. And, I think these would also make a nice present for a girlfriend… if you know their skin type.


Stockists: Dis-chem, Clicks and Dermastore

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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