Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream Review

By Mantsha

Hello to the all the lovely readers,

First of all, let me tell you all that I have really dry and sensitive skin . So, this January, on my visit to Dubai, for my birthday, I picked up this jar of Avene rich compensating cream from a pharmacy at the Emirates Mall. I had heard a lot of good things about the Avene thermal spring water, and the description on the product also convinced me to believe that it was like “magic in a pot” and contained all the goodness, so I thought of giving it a try.

Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream

Product Description:
Nourishing cream for dry sensitive skin sans paraben.

  • Rich in Avene thermal spring water.
  • Ideal to compensate for lipid deficiency and restore skin’s hydrolipidic film.
  • The skin is protected against external aggression.
  • The skin recovers it’s comfort, suppleness and radiance.

Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream

Directions For Use:
Apply the rich compensating cream morning/or evening to a face and neck perfectly cleansed with gentle milk cleanser and toned with a gentle toner.

AED 180 for 50 ml of the product.

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It comes in a glass jar, which is really heavy. Hence not at all travel-friendly

My Experience with Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream:

The texture of the cream is really thick and feels very heavy on the skin. Yes, it does moisturise the skin and has helped my dry skin really well! It has definitely made my skin softer and it hydrates, but I feel that it does clog the pores and breaks me out 🙁

Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream

It makes me sweat a lot and feels very heavy on the skin, I can’t even think of using it during summers, especially during the kind of summers we have here in India. I prefer to use it as a night cream as it is very greasy. It is just impossible to apply it under the makeup. I do not recommend it to use before applying your base. It also makes my complexion very dull. It does not skin into the skin and feels as if it’s sitting on the top layer of the skin and you can’t massage your skin with this cream.

Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream

I heard that massaging your skin for at least 5 minutes is very beneficial to get the glow back and keep wrinkles at bay.  So, I tried massaging my skin with this cream, but the cream starts to peel off in a weird and gross way. So you have to be careful and apply it as if you apply a face mask. Another downside is that it does not have SPF. So, you need apply sunscreen on top and also if I apply it around the eye area, it stings really badly. My eyes turn red and it irritates my eyes. All in all, it was a really bad experience with Avene.

Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream

Pros of Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream:

  • Moisturizes dry skin and the dry patches.
  • Comes with a little spatula, which makes it hygienic to use.
  • Paraben free.

Cons of Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream:

  • Fragrance might bother some people.
  • Not so budget friendly.
  • No SPF.
  • Heavy glass packaging, hence not travel friendly.
  • Broke out my skin.
  • Very greasy and forms an oily layer on the skin.
  • Limited availability in India.

Would I Repurchase Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream?
No, definitely not. It’s a complete disappointment from Avene. I regret buying it 🙁

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4 thoughts on “Avene Eau Thermale Rich Compensating Cream Review

  1. Welcome to IMBB Manstha, you have reviewed the product so well. I have oily skin, so it’s obviously not for me 🙂

  2. I have ” Rebalancing soothing emulsion” from Avene and its a great product. sad that this isn’t a good one ..

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