I have quite a lot of scarring on my face, due to having problem skin etc for a number of years, but, as my skin's starting to clear up a little lately (more on that in a future blog post!), the uneven skin tone and scarring is even more pronounced, so it's been a bit of a skincare mission for me to track down some serious anti-redness/brightening products, and, with Eau Thermale Avène's offering claiming to be for dry and/or sensitive skin, it seemed an obvious choice, as many brightening products can contain a number of harsh acids, which really don't work for dry/sensitive skin types.
'Antirougeurs jour' is a light, slightly thin cream, which, like most anti-redness solutions, has a light green tint to it which disappears when the product is massaged into the skin. The formula is very soluble, meaning it is absorbed very quickly into the skin, and giving it the perfect density to be worn underneath make up every day. However, the thin nature of the formula does mean it comes up a little short as a moisturiser, considering it's marketed as being best-suited to dry and sensitive skin types; I expected a rich, hydrating cream, which would leave my skin not only even in tone, but also supple, which I just didn't get. If anything, for about 90 minutes after applying the moisturiser, I've noticed my skin actually appears redder than usual, perhaps due to the fact that it's also seriously dehydrated. Not what I was going for, at all, but I do think it would be ideal for normal-oily/combination skin as a regular day cream - I'm sure it just takes a while for the anti-redness effect to become noticeable, but unfortunately, it's not nearly hydrating enough for me to continue using it for that long.
Eau Thermale Avène Antirougeurs Jour Redness Relief Moisturiser retails for £13.50 in the UK, and is available at most large Boots stores, or online, here.