Having dry/dehydrated skin I'm always looking for that product to inject some moisture and banish dry patches so I ended up picking this Avene Soothing Moisture Mask at Boots, which was highly recommended by one of their skincare specialists.
The product itself feels like a richer, thicker moisturiser which when applied to the skin gives a cooling effect. The directions state to apply thickly but not rub into the skin and leave to work for 10-15 minutes. After this time any excess can be removed with a cotton pad but my skin absorbs all the products because it craves the moisture but isn't left feeling greasy! I typically use this 1-3 times a week in the bath or at night after I've cleansed.
After I've used this product my skin feels softer and hydrated but my only problem is with two of the ingredients (available to view here). The second ingredient after Avene thermal spring water is Paraffinum liquidum or mineral oil which is a controversial ingredient as some believe it can clog pores and consequently cause spots and others claim it to be 'the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found' (from Paula's Choice Ingredients Dictionary) so your preference is subjective. Personally I'm on the fence because I've not had bad experiences with products containing mineral oil. However as a skincare ingredient, mineral oil is cheap to use in products and is the main ingredient in a lot of cheaper products so I wouldn't spend a large amount of money on a product containing a large amount of mineral oil as I'd expect more complex ingredients for the price.
My other ingredient problem is with the presence of perfume and although it's near the bottom of the ingredients list I wouldn't expect a brand like Avene, who create products for sensitive skin, to use fragrance in their products which can irritate skin. I actually find this product to be soothing and cooling on application and I haven't experienced any irritation but this may not be the case for everyone. I know now in the future to always read the ingredients before buying skincare and not to trust the brand or claims on the packaging. After this product finishes I'll probably try a similar product from another brand over repurchasing.
Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml available at Boots and other Avene stockists for £11.50
Escentual currently have selected Avene products for 10% off making this mask £10.35!
Love Georgia xxx