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I don’t know about you but I’m definitely not for anti-ageing anything. I am, however, all about better ageing. I’m happy to be alive. I’m older than my mum lived to be and I’m truly grateful for my health, especially in these uncertain times.
When it comes to skincare for better ageing, you know I’m here for it. I know it’s not for everyone, but I do like looking after my skin* so that I look and feel as fresh as I can.
For me, that comes down to a solid skincare routine. I’ve pretty much used a combination of the same products for the last couple of years but when Avène contacted me, asking if I’d like to try their DermAbsolu range, I was up for it because there is a lot to be said for changing up your routine. I’ve found this essential as my skin has changed with age.
There are four products in the Avène DermAbsolu range – a day and night moisturiser; a serum and an eye cream. Each contains active ingredients which help to nourish, firm and visibly lift:
Vanilla Polyphenols as a hyaluronic acid protector with antioxidant properties, Sytenol (Bakuchiol) to help protect against collagen depletion and Glycoleol as an essential skin lipid precursor for intense nourishment. It also contains Jojoba oil, which helps restore elasticity and repair the skin barrier. DermAbsolu’s clinically proven efficacy also provides 24 hour hydration**.
**Measurement of the Hydration Index on 20 subjects with dehydrated skin, after one application on the forearm.
Often, I can be bamboozled by ingredient names – and I’ve been writing about beauty products for more than 20 years! The proof really is in the trialling. That’s something I’ve been doing for the past four weeks and the results speak (or show) for themselves.
I apply the serum nightly. You can apply morning and night, but I know my skin’s limits. It LOVES active ingredients but if it’s over-stimulated, the good work of the actives is undone.
I apply the eye-cream mornings only. You can apply at night too. Mornings work for me as the applicator and formula works instantly on calming any puffiness.
Both the day and night creams feel so luxe and comforting on the skin. I love the airless jars for ensuring that the product you’re putting on your skin retains its quality to do the work you’re wanting it to do.
Together (with cleansing and a sunscreen), this simple combination has been a win-win for my skin. It felt nourished and hydrated from day one and by day 28 I could definitely see clearer, luminous skin and an improvement in firmness.
I’m also pleased to report that I experienced zero irritability or reaction. This is a big thing for me in my peri-menopausal years. I know I’m not alone with that increased sensitivity. Avène products do include Avène Thermal Spring Water, which has soothing and anti-irritating properties. It worked for me!
Price-wise, the Avène DermAbsolu range falls midway between supermarket skincare options and salon products, offering good value for readily available active products that do deliver results.
For more of my thoughts … check out the video below. If you’ve been looking to change up your skincare routine, give these products a try. Think of it as creating spa-like conditions while self-isolating at home. Because you’re so, so worth it!
*Editor’s note: I want to address all the comments (not always nice ones!) that always come up whenever I talk about my skincare regime. I’ve never hidden the fact that I get Botox. I’ve done so since the year I turned 40. And the year I turned 50, I got .5ml of filler in each of my cheeks. I know it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. I’m now 52 and I like the way these treatments give my face a fresh look. What they don’t do is change the condition of my skin. I think this is one of the biggest myths about skin out there … that injectables change the texture and feel of the skin. They don’t.
The condition of my skin is thanks to a combination of staying out of the sun from a very young age and having a consistent skincare routine since the age of 18. I upped that routine the year I turned 30 and actually committed to night-time cleansing. I KNOW! Future self is very happy. So, when I talk here about the skincare products I’m using and the regime I stick to (a regime that also includes monthly facials that also include microdermabrasion and LED light therapy), I’m sharing what works for my skin. And, in doing so, it just might just offer a solution for you too.