Introducing… Avène Xera Calm & A-Derma


When it comes to innovative dermatological treatments the French have long been pioneers. Back in the 18th century the soothing, anti-irritant properties of the thermal spring water at Avène in the south of France was first discovered, and today is the key ingredient in Avène cosmetics. XeraCalm A.D. is the latest sensitive skin-friendly emollient range from the brand, which harnesses a recently recognised microflora unique to Avène thermal spring water that has been proven to reduce itching caused by eczema.
So on a sunny Thursday morning, on the terrace of Soho House I was introduced to Avène’s latest additions along with its sister line, A-Derma, available for the first time in the UK this month. This dermo-cosmetic brand caters for hyper-sensitive skin and uses a patented extract of oat: a plant that has been used to soothe, soften and protect skin since ancient times. 
Below are my top new products from the two brands that I’ve been using, along with an old favourite:

Avène XeraCalm A.D
This latest range consists of a lipid-replenishing cleansing oil and cream, which comes in two textures for moderate and severe dryness. I am really liking the cleansing oil as it can be used on both face and body, and with its moisture-sealing oil texture, I can actually bypass moisturising once out of the shower. The cream provides further restoration to the skin barrier whilst relieving any itching, and does not contain any preservatives, fragrance or surfactants. Packaged in a sterile atmosphere, the cream is dispensed through a valve that stops air or bacteria from entering the tube to keep the product fresh and free from contamination.
[Avène, Xera Calm A.D, Lipid Replenishing Balm, £18.50 at]
[Avène, Xera Calm A.D, Lipid Replenishing Oil, £15.50 at]

A-Derma Rheacalm Soothing Eye Contour Cream
I decided it was an appropriate opportunity to crack open this soothing eye cream following a rudely interrupted sleep, courtesy of my lovely flatmate who decided to host an impromptu house party at 4am the night before … Needless to say after a four hour catnap my eyes weren’t exactly sparkling. For someone that is prone to getting bags under the eyes, I did believe that it looked like the cream helped to reduce the appearance of them, but for certain: its light, fluid texture allowed for easy, tug-free application and was relievedly soothing and refreshing.
[A-Derma, Rheacalm Soothing Eye Contour Cream, £12.50 at]

A-Derma Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water
Micellar waters are having more than a moment and it’s easy to see why this no-fuss makeup remover is, when all you have to do is put some on a cotton pad and glide it all off – including waterproof mascara! Designed to combat irritation caused from washing in hard water, micellar formulas are also soap and alcohol free making them the perfect cleanser for those with, or without, sensitive skin. The A-Derma formula is so gentle you wonder how something so light and clear is capable of taking makeup off whilst simultaneously refreshing the skin and keeping it hydrated and spot-free! This is probably my favourite makeup remover I’ve used to date.
[A-Derma, Cleansing Micellar Water, £13 at]


Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray
You might, like me, be a bit sceptical at first about forking out for what is effectively a spray can of water – but there is a reason why this product is a classic. Nothing quite beats the soothing and hydrating feeling this water spray has on your face after some vigorous exercise or lazing about in the sun. Providing instant relief to all kinds of irritated skin from sun to razor burn, this miracle multipurpose water can also be used for cleansing, setting make up, styling hair, or as a wake up call whilst at your desk – though be warned, spritzing this stuff can get highly addictive.

[Avène, Thermal Spring Water Spray, £3.15 at]



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[Photos by JR]

Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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