Welcome to ‘Til The Last Drop: a bi-monthly column in which I, CF Beauty Editor, Olivia Bennett, share my review of a favourite cult product that I (truly) use to the last drop. This week’s featured product is Avène Hydrance Aqua-Gel Moisturiser.
I’m messaged by friends and family, at all hours of the day, with recommendation requests for everything from “the budget gel moisturiser that works with combination skin” to “the hard-hitting eye cream that will make Botox a last resort”, and queries on “whether X, Y, and Z from the current trending brand are REALLY worth the hype”.
Such incessant inquiries sparked this column, where I’ll cover best-selling names alongside under-the-radar brands to note. You’ll hear about blow-the-budget products that live up to their hefty price tag and the purse-friendly steals which I unashamedly turn to time and again.
No need to text me, I’ll be sharing all my intel with you right here every other week. Tune in.
As we reach the end of a rather sparse summer (sob) and enter a new season, it’s a good time to consider the changing needs of your skin. One key switch-up you should consider is your moisturiser. As someone with sensitive skin – that is prone to dehydration – a gel-based moisturiser is my formula of choice. The Avène Aqua-Gel is one I keep on hand at all times. Laden with the brand’s famous thermal spring water, it's notoriously kind to all skin types, particularly those prone to reactivity. The gel turns into a watery base upon contact with skin, providing an instant surge of moisture, drying to a refreshing finish that sits comfortably on skin all day long. Always a fan of a multi-tasking product, by night – when applied as a thick layer –, the clever texture acts as a sleep mask, rendering skin plump and bouncy by morning. For just £20 this is a bathroom-cabinet stalwart.