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Posted in AVENE, Mizuki Nishikawa, POPTEEN by Jae on March 11, 2011

Now everyone, pick up your copy of the February issue of POPTEEN and flip to page 141.

I’ve found one of Mizukitty’s highest recommended items~!

That’s right, it’s the AVENE Thermal Water spray! 😀

This is an information heavy post, not much fluffy stuff so do take note.

Makeup can only do so much for our skin. Without a proper base, we’ll have to pile on more makeup so let’s start taking better care of our faces.

Under the skincare section, the question was “What are the basic skincare products you’d recommend?”

I use Avene’s Thermal Spray as a toner cause it comes in a spray bottle and is a lot more convenient to use. I use Embryolisse’s Lait Creme Concentrate for my moisturizer.

So there you have it, Mizukitty has spoken and I had to have a bottle and I got two.

Some background information: (Skip this if you don’t want to look at Science related stuff)Avene Thermal Water is basically just a mineral water spray for your face but the source of the water comes from a thermal spring in France that has been declared to be of public benefit in dermatology.

The spring’s Avene-les-Bains and in 2008, Rebecca Worrell from The Times visited and did a review of the place.

The spring’s apparently really good for people who suffer from eczema (a condition where the skin gets excessively dry and may start itching, peeling and crusting over. Areas affected often include the insides of the elbows, back of knees, neck and sometimes, even the lip area. More severe cases may involve the entire body and is most common is children and young adults, most outgrow the condition after puberty) and the water from the place is used in most of Avene’s products.

Eczema is not contagious and cannot spread between people. I know a fair bit about the condition because I used to have really bad eczema as a child at the areas I mentioned so I totally understand you when you say you need to take special care with the products you use. I’ve since outgrown the condition but I still get the occasional flare up around my lip area if the product contains some ingredients I’m allergic to.

As you can see here, the mineral composition of the water is printed clearly and it apparently contains Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and the works as cations*.

*Chemistry flashback:
Cations are positive ions and anions are negative ions. -winks-

It also states the potential benefits of using the spray and when to use it.

Now, we’re supposed to spray a fine mist over our faces, wait for a few minutes and then pat our faces dry.

Some may choose to use it with a facial mask, though this does seem a little wasteful to me.

The bottle comes with a spray nozzle that, while intimidating at first, is quite gentle so no worries about jet propulsion to our faces. Some people have slammed the use of spray bottles on our faces because it apparently encourages the introduction of free radicals but it’s still disputed so I’m going to leave it at that right now.

With each spray, a generous amount of water is dispensed so you won’t have to spray a lot. I held down the nozzle, did three passes around my face and got completely drenched. I didn’t pat it off though, just allowed it to dry naturally.

The most important question right now is: Did it work for me?

Well, seeing that I’ve only been using the product as a toner for two days, I won’t say I’ve noticed a distinct difference.

I used to use Chanel’s Hydramax toner (which started to make my skin prone to breakout for some reason so I had to stop) but recently switched over to Shu Uemura’s Depsea Moisture thing (which was working fine), now I’m with Avene and so far, so good.

I didn’t experience tightness or redness, which is a huge plus because my skin is very sensitive and just takes one application of a bad product for my skin to get tight and started blotching.

The strange thing is, my skin usually gets tight if I don’t moisturize directly after my shower but with the spray, no such thing even 15 minutes after it dried. Very bizarre and there’s no psychological factor in tautness of skin, I can promise you.

There is no fragrance in this product so you won’t have to worry about developing headaches.

The spray was pleasantly gentle and I really enjoyed the feeling of cool water on my face.

And yes, my skin was not as oily as it usually is in the morning compared to when I used my other toners (believe me, my skin used to be so oily with my Chanel toner, I could literally blot it with a tissue and see the patch)

1) Did my face look more radiant?
I believe so
, but I’ll put that down to a psychological thing.

2) Did my face have any redness like it used to?
No. I used to have redness on my cheeks when I used my Chanel toner and that was a tell-tale sign I should have changed products asap. I’m happy to report that I didn’t get any redness at all with Avene, all the way up till the next morning.

3) Would I rebuy?
If it’s on sale, I might because of the cool feeling it gives my skin.

The benefits of mineral water sprays have always been widely disputed, some people say it’s just normal water with jacked up prices and others tout it as a makeup essential. Right now, I’m happy to go along with the “I’ll use it just cause it feels good” group  – I’ll report back when I get more evidence that it’s a truly effective product.


Jae, why’re you talking about it now? :3
Cause Watsons’ is having a sale of them right now! Get two bottles for just 20.30SGD and grab them now because the usual price is 20.30SGD EACH.

PS: Each bottle comes with an expiry date, so do check it before you purchase!


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  1. Rina said, on March 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

    it’s not bizarre that after misting after shower you skin doesnt feel tight. our skin feels tight after shower cos the “last” water that evaporates from our skin is tap water. sg’s tap water contains shit loads of chemicals add-ons. if the last water that evaporates is pure water, then it doesn’t feel tight. i dunno how scientific this is but i read it some time ago on some beauty website.

    strangely tho i find that if i mist to set my makeup, my skin gets oily faster. O.o

    i have a ton of mist from thermal to hot springs from japan to whatever nots. haha. *bank account cries*

  2. Rina said, on March 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

    oh i forgot to add, if your skin is already dry and peeling, misting with avene spray will make it worse – tighter, drier and more flakes. you would need those mist with moisturizing stuff in it.

  3. debi said, on March 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I shall get it later since it’s on offer XDD

    • Jae said, on March 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Hey debi!!!
      Haha, do let me know whether it works for you dearie~!

      • debi said, on March 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

        Hey Jae 🙂
        Avene worked out well for me, my face feels clean and less oily after using it 😀

      • Jae said, on March 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        Hey debi!
        I’m so glad it worked out well for you too dear! ❤ Hehe! Sales for the win!

  4. Keita said, on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    woah!!! any watson having that sale? I think i should get and try since so cheap :X

    • Jae said, on March 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Hey babe!
      Haha, yupppp~~~ XD So far so good for me! It’s just water but wooo, the feeling is so (for the lack of a better word) shiok. :3

  5. sundrenched said, on March 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’m just going to be the devil’s advocate here and say that toner is supposedly not a necssary thing for your face. It’s supposed to remove all traces of makeup that your cleanser can’t remove, but since I double cleanse with DHC oil I don’t thing that’s a problem. Plus my derma said that toner can irritate the face but I still have half a bottle of sk2 toner that my mom passed to me! ;( hate wasting things

    • Jae said, on March 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Hey sundrenched!
      Haha, no worries babe~ Well, I really think that some people use toners for very different reasons, I know that I use it for both (as you mentioned) to clean off the remaining gunk and also for the refreshing feeling. It’s really great for me seeing that I use makeup so often ❤

      And mmm… I do think it'll depend on the toner used as well yo! Haha, some people continue to use toners with alcohol and yes, that definitely is one of the many ingredients that specialists are against, especially because it's supposed to suck moisture out of our skin but OMG BABE. SKll?! Use it use it~!!!

  6. Sylvia said, on March 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Jae have you heard about the Japan earthquake?!?! 😦
    Let us Japanese makeup addicts Pray for Japan! 😦

    P/S: Mizukitty blog says that she is fine, thank god. :/

    • Jae said, on March 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Sylvia dear!
      Yes, I have.. Garh, I really really pray they’ll be able to recover well from it… >__< I really hope it doesn't rise anymore.

  7. sugar sugar said, on March 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I want this! I often end up buying stuff I see on your blog Jae. LOL! xD I hope the Watson branches here have it. :3

    • Jae said, on March 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Hahaha, ❤ thank you so much for dropping by babe… And XDD do let me know if they do kay!

  8. jace said, on March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

    hay jae! do you know if the offer still stands? :/ i hope i didnt missed it! Seems like many good reviews have been made about this toner ❤

    • Jae said, on March 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Hey Jace!
      Oh dear, I haven’t been to Watsons in a while, hang in there while I check for you okay? Are you on twitter? I’ll post there when I get news about it! 😀

    • Jae said, on March 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      It’s still on darling! Just got myself a set from Watsons!!!
      It’s still 20.30sgd for two bottles so go grab yourself some okay?! 😀

  9. […] this sunscreen is from Avene, the company that brought us that lovely thermal spray that, by the way, is now going for 29.90 SGD for two extra large bottles at Guardian and […]

  10. […] She uses it as a moisturizer after her Avene Thermal Spray. […]

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