Can Avene Skin Recovery Cream Really Help Dry, Irritated Skin to Recover Quickly?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Avene wants to come to the rescue. Its Skin Recovery Cream claims to be able to quickly calm irritations, help restore the skin’s protective barrier and provide long-lasting protection. Does it deliver?

What’s In Avene Skin Recovery Cream?


Are you put off? Lots of people are. Mineral oil is derived from oil, which is enough to put it on the avoid list. They’re scared it’ll give them cancer or other health problems.

The truth is, it doesn’t. Cosmetic grade mineral oil – the only kind of mineral oil allowed for use in cosmetics – undergoes a rigorous purifying process to remove all toxins. The end product is safe.

But is it effective? Yep. One of the most moisturing ingredients available today, mineral oil works by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Skin already has its own protective barrier. When it is intact, skin is soft, supple, and hydrated.


Sealing moisture in is all well and good. But what if your skin doesn’t have enough in the first place? That’s where glycerin comes in.

Glycerin is a humectant, a fancy way of saying it attracts water from the environment into the skin and binds it there. All that extra moisture makes skin softer, suppler, and a little dewy.


Like all Avene skincare products, Skin Recovery Cream proudly boasts to contain Avene thermal water.

Avene Thermal Water is has 4.8 ppm sodium, 42.7 calcium and 21.2 magnesium. They’re said to give the water plenty of skincare benefits:

  • Boost hydration: Make skin softer and suppler.
  • Reduce UV damage: The minerals in the water have antioxidant properties that destroy sun-induced free radicals and reduce the risk of sunburn.
  • Soothe inflammation: Decrease the amount of pro- inflammatory chemicals skin cells produce, reduce the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis and even minimise irritation from tretinoin.

How To Use It

In the morning, use it in between serum and sunscreen. At night, it’s the last step of your skincare routine.

Performance & Personal Opinion

To tell you the truth, I’m surprised by how lightweight the texture of Avene Skin Recovery Cream is. Barrier repair moisturisers usually have rich textures that deeply nourish skin.

This one is a pleasure to use, but leaves a little to be desired in the hydrating department. Oh, it does the usual moisturising tricks: it makes skin softer and smoother, plumps it up, and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier to protect it from environmental aggressors.

But it works better for normal to dry or combination skin. If yours is very dry and damaged, I recommend something more heavy duty, like CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion or Bioderma Sensibio AR.

For the same reason, this works better in the summer than in the colder winter months, when the harsh temperature continually try to suck all the moisture out of your skin.

But hey, at least it doesn’t give you a breakout or a rash.


Avene Skin Recovery Cream comes in a sleek white tube. It’s practical and hygienic.

Do You Need It?

If you have combination skin that gets easily irritated and need a basic moisturiser that keeps it soft and supple without irritating it, Avene Skin Recovery Cream is a good option to consider.


Dupes & Alternatives


Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Serine, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Water (Aqua).

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