For your sister, your mom, your best friend… or anyone who needs a little skin pamper!

For your sister, your mom, your best friend… or anyone who needs a little skin pamper!

End-of-year stress and a lack of sleep are definitely starting to take a toll on my skin, and I suspect I’m not alone in this. This time of year is notoriously stressful, and I know for a fact that neither my mom nor my Granny would say no to a beautifully packaged hamper packed with luxe skincare goodies from Avène this Christmas.

Eau Thermale Avène is a dermatological skincare range that I’ve grown to trust and love during this past year. The very first product I tried was the one that sold me on the range, and that was the Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray. This Thermal Spring Water Spray has come to my skin’s rescue on numerous occasions, and I always have a bottle in my handbag as a result. I won’t leave home without it!

I’ve used this spray in so many ways, but some of my favourites include: a quick spritz after a facial or chemical peel that’s left my skin a little red and sensitive, on my legs after shaving, and I even spritzed it onto my lips several times throughout the day after I had my lip fillers done. I also like to spritz it onto Beanie’s skin after a fall or when he has an itchy bite, and I’ve heard that it works a treat on nappy rash. Then there are the obvious uses: as a refreshing replacement for your usual toner before applying your moisturiser; to calm and soothe sunburnt skin; to freshen up while travelling; and to cool down on a hot summer’s day. I’ve already added this beauty to my Christmas wish list that I’ve shared with the husband, because my current bottle is on its last legs and I know I’m going to need another during the summer holidays!

If you’re looking for an affordable gift for the woman that already has everything, I suggest you get her a bottle of Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray. Whether she’s an avid runner (like my mom), a makeup artist (like my sister-in-law), or simply has sensitive skin (like my Granny), I’m convinced that she’ll love this gift. Why not put together a special hamper of pampering treats so she can give herself an at-home facial whenever she needs a little me-time?

Eau Thermale Avène Micellar Lotion

This is the perfect micellar lotion for those with sensitive skins and eyes. It’s hypoallergenic (so your skin is less likely to react to it) and non-comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores), and it contains Avène’s thermal spring water for extra gentle care. It boasts a double-action formula with enhanced makeup removing power and an extra dose of hydration, so it won’t strip you skin or leave it feeling tight or dry.

Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Purifying Scrub

This is one of my favourite scrubs, for the simple fact that it’s so gentle and doesn’t strip or irritate my skin. It’s also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin types – but in my experience, anyone can use it. I have a normal to combination skin and I find that this offers just enough grit to slough away dead skin cells without stripping my skin’s moisture barrier, but it’s gentle enough for even my Granny to use (she has a very reactive skin type). It’s paraben-free, and it also contains Avène’s Thermal Spring Water (in fact, all of Avène’s formulations are based on the Thermal Spring Water).

Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Moisture Mask

Did you know that you absolutely must apply a face mask after you’ve exfoliated your skin? Well, now you do – and Avène’s Soothing Moisture Mask is the perfect candidate after a good scrub! Described as ‘a true moisture bath’, this super-nourishing mask is ideal for dry, dehydrated, irritated, sensitive, and even sunburnt skin. It immediately quenches parched, thirsty skin and leaves your complexion looking instantly more radiant and plumped up. It’s recommended that you apply this mask in a thick layer, then leave it to work it’s magic for 15 minutes before tissuing off, but I often leave it on overnight for an extra dose of moisture. Whether you wrap it up in a hamper along with other skincare goodies or simply pop it into her Christmas stocking, this is one gift that she’s bound to love!

Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream

One thing I’m fairly sure we’re all getting this Christmas? Wrinkles! Whether it’s from stress or too much time spent in the sun (perhaps even a couple more laugh lines, which I definitely don’t mind), you can help keep fine lines at bay with Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream. This lightweight formulation is fragrance-free, preservative-free, and it also boasts anti-irritating properties, so you can rest assured that it’s safe to use on even the most sensitive eyes. Another stocking filler favourite that she’ll be really thankful for (if you can manage to part with it, that is!)


I’ve partnered with Eau Thermale Avène to give one reader the chance to win all the pampering goodies mentioned above. Better yet? Entry is super-simple – the only difficult thing will be deciding whether to give this gift away or to keep it for yourself!

  • Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me which one of the Avène products mentioned above you’re most excited to try, and why! 

And that’s it – you’re entered to win!

If you’d like to rack up a couple of extra entries, you can do one (or all) of the following:

  • Find the Avène giveaway post over on my Instagram account, here, and follow the steps. 
  • Find the Avène giveaway post over on my Facebook page, here, and follow the steps. 
Entries close on Friday, 22 December 2017, and the winner will be announced on Monday, 25 December 2017 (that’s Christmas Day!) The prize will be sent out during the first two weeks of January 2018. Ts and Cs apply. Good luck! 

Photographs by Carien Rooseboom