Review: Avene Anti-shine Purifying Lotion

hey dear readers! last Friday, i've shared with you in a video what products i use for my daily skincare regimen. today, i want to review in more detail the toner i mentioned there - Avene Cleanance Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion.

(its the one on the right)

What Avene says:
Astringent toner purifies skin and tightens pores without stinging or irritating sensation. Mattifying powders help absorb excess sebum and leave skin shine-free.

200 ml / 6.76 fl. oz.

- Oily, blemish-prone skin
- Visible shine
- Enlarged pores

Skin type:
- Oily, blemish-prone skin

- Astringent toner purifies skin and tightens pores without stinging or irritating sensation
- Helps regulate sebum secretion
- Bi-phase formula activates active ingredients by shaking
- Mattifying powders help absorb excess sebum and leave skin shine-free
- Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

How to use:
- Shake well before use.
- Apply AM/PM to the face with a cotton pad, after thoroughly cleansing with Avène Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser.

* Avène Thermal Spring Water (75%) - Anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, soothing and softening
* Cucurbita pepo extract  - Regulates sebum secretion
* Zinc gluconate - Purifies
* Salicylic acid - Exfoliates
* CTAB- Anti-bacterial
* Alcohol - Astringent, purifies. 10% concentration clinically proven to be the best tolerability / efficacy ratio
* Mattifying, anti-shine powders - Absorbs excess oil, mattifies

my thoughts:
- it did help to control my oilies, together with other oil-controlling products i use from the same line
- the powders that are shaken together with the toner solution does not come off grainy when put on cotton and patted on skin but mixes well with the toner solution, thus feels smooth on application
- lasts a long time (about 2 months already) so great bang for your buck
- very soothing and refreshing, did not irritate my sensitive skin at all
- it has a very light scent that's ever so calming, like fresh water
- i did notice my large pores got smaller
- plastic container is lightweight and the cap can be twisted left to right and vice-versa to reveal/hide the hole to dispense the product

overall, i really like this toner. i don't think i can come face to face with a toner that i will be totally gaga over for let's face it, it's function is to return the moisture to skin (depleted by cleansing), balance the pH level of skin and enable a moisturizer to get absorb easily and function better. i can say i'd be happy to recommend this to someone with oily skin like mine.

it's our church camp's 3rd day today and tomorrow we'll be leaving Malaysia after lunch. communing with God is awesome! what are you busy with today?

marvelous Monday to you all!

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