Review: Avene Cleanance K Cream-gel

great Friday morning to yah! can't believe it's the end of another week as i just got back to work yesterday haha.

i realized i've not said much about my church camp to Malaysia recently and i just want to share some of the highlights quickly. as much as i've enjoyed and learned from the enthusiastic and encouraging teachings, i've also loved the bonding moments brought by the recreation time when we played various games (ala Minute to Win It), spent free time swimming and get dressed and totally made up for the special night, when everyone wore their best dresses and suits! indeed, it was refreshing not only spriritually but emotinally as well. i think most of our pictures are at my hubby's Canon DSLR so i'll let him sort it our first then i'll share some especially those of the special night. (^_^)

some of you commented about my makeup and nail polish used on my current skincare regimen video - thanks so much! if you are interested in knowing, here is the breakdown of makeup i used (as far as i can remember that is!):

Dr. Jart Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Balm
Joppa Full Coverage Medium Light #3 foundation
Joppa Sheer Original Finishing Silk (setting powder)
MAC Hot Paprika of Styledriven Collection (inner and middle lid)
MAC Satin Taupe of Passions of Red (2008 Holiday Collection) Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes palette (outer lid)
Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph (brows)
ZA Impact Lash Wide Eyes mascara
Dolly Wink No. 4 falsies
Sleek Pomegranate (cheeks)
Burt Bee's Repleneshing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
MAC Cremesheen Gloss in Creme Anglaise
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (nails)

haha i think i got a bit sidetracked already lol. today's post is another installment to the Avene review series. may i highlight that this is my most loved Avene skincare product from everything that i own! (^_^)

swatch and review after the jump!

What Avene says:
Daily treatment helps eliminate clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion. Non-irritating formulations clinically proven to change the pattern of cycle causing acne breakouts, reduce excess sebum, and restore skin’s balance.

40 ml / 1.35 fl. oz.

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

Skin type:
- Oily, blemish-prone skin

- pH of 3.5 for maximum exfoliation without irritation
- Helps minimize oil and purifies the skin
- Oil-absorbing micro-capsules provide a matte finish
- Creates thinner, smoother upper layer of skin and improves elasticity of the skin
- Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

How to use:
- Apply PM after thoroughly cleansing with Avène Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser.  If bothersome tingling occurs, reduce frequency of application accordingly.

* Avène thermal spring water (50%) - Soothes and softens
* Glycolic acid + Lactic acid - Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate
* Salicylic acid - Beta Hydroxy Acid exfoliates
* Cucurbita pepo extract (Pumpkin seed oil) - Regulates sebum secretion
* Zinc gluconate - Purifies
* Chamomile (Alpha-bisabolol) - Soothes
* Oil-absorbing powders - Mattifying action for a shine-free finish

my thoughts:
- the consistency is creamy and gets absorbed fairly quickly, like the Avene Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion
- this blends out clearly, so no white cast whatsoever
- i've been using this for 2 months and i've not had breakouts since! i actually have some now but it's because i've been trying new skincare here and there (ugh!) but still this product prevent those bumps from further surfacing, isn't that amazing?!
- when i first tried this, i felt a bit of tingling sensation which was to be expected but it didn't break me out. eventually, my skin got used to it and responded very well, making any pimple subside in 1-2 days! even those trying to surface bumps have not succeeded! mwahahaha! ok that's going a bit far :p
- my skin felt a lot smoother and pimple-free since i've used this!
- i noticed that i have fewer blackheads and clogged pores by using this!
- i like the packaging, it's in a squeeze tube form like the Avene Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion
- the scent is a bit similar to vinegar (sour smelling) but i don't mind as it's not that overpowering and over a period of time i got used to it
- easily available at Watsons and Guardian drugstores in Singapore

in summary, i love love love this product! i never thought i'd come across a product that will help me clear my pimples and occassional breakouts on a long-term basis! i highly recommend this product if you are looking into getting something that will help you with your oily and sensitive skin and a maintenance product to keep pimples/acne at bay!

have you found any HG acne-buster product? please do share, i want to know!

pamper yourself this weekend ladies to look forward to another fruitful week ahead! (^_^)

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