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Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm, Cleansing Oil review & giveaway

Avene Xeracalm review

The products: Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm, and Eau Thermale/Thermal Spring Water

The technology behind Xeracalm

Avène (a.k.a. Eau thermale Avène, or “the itchy horse brand”!) has been making products for intolerant skin for years, but this month, they’re launching something just for those with dry skin. The Xeracalm A.D range, which is suitable for infants and adults with moderate to intensely dry skin (my entire life can be summed up in that statement, by the way) was created around “I-modulia®,” a new technology that took a whopping twelve years of research to create.

Avene Xeracalm A.D Cleansing Oil review

The Xeracalm A.D range, which is formulated with Avène’s classic thermal water as a key component, aims to reduce itching while soothing irritations and redness, offering both comfort and softening to the skin — something that those with very dry skin will recognize as a pretty rare find.

The Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Unlike other cleansing oils, the Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil is thick and almost “sticky,” and I was surprised to find out that it is NOT made to be a makeup removing oil (though it does that, too). Rather, it’s generously-sized and is designed to be used on wet skin at the sink, in the shower, or as a bath oil.

Avene Xeracalm Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil review

It feels most like a shower/bath gel, with a gentle lather and squeaky-clean (but not too stripping) finish. It cleanses well, but I found that this one really excelled as a bath/baby product. Think of it as a lipid-replenishing bath gel, not a cleansing oil, and definitely give it a try if you have generalized eczema, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis.

The Lipid-Replenishing Balm

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm is thin and non-sticky, for a balm! It’s manufactured in a completely sterile environment and is packaged in patent-protected packaging with a perfect hermetic seal, meaning that there are ZERO preservatives (not even trace amounts) in this product.

Avene Xeracalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm review

The Xeracalm Balm reminds me of a zinc cream, but with a texture more like body lotion: it’s very plain, very soothing, and perfect for skin prone to atopic dermatitis. This one is hard to squeeze out of the tube (so avoid it if you have arthritis in your hands or wrists) and not optimal for dehydration, but it will be perfect for you if you have reactive skin.

Or if you’re a baby. The literal kind — this is very well-suited to itchy babies’ skin.

Avene Xeracalm A.D review balm

The classic: Eau Thermale

I also had a chance to try the cult-favourite Avène Thermal Spring Water (proper name “Eau Thermale Avène Eau Thermale,” which I find to be endlessly hilarious) for this review, and I have to say: I really liked it! The full-sized bottle is enormous, and it dispenses a dense, light mist of calming spring water.

I don’t have an itchy-skinned horse to test this product on, but I do find it to be very soothing on my skin when it’s feeling particularly parched. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go — you might just find (like I did) that this one really does live up to the hype.

Avene Thermal Spring Water review

The giveaway

And now, the best part! One lucky Canadian reader of theNotice will win the ENTIRE Xeracalm A.d range by Avène — just enter using the givewaway widget below. Good luck (and good skin) to all of you!!

Avene Xeracalm A.D hermetically sealed packaging

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Made In Blog and produced in collaboration with Eau Thermale Avène. 


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  • Jennie

    I have always wanted to try this brand but hesitated. More than for me, I think it might be perfect for my daughter who has dry, sensitive and redness with which she struggles. Thanks for the review and regardless of the giveaway, I might finally just give this brand a try.

    • I hope the Xeracalm range helps sort out your daughter's skin, Jennie! And I would definitely say that the Thermal Water itself is worth having on hand, too — for either of you :) (They make really cute travel-sized bottles, if you just want to test it out for a little while!)

      Good luck with the giveaway :)

  • jenna

    after finally realizing that my skin was breaking out from products with fatty alcohols I started using avene a couple months ago and i'm definitely a convert. I always used to have maybe 1 or 2 bumps on my skin but now my skin is consistently clear. I've seen that GIANT (lol seriously that thing is huge!) can of thermal water at shoppers and was curious about it

    • It's sooooo big! Have you tried their Thermal Water yet, Jenna?

      • jenna

        I haven't! I'm waiting till tomorrow to go pick one up (gotta get those optimum points ;) ) just curious where do you use in in your skincare routine? E.g. right after cleansing on bare skin/after moisturizer etc.

        • Occasionally through the day whenever my face is bugging me, but usually after cleansing/before moisturizer :)

  • I would love to try the line since I have the occasional dry skin patch, but I am most interested in the thermal water, it sounds like it would help to calm my skin.

  • evo

    having eczema on and off my entire life, it's always good to try different creams/lotions for it.
    the last couple years have been more irritating (must be those hormones!) and the one from la roche posey has helped a lot. but always looking for something else

  • Amy Heffernan

    I would love to try this product to see if it will help with my dry skin! Thanks

  • Gene D

    I haven't seen this brand before. Would love to try

  • hmrcarlson

    My skin has had it rough with this cold winter weather. I would love to see if this would help.

  • Angela Mitchell

    I have really itchy skin during the winter so I'd love to see how this works for me.

    • This range sounds perfect for you then, Angela! Good luck! :)

  • Victoria Ess

    I want to try this as I have had the drying and itchiest skin this winter.

  • That cleansing oil sounds awesome – it seems like it could be a good alternative to the L'Occitane Shower Oil, but for sensitive skin. I wonder if it would help my eczema! I'll be on the lookout for this range, thank you for the review, Rae-whale!
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    • Yes, it's so good as a shower oil!! (Er, oil-gel. Gentle-oil). Sending you <3 <3 :)

  • Maria

    Hi Rae;

    Like yourself, I've been dealing with eczema since very young but has flared up since moving to my neck of the woods. Particularly bad during our cold, dry winter months. I'd love to try this range of products to see if they can relieve some of the symptoms. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    • Good luck, Maria! <3 I hope this range can help make your eczema clear up!

  • Jenn

    My skin has gotten considerably dry of the cold winter and my acne treatments so I think this would help hydrate and my skin a lot.

  • Lisa

    My skin acts up in the winter time, become dry and itchy. I would love to try this on it.

  • anna

    I do use the Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche cream in the winter. The Xeracalm line sounds like it would really help my winter ravaged, dry, dehydrated skin. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • lauren

    I have KP and extremely dry skin in the winter thats itchy and scaly. really want to try out the balm. thanks

  • Annabelle

    I actually don't think I have much of need for these products, but I have a sister that has eczema and would love to pass these on to her! Hopefully she'll have some success with them, as she currently uses a steroid oil that is incredibly fussy to use!

    • That is so nice of you, Annabelle :) Good luck!!

      PS: I'd definitely recommend trying pomegranate oil for her eczema; the Odacité one has been working wonders for me. Maybe something to sub in for the steroid oil when it's too much hassle!

  • bonnie

    I haven't tried their skincare before and would love to try it since I have sensitive skin. I did try their body wash when I had some skin reaction, and it was very gentle but cleansing. I loved it!

  • Jenny R

    I would really like to try this for my dry and itchy skin!

  • christinadragan

    Curious about the brand to begin with and I have sensitive dry skin especially around my eye area.

  • Yuen C

    I have really dry skin and this will help!