Avene PhysioLift Night and PhysioLift Eyes are rich and nourishing products designed to smooth and regenerate delicate skin
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When I turned 40, I decided that I needed to start taking better care of my skin. In my teens and twenties I’d been able to fall into my bed at 3am, make-up in place, and still head into work the next morning with my skin looking clear and fresh.
But those days are long gone. Now I find that my skin definitely needs a bit more TLC if I want it to look its best.
And that’s the key thing for me – I want my skin to look its best. I don’t want to turn back time, I don’t want to look 10 years younger, and I don’t even want to look ‘good for my age’.
I want to grow older like Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon – they don’t look stretched or botoxed, they just look good. And I want my skin to look as good as possible right now.
Some brands seem to miss this point entirely and keep hammering home the anti-ageing, erase the years message. Why would I want to erase the years? These lines have all been earned, through good times and bad!
So the message that Avene are trying to put across with their PhysioLift range is really refreshing. Rather than trying to turn back time, they are concentrating on the specific needs that skin has as we get older.
Research they have carried out shows that 52% of women have sensitive skin, while 55% of women feel that many anti-ageing products are just too harsh for their skin. Avene are seeking to address these specific issues, and going about it in a way that avoids the negative rhetoric that the ‘anti-ageing’ industry promotes.
So if you’re looking for skincare to pamper sensitive 40+ skin, read on for my review of Avene Physiolift Night and Avene Physiolift Eyes.
Avene PhysioLift Anti-ageing Skincare
Research carried out by Avene showed that 55% of women feel that many anti-ageing products are too harsh for their skin. The Avene PhysioLift range* is suitable for all skins, but it is especially suitable for sensitive skin.
Both of the PhysioLift products that I tried out are packaged in silver and white pump dispensers. I love the clean lines of the Avene packaging, and pump dispensers are usually my preferred packaging for skin creams.
It’s also the best packaging for products containing retinol, as it helps to protect the active ingredient from air and sunlight. These can both can cause it to degrade.
By the way, I was also sent a can of the Avene Thermal Water spray* which is just gorgeous. I’ve been using it to soothe and refresh my skin after exfoliation, and there are a multitude of other ways you can use it.
And it’s a regular feature in my handbag when the weather starts to warm up!
Both the PhysioLift Night and PhysioLift Eyes are supplied in pump dispensers which release just the right amount with each pump. The silver, white and orange of the PhysioLift packaging looks clean and crisp, very elegant.
One minor quibble I have is that I would have preferred it if the word ‘anti-ageing’ had not appeared on the packaging. It seems to fly in the face of all the work that Avene have been doing.
Avene PhysioLift Night
Avene PhysioLift Night* is designed to increase skin firmness, reduce deep wrinkles and refresh the skin. It is a smoothing, regenerating night balm, and contains a number of anti-ageing ingredients.
These anti-ageing ingredients include Ascofiline to help correct loss of firmness and Hyaluronic Acid to replump the skin. Retinaldehyde helps to smooth fine lines and regenerate the skin, and HMC illuminates the skin.
The balm has quite a mild scent, and feels rich but rubs into the skin quite easily.
Avene PhysioLift Eyes
Avene PhysioLift Eyes* is designed to tighten the skin around the eyes, reduce puffiness and improve the appearance of dark circles.
Like PhysioLift Night, it contains Ascofiline, Hyaluronic Acid and Retinaldehyde. It also contains Dextran Sulfate which has a decongesting effect.
Again, this has a mild scent and feels very rich for an eye cream. Avene tell me that the cream is designed to act like a masque, staying in place in the area where it’s needed.
Both of these products contain retinol, so they are not suitable for use by pregnant women. It also means they should be used at night, as exposing the skin to sunlight after use could result in sensitivity.
The packaging also advises that you may experience tingling after using the products at first. If this happens, you should leave longer between applications.
I’ve never used any retinol-based products before, and did find that I had a little tingling at first. My skin began to feel quite dry and a little flaky, and so I used the PhysioLift creams on alternate nights only.
After a few days, my skin settled down and I was able to use them every night.
Avene PhysioLift Review
I found that both Avene Physiolift products moisturised my skin, and left it feeling and looking very smooth and clear.
I particularly like the PhysioLift Eyes, which feels like it’s moisturising the area effectively. It isn’t doing much for the deep laughter lines that I’ve accumulated over the years. But to be honest, I don’t think anything other than surgery would do anything for those.
And as I said, I don’t want to erase the years!
I definitely recommend trying the Avene PhysioLift range if you feel your skin has started to need a little extra care at night. I think the pricing is very reasonable for products of this quality.