In Europe, big cross signs mark apothecary stores that carry not only medicines but various French skincare products as well. Every time I see an apotheek, my heart races a little and I can't help but want to browse the selection. Almost every apotheek caries La Roche Posay, Vichy, Avene but some even have Bioderma, Nuxe, Phyto and more. Many of the products I can easily find stateside at CVS or Duane Reade but the prices are generally better in Europe, especially in France, and some products are not available stateside.
The apothecary nearest to me had various Avene travel pouches for only a few euros so I was obviously intrigued. I have been wanting to trial some Avene products for quite some time and I reasoned that the sample moisturizers would be great to bring with me to Germany for a few days.
Only a few of the products overlapped so I have a lot of new goodies to test out! The moisturizers and masks are very small 5ml containers that are good for weekend usage while the cleansers and thermal water are generous 50ml sizes that can last perhaps one or two weeks.
As another bonus, the inserts in each kit are also coupons that pretty much cancel out the price of the kits. So if I purchase an Avene product, I pretty much scored a kit for free! I think this is quite genius for both the company and the consumer and wish that more brands did this.
What are your favorite products from Avene? Any recommendations for oily, dehydrated skin?