If you're on the hunt for highly effective skincare products that are affordable, Nuxe and Avene are two brands you should definitely consider checking out.
In this guide, we'll be exploring and comparing their best-sellers side-by-side, and hopefully by the end of it you will have found your next holy grail!
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Nuxe vs Avene Oil
Topical use of oils on the skin, especially oils high in essential fatty acids, are well proven to benefit all skin types. Modern diets that are lacking in essential fats, skin exposure to environmental stresses like air-conditioning and heating, not drinking enough water, drinking too much dehydrating coffee and alcohol, can result in skin that is crying out for additional nourishment and protection.
Best overall oil
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a 98% natural dry oil that offers a luxurious hydrating experience for your skin, both body and face. It can also be used on your hair to help it look soft and sleek without making it greasy. It has a soft rose scent that customers - including ourselves - describe as “lovely” and “pleasant”.
The oil contains mostly plant-based oils and vitamin E, combined with a dry texture that helps it absorb into your skin completely, leaving a soft velvety finish. The oils that are in it are Tsubaki oil, Almond oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil, Borage oil, Hazelnut oil, and Macadamia Nut oil.
In online reviews, customers call the Nuxe dry oil their “holy grail” of skincare products because of how well it hydrates, how fast it absorbs, and the fact that it’s multi-purpose. After reading reviews for both the Nuxe oil and the Avene oil, it seems as though the Nuxe oil absorbs more completely to give a hydrated yet “dry” finish.
For an all over nourishing experience for your skin, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is an excellent choice.
The Avene body oil is formulated to soothe and nourish ultra-dry skin. It hydrates with Camelina, Shea and Safflower oils and just like Avene’s other products, it contains Avene Thermal Spring Water. The website claims the oil is non-sticky and non-greasy while providing long lasting hydration.
Despite being an oil, it won’t clog your pores, as it is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, paraben free, alcohol free and vegan.
Customers love the lightweight feel and the soft scent. They say that it relieves the itching of extra dry skin and keeps their skin moisturized all day long. The claims that it absorbs quickly also seem to be true, as most customers say that it didn’t leave any residue on their clothing or sheets shortly after applying it.
Nuxe vs Avene Cleanser
As the first step in a skincare routine, cleanser holds an important job of ridding your skin of oils, makeup, bacteria, and environmental factors it collects on its surface throughout the day or evening (gross, I know). It preps your skin so that the next products in your skincare line up can be properly absorbed, and therefore more effective.
Best overall cleanser
The main active ingredients of the Nuxe Cleansing Gel are honey and sunflower oil and it’s formulated for very dry or sensitive skin. The gel is made in France and is able to be used on both your face and body. It removes makeup and cleanses in one simple step, with a soft honey scent.
The customer reviews are a bit confusing. On the Nuxe site there are mainly positive reviews, raving about the pleasant scent and moisturizing properties. Some describe it as a “spa experience in a bottle”. The texture and feel of the foaming gel was another element about it that customers love. However, we did find a site with quite a few negative reviews. The latest review on there is 4 years old, so the formula may have been updated to provide a more pleasant experience since then.
It contains 90% naturally derived ingredients, is alcohol, paraben and phthalate free, but because of the honey, is not vegan.
The Avene Eau Thermale Cleansing Foam has a mattifying effect, which the website claims helps your pores to look smaller and gives your skin a beautiful velvety texture.
It can also be used as a makeup remover and the website says it’s gentle enough for use around the eyes.
The biodegradable formula has a fairly short ingredients list with simple, yet effective ingredients.
The star ingredient is Avene Thermal Spring Water. What's that? It’s an active spring water that is sourced by the Avene laboratories and contains the mico-flora Aquaphilus Dolomiae and is known for it’s soothing and anti-irritant properties. It also contains Glutamic Acid to help balance your skin’s production of sebum and Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate as a gentle cleanser.
The reviews we found were mostly positive, saying that it smells great, cleanses makeup effectively, and hydrates enough that their skin doesn't feel tight or dry after using it. Some reviews say it even helped clear up minor breakouts with consistent use.
Nuxe vs Avene Moisturizer
We all know that moisturizing is a critical step in our skincare routines. Proper hydration can strengthen your skin barrier, slow aging, increase efficacy of your other skincare products, and prevent acne and other skin conditions. To put it simply, you need a moisturizer, and you need a good one.
Best daily moisturizer
Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute boasts 48-hour moisturization that soothes and protects the skin against pollution. It is formulated for sensitive and dry skin and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and 95.2% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
The active ingredient is an Algae extract from the Baltic Sea that helps your skin retain its moisture, and contains extracts of Almond and Orange White Flowers, and Allantoin to help soothe your skin.
It’s scented with Petitgrain, Orange Blossom and Cedar. The reviews vary on the scent; some customers absolutely love it, while others find it overwhelming. If you tend to be sensitive to scents, you may not like it as much.
The cream contains a combination of 7 plant milks (acacia, blonde pea, green tea, almond, oat, coconut, soya) and hyaluronic acid to nourish and hydrate your skin. Online reviews agree that it is very moisturizing. Customers talk about how rich and thick of an Emollient it is. Most people love that about it, but a few do say that it's too thick to be able to wear under any makeup. One review said that they appreciate how the cream "melts" into their skin and leaves it with a velvety feel all day.
Avene's unscented creamy moisturizer is fast absorbing, highly hydrating, and won’t clog your pores. It is formulated to restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide 24 hour antioxidant protection.
It contains a patented Cohederm hydrating complex that helps the thermal spring water diffuse into your skin effectively, restoring its suppleness and softness. It also comes in a BB tinted version to use it as a tinted moisturizer!
Avene Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream has a few very effective ingredients on it’s ingredients list, including safflower oil and organic shea butter for intense hydration, and Avene’s unique Thermal Spring Water (contained in hydration boosting microspheres to time release it) to restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier and soothe your skin.
The cream is paraben, soy, and gluten free, as well as vegan. It’s also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
In the online reviews, customers say they appreciate the rich texture, and that a little goes a long way. The claims that it is ultra-hydrating appear to be true, almost every review mentions how moisturized their skin feels. A couple of the reviews said that they didn’t feel like it absorbed properly, but also said they had more of a combination to oily skin to begin with. The cream seems to be very effective for dry to very dry skin and is recommended by customers as an excellent winter moisturizer.