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Ziba Blog Review of Avène's Shaving Foam And After-Shave Fluid

A Product Review For Guys: The Shaving Foam & After-Shave Fluid by Avène

January 27, 2013

This review is for the guys out there!

My boyfriend Oliver, who’s normally very indifferent to skincare, has agreed to help me write a review on these two quintessential grooming products for men: the shaving foam and the after shave.

I bought these Avène products for Oliver— ahem, correction, I swooped down on these Avène products when I saw that they were on sale because I thought Oliver could make good use of them.

Allow me to explain something… when Oliver shaved, his face and neck would always end up looking like a murder scene! I mean, it was a real bloody mess— especially his neck. Maybe it was the fact that he just always rushed through shaving. Or maybe it was the fact that he often bought his shaving cream from the grocery store and he never used after-shave. Either way, I wanted to find him something that would help him because all that blood from his shaving was just too awful to look at (I might have been more bothered about it than he was). Anyway, I was happy to find this Shaving Foam and After-Shave Fluid by Avène.

Avène is a very popular French skincare brand made by dermatologists. And by popular, I mean it’s everywhere. You can find it in every pharmacy here in France. The brand is synonymous with the Avène thermal waters used in all of its products, which has soothing properties to alleviate skin problems like inflammation and irritation.

Now let’s have a look at these products shall we? And then we’ll get to what Oliver and I thought of them.

Avène Shaving Foam & After-Shave Fluid For Men

Avène Shaving Foam (200 ml)

The Avène Shaving Foam is a light and creamy foam for sensitive to normal skin. Along with being paraben-free, it is hypoallergenic and non-comodogenic. Its purported benefits are the following: it contains triclosan, which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent, to purify the skin and decrease the bacterial risk from micro-cuts. It contains glycerin to moisturize and soften the upper layers of the skin. And of course, it contains the soothing, softening properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water in order to give skin a real feeling of comfort.
Usual price: 11 €

Avène After-Shave Fluid (75 ml)

The Avène After-Shave Fluid is a lightweight fluid used to help soothe irritation instantly and prevent bacterial risks from micro-cuts. The product is also paraben-free, hypoallergenic and non-comodogenic. Other purported benefits are that it repairs skin damaged from shaving, moisturizes the skin, controls sebum production and soothes the skin. It’s formulated for sensitive to normal skin.
Usual Price: 16.4 €

Avène Shaving Foam

Avène After-Shave Fluid

Avène Shaving Foam


Oliver’s thoughts:

The shaving foam is good consistency, not too liquid. The smell is subtle, almost indistinguishable… enough to suggest cleanliness and freshness. The foam gives me a smooth feeling while I’m shaving. It doesn’t overwhelm the razor and clog it, it’s solid enough to stick to the face and light enough to pass through the blades so you can get to your face and get to the hairs.

After I finish shaving, my face feels very fresh and clean. But not in an artificial way. Not like when you have toothpaste and it smells overwhelmingly pepperminty and you know they just loaded it with that smell and sensation–and you know it’s fake. But I like the smell and the feeling that I get from this foam. I get a fresh clean sensation with minimal to no stinging. The shaving foam starts the hydration process, which is then followed up by the aftershave.

The aftershave increases the real fresh sensation even more. The smell is slightly stronger, but still not overwhelming… just enough to suggest cleanliness. The aftershave hydration is great and reduces stinging if the skin happens to get nicked by the blade.

Overall, both products do the job well. It helps avoid cuts and harsh razor contact with the skin and also feels really hydrating for the skin.

My Thoughts:

You know, it has been a while since I last saw Oliver with blood streaming down his neck!

I do like the fact that these products leave him with a nice fresh smell, without the gross musky scent often used in men’s products which I find so offensive. It’s a clean smell, with just a light hint of masculinity.

The negative aspect of these Avène products is that they contain some questionable ingredients, like propane which can cause irritation and triclosan which may have toxic side effects like allergies and endocrine disruption.

While these Avène products are a real upgrade from the grocery store products that Oliver had been using, I am going to keep my eye out for other shaving products for men that contain less dubious ingredients. Hopefully, we’ll find some products that are clean, safe and will do as good of a job at helping Oliver get that clean, comfortable and blood-free shave.


So now, over to you my readers. I want to know…

If you’re a guy, what do you look for in shaving products? And if you’re a girl, would you buy these products for your dude?

p.s. I’m just bluffing in that photo. I didn’t shave my face, but I did get a tingly feeling from the foam! :p


Men Need to Care for their Skin too! Some Tips and Advice.

July 5, 2012

Recently, my articles on skin care might seem more relevant for women. But I would like to point out that men and women’s skin are not as different from each other as you would think. In other words, a lot of the information I’ve given so far on skin care also applies to men. Since our skin is a mirror for what’s going on inside our bodies, good health is rewarded with good skin. This is true for everyone, women and men.

I know a lot of men do not bother at all with skin care. But I’m saying that you should! If the health of your skin is related to your body’s health, having good skin can only mean that you are taking good care of your overall health too.

To the men out there, I’m saying, take care of your skin for the sake of your health. Not a good enough reason for you? How about the fact that your face is the first thing that people see when they meet you? First impressions do count. Also your skin may look fine today, but what about in the long run? Preventive skin care is an often overlooked consideration among men. Take small measures to protect and nourish your skin today. And years down the road your future self will thank you for it.

So how to begin.

Well, let’s start with this.

A Simple Guide to Taking Care of your Skin for Men :

1)   Wash Your Face
Very basic, but very true. You need to wash your face twice a day, once after getting up in the morning. And again before going to bed. But don’t over wash either. Actually, most men tend to wash their face only when they’re in the shower. And they use the same soap on their face that they use for everything else. Soap bars, especially deodorant soap, are too harsh on facial skin and can leave a residue. Avoid cheapy soap bars. Instead, find facial washes that are specifically made for gently cleansing the face.

2)   Use A Toner
Men have larger skin pores than women, which can easily get clogged with oil and dirt. Toners help to reduce the size of the pores as well as balance the skin’s PH. There are lots of products out there, and some which are naturally based toners such as floral waters. Not all products will suit your skin’s needs so it’s up to you to figure out which type is right for you.

3)    Moisturize
After shaving, cleansing and toning, your skin needs nourishment. Moisturizers are great for fighting against premature signs of aging. Since men’s skin tend to be more oily than women’s, only a light moisturizer is needed. Try to find a moisturizer that includes at least SPF 15. Which brings me to my next point….

4)  (IMPORTANT!) Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The sun is by far the leading cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Unless you’re a smoker and I’ll touch on that later too.  For now let’s just talk about the sun. Those who are outdoors a lot especially need to think about finding ways to protect their skin from the sun. Use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Wear a hat. Avoid peak hours of the sun when you can. Reapply sunscreen. These are habits that fall under preventive skin care. That’s what people have to understand. The benefits of preventive skin care are not immediate. It will only be years from now when you will be able to fully appreciate the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Other Tips for Men:

  • When you shave, don’t dry shave. Apart from the painful nicks and bloody cuts, dry shaving can also result in ingrown hair. Use gels, creams, or oils even if you are using an electric razor. And yes, lathering up with a cheapy bar of soap is much better than nothing.
  • If you’re a smoker, STOP SMOKING. This is true for women too. Smoking is very bad for your skin. Should I repeat myself again? Smoking is very bad for you. So stop smoking already.
  • If your skin tends to be prone to acne, don’t pop the pimples. Try to address the root of the problem by first analyzing your overall health, your diet and your lifestyle. I talk a lot about skin health and the importance of Balancing Your Cleansing System (Read Part I & Part II). So before turning to harsh chemical treatments, try this “inside out” approach.

I hope this was helpful!