Review: SVR – SENSIFINE Aqua-Gel

Where to purchase: Available at Look Fantastic: HERE

Price: £15

Volume: 40ml

Made in: France

What is it?: A Soothing Gel aimed at Sensitive/Sensitised Skins containing a ‘Minimalist’ formula of ingredients meant to Moisturise + Hydrate the Skin.

Brand Description: This 30% Aloe Vera + Panthenol Face gel is aimed at combination sensitive skins to both hydrate + cool the skin. This contains 8 Essential Ingredients to provide angry, irritated skin with protection. 12 Hour Comfort and Hydration is the objective of this product!

Supposedly Good for: Combination Sensitive Skin

What I think: Absolutely Agree! I do not think Dry skins (unless you mix this with a more emollient moisturiser like the Cream Version of this Product HERE) would find this good as it’s not emollient, but hydrating. So oily skins might also prefer this as well!

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Vegan?: Judging from the Ingredients list, this seems to be plant-based however SVR do not state that this is Vegan!

Cruelty Free?: SVR State that: ”We do not practice animal tests and thus respect the European regulations which prohibit the use of such methods.”

Packaging: Plastic Tube with a Pump and a Lid – Very good and easy to use! Also the packaging, SVR state, is reduced-plastic packaging.

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Directions: Apply in the AM / PM over the Face + Neck. Can also be used as a Makeup Primer.

NOTE: This can be used in conjunction with the Sensifine Creme (Emollient, so it pairs well with this more Hydrating Gel) (Link).

How I use it: I use this if/when the skin is sensitised (and everything stings). But I do not reach for this if the skin is in a normal condition as I’d prefer to use the First Aid Beauty Coconut Gel or the Dr G Red Blemish Balm if I’m using a Gel (bit more of a ”luxurious” formula/sensation). I apply this in the PM after Serums. I apply all over the face and neck. If I want some more emollients, I mix this with the Krave Great Barrier Relief Serum (Review HERE).

Key Ingredients: Glycerin: Natural Moisturiser + Skin-Identical. Important for the maintenance of the Skin’s Barrier. Panthenol: Soothing, anti-inflammatory and Moisturising. Aloe Leaf Juice Powder is the Freeze-Dried Version of Aloe Leaf Juice but is still soothing + moisturising.

Full Ingredients: AQUA/WATER/EAU (Hydrating), GLYCERIN (Emollient), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL (Humectant, draws moisture in), ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER (Moisturises + Soothes), PANTHENOL (Soothes + Maintains the Skin’s barrier), ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (Gel Texture), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (Gives the skin a soft finish), SODIUM HYDROXIDE (Adjusts the pH level to keep it close to the skin’s pH + reduce irritation)

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

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Video: Texture Swatch

Hopefully you can see the Gel-like Texture!

Texture: The Brand State that this product reduces Skin Discomfort upon application – I would agree with this statement! They also state that the skin feels moisturised – I would say Hydrated but not very Moisturised (Need some Emollients/Cream On Top if you have Dry Skin). They also state that this product offers an Immediate Sensation of Freshness – I would also agree! I think this cools and soothes the skin upon touching.

This does have a very basic gel texture. It’s not a luxurious, pleasurable application BUT that’s not what I’m looking for when my skin is very stingy and sensitised.

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Hopefully you can see how this gel spreads along the skin. It’s transparent and softens and smooths out the skin. I can understand why this is also recommended as a makeup primer. It’s definitely got that fresh feeling when applied onto the skin. It doesn’t smell amazing i.e. I get that very strong aloe scent but unscented is a much better choice for sensitised skins. Also, this product is not sticky or tacky!

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Video Face Swatch:

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Fragrance?: No added fragrance + or EO – Quite a STRONG scent of Aloe Juice, so if you like the scent of Aloe, then you’ll like this!

Good Under Makeup?: Yes it’s fine 🙂

How long have I been using this?: About 3 months

The Effect?: Soothed + Redness-Reduced Skin as well as Hydrated Skin (not Moisturised really due to the lack of Emollients). I would recommend the Sensifine Creme if you want to use both as a Duo: 1 to provide the hydration and the other to provide the emollients, but that product is more suited for Dry Sensitive/Sensitised Skins (Link).

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Hydrating
  • I can use this on sensitised skin (i.e. heavy Retinol Use / Facial Shaving)
  • Great Pump Packaging + lid (easy to travel with)
  • Fine under makeup

What I don’t like:

  • Not very emollient/Moisturising
  • Quite a basic texture (get’s the job done)

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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (Nearly 3.9)/5 – This isn’t a product I reach for UNLESS I have Irritated/Sensitised Skin because it’s a very basic gel. But, when I do have Irritated/Sensitised Skin, I reach for this almost immediately alongside the Skin1004 Centella Ampoule and/or the Inkey List Snow Mushroom Moisturiser. I took a point away as it’s not emollient/Moisturising enough so I do have to add a moisturiser on top (like the Krave GBR). This definitely soothes the skin, hydrates it and helps with redness. I like the minimalist formula and inclusion of panthenol. This is a non-offensive product!

Would I repurchase?: Yes! It’s not a product I reach for when the skin isn’t sensitised, but it’s a necessity when it is!

Dupe?: The Inkey List Snow Mushroom Gel Moisturiser is a Dupe in terms of the texture + how it works (i.e. aimed at sensitive skins) – My review is HERE. But personally, I like to use these two together for added soothing. If you want to see the Texture of the Snow Mushroom or a Review of other Moisturisers, then watch the Youtube Video Below!

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My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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