Where to purchase: Available at Look Fantastic: HERE
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!
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
Video: Texture Swatch
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.
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!
Video Face Swatch:
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
- 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)
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!
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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8 thoughts on “Review: SVR – SENSIFINE Aqua-Gel”
Hi, my skin is very oily and acne prone but at the same time is sensitive, is this suit for me? My skin sensitive to fungal acne ingredients. I want a moisturizer
Is this gel better for me or purito oat in calming or skin1004 cicaful calming gel?
Please recommend a fragrance free moisturizer suit my skin