Review: Aveeno – Face Calm and Restore – Nourishing Oat Cleanser

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Price: £7.99

Volume: 200ml

Made in: Greece

What is it?: A Gel Cleanser catered towards Sensitive Skins.

What does it do?: Remove dirt and oil while soothing the skin and keeping it hydrated.

Supposedly Good for: Normal to Dry, Sensitive Skin.

What I think: I would agree! Sensitised Skins + Those on Heavy Retinol would enjoy this cleanser. This is also good for those who are prone to tightness + dehydration. Dry skins who want to try out a gel cleanser may enjoy.


Youtube Video: Swatching + Reviewing the Aveeno Face Calm + Restore Range

Vegan?: No

Cruelty Free?: Aveeno sell in China which may request testing on animals.

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a pump lid. It also turns to open and close. I’d still be a little scared to travel with this, in case the nozzle turns to ”open” and it squirts everywhere in my bag.

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Directions: ”Apply 1-2 pumps onto wet skin and massage. If the Skin is irritated/sensitised then pat dry and do not rub the skin. This can be used in the AM + PM. Follow up with the rest of the Sensitive Skin Range.”

How I use it: I use this in the PM to simply dissolve and wash off my SPF. It takes me 2-3 pumps to get this both onto my face and neck. I only lightly wet my skin as I find this becomes slippier/harder to massage, the wetter the skin/product gets. If I was removing makeup, I would use this as a second cleanse.

Key Ingredients: Prebiotic Oat (promotes good bacterial growth on the skin) + Calming Feverfew.

What is Feverfew? Real Name: ”Chrysanthemum Pathenium” – A Flower. This product contains the Flower/Leaf and Stem Juice, which is a conditioning antioxidant – so it’s a soothing ingredient.

Why Oat? What components of Oat are used in Skincare?:

  • Oat Extract/Essence (I.e. Avena Sativa Kernel Extract is what’s used in here): Is a Liquid made by the Oat Plant. It contains ”Avenanthramides” which are compounds that sooth and provide the skin with antioxidant protection.
  • Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena Sativa Kernel Flour) – A powder made from grinding oats. This has moisturising effects (helps prevent water loss). AND helps support healthy microorganism growth found on the skin.
  • Oat Oil (Avena Sativa Kernel Oil): Taken from the Oat Grain – this is normally high in lipids (fatty compounds) which are found in the skin’s barrier.
  • Ceramides (Ceramide 3): Ceramides are fatty ingredients found in the skin’s barrier and help prevent water loss in the skin.

Full Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Flour, Polysorbate 20, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Zea Mays Starch, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Creamy Gel Cleanser. No this does not foam up, and it also doesn’t emulsify when cleansing the skin and adding water. It doesn’t feel ridiculously sticky and tacky on the skin, but this is a cleanser so there is a slight tackiness if left on dry skin. This actually has a very similar texture to the Toner/Lotion (slightly thicker).

  • As you can see, this comes out in a transluscent blob that does run down the hand. There is no scent to it.
  • As you can see when rubbing, this has a Gel texture. It doesn’t randomly start balling up, but remains a fresh gel on the skin. It also becomes more transparent.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No! Hence why this is recommended to sensitive + sensitised skin.

Summer or Winter?: Both Seasons! Dry skins in the summer and all skin types in the Winter!

Stings the eyes?: No.

Does this emulsify?: No. It turns quite thin so it’s easier to wash off (i.e. slippery). And no, this doesn’t foam up.


Video Swatch:

Fragrance?: No added Fragrance and/or EO. This simply has a subtle smell of oat powder.

Good at Removing Makeup?: No. I wouldn’t use this as a first cleanse or use it dissolve makeup entirely. It could be used as a second cleanser, but it would be hard to remove waterproof makeup with this. I would recommend this more for those who are finding it hard to use cleansers due to a damaged skin barrier and/or people who only wear SPF and want to remove that.

Good at Removing SPF?: Yes it seems to be fine with dissolving SPF.

How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: 2-3 more months.

The Effect?: Gently cleansed skin (the skin does not feel tight or dry after cleansing). No squeaky-clean feeling. Didn’t irritate or worsen my skin. NOTE: I wouldn’t call this a moisturising or hydrating cleanser like an Oil Cleanser would be, but this doesn’t seem to tighten the skin further.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Works on Sensitised Skin
  • Didn’t sting or irritate the skin
  • Didn’t strip the skin of moisture
  • 200ml for £7.99 isn’t bad!

What I don’t like:

  • Not that great at makeup removal / dissolving (So I have to double cleanse)
  • I would have liked it if it emulsified/turned milky (would have improved cleansing capability but I understand they want this to be as non-stripping as possible)
  • Not as Hydrating/Moisturising as stated (But it doesn’t strip the skin!)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A decent, gentle cleanser! It’s not the most hydrating and/or moisturising product, but it definitely doesn’t irritate/sting or worsen the skin’s condition. I enjoy gentle cleansers like this, as I don’t get that tight feeling with it. I love the inclusion of Oat Extract which is soothing, as well as Feverfew. It’s definitely aimed at those with a damaged skin barrier, but I really appreciate how it doesn’t tighten my skin up after cleansing. It removes my SPF just fine, I wouldn’t depend on it for makeup removal, but I think for the price, this has been a decent, gentle, non-foaming Gel cleanser!

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would. But if I had to choose between this or the Cerave Non-Foaming Hydrating Cleanser, then I think I would go for the Cerave (I prefer a creamier/milky feeling).

Dupe?: The Cerave Non-Foaming Hydrating Cleanser: Look Fantastic or Beauty Bay OR the Laneige Cream Skin Milk in Oil Cleanser: Yesstyle or Stylevana.

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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