[Video] Is it Good?: Aveeno Face – Calm + Restore Range – Swatches + Review

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In this Video I will be discussing a New Skincare Range from the brand: Aveeno! It’s their new Calm + Restore range which is fragrance and essential oil free and is aimed at Sensitive and Dry Skins! However, there are a few products here that I think Oily and Combination Skins could use, ESPECIALLY sensitised skins and those on heavy retinoid use.  

The range is basically like one Full Skincare routine as it includes a Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser and Serum!

If you want to add an eye product, especially if you have dry sensitive skin, then I would recommend the Indeed Labs Eyesilix which also provides well-ageing care (my full review is linked down below) or the La Roche Posay Toleriane eye cream which I’ve also been trialing and is also lovely!

What these products have in common and what is a common thread with Aveeno is that they contain Oat Powder; the proper name is Avena Sativa Kernel, which I think you can guess where Aveeno go their name from! The prebiotic Oat used is meant to encourage healthy bacteria growth on the skin thus reinforcing the skin’s barrier and reducing the chance of inflammation.

The reason why Aveeno uses Oat is because it has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which is perfect for Irritated and Sensitised Skin. It also provides some moisture which is why these products are positioned more towards dry skins however I would honestly say at least combination skins could use these products.

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First up is the Aveeno Face Calm and Restore Cleanser (£7.99 for 200ml)

This is a Non-Foaming, almost jelly-like Cleanser that aims to remove dirt and oil from the skin WHILE keeping it soothed, Hydrated + Nourished and NOT Stripping the skin of important Skin oils and Hydration.

You’re supposed to apply 1-2 pumps of this onto wet skin and massage gently, washing off the product with lukewarm water and in case the skin is sensitised; pat dry WITHOUT rubbing.

This can be used twice daily both in the AM and PM, following with a lotion or toner in the next step which will be discussed later.

Key ingredients include the aforementioned Oat Flour which is Soothing and a Skin-protecting Antioxidant. Other Ingredients include: Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf and Stem Juice which is also soothing!

Glycerin, Pentylene and Butyelene Glycol are included Moisturisers and Humectants.

The texture of this is very similar to the Geek and Gorgeous Jelly Joker which I reviewed in a previous video, link below. It has that jelly consistency and easily spreads along the skin, it almost feels like a cream. When water is applied, this does not foam up or really even emulsify; it just sort of comes on and comes off; but this can dissolve SPF.

I personally wouldn’t use this as a first cleanse to dissolve makeup, but it could be a sufficient second cleanser in a double cleanse.

I think this would be a gentle AM cleanser just to remove light dirt and oil from the night before; and I would especially recommend this for those who have sensitised and irritated skin.  

I also appreciate that this does NOT dry out the skin, it definitely keeps moisture in the skin and after cleansing, my skin doesn’t have that tight, squeeky-clean feeling.

The scent of this is simple; it smells of oat flour, so it’s non-offensive.

I think overall Dry Skins would prefer this over Oily Skins. I have skin that gets easily dehydrated so this kind of gentle cleanser really works for me, but I do think those with oily skins may prefer something more like the Jelly Joker that is still gentle but cleanses a bit more efficiently.


Next up is a toner which in this case is the Aveeno Calm + Restore – Soothing Oat Toning Lotion!

Now this is a hybrid hydrating toner and lotion aimed to help prepare the skin for the serum and then moisturiser by levelling out the skin’s pH and hydrating it.

You can apply with the fingertips and can also use it by swiping with a cotton pad to remove excess makeup residue, dirt and oil.

The Key Ingredient in here is Oat Flour which is soothing as well as Chrysanthemum Juice or feverfew, which provides antioxidant protection and also helps soothe the skin  

In terms of the texture, it is actually very similar to the cleanser with that almost jelly feeling, however it is runnier and has a more watery consistency. It simply slides down the hand, but make no mistake this is quite a thick toner, hence why Aveeno have called it toning-Lotion Hybrid.

This definitely does hydrate the skin, it does form as ort of film on top of the skin once it has dried down so be careful not to rub the skin as it might ball up. It doesn’t have a sticky finish but it does feel slightly tacky and does require a moisturiser on top. When it dries down it almost has that sort of tightening feeling like when a film is forming on the skin.

In terms of the scent, like the cleanser; this has a faint oat smell, it’s almost a vanilla-like scent.

I do think Dry skins would prefer this over oily skins. It’s hard to include a dupe as this does have a unique texture, but if you’re looking for a toner with oat then the aforementioned First Aid Beauty Wild Oat Toner is a good sister! However, I would not recommend that specific toner to sensitised skins due to the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid.

So, after applying your toner or lotion, then you can then move onto a calming and soothing serum which is the Aveeno Calm + Restore triple Oat Serum! (£14.99 for 30ml). 

Serums are meant to be more concentrated, so this contains 3 types of Oat Extracts aka an Oat Complex to help calm down inflamed skin. This also includes Feverfew which contains antioxidants, just to add another layer of protection for the skin against environmental stressors. 

This serum is designed to both smoothe, soothe and fortify the skin’s moisture barrier.

In terms of the texture: This is lightweight and actually pretty fast-absorbing. It’s liquidy and runs down the hand, so you know you’re getting some hydration there too. The finish is lightweight and not greasy or oily.

I think all skin types could use this, my combination enjoys using this whatever season.


Last but not least is the Aveeno Calm and Restore – Oat Gel Moisturiser!

This moisturiser aimed at sensitive skins, can be used both in the AM and PM.

It’s meant to restore and promote the skin’s barrier and comes in a jar with a screw top lid.

Containing Prebiotic Oat or Oat Flower and Extract, and Calming Feverfew Flower, Leaf and Stem Juice; this cream aims to both nourish the skin while providing moisture and reducing inflammation.

In terms of the texture, this product has some silicones in there which gives this a lightweight, almost pudding-like texture and does not feel heavy on the skin even though it has some weight to it, the skin still feels like it can breathe.

This doesn’t take ages to absorb into the skin, and is easy to massage and spread around; you can feel that soothing sensation while massaging this in.

It is more moisturising than it is hydrating on the skin, but paired with the hydrating serum underneath, it’s a great duo of Hydration and moisture!

I would say with this cream however, don’t rub the skin after applying just to avoid any possible potential balling up.

Overall, I do think this gel cream is great and all skin types could use it, especially sensitive and sensitised skins. I do think Dry skins would prefer this over oily skins but my combination skin loves this in the winter!

A good dupe would be the Krave Oat so Simple Water Cream which also contains Oat and is great for Sensitised skins. My Full Review with swatches is linked below.

So overall, these products are very basic, but they do the job which is cater towards sensitive and sensitised skins, providing effective relief, moisture and hydration to the skin when you cant really put anything else on the skin. It’s not going to change the skin massively, but it will help soothe and heal the skin’s barrier.

Overall I enjoy all the products, my main issue is with the lotion or toner as that  has had sever balling up and layering issues for me however it does seem to work well if I’m ONLY using these products from the range on my skin, there’s less layering issues and they sit more cohesively together, if you start mixing and matching from other ranges, that’s when the lotion especially gets a bit fussy.

But overall I would recommend the range!

So that’s my Review of the Products! I hope you enjoyed it and if you did; please give this video a big old thumbs up, subscribe today and I’ll see you in the next one, Bye!


Products Filmed:

  • AVEENO Face Calm and Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser – Blog Review: LINK / US: LINK / World Wide: LINK / LINK / LINK


Products Mentioned:

Krave Beauty – Oat So Simple Cream (Review + Swatches): LINK

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: Worldwide: LINK / Look Fantastic UK: LINK / Beauty Bay: LINK

First Aid Beauty Wild Oat Toner: (Swatches + Review): LINK

Indeed Eyesilix II: (Review + Swatches): LINK / Ulta: LINK

LA ROCHE-POSAY Toleriane Ultra Soothing Eye Cream: LINK

Videos Mentioned:

First Aid Beauty Brand Review + Swatches:

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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