Skincare Ingredients A-Z

Ingredient labels can be confusing and overwhelming. At Avène, our goal is to clear up ingredient confusion and simplify solutions for common skin concerns. The more you know, the better you understand which products - cleansers, moisturizers, serums and more - will be right for your skin.

Here you'll find the ingredients (common and not-so-common) behind Avène's skin-soothing formulas, their benefits and where you can find them.

Avène Thermal Spring Water

Clinically shown by 150 studies to soothe, soften and calm the skin. Our Thermal Spring Water is the primary ingredient in every product. You can learn more about where it's from and what it does here.

Bakuchiol

A plant-derived alternative to Retinol helps correct visible signs of aging and helps define the facial contour. Find it in our RetrinAL Advanced Correcting Serum.

C+ - RestoreTM

Postbiotic restorative ingredient, rich in proteins to help skin restoration. Find it in our Cicalfate collection1.

Camelina Oil

Helps restore the skin barrier. Find it in our Skin Care Oil, Moisturizing Melt-in Balm and Gentle Scrub.

Cohederm

Patented lipidic trio that helps restore cohesive barrier and prevent water loss. Find it in our Hydrance collection.

Cold Cream

Nourishes and protects. Find it in our Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm and Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream

CollactinTM

Derived from brown algae, helps reduce the appearance of pronounced wrinkles and provides a lifting effect. Find it in our RetrinAL DAY Cream and RetrinAL EYES.

ComedoclastinTM

Stabilized extract derived from Milk Thistle helps visibly reduce and limit appearance of blemishes. Find it in our Cleanance Concentrate Blemish Control Serum and Cleanance Cleansing Gel.

Copper-Zinc Sulfate Complex

Helps promote and maintain a healthy skin environment for optimal recovery. Find it in our Cicalfate collection.2

D-SensinoseTM

Postbiotic innovation that helps immediately calm all sensations of skin discomfort. Find it in our Tolérance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Cream, Tolérance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Balm, and Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser.

Evening Primrose Oil

Helps restore a healthy skin barrier. Find it in our XeraCalm A.D collection.

GP4G

An energizing molecule helps boost and optimize the skin's natural defense against free radicals. Find it in our A-OXitive SOS Antioxidant Sheet Mask and A-OXitive Antioxidant Defense Serum.

Hyaluronic Acid

Helps support skin's natural reserves, provides hydration and plumps skin. Find it in our RetrinAL Advanced Correcting Serum, A-OXitive Antioxidant Defense Serum, A-OXitive Antioxidant Water-Cream, Hydrance Aqua-Gel and Soothing Eye Contour Cream.

Hyaluronic Acid Mono-Oligomers

Optimal molecular weight to penetrate skin to visibly plump and firm the skin. Find it in our PhysioLift DAY Smoothing Cream and PhysioLift EYES.

I-Modulia

Postbiotic complex from Avène Thermal Spring Water calms itching3 while supporting the skin's defense system. Find it in our XeraCalm A.D collection.

Mother of Pearl

Helps skin appear even toned. Find it in our RetrinAL Day Cream and A-OXitive Antioxidant Water-Cream.

Niacinamide

Vitamin B3 helps improve skin barrier function and brightens skin tone. Find it in our RetrinAL Advanced Correcting Serum and Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+.

Pongomia Oil

Helps balance of skin microbiome. Find it in our Antirougeurs CLEAN Soothing Cleansing Lotion and Antirougeurs CALM Soothing Mask.

Pre-Tocopheryl

Photostable Vitamin E provides powerful antioxidant protection against free radicals. Find it in our Mineral Tinted Compact SPF 50, Hydrance Aqua-Gel, Soothing Eye Contour Cream, A-Oxitive and RetrinAL collection4.

Red Fruit Extract

Vitamin and lipid rich complex replenishes skin to help restore a natural, healthy barrier. Find it in Revitalizing Nourishing Cream, Revitalizing Nourishing Cream RICH and Soothing Radiance Mask.

Relastide®

Pro-elastin peptide helps skin appear plump, firm, and more radiant. Find it in our RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream and RetrinAL 0.05 Cream.

Retinal

Clinically shown to be more effective than Retinol*, smooths the appearance of fine lines and imperfections with little to no irritation. Find it in our Cleanance NIGHT Blemish Correcting & Age Renewing Cream.

Retinaldehyde

Clinically shown to be more effective than Retinol*, smooths the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin. Find it in our RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream, RetrinAL 0.05 Cream, RetrinAL EYES, PhysioLift NIGHT Smoothing Balm and PhysioLift EYES.

Safflower Oil

Helps protect skin from oxidative stress and restore radiance. Find it in our Skin Care Oil, Moisturizing Melt-in Balm and Gentle Scrub.

Saponin-Enriched Ruscus Extract

Soothes skin discomfort. Find it in our Antirougeurs FORT Soothing Concentrate.

Shea Butter

Moisturizes and nourishes skin. Find it in our Tolérance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Balm and Revitalizing Nourishing Cream RICH.

Silicones

Hydrates, protects and smooths scar tissues. Find it in our Cicalfate+ Scar Gel.

Silymarin

Stabilized extract derived from Milk Thistle, also known as ComedoclastinTM, helps visibly reduce and limit the appearance of blemishes. Find it in our Cleanance Concentrate Blemish Control Serum and Cleanance Cleansing Gel.

Synovea®HR

Helps to reduce blemishes and limits the oxidation of sebum. Find it in our Cleanance NIGHT Blemish Correcting & Age Renewing Cream.

TRP-Regulin

Helps reduce visible redness and swelling. Find it in our Antirougeurs CLEAN Soothing Cleansing Lotion and Antirougeurs CALM Soothing Mask.

X-Pressin

Gently yet effectively removes the buildup of dead skin cells to help resurface and smooth skin. Find it in our Cleanance NIGHT Blemish Correcting & Age Renewing Cream.

Zinc Oxide

100% mineral UV filter provides broad spectrum UV SPF 50+ protection. Find it in our Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50+ and Mineral Tinted Compact SPF 50.

1 Excludes Cicalfate+ HAND and LIPS Restorative Lip Cream.

2 Excludes Cicalfate+ Scar Gel and LIPS Restorative Lip Cream.

3 Bacle l et al. Sensory analysis of four medical spa spring waters containing various mineral concentrations. International Journal of Dermatology 1993; 38:784-786.

4 Excludes RetrinAL EYES Contour Care.