The Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser is a foaming cleanser for normal to combination skin and is one of the more expensive cleansers out there. It is rich in Avene thermal spring water which is suppose to be very good for your skin. “Very low mineralised, rich in silica and trace elements, the Avène Thermal Spring Water has been clinically proven to be naturally soothing, anti-irritating and anti-free radical.”1
The Avene gel cleanser has a faint pleasant scent and feels light and smooth on the face. It does what it’s suppose to, my face feels clean but I don’t like it. It leaves a residue on the face, so you need to double wash or a good toner or scrub to get it off! I use it in shower and no matter how long I wash my face or rub at it, it feels like it never really comes off completely.
I was surprised when I looked at the ingredients that it contained parabens, “Propylparaben” and “Methylparaben.” Parabens are used to prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetics products and can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system . Parabens have been found in biopsies from breast tumors  at concentrations similar to those found in consumer products .
- Faint pleasant scent
- Effective cleanser
- Contains Parabens
- Left residue on my face
From the Avene website
A gentle foaming gel cleanser specifically formulated for normal to combination skin.
- Gently cleanses the skin of impurities and make-up
- Soap free, light foaming
- Easy to use, rinse off formula
- Versatile use: can also be used under the shower
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
HOW TO USE
Use morning and night. Apply a small amount to face and neck with wet fingertips, gently massaging using circular movement. Rinse off with water, pat dry and follow with fine mist of Thermal Spring Water and Hydrance Optimale Light Moisturising Cream.
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE. SUCROSE COCOATE. C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN. CARBOMER. CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL (CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS OIL). ETHYLCELLULOSE. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE. IRON OXIDES (CI 77491). LAURETH-7. MICA. PHENOXYETHANOL. POLYACRYLAMIDE. PROPYLPARABEN. SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE. SODIUM HYALURONATE. SODIUM MAGNESIUM SILICATE. SODIUM METHYLPARABEN. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. TRIETHANOLAMINE. WATER (AQUA). ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH (ZEA MAYS STARCH). ZINC OXIDE.
Campaign for safe cosmetics http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291 Gray, J (2008). State of the Evidence: The Connection between Breast Cancer and the Environment. San Francisco, CA: The Breast Cancer Fund.
 Daubre PD, Aljarrah A, Miller WR, Coldham NG, Sauer MJ, Pope GS (2004). Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumours. Journal of Applied Toxicology 24:5-13.
 Rastogi SC, Schouten A, Dekruijf N, Weijland JW (1995). Contents of methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and benzylparaben in cosmetic products. Contact Dermatits 32: 28-30.