Aveeno Calm + Restore Triple Oat Sensitive Skin Face Serum
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Aveeno

Calm + Restore Triple Oat Sensitive Skin Face Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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Aveeno’s Calm + Restore Triple Oat Sensitive Skin Face Serum is an okay option for those with easily-irritated skin – we just wish it had a little more going for it to really put it over the top.

Packaged in a clear bottle with a dropper dispenser (meaning it should be stored out of direct light), this serum has a lightweight, hydrating texture that restores moisture to skin without being sticky. It works well both over and under other skin care products.

As advertised, this serum contains three types of soothing oat extract, along with feverfew extract, which also has calming properties. It’s also fragrance-free – always a good thing for sensitive skin!

Unfortunately, that’s about as far as it goes for beneficial ingredients. While sensitive skin (especially extra-reactive skin) does need to be treated gently, since this is marketed as a serum – which are typically more concentrated formulas - it would benefit from greater amounts of proven soothing ingredients – such as allantoin, green tea, or licorice extract – as well as more skin-restoring ingredients like ceramides to really shore up skin’s barrier, since a damaged barrier is often the root cause of sensitive skin.

That isn’t to say that this is a bad product – it’s just it could be so much more, and much more beneficial for sensitive skin with a more varied array of ingredients, like the ones you’ll find on our list of best serums.

Pros:
  • Light serum texture is suitable for all skin types.
  • Absorbs quickly without a sticky feel.
  • Contains soothing oat and feverfew extract.
Cons:
  • Clear packaging means this should be stored out of direct light.
  • Formula would be more impressive with higher level of soothing ingredients.
  • Lacks barrier-replenishing ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Instantly soothe skin and fortify its moisture barrier with this hydrating face serum. Formulated with nourishing triple oat complex and calming feverfew, the facial serum is ideal for sensitive skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Dimethicone, Succinoglycan, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract.

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar wont remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnson-owned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin, just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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