Comparison Post: Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum and Eau Thermal Avene’s Soothing Hydrating Serum

I always turn to French pharmacy brands when I’m looking for a soothing, hydrating boost because if they produce what I call ‘miracle water sprays’ I’m sure their hydrating serums must work a treat!

Today I bring you two Hydrating serums from French skincare giants Vichy and Avene:

I’m more of a Vichy fan because I like how their products are packaged, especially with that letter ‘V’ that’s created to look like a splash of water. Avene, however takes on a more practical look with frosted glass and plain text and an even plainer bottle. Vichy’s has curves and since blue is one of my favourite colours I must say I really like the blue cap on the Aqualia Thermal serum.

But one must be practical in times like these when everyone’s all about saving the environment. I noticed Vichy’s serum has an extra thick base compared with Avene’s so shall we hand the point over to Avene for its boring yet practical and space-saving packaging? 😉

Another reason why Avene gets this point lies in the pump. The Soothing Hydrating Serum has a very sturdy pump. Vichy’s feels cheap in comparison.

Avene 1, Vichy 0.

Both products cost £17 each and contain 30ml so this makes it a tie and hence, easier for us to place them up against each other!


Avene 1, Vichy 1.


I’m going to jump straight into texture and do away with company literature because everybody knows company literature is there to entice the customer into purchasing their products so please allow me to describe the two products in my layman language. =)



Both serum swatches contain one full pump of product. Forgive me for the rather misleading photo but the Vichy serum is the runnier one whereas Avene’s Soothing Hydrating Serum takes on a thicker, balmier texture.

The Aqualia Thermal Serum has a fresh scent to it but Avene’s doesn’t. I prefer fragrance-free products so…

Avene 1, Vichy 0.


This will be my 3rd bottle of Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum but I’m just about to use up my first bottle of Avene’s Soothing Hydrating Serum (shown above). I admit I go through them pretty quickly as I use about 2 pumps per use, twice a day. Theoretically I should be using less of Vichy due to its runny texture and more of Avene’s as it’s balmy and seems to absorb into the skin really quickly but when I use only one pump of the Aqualia Thermal Serum my skin still feels a little taut so an extra pump makes all the difference.

The watery texture of the Aqualia Thermal Serum makes it a pain in the mornings when you just want to get your skincare / makeup routine over and done with as you are running late for uni / work. Trust me, all the extra seconds spent waiting for the serum to be absorbed makes all the difference when you are late.

Avene’s Soothing Hydrating Serum? Two pumps are generous enough for me to apply all over my face and neck and doesn’t leave any residue. I find that I never need a face primer whenever I use this serum so that’s an added bonus!

Avene 1, Vichy 0.


The heat wrecks havoc on my skin. I do not have to be under direct sunlight to get irritated / burnt skin. Even if I stay in the shade all day, the fact that the weather is humid will not deter my face from going all red and blotchy. Painful, even.

Vichy comes to the rescue here! My skin instantly feels cool and comfortable upon contact with the serum. Avene calms down redness but I do not get that lovely cooling sensation I desperately need when I feel like I’ve been stuck in an oven.

Avene 0, Vichy 1.


So how long does it take for me to use them up? I usually use the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum up in 2-3 months and I’m moving into the 3rd month of using the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum so I will say it’s a tie in terms of use.

Avene 1, Vichy 1.



Grand total:

Avene 5, Vichy 3.


You must be wondering why I repurchased the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum instead of Avene’s… =) Truth is, I was at Boots looking to replenish the Avene serum but they did an offer on Vichy where you get a free travel-sized cleanser and Eau Thermal spray so…. I couldn’t resist. :s

The cheapskate in me reigns surpreme, for now. =D

But once this bottle of Aqualia Thermal Serum runs out I am definitely repurchasing Avene’s.


On a random note, my dad adores Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum! He came over in November last year and used up a full-sized bottle in…. 2 weeks. Yes. Dad’s a manly man and doesn’t use skincare but I suppose the cold, dry weather affected him too! He was amazed at how the Serum soothed his dry skin.. So much that he used between 4-6 pumps each time. Thanks to this, Daddy didn’t suffer from dry, cracked cheeks during his trip and this was the only product he applied to his face. I suppose this proves the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum really works!

Now if Daddy will come this winter so I can test the Avene on him…. =D

To me, these are affordable pharmacy brand serums that do work. I am currently testing a high end hydrating serum and I have a feeling that is breaking me out. Mini review to come! =)


Happy Monday my dears!


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