Intense Body Moisturisers from Vichy & Avene | Review

Not all body creams are the same. You get lightweight formulas that quench your skin temporarily, relieving the dryness for a bit, and rich body butters that keep your skin nice and hydrated for quite a while. And then you get balms. Balms lovingly moisturise, hydrate, caress and bathe your skin in moisture for a long time. A very. Long. Time. Avène’s Akerat 10 Body Cream and La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP+ Intense Soothing Lipid-Replenishing Body Balm for Very Dry Skin (say that quickly) are two of these balms that work wonders on dry skins. avene-akerat-10-4277Avène’s Akerat Body Cream is for very dry and keratosis-prone skin and claims to nourish, hydrate and soothe the skin, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple. It’s fragrance-free and contains Avène Thermal Spring Water to soften skin. It isn’t suitable for children under the age of 3. Available at Clicks for around R250.


I found this cream to be super moisturising. Even though it says it’s a body cream, it performs like a balm. It has a thick, white consistency that applies well but leaves a sticky feeling once you’ve applied it. It’s kind of icky, but it moisturises skin so intensely, and my skin was hydrated for at least 24 hours. I really like the moisturisation factor that this cream has. I wouldn’t use it in summer, and tested it out by diluting it with a bit of natural tissue oil and a few spritzs of my Mac Fix Plus and it was transformed into a lighter version of itself.


La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Baume intensely moisturises and soothes extremely dry skin and claims to soothe and restore skin’s moisture levels in very dry skin with a quickly absorbed, non-sticky finish. It is fragrance-free and contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring water to comfort skin. It is suitable for babies, children and adults. Available here for R300.


This cream behaves much like Avène’s body cream. It’s also a thick white cream that I use when I get out of the shower. I don’t think I’m using it wrong nor do I think I put too much on but I’m still left feeling sticky, even though the product claims to have a non-sticky finish. It provides superb moisturisation, and I’m very happy with it. If I want it to be a bit special, I’ll squeeze some into the palm of my hand and add a few drops of Rose, Geranium, Lavender or Sweet Orange oil. All in all, an effective moisturiser for dry, dehydrated skin.

the verdict?

I think both creams perform similarly well, with both being superior, long-lasting, fragrance-free moisturisers. Which body moisturisers do you love?
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