With the amount of heat and humidity we face in Mumbai, it’s often a challenge to look for skincare products that are neither too dry nor too greasy. Add to that, the fact that some of us have a combination skin type, with an oily T-zone, making it even more difficult to find the right match for our complexion. Sometimes, I even feel like skipping moisturizer altogether, however that can actually be the worst idea. An oily complexion is often the result of dehydrated skin, which is why you need an oil-free moisturizer to balance the skin’s natural levels. Luckily, I recently came across a brand that provides the perfect solution for oily/combination skin – Aviance.

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Aviance is an exquisite range of high technology, high performance expert beauty solutions from Unilever made for today’s progressive woman. In addition, the products are brought to women with professional beauty advise from trained Aviance Consultants. I tried out the Aviance Hydra Balance Revitalizing Cleansing Gel and the Aviance Hydra Balance Moisture Infused Advanced Serum*.

Let’s talk about the Revitalizing Cleansing Gel first. Packed with the extracts of kiwi, aloe vera and cucumber, the transparent, clear gel is a soap-free, pH neutral formula. A coin sized amount is enough to wash your face and neck with for a refreshing and revitalizing experience. I love that the product comes in an easy to open and use tube and has a very light fragrance. Also, it lasts for 2 years from the date of packaging, so you don’t have to worry about the product getting damaged any time soon.

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Coming to the Moisture Infused Advanced Serum; I must mention that I took an instant liking to this product from the first use itself. The fragrance is a mild floral, pleasant scent and the texture is so light that you don’t feel like you’re wearing a cream at all! The serum is a blend of natural extracts and oils from jojoba, almonds, wheatgerm and aloe vera, along with Biopeptide, Tri & Tetra peptides. It comes in a pump dispenser and is ideal for tropical, humid climates. However, if you happen to have dry skin, you can apply your day or night cream after applying a few drops of this serum to your face and neck. Of course, you can use an SPF cream or make-up over it too.

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Rating: 4.5/5

Final verdict: Priced at Rs. 699 for 75 g, the Aviance Hydra Balance Revitalizing Cleansing Gel is a must-buy, especially in the summer. It’s pleasant, light and instantly cleanses your visage. The Aviance Hydra Balance Moisture Infused Advanced Serum is one of my favourite cosmetic products now. It’s a 50 ml bottle, priced at Rs. 1099, which contains a supple solution that gets absorbed into your skin instantly. Furthermore, the final matte finish works as a great primer, allowing you to use sunscreen or foundation over it. The only downside is that it’s currently only being sold online. Also, I would not recommend it if you have very dry skin.

*This is NOT a paid review. Aviance provided me both the products for trial purposes.