June 17, 2015
Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $14.90 to $40.90.
It’s been called a “makeup artist’s backstage staple”, a “celebrity favourite” and even “the holy grail of cleansing waters”. Plenty of very nice things has been said about Bioderma’s micellar waters, but as we found out, they really do live up to the hype: they’re incredibly gentle, and for their light texture, remove makeup surprisingly effectively (yes, even stubborn eyeliner and mascara).
Bioderma is also able to call themselves the brand behind the first-ever micellar water, since it’s their Sensibio H2O that first made it into the market way back in 1995. If you’re not acquainted with the magic of micellar waters yet, how they work is basically through fatty molecules called micelles that are carried in water and remove impurities using the lipophilic (fat-loving) parts on the inside. They’re also of the same physiological pH as the skin, so you can safely use it even on the eye area without any irritation.
We’ve already gone through an entire 500ml bottle of the Sensibio H2O, and we now understand why the industry experts love it so much – at the end of the day, you just want the makeup removal process to be as quick and fuss-free as possible, and Bioderma nails it on the head. The light texture of the water also feels incredibly refreshing on tired skin, and is completely fragrance and grease-free. Just soak a cotton pad with it, wipe across the face, and makeup comes off cleanly in a few swipes – it’ as easy as that.
The Sensibio, in it’s iconic pink-capped bottle, might be the most well-known Bioderma product, but there are actually a few other ranges catering to different skin types. Here are the rest you need to know about:
If tight, flaky skin is an issue, it means there’s insufficient moisture in the outer layers of your skin, hence the inside layers become dehydrated as well as water doesn’t penetrate through. The Hydrabio range makes use of a clever patented technology to teach the skin to rehydrate itself by stimulating the opening of more water channels between the dermis and epidermis, known as aquaporins.
The Hydrabio range also includes products such as the Légère, a deep-action hydrating cream, and a Sérum, an intensely moisturising concentrate.
Bioderma Hydrabio range, $26.90 to $49.90.
Oily and acne-prone skin will be comforted with this range, with the Fluiactiv patented technology that makes use of a combination of active ingredients to regulate sebum, keep pores unclogged, and prevent acne from coming back by reducing inflammation caused by the nasty bacteria that causes it.
Continue to keep your skin in check with the anti-inflammatory products like the AI, to treat minor to moderate acne, or the AKN, for moderate to severe acne. There’s also the Pore Refiner, to minimise enlarged pores and keep excess sebum in check.
Bioderma Sébium range, $15.90 to $44.50.
If you prefer something thicker than water, there’s the new Sensibio Lait, the cleansing milk that contains patented ingredients to improve skin tolerance and reduce skin sensitivity, and retains a light texture to soothe the skin as you remove your makeup.
Bioderma Sensibio Lait, $26.90. Available exclusively at Watsons.
Bioderma products are available at selected Guardian and Watsons stores. bioderma.com