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July 7, 2016

As we write this, a 500ml bottle of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O – the special edition one with the pump dispenser, might we add – sits next to us. It’s become an absolute desk necessity, for all the times when we go a little too crazy swatching all the new makeup colours that pass through our desks, and then have to wipe our hands clean of all the multicoloured streaks; also for the evenings when we have to wipe black smudges from under our eyes, when that day’s mascara and eyeliner prove to be not that smudgeproof after all.

It’s a precious bottle, and we dread the day that we pump the last of the micellar water, mostly because this pump bottle version is a limited edition, and it’s no longer stocked in stores. But on our bathroom shelves, there’s always a bottle of Bioderma; you might have heard lots of people wax lyrical about the endless merits of this humble scentless, colourless micellar water by now, and we’ve also grown to love and rely on it enough to make regular trips to the drugstores to ensure our supply never runs dry.


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If you’re still not entirely sure exactly why people love this so much, it’s simply because it… works. There are many micellar waters on the market by now, but Bioderma was the pioneer, and remains the market leader because the products have continually proven that they’re able to perform. The way the formulas are made allow them to be suitable even on the most sensitive of skin (and we’re talking skin that’s really sensitive here, not the kind that just breaks out with the occasional use of the wrong product); yet with one swipe of a cotton pad, waterproof mascara and eyeliner and multiple foundation layers come off cleanly, with zero fuss. That’s what makeup removers should be about.

Our choice of Bioderma H2O has always been the Sensibio, which is made for sensitive skin that might manifest in redness or sensations of heat and tightness, and is often dry. Not that we suffer from any particular skin sensitivities, but we find that it suits our combination skin best. For especially dry skin, there’s the Hydrabio range, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Sébium range for oily and blemish-prone complexions.

bioderma range

Each range consists of skincare necessities other than micellar waters as well, such as toners, moisturisers and eye creams. If it’s a serious skin condition in question, the Atoderm range is made for extremely dry and atopic (i.e. hypersensitive) skin; and for the all-important suncare, the Photoderm products make up an entire suncreen range for the face and body, and go up to SPF 100, handy if you’re very, very fair, or suffer from skin pigmentation problems.


Essentially, Bioderma is a brand that we know deep down that our skin can trust. This is thanks to how the formulations are designed with ingredients that are as close to what already exist naturally in the cells as much as possible, so you’re not feeding the skin anything it doesn’t already have. Over time, the skin’s natural barrier is also strengthened with regular use. We’ve gone through enough skincare mishaps to know that an absolutely trustworthy brand doesn’t come around all that often, and that’s why Bioderma hasn’t budged from our bathroom shelves through all the beauty trends that come and go – we just wish that Sensibio H2O pump bottle wasn’t limited edition.


Bioderma products are available at selected Guardian and Watsons stores, and Robinsons.