21st March 2013

A Guide to Bioderma

Bioderma finally landed on UK shores earlier this month, though it’s been a brand on the lips of beauty bloggers for a long time before that.

So when I was given the opportunity to try some of the range (at the risk of sounding dramatic) it felt a little as though I was being offered gold dust. Products like the H2O Micelle Solution have been bandied about for some time as being of Holy Grail material. Some fans even pilgrimage to Parisian pharmacies to get their fix. To get a feel for the range I tried some of the everyday essentials: the Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, the Sensibio Eye Contour Gel, and the Hydrabio Gentle Exfoliating Cream. Here’s what I thought of the three…

 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

I’m a massive fan of anything that allows me to cut a few valuable minutes out of my beauty routine. And if it’s portable? Well, that’s even better. For this reason, I’ve long been a fan of micellar solutions; tiny droplets of oil suspended in a cleansing water which melt away make-up in a few swipes of a soaked cotton pad.

Before I trialled the much-lauded Bioderma Sensibio H2O (previously Crealine H2O), I had owned a fair few micellar solutions and had gotten great results from them. I was expecting roughly the same from this formula, but what I actually experienced was so much more. It doesn’t just remove make-up and dirt from the face – it actually improved the look and feel of my complexion. After cleansing I usually experience redness and tightness, but the small amount of oil in the cleanser calms my skin and makes it feel so comfortable. The best thing? It doesn’t leave an oily residue. None at all. Skin just feels fresh, supple and soft. Even its tone is improved, with no redness to speak of. I’ve been using it for a little under a month now, and its cleansing capabilities are just as impressive as the first time. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.

 

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel

I consistently suffer with dryness and dark circles. Not puffiness, thankfully, but rather the opposite. Two sunken, stubborn dark smudges that are a product of too much caffeine and not enough sleep. I’m always on the lookout for eye products that might lessen their appearance, and have found in the past that creams always tend to have the best effect.It’s for this reason that I wasn’t expecting miracles from this gel, but (like the Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution before it) I underestimated Bioderma.

The Sensibio Eye Contour Gel is an opaque cream-gel, made up of soothing and smoothing ingredients. The texture is a dream; lightweight enough that it feels incredibly refreshing, but creamy enough that it feels pampering and protecting. Aside from the cooling and hydrating effect, my favourite bit about the Eye Contour Gel is that it effectively plumps my sallow undereye area. This is something that I have rarely experienced from an eye product, including those that are five times the price tag. As the skin is just so much smoother, make-up goes on far easier and my eyes look more alert. It’s a wonderful suits-all, everyday eye cream (even for contact lens wearers like me) – though I’d recommend using something a bit richer at night.

 

Bioderma Hydrabio Gentle Exfoliating Cream

I’ve started to use muslin cloths daily, so I’ve needed to exfoliate my skin less often – though I do still like to use a manual scrub about once a week to keep my skin looking fresh and glowy. I have strict (almost impossible) criteria when it comes to choosing the right formula; it has to feel as though I’m giving my skin a thorough and effective scrub, but it must also be very gentle on sensitive complexion. Tough ask, right?

Not entirely, because the Bioderma Hydrabio Gentle Exfoliating Cream seems to fit the bill! It’s a thick and creamy formula with a liberal sprinkling of scrubbing particles that really set to work on skin, but never feel scratchy or irritating. It’s surprisingly emollient, and after I wash the scrub away from the skin it leaves a thin layer of moisture. I could see this being a slight problem for oilier skin types, especially if they use the Exfoliating Cream in the morning before make-up application – it would be better left as part of your evening routine if you’re prone to excess oil.

I’m so glad that I got to try these three products. They are working in synergy to give me some seriously good skin days at the moment! Have you tried any of them? What are your thoughts?

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