I have been using a Bioderma product for years now: my dear and beloved Sebium H2O cleansing water. Read my 2011 review here.
In the 2011 post I stated this: Bioderma, the brand that (according to their website) pioneered micellar solutions (closely followed by La Roche Posay) has created a micellar solution for every skin type. There is Sensibio H2O for sensitive skin, Hydrabio for Sensitive Dehydrated Skin and Sebium H2O for Oily skin. They even have ABCDerm H2O for Babies.
Since then I have used ABCDerm on my son (and loved it –> read here) and have recently received both Hydrabio and Sensibio H2O. I have now used them and will review them both. This post is dedicated to Sensibio H2O and to 2 other products from the Sensibio line which now includes a cleansing milk as well as a new treatment called Sensibio Tolérance +.
For years, I have believed that my skin was everything but sensitive. I have never had an allergic reaction to any cosmetic. Rarely have I attributed a breakout to a new product. My skin is tough. While I still believe that my skin is NOT sensitive, I am starting to believe that it does react to external events more than I thought so before. How does it react? In the form of, what I thought, were my regular acne breakouts. During the past months my skin has gone from looking and feeling great one minute, to turning into a field of large and painful acne breakouts the next. So in an effort to help my skin get better I have, lately, been trying to prevent inflammation by turning to natural ingredients like witch hazel and the likes (more on that in another post…)
So when I received products from the Sensibio line I did not dismiss them, thinking that they would not be adapted to my skin. I was actually happy to try products that would be unlikely to cause inflammation and therefore unlikely to cause more breakouts.
Let me tell you more about all three of these products and share my thoughts on them:
Sensibio H2o Make-up removing micelle Solution
Micelles – micro-encapsulate dirt on skin’s surface and lift it up without rubbing, thereby maintaining skin’s physiological balance
The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).
Sensibio is also, obviously, fragrance free (contrary to Sebium H2O) and removes makeup remarkably well (around 3 soaked pads will do the job) and is gentle enough to remove eye makeup. In my experience, it does not do a 100% job at removing waterproof makeup. Actually even regular mascara does stay behind a little bit. So I find myself having to go back with a qtip after washing my face. But overall, although Sebium has been my favorite for a while (and I even loved Hydrabio…more on that in another review) I will probably reach out to Sensibio more in the future, only because it is fragrance free and I am trying to simplify my skincare routine and remove potential source of inflammation as much as possible.
Sensibio Lait 3 en 1 Cleansing Milk
According to Bioderma:
- Sensibio Lait perfectly cleanses and removes make-up from the face and eyes and does not need to be rinsed off. Like a real treatment featuring the Toléridine® patent, it biologically strengthens the skin’s resistance to attacks and increases the tolerance threshold of sensitive skin.
- A new biological breakthrough for sensitive skin, the Toléridine® patent, boosted by the D.A.F. (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) patented natural complex, inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules and thus makes the skin less reactive.
- Glycyrrhetinic acid instantly soothes and softens the skin.
I usually prefer a cleansing water but this cleansing milk was actually not bad. The way I used it: apply some on my fingers and work it into my skin then removing the excess with a cotton pad. What I liked about the process is that it made me close my eyes and somewhat massage my face before gently removing the product with the pad. So there was less scrubbing and more massaging which is obviously gentler on skin and causes less inflammation. So I want to say that the cleansing milk could even be gentler than the water not by virtue of the product itself but because of the application process…if that makes any sense at all.
It also did a better job at removing eye makeup, again because I was more eager to gently massage it into my lashes and then gently wiping it off with a damp cotton pad of washcloth.
Sensibio Tolérance +
According to Bioderma, Tolérance + is a treatment which durably increases the skin’s tolerance level while respecting the skin’s natural biology.
At the heart of this treatment is Neurocontrol®, an exclusive complex made up of a tetrapeptide and a combination of soothing active ingredients*. Neurocontrol® reduces the hyperexcitability of the skin’s nerve fibres and regulates the biological mechanisms responsible for the intolerance. The feelings of tightness and discomfort are soothed. The skin regains its original comfort.
Enriched with Sodium PCA, Sensibio Tolerance+ fortifies the skin’s barrier function and provides optimal moisturising.
This treatment can be used as a moisturizer and offers a good base for makeup application.
It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, preservative-free, hypoallergenic and leaves skin feeling moisturized and supple. Unfortunately I did feel like my skin was a bit shiny which could make it more suitable for dry skin or as a night time moisturizer for people with oily skin. Also, seeing that it does not offer sun protection either, I plan on using it at night because I do not feel like applying a moisturizer AND a sun protection in the morning (yep, I’m that lazy…or busy, depends on who you ask!)
Bottom line: I recommend this line. If you have sensitive skin obviously, but also if you have resilient skin but want to be gentle with it and to avoid inflammation like me.