So, Bioderma is pretty much the #1 makeup remover online, on YouTube, and on beauty blogs world wide. Because it’s not readily available to me, I’ve put off trying out this product until I finally bit the bullet and ordered on eBay. Normally, my cleansing routine consists of using a cleansing oil and following up with a foaming cleanser and Clarisonic. Out of the Bioderma cleansing range, the Bioderma Sensibio H2O is the most popular and created for sensitive skin. It’s the safest one to purchase if you’re on the fence about the product, or you have reactive skin that’s prone to breakouts.
Because Bioderma has claimed to have “pioneered micellar solutions,” and is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the brand explains that “micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).” It also claims to remove water-resistant makeup, and contains “soothing and decongesting active ingredients [to] prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.”
Using the product is simple — saturate a cotton pad and wipe your skin. And, repeat until your skin is cleansed and makeup is removed. I can say that it does remove makeup effectively on the surface, but it doesn’t remove Japanese mascara (and I didn’t expect it to). On days when I’m not wearing much on my face — only sunscreen, blush, and some concealer — I don’t mind using Bioderma at the end of the night. Even though rinsing is not required, I still like to go over my skin with my foaming cleanser and Clarisonic. On days when I’m wearing sunscreen, primer, foundation, etc., I prefer to do a more thorough removal with a cleansing oil.
Using the Bioderma is easy and the cooling feeling left over after using the product is refreshing. The interesting thing about this product is that you feel clean afterwards. You skin looks and feels smooth and there’s something calming about the formula. While it’s a trusted way to remove makeup, for me, it just depends on the day. Nothing is going to be more thorough than removing my heavy-duty mascara with an oil-based eye makeup remover, and then using a cleansing oil to break down foundation, and then washing everything off with a cleanser and Clarisonic. Yes, this process has more steps and more products. But it’s also more thorough.
Made in France.